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The Librarian learns that a particular Outsider character is in play, but not exactly which player it is.
"You start knowing that 1 of 2 players is a particular Outsider. (Or that zero are in play.)"
There are no Outsiders in this game. The Librarian learns a '0'.
Tips & Tricks
- It is vital to figure out early which of the two players is the one you have information about. The player that you know is good, even if they are an Outsider - while their ability may be detrimental to the good team, they are a guaranteed good vote, and also one player who you know for sure is definitely not the Demon.
- If you get a 0, this information is super powerful if you weren't the Drunk or poisoned, as then you know for sure there are no Outsiders in the game. This means there is no Baron in play, and any Outsider claims are probably evil players bluffing. You can also try to encourage Outsider bluffs by lying about your information and claiming there is at least one Outsider in play - a Minion or Demon may jump on that to back up their bluff.
- You learn your information on the first night of the game. Revealing what you know early can help confirm a player as good, which might in turn confirm other information from Townsfolk like the Empath or the Ravenkeeper.
- If you do not reveal your information until late in the game (and they are still alive), then you can reveal a player on the final day or close to it, taking them out of contention as a potential Demon and reducing the number of players for the good team to deliberate on from three to two.
- Characters like the Saint would rather die at night than by execution. Since Outsiders are generally not targets a Demon will want to kill, you can use your information to set this player up to be killed, which in turn can protect a more powerful character (like the Empath or Fortune Teller from execution.
- If you see that your two shown players are the Drunk, it is a good idea to communicate this early, especially if they think they are actually a character who receives information. Knowing that their information may be wrong is information in itself.
- Alternatively, you can deliberately give false information about who the Drunk is - the demon is less likely to attack a drunk character, which means that you can protect players who are sober and getting information while getting the demon to target the actual Drunk instead.
- Giving away your information freely will mean that the other player can trust you, but not that you can necessarily trust them - it is always possible they are an evil player simply agreeing with you to shore up their own bluff. In turn, asking the player to reveal to you means you can trust them, but not that they can trust you. Try to find a middle ground where it's reasonable that both of you knew the information. For example, you could share a small list of characters they could potentially be, and get them to pick from the list who they are.
Bluffing as the Librarian
- You can use your information to back up a fellow evil player and make them look good. This lends credibility to their claim (especially if they are claiming to be a Saint or Recluse and allows you to work with them directly as you are both 'good players' who know each other.
- You can also use your information to back up a good player. A Saint who is having trouble being believed, or a Butler looking for someone to trust will appreciate a Librarian confirming them, and will be more willing to trust and vote with you.
- Naming two good players as the Drunk can cause them to doubt their information, or undermine powerful characters like the Mayor. The Drunk is a very safe option, since the people that you pick will not be able to confirm your information (at least for a while).
- You can also name one of your fellow evil players as a potential Drunk. This means that if they mess up their bluff (e.g. giving information that doesn't make sense, dying as the Soldier) that's fine - they're obviously just Drunk!
- As a show of confidence, immediately reveal which Outsider is 'in play' very early in the game, but don't name your 'players'. This can lead to a good player self-confirming you, or it can allow an evil player to jump in and bluff if you are wrong.