One of our ideas is to set a backstory of a party Game known as Werewolf as well as Mafia, which was created in USSR. Basically, it composes two teams – werewolves and town folks including those with special power such as Spellover who can protect one person and Seer who can examine others if they are werewolves. Here is the detailed explanation of the Game:
Honestly, I did not understand the game till I saw my partner playing it with Y11 because there are so many characters and villagers with special power confused me. This is a part of all characters we used in Y11 below since there were only 13 of them in the class so we eliminated some cards first.
It was not easy to calm them down especially for my partner who played the Narrator and I was writing their names down to track who they were as an assistant.
The issue was some of them did not understand the rules well, for example, they are not supposed to speak or making any sound but some of them incidentally did instead of pointing, nevertheless, it was quite fun and it revealed the possible problem. On top of that, it was interesting and surprising to see them acting against their friends in the game, which was considered as one of the possible backstory of the game – how people act under veneer might be who they really are.
Having considered how to set up the scene in the film, my partner and i agreed to set up the game in a psychology lesson, which is quite reasonable to play a game as a study of how people think and react and it is doable to film in our school.
Here is the picture of the rest of cards we have not used so far, most of them are normal villigers:
Besides playing with Y11, we also did the second test round with Y10 to see how it works and whether it is going to perform more or less better. And Y10 was so willing to corporate and they were not over-excited which was a good beginning already. We have to admit that the game would not work if players do not follow the rules like peeking during the nightfall and revealing their identity, which was all excluded while playing with Y10. Surprisingly, they always voted one person and others followed the votes once a person said ‘it’s XX!’, as a outsider of the game, I found it really interesting how people act and there is something to say for sure if we came up with a good backstory.