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This is a page covering general strategies for good and evil players.
This is a guide and not gospel. Follow your heart!
I'm good, now what?
- Your single most powerful tool you have is your voice. Your character ability can give you information, but in order to get the other players to believe and utilise that information, you will need to use your voice effectively. Talk to as many players as you can - learn who they are and combine their information with your own. Be helpful. Be pro-active. Even if you have no information, telling the group what you think can provide them with information and gives you influence. If you are nominated, defend yourself. If you believe someone is evil, campaign for their execution.
- Use your dead vote wisely. Once you are dead, you only get one vote for the rest of the game. This is extraordinarily valuable and should be used at a time when it makes the most difference. Usually, that means saving your vote until the final day, when many other dead players are voting too -.since the dead players outnumber the living players, it will be the dead that decide the fate of the game. If you throw your dead vote away frivolously in the early stages of the game, you are denying yourself that power at the end.
- Share whatever information you have. If you are the Empath, tell the group how many of your neighbors are evil. If you are the Washerwoman, talk to the player(s) you believe to be the Townsfolk you learned. Share your information publicly - by telling the whole group what you know, or share your information privately - with one or two players that you trust. Either way, if you are sharing information, and they are sharing information, then you can put the pieces of the puzzle together in time. Even if you are not a character that learns information of a night time, you still have some type of information. For example, the Slayer, if they slay the wrong player, knows at least that that player is NOT the Demon. The Virgin, if nominated, learns something about the identity of the nominating player. The Monk, can learn who the Demon attacked, if no players died tonight. Even the [[Butler}} learns something about the number of Outsiders in the game, or the inclinations of their master.
- Tell the truth at some stage. While you do not have to reveal your character to the group straight away, you should reveal who you are, truthfully, before the final nominations occur. Some characters can benefit by hiding for a few days so as to collection information, but on the whole, the more good players that truthfully say who they are, the more information the good team has to collaborate and co-oordinate with. Even if you reveal which character you are, and you die because of it, you are still in the game, and your opinion may be even more respected.
- If you are a character that takes a few nights to collate their information, or becomes more powerful as the game develops, it can be very helpful to bluff as a character that the Demon does not want to kill. For example, if you are the Undertaker, Fortune Teller, Empath or Slayer, you can bluff as the Ravenkeeper, Soldier, or even the Saint. This way, the good team will want to keep you alive, and the Demon will be afraid to kill you, allowing you to survive and gradually become more and more powerful. You will need to reveal your true identity to the group at some stage though...
- Conversely, if you are a character that benefits from being attacked by the Demon, then bluff as a character that the Demon would want to attack. If you are the Ravenkeeper, Soldier, or other characters of that ilk, bluffing as the Fortune Teller, Undertaker, Slayer or even Virgin can temp the Demon into choosing you of a night time. The Ravenkeeper benefits enormously by gaining information, whilst the Soldier prevents a good player from dying. This strategy is also useful if the Monk is protecting you, or even if you are a character that has already used their ability or is a better choice for the Demon to kill. For example, if you are a Chef that has already gained their information, a Recluse or a Saint that is not being believed to be an Outsider, or even a Librarian, you can trick the Demon into killing you of a night, thus keeping the Townsfolk that are more powerful in the later game alive.
- You can not trust the whole group. At least some players will be evil, and lying to you. However, MOST players are good, so most players are trustworthy. Put your faith in one or two players, and talk in secret with them. Tell them which character you are and what you know. Ask for them to do the same. Come to their defence if they are nominated, and ask them to come to yours. If you have chosen well, the coalition you have formed will pay off. However, if the information of the rest of the group is pointing to them being evil, it may be time to turn on them like a pack of rabid dogs.
- Be helpful to the group. If you are sharing information, coming to the aid of players you believe to be good, voting for players the group thinks are evil, and generally being a co-odinator and helpful person to the group as a whole, the group will trust you beyond the question of "which character are you"?
- Engage the dead players. Sometimes, players that die disengage from the game and feel like because they are "dead", they are not influential. Nothing could be further from the truth. The dead players still vote, and the information that the dead players have is still useful to you to help win the game - sometimes even more so. After all, dead players are almost certainly not the Demon. If you talk to the dead players, swap information with them, and help them decide when and how to use their vote, they won't be using that vote on you! They'll be using their vote as wisely as possible.
- If you want to reveal your character to the group, but don't want the Demon to know who you are, you can tell another player to pretend to be your character, or to simply tell the group your information on your behalf. For example, if a player says "I know that an Investigator is in play, and that either Amy or Evin is the Minion, but I'm not going to reveal who the Investigator is", then your identity is kept secret.
- Don't get executed. Under most circumstances, getting executed is not helpful. Even if you have "used your ability", it is not wise to be executed, just because. Do whatever you can to avoid being executed - even lying about who you are to save your skin. Good doesn't win by executing good players. They win by executing evil players.
- Get executed. If the group thinks that you are evil, then volunteering to get executed (and even voting for yourself) might be the best solution. If you die today, then a different player can be executed tomorrow, but if you are not executed today and instead you survive until the final day, the group will still think you are evil and want to execute you on the final day - which means that evil wins. Removing yourself from the pool of suspicious players earlier rather than later might be unhelpful to you personally, but may help your team win.
- Prove who you are
- Find out "what your job is"
- Stay alive
- Die early if people think you are evil
- Keep players that you trust alive
- Play the logic, not the bodylanguage
- Use your intuition if confused
- Who is not the Demon is just as important as who is the Demon
- Work 'dem Outsiders. Confirm which of them are in fact Outsiders.
- Outsider tips - prove you are an Outsider.
- Outsider tips - overcome your disability
- Townsfolk tips - use your ability to the best you can
- How to handle double-ups
- Work as a team - you can rarely win by yourself
- Kill with grace, die with dignity
- Be proactive - get other player's to use their abilities on you
- Talk to players in secret
- Once you reveal you are a powerful "every night" Townsfolk, you are ripe for poisoning.
- If you are Outsider, don't say squat until the final day
I'm evil, now what?
So, you've drawn a red token out of the bag and you're not sure what to do next? Overwhelmed by all the lying you're going to have to do? Look no further!
- Figure out what your job is. If you are the Demon, you have the responsibility to stay alive and take out the good team. If you are a Minion, you should be supporting your Demon in their endeavours and protecting them from the good team... even with your life. But it's more than that. A Poisoner for example may have the goal of undermining any powerful information character they can find in one game, but in another they may need to focus on undermining a troublesome Monk. The Baron might have the goal of causing a lot of noise and wasting the good team's time, but in a different game they may choose to undermine a specific player, or even set themselves up to look evil so that the rest of the evil team can look good in comparison. Your job will change depending on the game composition and who is playing; knowing what you need to do is vital for the evil team's ultimate success.
- Being evil is all about being proactive. The good team has a lot of tools at their disposal to uncover and expose your team's nefarious plots - if you sit on your laurels, it'll only be a matter of time before they uncover you. Your most powerful tool in Blood on the Clocktower is your voice - make sure to utilise it.
- Talk to your fellow evil players and coordinate with them. You have the secret advantage of knowing each other from the outset; use this to share important information (e.g. the existence of a Fortune Teller), coordinate bluffs, and maximise your deceptive potential.
- Talk to the good players and gain their trust. Getting even one other player on your side means that you have aid when trying to convince the group of your version of events, backup if you are accused of being evil, and a patsy if all else fails. Outsourcing your arguments to players who are more trusted than you gives you credibility and makes it easier for you to put your focus onto other things. It also makes it harder for the good team to coordinate if they are busy fighting among themselves.
- Communicate with the entire town. You need to make sure that your (extremely fabricated) version of events are out there and contradicting the truth as much as possible. Players who hide everything will eventually be seen as suspicious, so make sure either you (or someone you're associated with) is working with everyone to solve the mystery.
- Lie about everything! Your goal is to set up a narrative that deflect suspicion from the demon and onto the good players (or even the minions!).
- Tell the truth, selectively. It's easy to claim to be an Empath and throw suspicion on your neighbours, but you can easily gain their trust instead by claiming to get a '0'. The best lies have a little bit of truth in them, and if the group believes you are legitimate, it'll be much easier to backstab them later.
- Lie about who you are! Never admit that you are evil! If the good players know for sure that someone is evil, that is a lot of information for them to work back from, and will put your team at a severe disadvantage. Pick a bluff as early as you can - sitting there silently will only raise people's suspicions of you as the game continues.
- Support your fellow evil players, and back up their claims! An Undertaker alone can be suspicious, but an Undertaker confirmed by a Washerwoman, or who just confirmed your character looks more trustworthy in the eyes of the good team. Claim to be a Slayer and shoot at the Saint bluff, making them look legitimate. If they point at you and say you just pinged their Fortune Teller ability, start acting a little shady to lend legitimacy to the accusation. Sacrificing yourself at the right moment might be the push the evil team needs to succeed!
- Undermine the claims of good players and their information! There are many ways to go about this:
- Accuse them of being evil and lying. Pretty straightforward.
- Accuse them of being drunk or poisoned. This throws their information into question since it may not be reliable.
- Double up with their claim. Do you have a Mayor who is gaining traction with the town? Well, you are also the Mayor, and they must be a liar!
- Claim that other information contradicts theirs - even if that information doesn't exist. Simply saying that a powerful character like a Fortune Teller got a positive read on them will sway people. (This is especially effective if you are well trusted by the town).
- Get on their good side! Befriend that pesky Slayer and help them choose their target... helpfully excluding yourself from the list. Chat with that Ravenkeeper about who they're going to check with their ability should they die (and maybe get them killed if their decision would help you out!). Manipulating good players into making bad decisions can be just as effective as setting them up to look evil or unreliable.
- Being "undecided" or "confused" is a great little tactic to get the good team to waste a lot of time trying to convince you of their point of view. The longer they spend trying to talk you around to their way of thinking, the longer they aren't trying to convince other good players, or the group in general.
- Stay alive! The evil team is completely outnumbered, and a dead evil player means one less free vote and one less evil ability in rotation. Prioritising your survival (and the survival of your fellow evil players) is pretty vital, especially as the number of living players dwindle.
- With that said, be aware that if comes down to a Minion or the Demon, the Minion should eagerly throw themselves on the sword. The game is over if the Demon dies - their Demon's survival is the ultimate priority, and dying is okay when it helps the evil team. In particular, if you die on the final day, you win the game!
- You should never vote for your demon, unless you are 100% certain there is a backup plan (like the Scarlet Woman). The Demon's death is the end of the evil team!
- If you are in any way uncertain about how the character that you are bluffing as works - ask the Storyteller! Good players will notice if you don't seem to understand how your supposed ability works, and being found out that way can cause you a lot of problems.