Years ago, my daughter had a sleepover party for her birthday, and our friend Rachel volunteered to help out with activities. One of the party games she played with the girls was Mafia, which I had never seen before. The girls were secretly assigned roles as innocents or members of the Mafia. I remember the girls all sitting with their eyes closed listening carefully to Rachel as she led them through the game. The members of the Mafia would open their eyes when directed and silently let Rachel know which of the innocents was to be rubbed out. The innocents (and the players who were secretly part of the Mafia) had to try and figure out who was part of the Mafia and then everyone would vote as to who would be locked up. It was a huge hit at the slumber party.
Later, I discovered that there was a different version of Mafia, called Werewolf, that had a huge following among gamers, especially at large gatherings like KublaCon. I played it once and I had a good time, but when you are eliminated, you’re done, and the game can go on for a very long time. As I get older, I don’t like staying up too late, even for games. I’d rather be up bright and early for waffles and games in the morning.
One Night Ultimate Werewolf takes much of what’s fun about the full pot of gaming coffee that Werewolf provides and condenses it down into a tasty espresso of Werewolfy goodness. Forget player elimination. You’ve got one night to figure out who is a werewolf and who is human, and a single vote to determine which side will win. You don’t even have to have a player sit out to act as the moderator. You can download a free app for your tablet or smartphone that will run the game for you. Seriously cool. Didn’t I talk about this stuff in my Augmented Reality post?
The game was developed by Ted Alspach and Akihisa Okui, and was published in 2014 by Bezier Games. It features some very fun art from Brazilian artist Gus Batts, and will accommodate 3 to 10 players of ages 8+. My 10-year-old son had no trouble at all playing this with adults, except for the fact that my wife and I can tell when he’s not being truthful. He raises his eyebrows more than usual. Continue Reading…