A Vengeful player is a one that, when voted out, or eliminated, is awarded the ability to kill any other player as they die.
Vengeful is a valid role to be used in a Normal game, but only if that role is Town-aligned.
Some versions of Vengeful are allowed to kill a player upon death regardless of whether they are eliminated or killed by another means.
Use & Power
Vengeful when given to the Town can be seen as a way to redeem the faction and can act against swing. If elements of swing are not already present, the addition of a Vengeful player may have the opposite effect.
Vengeful Townies are in a unique position to solve speculated problems. If there are already a high number of Power Roles as in a Role Madness game, Vengeful can be seen as a good addition to the town.
As it is a straightforward role to play, consider adding a Gladiator instead.
It must be decided before the game begins whether a Vengeful kill will work in ELo.
Vengeful scum roles greatly enhance swing. A elimination is the Town's weapon against scum: giving scum an extra kill essentially punishes the Town for doing what Town is expected to do. For adding dynamic gameplay that changes upon the elimination of a scum player, consider Enabler.
Claiming Vengeful Townie is not advised (unless your actual role is Vengeful and Mafia-aligned). The effect of giving its faction a bonus kill is useless unless you yourself are worth eliminating - otherwise it's obviously more profitable to elimination the player you would Vengefully kill while leaving you alive. Thus, Vengeful claims under duress are seen as grounds for a policy elimination.
As a Vengeful kill is in its best case, a second chance at an elimination, a Vengeful player is already working uphill just by getting the opportunity to use their power. It's best to kill whoever would be the elimination the next day as a Vigilante would. If the Town is at Odds, consider no-killing, as the Town may go to Evens on the next day, and depending on game factors this may offer crucial information to be gained from Night Kill Analysis.
Sample Role PM
- Welcome, [Player]! You are a Vengeful Townie.
- Kill: When you are eliminated, you may target another player in the game to attempt to kill them.
- You win when there are no longer any threats to the town.
A Gladiator limits the players eligible to be eliminated to the Gladiator and its target.
A Vigilante is a Normally pro-Town role that can kill another player at night.