Werewolf Birthday Party Games
by Madman Melvin
Werewolf birthday party games: The name of the game is Werewolf, and it can be played with anywhere from five to no limit of players, although it gets a little cumbersome after fifteen or twenty. You need a relatively big space, where ideally everybody can be sitting down and easily seen. One person will not be actively playing, but will be the "Moderator", and in control of the different phases of the game.
In the game, there are two teams, villagers and werewolves. Each player is given a card with a role on it. They cannot show this to ANYBODY. For example, if you have 7 people playing, the roles would be Good Team 2 Villagers(no special role) 1 Seer(gets to look at one player during the night phase to see if they're the werwewolf) 1 Hunter(will let if the good team win if left alone with the werewolf at end of game).
Bad Team 1 Sorcerer(gets to look at one player during night phase to see if they're the seer) 1 Werewolf(gets to remove a player from the game every night except the first) 1 Dark Villager(like the villager, but evil!)
You can simply write the role on a card and give it to each player. The goal of the game is for the good team to lynch the werewolf. The game is divided into night and day phases. The game will start at night-the moderator will announce to have everybody close their eyes and pretend to be sleeping-it is very important nobody cheats, as it ruins the game.
The moderator will then announce for the werewolf to wake up(this person opens their eyes, and looks at the moderator, and then closes their eyes again). The moderator then asks the seer to wake up(the seer then opens their eyes, and points at a player to see if that player is a werewolf-he will receive a nonverbal clue from the moderator, a thumbs up if that player is a werewolf, thumbs down if not).
The sorcerer then wakes up and looks for the seer, in the same way the seer looked for the werewolf. Now, it is day phase, and the players MUST vote for someone to lynch, as they know there is a werewolf in their village.
To lynch someone you must have a majority. If there are seven players, you need five votes on the first day. Voting is most easily done by finger pointing(a player may not vote for himself) Players can say anything to defend themselves-but you may never show anyone your card.
Lying is frequently a good idea in this game, and often encouraged, which is what makes it so much fun! Someone wants to lynch you? Lie, and say you're the seer, the good team's best hope of finding the werewolf.
If the person the group decides to lynch is the werewolf, the game is over, and the good team wins. If it is not, that player is out of the game(and may not say anything about the game) and the game moves onto another night phase.
Additional night phases are similar to the first, except the werewolf gets to wake up and eat someone. He simply opens his eyes when the moderator tells him, and points at someone to eat. The seer and sorcerer work as they did the first night, and the moderator announces the beginning of the day phase with who the werewolf ate that night. On the 2nd day, the group has to once again decide to lynch someone-there are five people left, so the majority is now 3.
Once this is done, there is another night phase, which functions exactly the same-if the seer or sorcerer has died, the moderator should still call out for their roles, as to not give out out any clues as to which character has left the game. One the last day phase, there are 3 people left, so the majority is now 2-the bad team will win unless the werewolf is lynched, unless the remaining player is the hunter, in which case the hunter kills the werewolf.
The game is easy to pick up once you play it a couple times-it is ideal for a party environment because it encourages thinking, conversation, and negotiation. You will find out that despite not actually knowing who is on your team, you often have a good guess because of who a person wants to lynch, the way they are acting, or simply if you think they are lying or not.
The game scales well with more people-for every three or more people, simply give the bad team another werewolf and the good team more villagers. There are more different roles but they are complicated for first timers. Or feel free to make up your own. Odd numbers for the game are best, because they make the majority possible to get.
Editors Note: This Werewolf birthday party game fits perfectly with a halloween birthday party theme.
Categories: Halloween Birthday, All Birthday Ideas