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Named Townie

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Status: Known

A Named Townie is a role that has no real abilities, but differs from a normal Vanilla Townie in the sense it has a different name from an actual Vanilla Townie. This in itself can be powerful.

Standard version

A Named Townie has no powers that differ from those of a Vanilla Townie; the only difference is in the role name itself. Thus, the player will be given a different name in their Role PM, a Rolecop will see the changed name, and so on.


Probably the most commonly used name for Vanilla Townies in the abstract is "Chocolate Townie", although they're more commonly named to something that makes sense in the theme.

In practice, any character that has a name is technically a Named Townie, although not by function. This was a trope subverted in Mini 1975: A Village in the Woods where some players had names, others names and roles, and some players simply roles.

It is possible to have a Named Mafioso or Named third-party. Having a Named third-party gives no meaningful distinction from a Vanilla third-party however.

A Named Scummie is a scum-aligned role with no real abilities, but different from a typical Goon.

Herring is a role that is similar in function, but differs in the fact that Herrings typically aren't Self-aware.

Earl, if not a name for a Named Townie, may refer to a role that causes investigative results containing the Earl's role to also contain the Earl's alignment (e.g. a Role Cop checking a Town Earl will learn they are a Town Earl).

Use & Balance

In Open setups Named Townies are remarkably powerful - the Named Townie can claim their role, and unless scum are brave (or foolhardy) enough to counterclaim them the claim is evidently true - and thus often, so is their alignment.

Useless roles such as a Miller with no Cop are considered to be variants on the Named Townie. These useless roles are weaker than a townie with just a name as they may be under the impression their corresponding role is in the game, and this could in theory offer scum opportunity to freely claim this role.

An abstract problem of having too many power roles in a setup can lead to breaking strategies whereby the town can massclaim and presumingly eliminate the scummiest players to claim VT.

Other roles with no function include the Visitor (who can target to no effect), and False roles (which have Role PMs that claim to support actions, but are lying).

Play Advice

There is little that can differentiate a Named Townie from a Vanilla Townie, however by not being a VT it can itself be considered a kind of power. If a massclaim can be beneficial to the town, consider insisting going after a player you view as scummy, as the town may end up with too many power role claims, making decisions derived setup speculation and Process of Elimination easier.

Sample Role PMs

This part of a role name serves merely to denote that the role is vanilla, and does not add any special powers that would be visible in a role PM.

See also

My Name is Earl is an Open Setup and quintessential example of a Named Townie.