The Ides of March: a Mafia Game
“How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted o’er, In states unborn, and accents yet unknown!” -Cassius (Julius Caesar 3.1.111)
Ides of March is a Mafia (also known as Werewolf) game inspired by the Cult variant. The game can be played in-person or on-line, this ruleset assumes the game is being played on-line. The following general rules apply:
1. Post at least once per day.
2. No sharing role PMs, images of quicktopic chats, or anything else outside the thread.
3. Don’t tag threads.
4. Don’t post in the main Mafia: the Forum game thread.
5. No communicating outside of the thread about the game.
6. No gimmicks (acrostics, html coding, cryptography, etc.)
7. Roleplay is encouraged!
Each player is a member of one of two teams: Senators or Conspirators
Senators, excluding a few, have no special powers. They must post in the thread during the day and may vote to censure
Conspirators are the Mafia of this game, they can do everything Senators can do. In addition they talk in secret during the night. Once per night they choose one player to convert by vote, this player becomes a Conspirator. Converted players lose any powers they might have had. Any player converted in such a way is sent a PM before the start of the next day with the names of all current living Conspirators.
Each player may vote to censure another player, the vote must be in bold and on its own line. Votes may be retracted at any point during the day, voting for another player automatically retracts your vote for an earlier player.
In the case of a tie, the player with the earliest unretracted vote will be censured.
If the censured player is a Conspirator their name is made public and they are removed from the game. If the censured player is a Senator their name is made public but there are no other effects.
There are two (or more) censures during the day phase, after the 24th and 48th hours. Gameplay resumes after the first censure. If a Conspirator is discovered on the second censure the Senate will go into extended session and the day phase will go on for another 24 hours after which another censure will occur. Regardless of the results of the third censure the day phase ends.
Day and Night
The day is 48 hours long. Unless extended by 24 hours after a successful censure.
The night is 24 hours long.
All unconverted Senators (alive and dead) win when no Conspirators remain alive after a censure. All Conspirators lose.
All Conspirators (alive and dead) win when their number is equal to or greater than the number of Senators at the end of any night phase and the last targeted Senator was Julius Caesar. All unconverted Senators lose.
Town – The Senate
Gaius Julius Caesar (Dictator) – Cannot be converted, if targeted the conversion fails – Once per game can PM the Moderator to end the day, kill any player, and go directly into the next day.
Marcus Antonius (Quaestor)- Cannot be converted, if targeted for conversion Marcus Antonius dies and this information is revealed to the Town at start of next day. Each night may investigate a single player to determine if they are a Senator or Conspirator.
Servius Sulpicius Galba (Lictor) – May target a player at night. If that player is the target of conversion the conversion fails. The Lictor may not protect the same person two nights in a row.
Quintus Ligarius – A senator
Lucius Minucius Basilus – A senator
Gaius Servilius Casca – A senator
Publius Servilius Casca Longus – A senator
Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus – A senator
Lucius Tillius Cimber – A senator
Gaius Trebonius – A senator
Lucius Cassius Longinus – A senator
Gaius Cassius Parmensis – A senator
Caecilius – A senator
Bucolianus – A senator
Rubrius Ruga – A senator
Marcus Spurius – A senator
Publius Sextius Naso – A senator
Lucius Pontius Aquila – A senator
Petronius – A senator
Decimus Turullius – A senator
Pacuvius Antistius Labeo – A senator
Mafia – Conspirators (they called themselves the Liberators)
Gaius Cassius Longinus (Consul) – Makes one vote publically and one vote privately to the Moderator. Both votes count.
Marcus Junius Brutus (Trusted young friend/bastard son of Julius?) – Appears as a Senator when investigated by Marcus Antonius.