Spoiler: Opening Flavour The Mafia is a criminal empire that holds sway over lands from the Northlands to Holdengard in the far South. For more than a hundred years, they have been unchallenged, meddling in the affairs of kings and peasants alike. That is, until recently. A fresh wave of warriors fought their way to the highest positions in the land, dedicated to removing the Mafia once and for all. Initially, the new higher-ups faced challenges. Murder. Robbery. Corruption. But then they started to make gains, and the Mafia started to get worried. A hit was ordered on the Marshal of the Northlands and his family. The assassin failed and the Marshal retaliated quickly and brutally. In a matter of days, huge numbers of Mafia cells were hunted down and broken up. With the criminals on the run, the Marshal enacted his final revenge. With a bounty of a million gold on his head, the largest ever issued, the Godfather of the Mafia had no choice but to go into hiding. With contacts up and down the country, it was no surprise he was good at disappearing. Bounty hunters scoured huge swathes of the nation, looking for the Godfather. After a few months, it became clear that the Godfather wasn't going to be found any time soon. All but the most dedicated and dangerous bounty hunters stopped searching. Then, a tip off. A citizen of the town of Winter's Peak had spotted a suspicious individual, flanked by four others, making their way off a boat, captained by a man the citizen knew to be a member of the mafia. Immediately, bounty hunters from all over started making their way towards Winter's Peak. The hunt began in the frozen forests surrounding the town before disaster struck. A blizzard, so terrible that no man could survive for more than a few moments outside of shelter, was on its way. Cursing their luck, the bounty hunters retreated, making their way to the town of Winter's Peak. Spoiler: Isn't this just a ripoff of Town of Salem? Nah. Town of Salem (a relatively popular browser game, for those who may not be aware) is based on Mafia, not the other way around. Mafia was originally introduced as a Russian card game in the 1980s, and quickly grew in popularity across Internet forums due to its fast-paced gameplay and addicting mind games. Despite this, Town of Salem is an incredibly good resource for new players to learn about the basics of Mafia, as both games are very similar mechanically-wise. Welcome to Hypixel Mafia XXVI! If you’re wondering why there's a new game thread so soon after the last one, that game has been postponed until after this one, so this is the 26th and then we'll go back to the 25th. Whilst I expect returning players won't want to read the rules again, it is important you read the section on the text adventure elements coming with this game. I've tried to keep it brief, but it is essential. This game has been designed for 24 players. I may be able to extend it, depending on the demand, but we'll see how it goes. If you're a new player and wish to sign up, please be careful, playing this forum game takes a lot of time and you'll need to pay attention. Going inactive happens all too often and has ruined many games. This game might also not be the best for new players, as it includes new elements that some people who've played before might not even get. Text adventure elements play a large role in the day play of this game. Though recognisable elements of mafia, like lynching, voting, night actions, etc.. are still present, text adventure will affect the day game considerably. Whilst not essential, it is recommended you pay somewhat attention to the flavour as it develops. A minigame will be played for two days before the actual game begins. This minigame has now started. There are still several spots available for the main game. Details on Targeted are in the reply below. The following spoilers are taken from @Mitochondria as his explanations are the best for new players. Spoiler: What is mafia (long version)? At its core, mafia is a puzzle that each player is attempting to solve. Through a series of lies, gambits, plots, countplots, counter-counterplots, and mind games, each player attempts to gain the upper hand over the others to bring about a victory for their faction. If you enjoy social or mental games, mafia is the thread for you! A game of mafia details the power struggle between two factions: the Town and the Mafia. The Town represents an uninformed majority; the bulk of players will be put into this faction, but they won't know who the other members of the Town are at the start of the game. It is the Town's goal to figure out who is a part of the Mafia, and eliminate those players. The Mafia represents an informed minority; though they are a much smaller group, the Mafia has access to a private chat through which they can scheme, and can easily gain the upper hand through strategic planning. It is the Mafia's goal to outnumber the Town. Third party roles may also be thrown into the game. This "faction" often works alone, and comes equipped with their own unique win conditions. Some neutrals are harmless and must simply survive until the end of the game, but others are playing with the intention of killing every other player. At the start of the game, each player will be PM'd their role and faction. Every role has a unique ability that will be outlined in the role PM. From there, Mafia is divided into two repeating cycles; Day and Night. During the Day, every player will have an open discussion in this thread. It is at this point that players try and figure out who they can trust, as well as discern other people's roles. This discussion will eventually lead to a lynch at the end of the day; it is the Town's objective to figure out who is a part of the Mafia and lynch them, while the Mafia aims to mislead the Town and get them to lynch one of their own. At any point during the Day, anyone can vote for someone to be lynched by using the tags [VOTE] *Player Name* [/VOTE]. The Day will end after a period of 48 hours, at which point the player with the most votes is lynched. It is also possible to end day eariler if a specific player receives half of the votes of the surviving players plus one (this will be outlined in day-starting mod posts throughout the game). When a player is lynched, their role is revealed to everyone and they are considered "dead" and no longer in the game. During the Night, each player will perform their night actions. As previously stated, each person has a role with special abilities. It is during the night that these abilities can be used. Every player PMs me what they want to do with their ability (whether it be killing, protecting, investigating, role blocking, etc. another player). It is also during this period that the Mafia has access to their private chat that they can use to plan and scheme, but this thread is closed for discussion. This period will end once each player sends me their night action. These cycles will repeat until a winner has been determined (typically until only one faction of players remains alive). I will then hand out some awards to recognize the best players and moments of the game, and then this mafia round will come to an end! Mafia is a great way to make some new friends on the forum, join an incredibly active community, and have a great time playing what is (in my opinion) one of the best social games out there. Spoiler: What is mafia (TLDR version)? 1. A game of lies, deceit, plotting, counterplotting, and mental games between three factions: the town (an uninformed majority), the mafia (the informed and organized minority), and the third parties (individual players with unique win conditions). 2. Cycles through two repeating time periods, day and night. Day will take place over 48 hours, and it is during this time that all players discuss the game and who to lynch in this chat. At the end of the day, the player with the most votes is killed, and the 24 hour night cycle begins. During the night, all players will use their night actions specified in their PMs. 3. The above cycles repeat until a winner is determined. The town will win when all anti-town players are dead, the mafia will win when their faction outnumbers all other players, and third parties will win when they achieve their own special conditions (with the most common being to kill all other players or survive until the end of the game). Spoiler: What are the rules? The rules, though a bit boring and dry, are an incredibly important part of making sure the game runs smoothly and everyone (both new and returning players) has a good time. Please thoroughly read them, as I will be enforcing them. Also keep in mind that I may adjust the rules if a situation not covered by them arises, and I have the final say in any rule-based arguments. 1. Remain respectful of each other. Yes, mafia is a heated game and you will get into arguments, but that does not give any player permission to make personal attacks. We don't tolerate any form of bullying in these games, and players who do not respect this rule will be modkilled and potentially banned from future games. 2. Remember that we are still on the Hypixel forums, so all of their rules (especially the ones about posting child-appropiate content) apply. That means avoid cursing, sexual innuendos, etc. I don't care, but the forum mods do, and we need to respect their rulings. 3. Do not discuss the game outside of either this thread or a PM created by me. Period. End of story. Discussing the game outside of the designated areas is considered cheating and, if I find out about it, you will be modkilled and potentially banned from future games. 4. Do not use any secret codes created prior to the game. This falls in line with the above rule; codes created during the game in a PM made by me or within the game thread are completely allowed, but any other codes are against the rules and will result in a modkill. 5. Do not gamethrow. Gamethrowing is considered any actions that go against your or your faction's win condition, whether that be attacking a player on your team due to a personal grudge or attempting to kill other players on your team for no discernable reason. Yes, I completely understand that bussing or attacking members of your faction is a completely valid strategy, and yes, the line may get blurry at times, but I think everyone should understand the difference between a strategic attack and a senseless action purposely meant to go against your faction. 6. Try and avoid posting in this thread during the night. While banter posts are okay in moderation, any form of game-related information cannot be shared in this thread during the night. 7. If/when you die, you are out of the game and cannot post in this thread until the game ends. Unlike the aforementioned banter rule, I will be enforcing this; too often, a dead player gives game-changing information (accidentally or not), which ruins the experience for other players. 8. Do not directly quote or screenshot anything from any game-related PMs you are in. Let me repeat myself. Do NOT directly quote or screenshot anything from any game-related PMs you are in. This includes your role PM, factional PMs, etc. Doing this goes against the entire spirit of the game, and will get you instantly modkilled. 9. In general, don't abuse any loopholes you come across. The rule list is comprehensive, but it does not cover every possible situation; if you think you've discovered a way to break the game, please run it by me before putting it into action. Remember that, if a situation not covered by the rules arises, I will use my own discretion to solve it. 10. Do not edit or delete any posts you make during the game, as this is considered cheating and can be used to cover up any information you may have let slip. 11. Though this is a hard rule to enforce, quality is always better than quantity. To make both my life and the lives of your fellow players easier, try not to post fluff (aka meaningless content that does nothing to further your personal agenda or the game). Like I said, I won't be enforcing any banter rules, but please be considerate of everyone's time. 12. Inactivity. Too often in the past, players have signed up and then don't play the game. This is incredibly inconsiderate and can ruin the game for everyone. All players are required to post multiple times per day phase, unless you inform me of your inavailability ahead of time. Failure to do this will get you replaced. I understand that real life comes first, but please just let me know if you won't be able to be active so I can replace you. 13. Try and avoid using crazy mafia acronyms. New players don't know what TFPTSLBOOIA is, so try and stay away from acronyms that may cause confusion (or explain what the acronym means; just try to keep everyone on the same page). 14. All anti-town players will be given a fake flavor claim and the town win condition. 15. Flavors do tie in with the roles, and flavor is very much alignment indicative. Custom roles will appear as well. As I mentioned in Rule 9, this is not a comprehensive rulelist, but it should give everyone a good idea of what is and is not allowed. Spoiler: Text Adventure Elements IMPORTANT Casus Bellis To attack someone in this game, you need a Casus Belli. There a variety of Casus Bellis that can be used throughout the game. Here is a list of some that may appear: - A majority of players has voted for the player to be killed (cannot be defended against, can only be used once a day). - Event Casus Bellis. - Personal Casus Bellis (non-lethal, character based). - Evil alignment (can be used once per day and night cycle, cannot be defended against). - Evil alignment (can be used at any time). - Self-defence. - Survival. Fighting When combat begins, the attacker will roll a dice based on their weapon stat. Once damage has been rolled, a d20 will be rolled. If the result is higher than the target's armour stat, then the target will take damage. If not, the target takes no damage. Once a player runs out of hit points, that player is killed (or in a non-lethal fight, knocked out) and the fight is over. If a player rolls a one on their d20, they will critically fail and damage themselves in some way. If a player rolls a twenty on their d20, they will critically succeed and do extra damage to their targets in some way. I'll try to make it as interactive as possible. The tutorial fight will explain more. The attacker will always attack first within the first round of rolls. After that a coin flip will determine who goes first. Players with the "Quick" trait will always go first in combat, even if they are attacked. Combat between two "Quick" characters will result in a coin flip. During combat between multiple combatants, dice rolls will determine the order of combat (with highest roll being first, etc). Voting Voting works the same way as in a normal game. Once a player has been hammered, or day ends and they have the most votes, they will be killed. Exploring Within and around the town of Winter's Peak, there are secrets to be found. Throughout the day phase, and sometimes during the night, players will be able to use command to describe their actions. I’ll try to take all formats of commands. For example, if you wanted to look around a room, you could say [EXAMINE] surroundings [/EXAMINE], or [LOOK] around [/LOOK], both would give the same result. However, I will take commands as literally as possible. For example, if I say there’s a letter on a table, and you said [EXAMINE] table [/EXAMINE], I’d give you a description of the table. Maybe that was a bad example, but it’ll save problems down the road. I’ll try to answer all commands, but I probably won’t give a response to most nonsense ones. Make sure you keep them in the [COMMAND] Target [/COMMAND] structure. Skill Rolls Each of you will be given three stats, INTELLIGENCE, STRENGTH and AGILITY (INT,STR,AGI). These will be based on the race you choose later and the trait you pick, not what I decide you to be. I'm not that mean. These stats will be used when you use a command that I deem requires a skill check. Say you wanted to break down a door. You say . If it's a wooden door, I set the threshold at 10. If it's a stone door, I might set it at 20. I then roll to see your number. You get a 7. But your STR score of 3 is added on, giving you a 10. You now succeed. Adventuring At certain points throughout the game, which I will highlight, some of you may be chosen (by each other), taken out of the game and placed in your own little PM. I then make your life a living nightmare for a bit, where you fight evil, get cold, or whatever. Then you'll return to the rest of the group and continue on, a little richer for the experience. In items that is. Though maybe now you're a better person, who am I to judge. Spoiler: Signing Up Leave a reply saying '/in'. If I rate you a hype train, you are also signed up for Targeted, the minigame that will be played before this. If I rate you agree, you are signed up for the game but not Targeted. If you wish to opt-out of playing Targeted, include '/ot' somewhere in your response. Spoiler: Living Players 7. Jmwjmw27 16. Totum 18. Awknd 23. Conroy Spoiler: Backups 1. ThisGuyDoesStuff 2. Skullmaster4 3. FruitLoopsFerrari Spoiler: Dead Players TheMegaMall, the Paladin or 2-Shot CPR Doctor FriendlyPsychopath, the Hexblade or Mafia 1-shot Ninja, 1-shot Janitor Vigilante Mafioso joshua123_4, the Marshal or Town 3-shot Motivator Serendipity, the Knight or Town Bodyguard Violin, the Ninja or Town 2-Shot Role Cop Name Change 7, the Warmage or Mafia Bus Driver DragonKing87, the Assassin or Town Plotter Tmi489, the Scout or Town Alternating Tracker/Watcher Nz_Slimeables, the Nightstalker or Mafia Strong-Willed JOAT DargonKing87, the Soul of the Lycanthrope or the Neutral Werewolf Grones, the Commoner or the Town Hider Echks, the Crusader or the Town Jailkeeper DatGamer, the ??? DragonKing87_, the Archivist or Town Cop turned Cult Cop AGrumpyCat, the Puppeteer or Neutral Cult Leader Atoriax, the Healer or Town Doctor Spoiler: Vote Counts . Spoiler: Day/Night Posts Day 1 Night 1 Day 2 Night 2 Day 3 Spoiler: Important Posts First Flavour Event End of First Flavour Event Second Flavour Event Spoiler: Links to All Previous Games Mafia 1 Mafia 2 Mafia 3 Mafia 4 Mafia 5 Mafia 6 Mafia 7 Mafia 8 Mafia 9 Mafia 10 Mafia 11 Mafia 12 Mafia 13 Mafia 14 Mafia 15 Mafia 16 Mafia 17 Mafia 18 Mafia 19 Mafia 20 Mafia 21 Mafia 22 Mafia 23 Mafia 24 Spoiler: Guides for New Players Town of Salem, if you've played this before, you'll probably have an easier time, as it is based on mafia. This is a guide for new players, that offers some tips on understanding the game and some basic strategy. Any role that appears here may appear in the game. There will be some custom roles. Feel free to PM me at any time with any questions and I'll respond as quick as I can. Good luck!