The Mafia Role Playing card game is the perfect addition to any teenage party. Lively and mentally challenging, the game delights teens of all ages. Younger teens will just play the game differently than older kids, but all will have fun. Role-playing combined with a good old-fashioned “who-dun-it” challenges and engages the teenage girls and boys alike. It is a group role-playing game of strategy, survival and fraud.
At the outset, players are secretly assigned roles, and they don’t know if their neighbor is one of the good guys, or one of the bad guys. Getting to the bottom of it is half the fun. Intrigue, misguided information and lies keep players off track and vested in the game. The roles of: Narrator, Civilians, Mafia, Detective and Doctor are assigned at the beginning of the game, either using a deck of cards or by picking out of a hat.
Mafia begins with the Narrator asking everyone to close their eyes. Players assigned the roles of Mafia are told to open their eyes and acknowledge their fellow teammates. During the night phase, the Mafia unanimously chooses a target to kill. The day phase of the game is all about debating the identities of the suspects and voting to eliminate one.
Play continues with multiple night and day phases until either the Mafia outnumber the townspeople or the townspeople outnumber the Mafia. If all Mafia are killed, the townspeople win. When the villagers are outnumbered by the Mafia, the Mafia wins. There are many different variations on the game including additional roles, double agents, and the like to keep the game fresh each and every time played. Teenage girls particularly like to role-play whether as a birthday party game or just a get together. And it’s a great activity for one of their sleepover parties.
Mafia was originally created by Dimitry Davidoff in 1986 at Moscow State University’s Department of Psychology. The game was popular immediately with his students and quickly caught fire throughout other Soviet colleges and schools. In the 1990s Mafia made its way to Europe and eventually the United States. It also goes by the name of Werewolf and has inspired a popular online video version.
No preparation or expense required for this teenage game; it’s ready to play anytime, anywhere. Games for teenage kids that they’re willing to play and find interesting and engaging are hard to find, yet Mafia fits the bill.