If you're unfazed by Cards Against Humanity and have grown tired to the core of Apples to Apples, then boy, do I have the game for you. It’s called Mafia. It’s an old-timey party game that’s been circling the city among my group of friends and—perhaps separated by a degree or two—yours as well. You must have a legit group of people to play, I’d say at least ten, and so what better a time of year than the holidays to learn a little more about that second cousin you only sort of liked your whole life?
A BRIEF HISTORY
When the game is brought up, at least one person recalls playing it, or something similar, when they were young. I assure you the game is not the same as an adult, when personalities and thought processes are, hopefully, more developed. The game itself was allegedly created by Dmitry Davidoff of the Moscow State University Psychology Department as a research project, and then eventually spread to college campuses in Europe and the United States. It had a heyday in the '90s, along with everything else cool in the world. I hadn’t heard of it until one afternoon this past summer while I was hanging out with friends in Bolinas and it was proposed we play. It was that afternoon that my life changed forever, in a fun-game kind of way. Although there are many variations, I’m going to teach you to play the way my friends and I play, so then you’ll know and we can play together because we always need more players; seriously, it’s super hard to get that many people in a room!