Variants of Mafia Rules
The Governor is an ordinary Civilian who may issue a "stay of execution"
to save anyone who is being convicted during the day.
This may be implemented one of two ways:
In the original form, the Governor calls out to preevnt a lynching.
Alternatively, the moderator may ask directly after a vote has been taken
if the governor wishes to come forward and issue a stay. Note that after
this has been done, the identity of the Governor is now public.
In a variant, persons who are executed do not flip thier cards over
immediately; this is because executions occur at midnight. The governor
is awakened during the night and asked whether he wishes to grant a stay
of execution. This method keeps the identity of the governor secret.
Unless otherwise determined by the moderator, the following rules apply:
The one lynching per day rule includes persons who are saved
by a stay.
The governor may issue only one stay on any individual. If the
individual is placed on trial again, the governor is helpless to act.
The governor may not issue a stay on his own execution.
Note-- This variant was recommended to us by Charles Stokes of Samford
University. We introduced the role on 6/24/99 and it was a great
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