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F-16_Fighting_Falcon
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12/25/2011 3:27:37 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I was making roles for my mafia game which will probably start in about a month (5 people before me), but decided that the theme I chose wouldn't work because there were too few main characters. Does anyone have any ideas for a good mafia theme, ideally one that involves a lot of main characters?
BlackVoid
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12/25/2011 3:31:49 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Well maybe start by running through all your favorite TV shows. I know you said V one time, but obviously there's not enough characters. Maybe a different show.
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12/25/2011 3:34:45 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Or "Cops vs Serial killers" where you pick famous movie characters to fit the roles. Like, Carter from Rush Hour would be a cop, Hannibal Lecter for a serial killer.

I like the idea of a Countries or Nations theme, where everyone is assign a country, and the mafia can be ones like Afghanistan or China or something. Maybe go more specific and do "Democracies vs Authoratarians".
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12/25/2011 3:55:37 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
You don't necessarily need a proper theme. Sure, it's lots of fun, but certain roles can't be found with most themes.

That's why I'm making my own theme, my own characters and my own story from my game likely to be named 'A Death in Mystere' .

If you want lots of choices go for broad themes - ideas or concepts based.
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12/25/2011 4:54:07 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Thanks for the ideas guys. I like DC, Pokemon, and BlackVoid's idea of encompassing several different ideas like cops vs sks or countries. I am probably going to do either one of those or another idea that I have: USAF Aircraft vs Russian Aircraft. There are lot of variations of USAF aircraft and so many of them, it would be an amazing mafia idea especially for people who are into Engineering/Aerospace like me.

Here is a list of USAF aircraft: http://en.wikipedia.org...
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12/25/2011 4:59:38 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Or I would try cars from US manufacturers vs Cars from Japanese or European manufacturers.

Aircraft or Cars, one of those two. I am set on them now. Thanks for the ideas though. It helped me brainstorm. Anyone here a big fan of cars or aircraft?
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12/25/2011 9:27:30 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/25/2011 9:11:08 PM, CAPLlock wrote:
^ I love this idea


How about a WW2/3 Mafia?

WW3. Thats actually a pretty good idea.
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12/25/2011 9:38:42 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/25/2011 9:27:30 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
At 12/25/2011 9:11:08 PM, CAPLlock wrote:
^ I love this idea


How about a WW2/3 Mafia?

WW3. Thats actually a pretty good idea.

Yeah, I am going to expand it to include US Military Aircraft, helicopters, tanks, submarines, etc vs Russian. Should have tons and tons of fake claims :)
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12/25/2011 9:40:05 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/25/2011 9:38:42 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
At 12/25/2011 9:27:30 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
At 12/25/2011 9:11:08 PM, CAPLlock wrote:
^ I love this idea


How about a WW2/3 Mafia?

WW3. Thats actually a pretty good idea.

Yeah, I am going to expand it to include US Military Aircraft, helicopters, tanks, submarines, etc vs Russian. Should have tons and tons of fake claims :)

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12/25/2011 9:41:05 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/25/2011 9:40:05 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
At 12/25/2011 9:38:42 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
At 12/25/2011 9:27:30 PM, BlackVoid wrote:
At 12/25/2011 9:11:08 PM, CAPLlock wrote:
^ I love this idea


How about a WW2/3 Mafia?

WW3. Thats actually a pretty good idea.

Yeah, I am going to expand it to include US Military Aircraft, helicopters, tanks, submarines, etc vs Russian. Should have tons and tons of fake claims :)

Can I be the third party alien mothership?

Sure.
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12/25/2011 10:41:45 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/25/2011 9:37:16 PM, F-16_Fighting_Falcon wrote:
At 12/25/2011 9:26:10 PM, Danielle wrote:
I hate most themes >.<

Why?

- People focus more on the the character claims than game play
- It's usually heavily biased toward the town (obvious townie characters, etc.)
- Most themes are forced and don't work with the roles or story anyway
- It affects strategy and IMO not in a favorable way. For example, I noticed in the Tarantino game (I didn't play in it) that on DP1 people wanted others to claim movies in advance, and in the Inheritance game people are acting for species claims right off the bat, etc. This inhibits the mafia and alters how people discern who is guilty. For instance, in the Interwebz game, I knew that people who character claimed towards the end were more likely guilty (the mafia needs to figure out what is okay for them to fake). I dunno... just a lot of reasons :P

Some themes work out perfectly, and some are just for fun and don't really affect the game much. To me those are okay. One of my favorite themes to use (I've used it about 4 times at least) is TV in which my characters are TV shows. That is completely open-ended and allows for some strategy but also for a lot of leeway in terms of fake claiming and not being too centrally focused around character claims. I dunno, this is just my opinion and preference :)
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12/25/2011 10:43:34 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
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12/25/2011 10:49:39 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
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12/26/2011 5:49:56 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/26/2011 5:44:48 PM, MasterKage wrote:
This may sound a bit insane, but a Doctor Who mafia.

That's not insane because daleks are inherently evil. Mythbusters vs. Spongebob is more crazy.
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12/26/2011 5:51:27 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/26/2011 5:49:56 PM, UnStupendousMan wrote:
At 12/26/2011 5:44:48 PM, MasterKage wrote:
This may sound a bit insane, but a Doctor Who mafia.

That's not insane because daleks are inherently evil. Mythbusters vs. Spongebob is more crazy.

Yeah, I would love to see a DW mafia.
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Lordknukle
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12/26/2011 5:55:07 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/26/2011 5:53:26 PM, UnStupendousMan wrote:
At 12/26/2011 5:51:47 PM, CAPLlock wrote:
how about Germs vs white blood cells

*cough*

lol
Red- Transporting oxygen
White- Fighting infection

Where was CAPLlock for Grade 8 science?
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12/26/2011 5:55:20 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Monsters vs. Aliens (not the movie; famous monsters vs. famous aliens).

Psychiatrists vs. Psychopaths

Apple Products vs. Microsoft Products

Currencies (the Euro = jester?)

Sexual positions :P

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12/26/2011 6:00:51 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 12/26/2011 5:55:20 PM, bluesteel wrote:
Monsters vs. Aliens (not the movie; famous monsters vs. famous aliens).
R2D2 is Godfather in this game, right?
Psychiatrists vs. Psychopaths
Freud vs. Dexter... it's on!
Apple Products vs. Microsoft Products
The newton is the jester
Currencies (the Euro = jester?)
The dollar=godfather
Sexual positions :P
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