Inspired by the party games Werewolf and Mafia, Town of Salem is a game of murder, mystery and deception.
Town of Salem
Play the alpha version at: www.blankmediagames.com/townofsalem
Town of Salem is a fresh innovation on the classic party games Mafia and Werewolf. It is a game of murder, accusations, deceit and mob hysteria. Town of Salem takes place in the early 1600's during the era of the Salem witch trials.
How To Play
The game ranges from 7 to 15 players. These players are randomly divided into alignments - Town, Mafia, Serial Killers, Arsonists and Neutrals. If you are a Town member (the good guys) you must track down the Mafia and other villains before they kill you. The catch? You don't know who is a Town member and who is a villain. If you are an evil role, such as a Serial Killer, you secretly murder town members in the veil of night and try to avoid getting caught.
Town of Salem has 29 unique roles ensuring a different experience each time you play. Before a game starts, players are put into a lobby where the host can select what roles will be in the game. Players are then assigned roles at random from the list of chosen roles. Players have an in-game role card that explains their role's abilities and alignments.
For an in-depth look at the abilities of each role please visit: www.blankmediagames.com/roles
The night phase is when most roles use their abilities. For example, Serial Killers stealthily murder people, Doctors heal people who are attacked, and Sheriffs interrogate people for suspicious activity.
The day phase allows the Town members to discuss who they suspect of being an evil role. Once the voting phase starts a majority vote from the town will put someone on trial.
The defense phase is when you plead your innocence to the town. Have a convincing story or find yourself facing the gallows!
During this phase the town will vote on the fate of the defendant. Players can vote guilty, innocent or abstain. If there are more guilty votes than innocent votes the defendant is sentenced to death by hanging!
Influenced By The Community
We want the game to be influenced by the community. There will be forums to allow users to suggest anything they would like to see added to the game. This can mean new roles, characters, houses, maps or features. These suggestions will then be put up to a community vote. If the vote is successful the suggestion will be added to the game!
Town of Salem is a Flash game that uses the Facebook API to have players log in so their achievements can be saved. You can play Town of Salem from any computer and still have all of your characters, houses, maps, items and achievements. We are currently working on features that will allow users to play with their friends. A multiplayer game like Town of Salem is the most fun when we can all invite our friends to play with us!
Players are able to choose their own map (town setting), character, house and a custom name. The other players in the game will see your chosen character, house and name. As the game grows we will add many more cool maps, characters and houses. There are currently, 4 maps (1 is exclusive to Kickstarter), 6 characters (1 is exclusive to Kickstarter) and 6 houses (1 is exclusive to Kickstarter) to choose from.
We have an achievement system! There are currently over 300 unique achievements in the game. Earning achievements will grant special tags that will be displayed above you character (however the tags for rewards are exclusive to Kickstarter).
The Last Will allows players to leave a message that will be displayed upon their death. This is your last chance to leave valuable information to the town in case you die!
Roles that can kill people can leave a Death Note. This note will be displayed anonymously to the town when you kill someone. Use it to throw the Town off your tracks by framing someone else or just use it to taunt the Town!
How Much Does It Cost?
Free! Town of Salem is a free to play game.
We are a small team of game enthusiasts that consists of one programmer, two artists (one focusing on UI and characters, the other on backgrounds and houses) and one sound designer. We are spread across the globe but united by our passion for gaming. We want to bring the fun of playing party games like Mafia and Werewolf into a video game that can be played with friends online. Sometimes it isn't easy to get 15 people to meet at your house for a game!
Work In Progress
We have spent the last year creating Town of Salem out of our own pockets and unfortunately we can't keep working for free forever. We have more features in progress that we feel are core to enhancing the game play experience of Town of Salem. These features consist of:
-Achievement Browser - Everyone wants to be able to see all of the cool achievements they have earned and the achievements that they still need!
-Playing With Friends - Town of Salem is a social game and we want users to be able to play with their friends. We are developing a system for inviting friends into your game and creating private games that only your friends can join.
-Items That Let You Play Your Favorite Role - With 29 unique roles in the game there will be some roles you love playing but it could be hard to get that role from a random allocation. We want to have items that will increase your chance to be certain roles (25%, 50%, 75% increased chance). The item you get as a donation reward will be the best version of these items.
-Tutorial System - The game can be confusing to new users who aren't familiar with the game genre. We would like to have a tutorial system that detects new users and displays useful tips as they play the game.
-More Maps, Characters, Houses, and Roles - There are many more map designs, houses, characters and roles we want to add to the game!
Town of Salem is currently in Alpha testing (www.blankmediagames.com/townofsalem), but without help and positive feedback from the Kickstarter community we will not be able to finish it and many of the features that are in progress will not be completed.
We hope that you enjoy games of this genre as much as we do and that you will help us finish this project we have worked so passionately on for the last year.
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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Since Town of Salem is already in alpha testing there is little risk in completing the project if we make our goal. We have a working game but there are bugs that need to be fixed along with testing and features that need to be completed.
Yes. This game was inspired by a SC2 mod created by DarkRevenant called Mafia. We loved the game and wanted to make our own version that wasn't held up by the limitations of being a SC mod (and essentially owned by Blizzard). By being a stand alone game we can reach a much different audience of players who do not own SC2.
A majority of our roles are based off of this mod and that mod based its roles off of EpicMafia which in turn got its inspiration by the party game Mafia which is based off of the party game Werewolf created by Dimitry Davidoff in 1986. The main credit for these fun games belongs to Dimitry and we are all putting our own twist on his creation.
Our game differs in art style, music, customization and certain roles. We have added a few of our own new roles such as the Medium and the Retributionist as well as modified how many existing roles work. For example the Doctor can heal themselves one time which was to prevent the Doctor from having to randomly heal someone on the first night who may end up being evil or he can save his self heal for when he has to announce his role and fears being targeted for death the following night. The Jailor cannot execute people on the first night and if he executes a Town member his execution privileges are taken away to disincentivize randomly executing people. The Vigilante will commit suicide if he kills a Town member to also prevent Vigilantes from randomly shooting people. These are but a few examples of how we have changed roles abilities to what we think makes the game more fun. We have also removed many roles we felt were boring and added little to the value or fun factor of the game. We will continue to create new roles and features to further evolve this game as our own entity. It is only the Alpha right now and many features we want are still missing.
We want to thank DarkRevenant for creating such an awesome game and we simply want to bring the fun of Mafia to a different player base who would never get to see it unless they paid $50 for SC2.
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CONTRIBUTOR: Contributing grants exclusive access to our Alpha and Beta testing. You will get an in-game tag of <Contributor> that displays above your character and on the forums. Also a big thank you for supporting Town of Salem! A pledge of any amount will have your name added to our Thank You page on the website.Estimated delivery:
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BENEFACTOR: Unlocks a unique house that you can choose. You also get the in-game tag <Benefactor> that displays above your character and on the forums.Estimated delivery:
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SPONSOR: Unlocks the winter town map which comes with unique house artwork for all of the snow! Also comes with the unique house from the previous reward. The in-game tag of <Sponsor> will be displayed above your character and on the forums.Estimated delivery:
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DONOR: Unlocks a special character you can choose. Also comes with the winter town map and the unique house. You also get the in-game tag <Donor> that displays above your character and on the forums.Estimated delivery:
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PHILANTHROPIST: Unlocks an item that will grant you a 75% chance to be your favorite role. This item has unlimited uses. Love being the Serial Killer or the Godfather? This one's for you! Also comes with the winter map, unique character and house. The in-game tag of <Philanthropist> will be displayed above your character and on the forums.Estimated delivery:
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PATRON: You get a custom death animation! Instead of being lynched you will be shot by a firing squad of other town members. Also your account will have access to all future assets and features. This means all future characters, houses, maps and special features will always be available to you free of charge. Grants the achievement "Guardian Angel". Also comes with all previous rewards. The in-game tag of <Patron> will be displayed above your character and on the forums.Estimated delivery:
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LEGEND: You and your friends can play a series of games with the programmer and designer of Town of Salem over Skype. Contribute your ideas on new features, maps, houses, characters and roles. You may see your idea added to the game! Unlocks the achievement "Guardian Angel". Comes with all previous rewards. The in-game tag of <Legend> will be displayed above your character and on the forums.Estimated delivery:
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