"In the peaceful Sicilian village of Salem, a dark presence is about to make itself known. For years, the family based crime organization known as the Mafia has been establishing itself in the foundation of the community. Until now, the naive citizens have been unaware of the evil among them. Tonight, however, the Mafia makes its move. Tonight, someone will die, and until the Mafia has eliminated all opposition, the innocent will continue to die. Unless, of course, the Mafia is destroyed first..."
The above is a typical opening for the game called Mafia. The game can be played by an indeterminate group of people, each playing the role of either a murdering Mafia member or an innocent townsperson, along with a game moderator. At the beginning of the game, Night falls, and the Mafia family members become aware of each other (by communication from the moderator). They then choose a victim, and the moderator announces the death scene. When Day breaks, the town must try to weed out the evil by lynching someone they suspect to be mafia.
The game of Mafia (in Meat World) is usually run with playing cards representing the possible roles in the game. The moderator secretly distributes the cards to the players, then has everyone put their head down/close their eyes. During the Night, the moderator "wakes up" the mafia, and they silently choose a victim. During the Day, everyone discusses, argues, swears, and eventually votes for someone to lynch. The cycle repeats until the endgame.
MafiaScum, however, is devoted to the online version of the game. As far as anyone knows, this version was first attempted in August 2000 on the Grey Labyrinth website. It was so successful that mith (a regular GL-er) felt it warranted its own site. Online Mafia has the potential for more strategy and subtlety because it removes most of the possibility for cheating and provides players with a chance to form suspicion based on logic and voting patterns instead of facial expression. It also has the potential for just as many (if not more) laughs, because the players can act however they like, no matter how shy they might be in real life.
Help with Mafia
- Quick Guide to Mafia - A rundown of how the game of Mafia works.
- FAQ - Some questions and issues that pop up with first-time players.
- Rules - Important rules for Mafia games that are standard on mafiascum and most other sites.
- Theory - Pages on ideas and numbers behind Mafia.
- Articles - Pages written by Scummers giving their views on Mafia.
- Roles - Commonly-used roles in Mafia games.
- Mafia Setups - Reusable, reliable setups that are free and easy to use!
- Commonly Used Abbreviations
- Glossary - A compilation of Mafia terminology.
Help with Mafiascum
- Quick Guide to Mafiascum - A quick overview of how our forum works.
- Modding Requirements - The site's standards for prospective moderators.
- Don't Panic - Wiki-based thread for posting problems when the forum is down.
- Downloads - Programs and files that may help with the game.
- Mish Mash - Information on non-Mafia games played on mafiascum.net.
- Scummers - Information about our users, and their wiki pages.
- Scummies - Annual awards for Mafiascum players.
- Meetups - Information on MeatWorld meet-ups.
- QuoteBook - Amusing quotes from various places around MafiaScum.