Instructions, Rules, and FAQs for Social Deduction Games

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INSTRUCTIONS, RULES, AND FAQs FOR SOCIAL DEDUCTION GAMES

What is a Social Deduction Game?

A social deduction game (SDG) is a game where players attempt to determine each other’s hidden roles and outmaneuver the competition through lying, deduction, and logic.

What are the games that we play?

The North Pacific currently plays three different types of games:
  1. Mafia
  2. Assassin in the Palace
  3. Detectives
Instructions for each game can be found by clicking on the title or scrolling down.

How do I join?

Sign-up threads for SDGs will be posted in this sub-forum. Threads will indicate the pertinent information from the timetable to play the game to the maximum and minimum number of players.

Where do we play?

The games will take place in this sub-forum.

What is the time commitment?

The length of the game depends on the game, number of players playing, and other factors. Players should expect to check in on the game once or twice every day for a couple of minutes, games can run from about a week long to a couple of weeks. Players that really get into the game may wish to spend more time on the game per day.

What are the rules for Social Deduction Games?
1. All content discussion of an ongoing game belongs in the thread (eg. no chats about who is what role). No private communications are allowed other than with the Host. The only exception to this rule is with explicit permission from the Host.
2. No posting screenshots of messages from the Host. You may say that the Host told you that you were a specific role, you may not post a picture of the Host sending you a message saying that.
3. You should vote every game phase. If you miss two votes you risk being Host-killed.
4. Votes must be done in the format below to be explicitly clear, bolding is necessary:

Example::
Vote: Praetor
5. You must play the game to win.
6. What the Host says goes.
7. Breaking any of the rules may result in removal from the game and inability to participate in subsequent games.
8. If you have died, you are still unable to discuss the game outside of the thread or privately with other people who are still alive. You may not discuss the game further in the thread as this may make people bias.
 
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Mafia

What is Mafia?
A small town has been infiltrated by the mafia who are masquerading among them. As they seek to take over the village by killing the innocents, the members of the village convene amongst themselves in an attempt to out the guilty ones.

How does the game work?
The game is run by a Host who is responsible for moderating the game, distributing roles, and facilitating votes and actions.

There are different roles in this game that a player may be given, the roles given out depend on the number of players. Prior to the game beginning, the Host will reveal the roles involved. All special abilities are used right after lynching takes place.

Town Member
Victory Condition: All Mafia members are dead.
Background: Has no special ability.

Detective
Victory Condition: All Mafia members are dead.
Background: Each night, they may investigate one player, if the player is a detective, the Detective gets an innocent result, if they investigate the Mafia, they get a guilty result.

Doctor
Victory Condition: All Mafia members are dead.
Background: Each night, they may visit one player and heal them, protecting them from dying from the Vigilante, Godfather, or a Mafia Goon. Cannot protect someone from being lynched. May only heal themselves every other day.

Vigilante
Victory Condition: All Mafia members are dead.
Background: At any point in the game, they may kill one player.

Mayor
Victory Condition: All Mafia members are dead.
Background: As the leader of the town, their vote counts as two votes.

Stalker
Victory Condition: All Mafia members are dead.
Background: Can follow one player each night to see who they visit.

Godfather
Victory Condition: Mafia members have more votes than villagers.
Background: Each night, they select a mafia member. This mafia member will then go attempt to murder another player. Upon death of the Godfather, another Mafia member becomes the Godfather.

Mafia Roleblocker
Victory Condition: Mafia members have more votes than villagers.
Background: Can prevent someone from using their action that night. Does not prevent someone from voting.

Goon
Victory Condition: Mafia members have more votes than villagers.
Background: Has no special ability.

The game lasts in phases, the duration of the phase is dependent on each game. These phases are referred to as "days" and "nights". During the day, players may discuss the game in the thread and must publicly vote for one player to be lynched. Players may also vote for a "No Lynch". At night, players may submit their actions to be taken.
 
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Assassin in the Palace

What is Assassin in The Palace?
An Assassin has snuck into the palace and attempted to kill the King! Fortunately, before the Assassin could succeed, the King's loyal Guards saved him, spirited him away, and disguised him as one of his own. The Assassin followed their lead and disguised themselves as a Guard as well. Now, The Palace has been locked down by the Guards as they seek to unmask the Assassin before the Assassin can find the King. All of the Guards know who the King is. Each day, the Guards convene to discuss who they should lynch while the Assassin lurks among them, participating in lynching and waiting to determine who they should spend their one kill on.

How does the game work?
The game is run by a Host who is responsible for moderating the game, distributing roles, and facilitating votes and actions.

There are three different roles in this game that a player may be given.
1. The King (1)
Victory Condition: The Assassin is dead and the King remains alive.
Background: Is told they are the King. Is not given any other information or abilities.
2. The Assassin (1)
Victory Condition: Death of the King.
Background: Is told they are the Assassin. Has the ability to privately assassinate one player at any time in the game by sending a message to the Host.
3. A Guard (Any number greater than one, ideally at least two)
Victory Condition: The King wins. Player does not have to be alive to win.
Background: Is told they are a Guard. Is given the identity of the King. No abilities.

The game lasts in phases, the duration of a phase is 24 hours. These phases are referred to as "days". During the day, players may discuss the game in the thread and must publicly vote for one player to be lynched. At the end of the day, whichever player has the most votes is killed and their role is revealed.
 
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Detectives

What is Detectives?
Four detectives of varying ages and skills levels is locked in a house together with a murderer. The detectives have to work together to find out which of them is the murderer before they all die.

How does the game work?
The game is run by a Host who is responsible for moderating the game, distributing roles, and facilitating votes and actions.

There are five different roles in this game that a player may be given. All special actions are taken just after lynching takes place barring the first day in which Detectives can investigate a player before the first day begins.
1. The Sane Detective (1)
Victory Condition: The Mafia is dead.
Background: Is told they are a Detective. Each day, they may investigate one player, if the player is a detective, the Sane Detective gets an innocent result, if they investigate the Mafia, they get a guilty result.
2. The Insane Detective (1)
Victory Condition: The Mafia is dead.
Background: Is told they are a Detective. Each day, they may investigate one player, if the player is a detective, the Sane Detective gets a guilty result, if they investigate the Mafia, they get an innocent result.
3. The Naive Detective (1)
Victory Condition: The Mafia is dead.
Background: Is told they are a Detective. Each day, they may investigate one player, the result they receive is that their suspect is always innocent.
4. The Jaded Detective (1)
Victory Condition: The Mafia is dead.
Background: Is told they are a Detective. Each day, they may investigate one player, the result they receive is that their suspect is always guilty.
5. The Mafia (1)
Victory Condition: They equal or outnumber the Detectives.
Background: Each day, they may kill one player.

The game lasts in phases, the duration of the phase is 24 hours. These phases are referred to as "days". During the day, players may discuss the game in the thread and must publicly vote for one player to be lynched. At the end of the day, whichever player has the most votes is killed and their role is revealed. At the same time, privately submit the actions which they would like to take at night.
 
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