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The Washerwoman learns that a particular Townsfolk character is in play, but not exactly which player it is.
"You start knowing that 1 of 2 players is a particular Townsfolk."
Tips & Tricks
- The Washerwoman is deceptively powerful. Even though you don't gain information on the evil players, you can confirm the identity of a good player. This player should be your focus for the game, because if they have great information, then you have that information too. If they have a useful ability that they choose to use, you can help them use it wisely.
- When drunk or poisoned, the Washerwoman typically gets information that is easy to figure out is incorrect. At least, compared to other characters. While the Chef has no clue as to whether their "1" is incorrect, if you are told a player is a particular Townsfolk, and the Storyteller has told you that they are a different Townsfolk, it is likely that you are drunk or poisoned. You can use this information to your team's advantage, because if you know you are the Drunk, you know nobody else is. Since you can more easily tell when your information is wrong, this means that you can have more confidence that information you get is correct when it seems correct.
- To find out which of the two players is the Townsfolk, either ask the group publicly, or have a private conversation with each player individually. It is usually best to reveal what you know before the Townsfolk in question says who they are, so that they trust you more.
- If you share your information on the first day, and speak up quickly, the good team has some solid information to begin with. This is particularly useful if you confirm another information-receiving Townsfolk like the Empath or the Fortune Teller.
- Waiting until the final day (or at least very late in the game) to share your information with the group can also be very useful. If you can keep the Townsfolk that you know alive until the final day, then you know one player that is not the Demon! This can either make the Demon player obvious to you, or at least reduce the possible Demon players down to 1 in 2 instead of 1 in 3.
- Talk to the Townsfolk player that you know, and secretly let them know you know who they are. This way, you can hopefully form an alliance, and can come to each other's defence if either of you are nominated for execution, whilst avoiding telling the group (and therefore the evil team) who the other is. This is particularly useful if you learn a character that the Demon really wants to attack, like the Fortune Teller, or even a character that the Demon wants to avoid attacking at all costs, like the Ravenkeeper or theSoldier.
- After talking to the Townsfolk that you know in private, and confirming who they are, you can tell the group that they are a different character than they actually are. This strategy is useful if you want to protect a powerful Townsfolk from characters like the Poisoner, or to trick evil players into attacking a Townsfolk that has already used their ability, such as the Chef.
- Sometimes the Storyteller will point to evil players as possible Townsfolk to you. If you think this might be the case, don't say directly which Townsfolk you know to be in play. You might instead state a false Townsfolk character to try and trick evil players into admitting to being a character that you didn't learn, or you can tempt good players into revealing their Townsfolk character to you before you reveal what you know to them. This allows you to trust them more... but they may trust you less!
- The two of you can reveal your characters publicly to the group, without having a private conversation beforehand. This goes a long way towards proving publicly that you are both telling the truth.
- Publicly reveal which character is in play, but not which player it is. This way, the evil team gets little information, but the Townsfolk in question will trust you, and will look more trustworthy when they reveal who they are to the group.
- You could claim to be the Washerwoman and point to a player you suspect is evil, stating that they are the Townsfolk you learned about. An opportunistic evil player may pounce on an opportunity to appear good, and claim that they are, in fact, the Townsfolk you learned about, thus outing them to you as, at the very least, a liar.
- Beware of the Spy! They may register as a Townsfolk character to you. That player who you think is the Investigator may not be the Investigator after all...
Bluffing as the Washerwoman
When bluffing as the Washerwoman, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Claim to be the Washerwoman and point to at least one evil player. Then, name the Townsfolk character (preferably one that you suspect/know is not in play). If that evil player is clever, they may realize that you are trying to make them look good, and claim to be that Townsfolk. For example, if you point to the Demon and a random good player, and say that one of them is the Monk, then the Demon may claim to be the Monk, which makes you both look good.
- If a good player claims to be a particular Townsfolk character, you can claim to be the Washerwoman, and confirm that they are who they say they are.
- Immediately upon awakening, tell the group that a particular Townsfolk is in play. Cross your fingers and hope that you are correct! If you are, great. If not, an evil player may bluff as the Townsfolk you claimed is in play.
- The Washerwoman can be a difficult bluff, because sometimes the Townsfolk you say is in play, isn't. If this happens, you can always claim to be drunk or poisoned. Or, better yet, claim that the Washerwoman was a bluff, and that you are actually character that is more powerful later in the game (such as a Slayer or an Undertaker), and that you were trying to look like a character that has already used their ability so that the Demon would not attack you.
- If you are a Spy or have access to a Spy, they can be invaluable in providing you accurate information to back up your story.
- You would have received your information on night one, and so should have it from that point onward. You will have been shown two players and one Townsfolk token.