The game has all the players in a group, generally in a situation where they are all trapped in or by something. Within the group there are townies and there are mafia.
These are the good guys, the people who just want to escape and go home. Some of these may have abilities that are individual to themselves or a small group. If your character has a power like this then you will be informed of it as the game begins.
As a townie you will win the game when there are only townies left alive.
These are the bad guys of the situation. They are there to try to kill off all the townies so that they are the only ones left standing at the end. They will generally be involved with the situation that everyone finds themselves in and will be using it to their own advantage. The mafia also have powers, most notably an ability to kill a player.
The game is split into to main sections, the Day phase and the Night phase.
During the day, all players may post in the thread. Discuss what has happened the previous night and anything they want to talk about. Unless your specific ability states otherwise, you may not use PMs during this time. This is the time for talking with your fellow townies about what to do to survive the situation you all find yourselves in. This is the only place that you can discuss Mafia as a game, using outside communication like PM, email or IM is against the rules.
Also, during the conversations of the day you are able to cast votes on other players who you think may be mafia. If a person gets more votes than half the players they are lynched. When this happens the players all mob together to kill the lynched party, thus removing them from the game. This is how the townies eliminate the mafia players.
During the night, nobody may post to the thread. If you have a night action ability, this is where it can be used. During this time it is understood that all the characters have retired to bed for the night. Some players may have a communication ability, it is during the night phase that this ability can be used. When selecting to use your night action, decide what it is you will be doing and then PM the game runner with your choice.
At the end of the night phase the game runner will PM people that require an answer to their night action and anyone else who has had anything happen to them that night.
The game ends when there are either only Townies or Mafia left alive.
READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY, THIS IS YOUR WARNING!
1.) During the game's nights, everyone who has to do so sends me a PM. Many of you have nighttime abilities making it crucial to be prompt with your nighttime PM's. I may impose a deadline, if I do so I will post it in the game thread. I will try to give at least 48 hours notice of a deadline, with a minimum of 24 hours. If you don't send in your choice by the deadline, a random choice will be made, a default choice will be made, or no choice will be made, depending on your role.
2.) In the "morning" I announce the events of the night.
3.) During the daytime you discuss and vote to lynch someone. I will announce beforehand how many votes are required for a lynch. I may impose a deadline, if I do so I will post it in the game thread. I will try to give at least 48 hours notice of a deadline, with a minimum of 24 hours.
4.) Votes must be in bold and of the format Vote: Fionacat. I do not care about capitalization, but I do care about spelling. If you revote, a unvote for your previous vote is understood - you do not have to unvote unless you wish to refrain from voting at that time. Votes in quotes are not counted as votes.
5.) Once a majority is reached, that person gets lynched. You may continue to post during twilight (while you walk home) but you may not post at night. The night arrives when I post that it is night. Again, I will not be forgiving on this AT ALL.
6.) The person with a simple majority gets lynched. HALF THE VOTE IS NOT A MAJORITY. If a deadline is set, the person with the most votes will be lynched as long as that person has half the majority (example: 15 players, meaning 8 to lynch. When the deadline hits the person with 4 or more votes is lynched. In the case of there being a tie or less than half the majority there will be no lynch).
7.) You may vote to not lynch anyone. A majority of vote: no lynch votes will end the day without a lynching.
8.) You may NOT vote for yourself.
9.) Under no circumstance are you allowed to quote any PMs from me or others. If there are questions on this, PM me first. I will allow more if you ask than I will forgive if you don't. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL GET YOU MODKILLED.
10.) Do not edit or delete your posts. Not even to fix BB Code. Not even lightning editing. Double posting is preferred. Or triple posting. Or getting it right the first time. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL GET YOU MODKILLED.
11.) Do not post invisitext. Do not post in white, despite the fact that white is indeed not invisitext. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL GET YOU MODKILLED.
12.) Do not post at night. Period. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL GE-- (you get the idea.)
13.) Do not use the game to post whore. In other words, no one-liners, try to post some content. Rather than just posting a vote, explain why you're voting that way. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL NOT ONLY GET YOU MODKILLED BUT REPORTED TO NEIL, TOO.
14.) If you wish to quit, don't be an ass and commit suicide via mod-killing. PM me and I will find a replacement for you instead.
15.) Do not discuss this game via Instant Messenger, E-mails or IRL unless your roles allow it.
16.) If you are dead, you are dead. Do not post any information afterwards. You are allowed one "Bah" post, but that's it.
17.) This is a family show. No swearing on the game thread please, or a little accident may befall you.
18.) If you anticipate being away for more than 48 hours, please make note of this on the game thread, or I may make moves to replace you.
19.) Please do your bit to make the show enjoyable for all concerned. Abuse of other players will not be tolerated!
This thread can also be used for any questions players have outside the games. If you have a question while playing a game and it is related to the character you are playing, it would be better for you to PM the person running the game.