It’s the Citizens versus the Werewolves!


November 18th, 2010

SCAN0071 193x300 Its the Citizens versus the Werewolves!Here the village where the citizens and werewolves live. Of course, the werewolves are disguised as citizens during the day. It’s only at night when they transform and go on a killing spree.

This is how Andrew Rixon describes his introduction to the game of werewolf.

It was at the 2008 Applied Improv Network conference held in Banff, Canada where I first learnt about this game Werewolf. It is an improv game known by a few other names such as Mafia and Assassins. It started around 10 pm at night, in the picturesque Banff leadership centre, situated in the snow-capped Rockies. A group of 30 people began the game which would be destined to finish in the early hours of the morning and, even then, lead to a zingy sleepless night for some. I often describe the game as being about power, deception, paranoia and misinformation.

And here’s the set up:

“Once upon a time…A time in the 16th century. A time when there lived citizens in a village and life is simple…Or is it? Retiring from their daytime activities, the Citizen folk now face a cold, dark night-time force, the force of the Werewolf, who feed on the Citizens…Will the Citizens discover who the Werewolves are in time to save themselves and their village?”

SCAN0070 194x300 Its the Citizens versus the Werewolves!I was at the same conference in Banff, and it was my introduction to the game of Werewolf too, albeit somewhat different. Blissfully unaware of the unleashing of the game on my unsuspecting friend, I awoke the next morning and made my way to breakfast – to be greeted with howls and yips and talk of deaths and lies and treachery. It was pretty clear to me that I’d missed something significant. It only took a couple more years for me to experience the game first-hand and to realise I had made a serious misjudgement in preferring sleep that fateful night in Banff to playing Werewolf. It’s not a mistake I’ve made again, nor would I miss another opportunity to play Werewolf.

So I was thrilled today when Andrew presented me with his pack of illustrated Werewolf cards. Oh, wow! I’ll take them with me everywhere. And watch out, I might try and rope you into a game of misinformation, paranoia and lies. Come to think of it, I know a few people who would be perfect for this game!

3 Comments so far

  1. Tweets that mention Viv McWaters -- Topsy.com on November 19, 2010 1:01 am

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by comunidades, Viv McWaters. Viv McWaters said: Okay, done blogging about werewolves http://bit.ly/ajTZXD Now to do the work I was supposed to do tonight :) [...]

  2. Andrew Rixon on November 30, 2010 5:27 pm

    Awww thanks Viv!

    Sash and I had some fun with Werewolf at the Hobart AFN…

    Lots to tell about it too…

    Gave me some great learnings about Roles, warming in and out of roles… And also entry into Shadow work! (Johnnie Moores fav topic ;) )

    Looking forward to us catching up soon!

    Best wishes,
    Andrew

  3. There’s a little ‘Werewolf’ in all of us!! | Yes and Space on May 11, 2011 7:12 pm

    [...] McWaters provides a snapshot of Werewolf here. Andrew Rixon provided me with his beautiful set of playing cards (illustrated by the wonderful [...]

Name (required)

Email (required)

Website

Speak your mind

Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree