What is the difference between an "Open" and "Closed" setup?
An Open Setup is a setup in which the players know all the roles and mechanics present in the game they are playing. A Closed Setup is a setup in which the players do not have this information.
The roles in a closed setup are chosen before the game starts by a Moderator, and are oft reviewed by peers for balance. Moderators tend to vary which roles they utilise and how as to refrain from being predictable. At present, the MafiaWiki only documents open setups. Running an open setup as closed is theoretically possible, but normally a bad idea due to various balance reasons.
You may notice we also have a third type of setup on the wiki however: Semi-Open Setups. These are setups in which the players know that certain specific roles may be in the game, but not which ones their game contains.
What are the setup sizes used on MafiaScum?
Setups played on MafiaScum are always one of three sizes: Micro, Mini, or Large. Micro games contain less than 9 players, Mini games 10 to 13 players, and large games have anything above 14 players.
What is a "Multiball" setup?
A Multiball setup is a setup in which more than one anti-town faction is present, containing at least 2 members (with the exception of a Serial Killer). The Town is usually required to eliminate all the opposing Factions to achieve their Win-Condition.
What is a "Royal" setup?
A Royal setup is a setup similar to Assassin in the Palace (A.I.T.P.), which differs from regular Mafia as due to the existence of an informed majority instead of an informed minority. All setups inspired by A.I.T.P. are counted as Royal setups.
How are setups sorted on the MafiaWiki?
All setups on the MafiaWiki have been categorized by the sizes used on the forums: "Micro", "Mini", and "Large". Furthermore there exist three further categories for specific types of setups: "Multiball", "Royal", and "Semi-Open".
Open Queue Setups
On the forums there exists an queue for open setups, named Central Park. Here moderators can only host games from an approved list, created by the queue's List Moderator. These are the "Approved Open Setups", and are sorted by size. Occasionally the list moderator approves a setup to be played as a trial-run a few times, and those setups are the "Untested Open Setups", also sorted by size.