Now, Villagers, you may remember the first article I wrote about Werewolf where I said:
Also, I’m a terrible liar.
And it’s true, I am a terrible liar. Many of my close friends can pick out my “tells” with impeccable speed. So you may be wondering, Good Villager, why are you writing a piece about being a werewolf if you’re not good at lying?
Because the most effective strategy I’ve found while being a werewolf is to be a good villager. Think of it this way: it’s easy to pick out the werewolf who’s not engaged, who’s being flippy-floppy, who’s always voting to kill. It’s difficult, however, to pick out a werewolf who’s doing… all of the stuff that good villagers would do.
If anyone would like a recap on how to be a good villager, see the link below:
So basically, when you’re the werewolf, start trials, try not to look too suspicious, and don’t accuse people too much. It’s a challenging balance between causing chaos and remaining patient (because only the werewolves want to go to night). Most of it will come with practice, but here are a couple of things to avoid right off the bat:
Trigger happy: You have time! While accusing is something that good villagers do to get a conversation going, you don’t want to do it so much that you’re just trying to get people killed. One thing I will do regardless of whether I’m the villager or the werewolf, I’ll vote to save most people the first or second round.
Being too quiet: As I said before, it’s easier to hang back and stay out of the thick of it, but it also makes you look more suspicious. You just have to find the line between being not engaged enough and too aggressive.
Being consistent: This is difficult particularly for new villagers, but as you get practice, try to stay consistent in your play. As I mentioned above, if you do something as the villager, do that same thing as a werewolf. It’s not a guarantee that you won’t be caught, but it will throw people off your scent more than if your style of play is different each time.
Don’t vote together: One good villager technique is to see who is voting together. Now, this one can be tricky, because one more person can tip the scales of the game. Especially if it means parity (one to one ratio for werewolves to villagers), go for it, because you’ll win the game. But in the beginning, villagers can sometimes pick out the werewolves just by watching for a voting block.
Have Opinions: They don’t have to be real opinions, but they should be logical. Pay attention to and pick out things that other people are actually saying or doing. As we all know lying doesn’t always mean that we’re not telling a little bit of the truth.
One last thing on being a werewolf, a friend of mine made a really good point one time that werewolves also have something to look for: the Seer. Now you don’t necessarily want to call out the seer, but you should be looking for “tells” of someone who may be the seer. Because remember if the seer comes out, accuses you, and everyone believes them, you could be in a lot of trouble. You can also claim to be the seer as a werewolf, but make sure you have a list of people you’ve “checked”.
Remember also it’s not always best to kill the seer if they’ve put heat on you. One game I played, we kept the seer alive after they revealed themselves. The next “morning”, when everyone saw the seer was still alive, they thought he was a werewolf (because why would the werewolves not kill him?). This may be a bit tricky, however, especially if the villagers end up believing the seer.
And villagers, as I said in my last post about Werewolf, none of these strategies are going to guarantee you success. It’s hard when there are so many good guys are searching for you, but remember that you have most of the information. You’ve got to just be patient, wait it out until night …