In Mafia de Cuba, you all are a band of jewel thieves who have recently carried out a wonderful heist. The Don of the group hid the haul in his cigar box under a fake bottom, leaving it unguarded til the morning when he could move the gems to market. Naturally, since you're all
, the box was looted! Now it's time for everyone to sit down in front of the Don, explain themselves, and sweat. It plays in some ways similar to a Phalla, some ways very differently. There are no night phases and no player elimination.
has a nice review of the board version.
This is a game for 6-12 players. One player will be the Don, with the goal of retrieving their stolen diamonds. The game begins with a box containing 15 diamonds, and several role tokens which decide what a player is going to be. Before play begins, the Don has the option of hiding between no and five diamonds away from the other players. Then the cigar box is passed around (via PM in this case) until it circles the group and returns to the Don.
As the box reaches each player, they remove one item from it. Either a role token, or any number
of diamonds. If you take a role token, you take that role. If you take diamonds, you become a thief. Once the box returns to the Don, play begins. All players may talk here, but it's the Don who's running the show. Their job is to interrogate the other players and figure out who took diamonds. Once you think you know, tell them in bold red
to empty their pockets.
. That player then reveals what they took from the box.
If it was diamonds, the Don collects the diamonds and play continues, with more questions and more accusations until either all diamonds have been recovered or the Don gets it wrong. What happens when the Don gets it wrong depends on the roles. Speaking of:
The roles are:
Loyal Henchmen- you win with the Don. Your job is to help the Don figure out who stole the diamonds.
CIA/FBI agents- you win if the Don accuses you of being a thief. Only the accused agent wins- the others lose.
The Driver- you win with the person before you in the play list.
Jewel thief- you win if the Don accuses a driver, Henchman, or Street Urchin. However, only one thief
wins- the one with the most diamonds! Keep that in mind when choosing how many to take.
Street Urchin- special role! You win with the jewel thief. If the box is empty when it gets to you, you get this role by default.
Two players have special options:
The last player may chose to be a Street Urchin even if the box isn't empty.
The first non-Don player may
remove a role token from the game. For example, you could take a henchman token and remove the CIA from play. Or take diamonds and remove a henchman. Or just take diamonds.
The number of roles will depend on the number of players. As the player count rises, so does the number of roles. To keep things balanced, when the player count rises enough the Don gets "do over" tokens. One with a medium number of players, two with more. These simply negate a henchmab, urchin or driver pick, letting play continue. They don't protect you from the CIA or FBI!
In the board game there's another role- the Cleaner- but we'll be leaving that one out.
No PM communication except with me. Everything in this game is very public. This game lives and dies on active players- please check the thread often. Players that fail to respond to a Don question within 24 hours will be replaced, as will inactive Dons.
If you are forced to reveal your pockets, you aren't out of the game! You can still say whatever you want. Of course if you were a thief the Don might not believe you..
The Don will be chosen by vote before play begins. Vote for yourself if you want! Ties are broken by GM whim.
This tends to be a very quick game in person, so if everyone is interested we may do multiple rounds.
Once play begins the don will have two Joker tokens (do overs).