On our Strange Games trip to ITU we got an opportunity to participate in a game of Train Mafia. The game was designed for Come Out & Play 2009 by Douglas Wilson and Lau Korsgaard, and it’s basically a game of Mafia / Werewolf played in metro cars.
The game basically entails two metro trains. In our version, we played nerds and hipsters in the first car: Hipsters suspecting of people being nerds and kicking them out of the train, while the nerds were excluding people from the train one by one. The people left on the station hopped into the next train, where there was a lying-based voting game about finding the coolest district of Copenhagen.
We had a lot of fun: Actually it was a bit of a surprise to me, since I personally dislike Werewolf. The improvements on the game had less to do with its minor spatial and social expansions, and more with its increased pace: The nerds were murdering people every few stations, so the lynchmob had to be fast with their choices. Also, the night and all the time-consuming special roles are eliminated from this version.
The pervasivity only had a major influence in the end, when we hit a car so full of people the voting became tricky, which of course was a fun and crazy improvement.
Thanks again for running the game for us, Doug!