The following is a non-exhaustive list of terms and abbreviations that you may encounter while playing Mafia, either SC2Mafia or Forum Mafia. To the extent a term is more relevant in one than the other, it has been noted as well.
Please note that there is now a separate Forum Mafia Terminology page with additional content related to those terms which more often appear in Forum Mafia as opposed to in SC2Mafia.
Lastly, please feel free to list in the comments any additional terms that you would like defined or terms that you would like clarified further.
- Abstain – Refers to the act of not voting either innocent or guilty when a player has been put on trial. Generally, abstaining can be harmful to the Town because the Mafia / Triad and Neutral Evil will generally guilty vote a Town member if they think they have the votes to convict him.
- Achievement – Refers to an in-game accomplishment in SC2Mafia which rewards the player which completes it with a certain number of points the first time around. Please refer to the Achievements page for a full list of achievements, their requirements, the point rewards associated with them.
- Admin – Refers to either:
- A shortened version of Administrator; or
- An SC2Mafia.com staff member who has a higher level of in-game powers than a Moderator does. Administrators also have the ability to warn and kick bad-mannered, trolling or other disruptive players from the game, as well as to adjust players' points if needed.
- Amn(es) – A shortened version of Amnesiac.
- Ars - A shortened version of Arsonist. Also includes Arso and Arson.
- Bank Hacking – Against the rules of the game, this refers to modifying one's Mafia data file (bank) either to increase your points or to give yourself Achievements that you have not earned in the game.
- Bank Hacking is a serious violation of Mafia rules and violators are subject to punishment in the form of a Point Ban, which means that you will no longer be able to earn points in the game.
- Common ways to detect Bank Hacking are if a player has an inordinate amount of points for the number of games that he has played (but note that some people have had authorized point restores which might explain the discrepancy) or if player has the Achievement "Bank Robber" (which cannot be legitimately earned, but which is used as a means of detecting hacked banks).
- Please report any Bank Hacking offenses that you see to the Player Reports section of the SC2Mafia.com website in order to keep the community playing fairly.
- BD – An acronym for Bus Driver.
- BG – An acronym for Bodyguard.
- Benign Roles – Refers to any role that is benign by definition. Benign roles are neutral roles without a specific desire to see any certain faction lose. Also includes Benign.
- Blacklist – A special command that is enabled once a player has earned 10,000 points and can then be entered during the setup phase of the game. Blacklist allows players to list up to 10 roles that they do not wish to receive in the game. The command ensures that you will not receive any of these roles if possible.
- BM – An acronym for Blackmailer.
- Some times BMed or BMer to be more specific for 'Blackmailed' or 'Blackmailer'.
- Very rarely, may be shorthand for "bad manners" depending on the context, but this use is not frequent in the current meta.
- Buddy(ing) – Refers to an accusation that two players are closely coordinating with each other (including, but not limited to coordinating their votes) for a nefarious reason that is not beneficial to the Town -- the most common implication being that the two players are members of the Mafia / Triad and are implementing a plan that they discussed in Mafia / Triad night chat. They could also be Neutral Evils / Neutral Killing roles who have discovered each other's identities and who share a win condition of the Town losing the game.
- Because Town members do not know each other's identities at the beginning of the game, there is some risk in over-coordinating actions among scum members. For example, if a player randomly votes another without any compelling evidence, and another two players suddenly vote for the accused as well, this could be a potential indication that all three are Mafia members and they are attempting to force a misylnch.
- Accusations of buddying also arise when a player seems repeatedly votes along with another player without expressing any opinion of his own or any doubt about the first player's accusations. Essentially, this is to say that sheeping another player blindly can lead to accusations of both sheeping and buddying.
- This term is far more frequently used in the Forum Mafia context than in the SC2 game, but it is nevertheless a useful concept in the latter as well, even if not identified by name.
- Bussed / Bussing – Refers to either:
- Having been targeted at night by a Bus Driver, which will have moved your location that night -- typically used in the context of reporting that information to the Town; or
- A strategy whereby one member of a scum team (Mafia, Triad, or Cult) accuses or votes up another member of his team, not in an serious attempt to get that player lynched, but in order to deceive the Town into believing you are not aligned with that player (even though you actually are). This can be helpful if either of you are lynched or killed at night because then the Town will remember / you can point to the fact that you were previously suspicious of that player. This use of the term "bussing" is more often found in Forum Mafia than in the SC2 game.
- CC – Acronym for counter-claiming. Refers to a person claiming a role, then another person claiming that they are that role and not the first person. (If it is known there is only 1 type of that role in the game.)
- Check – Refers to the act of investigating another player at night in order to determine that player's alignment.
- Cit – A shortened version of Citizen.
- Claim – Also referred to as Role-Claim, claiming is the act of publicly claiming to be a certain role, whether true or not. As a noun, refers to a player's particular Role-Claim.
- Cleaned – Refers to when a player has been sanitized by a Janitor or Disguiser.
- Cleared - Refers to when a player appears to have their allegiance with the Town guaranteed. Most commonly by having lead a lynch on the Mafia, been checked by the Sheriff or Investigator, or by being a confirmed Town role.
- Clue –
- COM – A player's real identity (i.e. screen name or Battle.net name) as opposed to their in-game name. Most relevant when someone has a particular playstyle and you are trying to identify them based on that.
- Consig – A shortened version of Consigliere.
- Court – Refers to when a Judge activates his ability to call court during the day.
- Death Note / DN – Refers to the ability of the Mafia / Triad or Neutral Killers to leave a death note upon killing someone at night by using the -dn command. This death note will be revealed to the Town during the next day and can be useful in coordinating strategy among different scum.
- For example, the Mafia could leave a death note instructing the Judge, who they know exists in the game, to call court and attempt to lynch a certain player.
- D[X] - – Refers to Day with the proceeding number indicating which Day. For example, D1 would mean Day 1, D2 would mean Dayt 2, etc.
- Disguised – Refers to when a player is attacked and killed by a Disguiser / Informant who assumes their identity.
- Disg – A shortened version for Disguiser.
- Doc – A shortened version of Doctor. A player being healed by a Doctor is often referred to being doced.
- DH – An acronym for Dragon Head.
- Exec - A shortened version of Executioner.
- Evil Roles – Refers to any role that is evil by definition. Evil roles are Neutral roles that wish to see one or all factions die.
- Failor - Refers to a Jailor that has executed a town role. Without any information from the Jailor, it appears that the Jailor made a foolish mistake.
- Flawless (Victory) – Referring to the in-game Achievement of the same name, this is often used to describe a game where the Mafia / Triad won the game without a single one of their members dying or being lynched. Other term for the same outcome is a clean sweep or perfect game.
- FoS / FOS – Stands for the Finger of Suspicion, which is a term more often found in Forum Mafia than in the SC2 game. This is a reference or suggestion that someone may be scum without actually voting on them, perhaps in order to see everyone's reaction.
- The origin of this term relates to pointing your finger at someone you are suspicious about.
- This can be an important strategy element in terms of reaction testing because members of the Mafia / Triad are likely to defend each other in chat. Also, to the extent that another Town member has cleared the target of the FoS, that can be helpful information for the Town as well.
- Framed – Refers to a player that has been investigated and found to be Mafia due to having been targeted by a Framer.
- Gamethrow(ing) / GT – Refers to a player who is intentionally acting against his role's win condition. The Rules FAQ page contains more information about Gamethrowing.
- Some exampls include a Mafia member revealing the identities of the Mafia to the Town, a Town member voting for a Mayor who had confirmed himself as Town, or a player intentionally committing suicide during the last day of the game in order to give the victory to another faction.
- Gamethrowing is a serious violation of Mafia rules and violators are subject to punishment, including but not limited to being placed on the Watch List or Ban List for an increasing amount of time per each offense.
- Please report any gamethrowing offenses that you see to the Player Reports section of the SC2Mafia.com websitein order to keep the community playing fairly.
- GF – An acronym for Godfather.
- Guilty – Can refer to voting to have someone die in a trial or refer to proclaiming a player to be scum.
- Hacking – Refers to a player who is using unauthorized third party software or undocumented means in order to achieve an unfair advantage in the game, such as knowing the roles of all the players.
- Hacking is an extremely serious offense and offenders often receive a permanent ban (permaban) for such actions. For example, a player who knows the identities of all the Mafia on Day 1 are usually either gamethrowing (possible if they themselves are Mafia) or hacking (more possible if they are not Mafia).
- Please report any hacking offenses that you see to the Player Reports section of the SC2Mafia.com website in order to keep the community playing fairly.
- Hammer (Vote) – Refers to the final vote required to lynch a player. More often used in the Forum Mafia context because most hosts allow for a player to be voted up to trial as opposed to lynched outright from the initial vote.
- Heart Attack – Refers to the game's built in anti-AFK mechanism, where a player who has been AFK too long will die as a result of a heart attack and this will appear in their death description to the Town the next day. Players dying in this way will not receive points at the end of the game.
- Host – The player who has been given the opportunity to set up the game and decide on its configuration. The host can be repicked by the other players in the game using the -repick command. The host himself can also voluntarily agree to allow another play to host by typing -repick as well.
- IH - An acronym for in house. Often used in the mafia channel when creating games that are not public.
- Inno(cent) – Can refer to voting to spare a players life in a trial or proclaiming a player to be Town or Benign.
- Invest - A shortened version for Investigator or a shortened version of the investigate, which refers to the night action of Investigators. Also refers to Town Investigative roles in certain cases.
- Interro – A shortened version of Interrogator.
- Jest – A shortened version of Jester.
- Killing Roles - Killing roles are all the roles that have an ability to kill other players at night. each 'faction' have they're own killing roles that are listed in the 'Killing' category of the random system. Town Killing, Mafia Killing, and Neutral Killing,
- KPN - An acronym for Kills per Night, which is an assessment of how many kills per night are likely given the presence / absence of Mafia / Triad and a Neutral Killing role. Most commonly used as a reason to keep other Neutral Killing roles alive because they keep the town deaths high per night.
- Lag Cheating – Refers to when an SC2Mafia game is temporarily paused because a player has lost his connection (with the "Waiting for Players" chat window up). Lag Cheating is where a player communicates about the game through the "Waiting for Players" chat window as opposed to through the normal game interface. The Rules FAQ page contains more information about Lag Cheating.
- Last Will – An in-game function that allows players to leave a message to be displayed when they die.
- Often shortened to LW.
- L-[X] – Refers to the number of additional votes required to lynch a player -- for example, L-1 means that one more vote is required, L-2 means that two more votes are required, etc. More often used in the Forum Mafia context than in the SC2 game given Forum Mafia votes proceed straight to a lynch whereas most SC2 game votes proceed to a trial before a lynch.
- Lawless – Refers a game setup option consisting of a large number of scum roles and factions by default.
- Leave Train – Refers to a player who advocates that everyone suddenly leave a game of Mafia while the host is in the process of setting it up, usually because the player is in some way dissatisfied with how the host is configuring the game. Often times, players who are encouraging / inciting a leave train will make train-like noises such as "CHOO CHOO". The Rules FAQ page contains more information about Leave Trains.
- Lurking – Lurking refers to not participating much or at all during the daytime discussion part of the game. A Lurker is a player who is exhibiting this behavior. Typically, this term is used in a pejorative sense since Mafia is a game driven by discussion and non-contributing players are seen as not helping the Town's cause as a whole.
- This can be a sign that a player is scum and trying to avoid revealing any information that may implicate himself or that a player is an important Town role and trying to avoid drawing the attention of the Mafia / Triad. Alternatively, the player could be continuously being targeted by a Blackmailer or Silencer, but usually such a player will spam vote to indicate that he is unable to speak.
- Lynch or Lose / LYLO - Usually refers to the situation where the player count is one more Town than Mafia. If the Town waits one more day to lynch, the Mafia will kill and thereby take majority vote after. The only winning move for the Town is to lynch randomly if there is no information, and hope that they catch a Mafia player.
- ML - An acronym for Mason Leader.
- MM - An acronym for Mass Murderer.
- Mod – A moderator of the game. Moderators have the ability to warn and kick bad-mannered, trolling or other disruptive players from the game.
- Mislynch and Lose / MYLO - Usually refers to the situation where a mislynch by the Town would give the Mafia the opportunity to gain a tie or the majority of the vote. Therefore, the Town must be extremely careful not to avoid mislynching and may consider not lynching if it is not certain of who the Mafia is.
- MVP – Refers to either:
- In the SC2Mafia context, an in-game achievement that can only be awarded by Administrators / certain SC2Mafia.com staff in connection with forum contests and other meritorious behavior.
- In the Forum Mafia context, an award given to the player with the best overall play, as voted on by everyone who participated in the game as well as the game host.
- N[X] - – Refers to Night with the proceeding number indicating which Night. For example, N1 would mean Night 1, N2 would mean Night 2, etc.
- Nobody Wins – Refers to an end-game situation where the last group of players simultaneously kills each other during the same night and there are no survivors, in which case nobody wins the game. Named after the end-game screen of the same name.
- Noob / Newb – Universal to gaming, this refers to a player who is new to Mafia / the Mafia community.
- PM - As a noun, the in-game Private Message system itself. As a verb, to send a Private Message to another player using the in-game Private Messaging system.
- Policy Lynch – Refers to a proposal to lynch a player not based on a belief that said player is necessarily scum, but because that player's game conduct is not beneficial to the Town in a material way and therefore, he will become an increasingly large liability to the Town if left alive in the game. This term is far more frequently used the Forum Mafia context than in the SC2 game, but the same behavior occurs in the SC2 game (just not labeled as such) -- for example, a very frequent pattern is the Town deciding to lynch a player who is being very annoying at the beginning of a game or spamming without being helpful whatsoever to the Town.
- Policy lynching is a controversial and hotly debated topic in Mafia. Proponents would suggest that it is necessary in order to remove non-contributing or disruptive players from a game before they can further inhibit the Town's efforts to identify and lynch all the scum in a game. This is especially the case if the Town does not have another suitable lynch target during the day in question and would otherwise no-lynch. The suggestion is that if a player is not being helpful, his presence in the game will be even more problematic if the Town margin slims and his vote is required at an important juncture in the game.
- In contrast, critics would point out that it is never a good idea to lynch a player that you believe is Town because that will reduce the Town's odds of winning the game simply in terms of statistics -- i.e. the Town's margin of error is reduced. Also, many players choose to troll at the beginning of the game, but will may more serious as the game progresses. Also, there is always the risk that the player being policy lynched is in fact a Jester looking for an easy win. Because the Jester will cause one guilty voter to commit suicide, it is generally not wise to lynch anyone that you believe may be a Jester.
- Prefer – A special command that is enabled once a player has earned 20,000 points and can then be entered during the setup phase of the game. Prefer allows players to list roles that they wish to receive in the game. The command ensures that you will receive one of these roles if possible and if they are in the setup.
- Premade – Also referred to as Private or In-house, a term for a partial or full group of people that joined or created a game together – often via the Mafia channel on Battle.net.
- Pressure (Voting) / Pressuring – As a noun, refers to the act of voting up a player / encouraging others to do the same, not necessarily for the purpose of lynching that player, but to force the player to divulge any information he may have, to see how that player responses to being voted up, and to see whether any other players defend the target of the pressure. As a verb, refers to a player taking this action against another.
- Pressuring can be a very valuable strategy because members of the Mafia / Triad are likely to defend one another when votes begin to accumulate on them. Therefore, if a player is pressured and is immediately defended by 1-2 others, this may be a good indication, without further information, that the players may be part of the same faction, and could easily be the Mafia / Triad. In contrast, the defenders could be protecting against a random lynch of a Town member, so further context / questioning will be needed to make a determination on this issue.
- Pressuring should be contrasted with random lynching because the objective of pressuring is not to randomly lynch a player without information, but to gain information from the player in determining whether he is likely to be scum or not. A target of pressuring is likely to conflate the two in order to try to get the pressure vote off of him.
- This term is more often used in Forum Mafia than in the SC2 game, but many players employ early game pressure voting as an integral part of their strategy, especially just as the game has begun and the Town has not gathered many leads yet. For these players, it can be a very good way of starting to gather information about the relationships between different players and who seems to be working with each other.
- Pub – A term (frequently derogatory) for players matched into a game by the public match making system or otherwise not part of a premade.
- Random Lynch – Refers to lynching players without any form of proof. Random lynching is often looked down upon outside of certain extenuating circumstances (such as the Town being a MYLO situation).
- Players often regard advocates of random lynching, especially at the beginning of a game as scummish.
- That having been said, one should not confusing random lynching with pressuring, which can be useful in terms of getting information about how a player reacts to votes being placed on him, which other players defend him, etc.
- RB – An acronym for Role-Block, a night action performed by Consorts, Escorts, and Jailors that prevents another player from using their night actions. Likewise, RBed refers to being roleblocked.
- Reaction Testing – Refers to the strategy of making an accusation against a player less because they are necessarily genuine, but more in order to assess how that player reacts to being accused. Can also refer to questioning a player aggressively in order to see their reactions to certain types of questions -- for example, if a player is adamant about not lynching another player and does not have a good reason, it might be an indication the two are Mafia together.
- Reaction Testing can be a very powerful strategy as players who receive a scum role will have to make up a cover story / Town-aligned role to claim. Therefore, reaction testing can help uncover holes in a player's claims, as the player may back himself into a situation where there is no way his claim can be accurate.
- Role Fishing – Refers to players who attempt to get others to reveal usually subtle information about their role. This is often seem as scummy because it can be used by the Mafia / Triad to coordinate their night targets.
- For example, if they are aware that a certain player was healed at night, and role fish out that Player 7 visited the healed player, they can probably conclude that Player 7 is the Doctor and worth targeting the next night.
- Role Quit(ting) – Refers to when a player is dissatisfied with the role that he has been assigned and leaves the game either immediately thereafter or otherwise during the first day or first night. The Rules FAQ page contains more information about Role Quitting.
- This action can be extremely damaging to a setup's balance depending on what role the quitter had (for example, the Godfather or Mayor).
- Role quitting is a violation of the rules and can result in punishment, including but not limited to being placed on the Watch List or Stump List.
- Please report any role quitting offenses that you see to the Player Reports section of the SC2Mafia.com website in order to keep the community playing fairly.
- RVS – Refers to the Random Voting Stage of the game, which is a period before the Town has many leads where players may be jokingly voting each other or voting each other in order to test each other's reactions to having been voted. This terms is more often used in Forum Mafia games than in the SC2 game, but may be valuable in the latter as well, as players' voting patterns can often be very informative of their alignment.
- Reveal – Refers to the Mayor or Marshall's abilities. Players will typically request a Mayor/Marshall to reveal simply by typing 'Mayor/Marshall reveal'.
- Scum - Refers to any Mafia / Triad or Neutral Evil role.
- Scum Hunting – Refers to the act of reviewing players' past posts in order to identify which player(s) are most likely be scum by factors such as their lack of contributions to day chat, making of false accusations, suspicious patterns in their voting, or which players they have believed / not believed. This term is more often used in the Forum Mafia context than in the SC2 game context, but can be useful in either, especially if the Town has no night leads on who the scum might be. The opposite of Scum Hunting is Town Hunting.
- Scum Slip – Refers to an accidental disclosure by a player which is an indication that player is a member of the Mafia / Triad or Neutral Killing / Neutral Evil role.
- There is often a great deal of discretion as to what constitutes a legitimate scum slip and what is simply another player making an educated guess that another player is scum -- i.e. the term Scum Slip is often tossed around liberally as a means of accusing another player of being scum, regardless of whether something is in fact an objective scum slip.
- Therefore, as always, you are encouraged to use your best judgment in evaluating the player making the argument that another has made a scum slip.
- Lastly, Jesters may intentionally make "scum slips" in an effort to get themselves lynched -- i.e. what might appear to be poor play on their part could simply be in an effort to encourage you to vote for them.
- Sheep(ing) – As a noun, refers to a player who blindly or regularly votes along with another without much hesitation or thought given to his vote. As a verb, refers to the act of blindly or regularly voting along with another player without much hesitation or thought given to one's vote.
- This is often an accusation made against players who appear to be voting without much thought. It can be used both in the Town context to prevent ganging up on a Town player by the scum roles or in a scum context to prevent the Town from ganging up on a Mafia / Triad player.
- It may also be an indication that the two players (the initial voter and the sheep) are aligned because the second player is always voting with the first. Given you should always have a healthy bit of skepticism as a member of the Town, most players regard sheeping as either being lazy (less eager to justify one's vote) or scummish (perhaps an indicator that you are eager to push forward a mislynch and may be scum).
- To the extent that the second player (the Sheep) has a good reason to be voting with the first player (for example, the first player is a confirmed member of the Town or has previously led the lynching of Mafia / Triad members, then the accusation of sheeping is far less effective / relevant.
- Can sometimes refer to an entire town as opposed to a single player.
- SK – An acronym for Serial Killer.
- Skyping - A word used for people using outside-of-game communication to cheat.
- Spam – Refers to flooding the chat with many aimless messages. -Mafia- has a spam filter that prevents players from repeatedly sending messages. Spamming can be an indication that a player is a Jester (though in the current meta, most players have wised up to this), a sign of desperation for that player (which might mean that a particular Town decision will be very harmful or very beneficial), or simply garden variety trolling.
- Suicide – Refers to the act of killing oneself, it is an in-game command that can be used by players after Day 3 of a game and will result in the player killing himself at the end of the night after it is used.
- It is generally not helpful and used frequently for trolling purposes, but has limited exceptions where it can be legitimately useful. For example, a Godfather who is being continuously roleblocked can commit suicide in order to allow the other Mafia members to be able to kill Town members again.
- Surv – A shortened version of Survivor.
- Switched - Also referred to as Bussed or Driven, refers to when a player has been switched by a Bus Driver.
- TPR – A term more often used in Forum Mafia than in the SC2 game, refers to a Town Power Role, which means any Town role that has a night ability -- i.e. a non-Citizen in most contexts.
- Most Forum Mafia game setups contain far less TPRs than would be found in the SC2 game. Accordingly, TPRs are crucially important in Forum Mafia and the Town should be as careful as possible in protecting them / not mislynching them.
- Town Hunting – Refers to the act of reviewing players' past posts in order to identify which player(s) are most likely be Town by factors such as their useful contributions to day chat, logical / explainable patterns in their voting, or which players they have believed / not believed. This term is more often used in the Forum Mafia context than in the SC2 game context, but can be useful in either, especially if the Town has no night leads on who the scum might be. The opposite of Town Hunting is Scum Hunting.
- Trolling – The act of purposely trying to ruin the game either by excessive flaming, deliberately trying to lose, completely ignoring the roles, constantly trying to random lynch and so on.
- WD - An acronym for Witch Doctor.
- WIFOM – Stands for Wine in Front of Me, this is a term taken from the Princess Bride movie, and refers to logically deducing what a player is likely to do or not do based on what you know / don't know about him so far in the game. This is often used to predict the actions of the Mafia or TPRs.
- A basic example would be as follows: A player reveals himself to be the Mayor, but the day passes without a successful lynch and now it is night again. Both the Town and the Mafia will be using WIFOM to determine how they should coordinate their night actions. Obviously, the Mafia wants to get rid of the confirmed Mayor given how powerful that role is, but depending on the number of Town left, the Mayor could be guarded by a Bodyguard or bussed by a Bus Driver. Depending on what other roles have been revealed and how many other players are left, the Mafia might choose NOT to attack the Mayor for WIFOM reasons, predicting that a Bodyguard will guard him.
- In contrast, the Town's Bodyguard (if one exists) is running the same analysis through his head, but from the perspective of the Town. He knows that the Mafia wants to kill the Mayor, but he also knows that the Mafia does not want to run into him at night because that would result in a member of the Mafia dying instead of the Mayor. Therefore, he is using WIFOM to predict what the Mafia will do and try to make the right countermove -- i.e. guarding the target that the Mafia is most likely to visit, whether the Mayor or another member of the Town.
- Witched – Refers to when a player has been manipulated by a Witch.
- Vote / Lynch Train – Refers to the concept of when a person votes another person without evidence and everyone else piles on to nominate the player to be trialed or lynched. This can be very common in public Mafia games, especially when players are eager for the game to move along.