Games for Groups – How to play Werewolves? #31On August 11, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During the exercise the team will sit in a circle. Every participant will get a card with the role of ‘werewolf’ or ‘villager’. There are two werewolf cards, the rest of the cards are villager cards. All the participants make sure only they can see their own cards. The objective of the werewolves is to eat all the villagers. And the objective of the villagers is to kill all the werewolves before they all get eaten. The villagers win when all the werewolves have been eliminated. And the werewolves win when they have eaten all the villagers. The exercise has 2 phases that will be repeated throughout the game. A day phase and a night phase. The game starts in the night phase and all the participants close their eyes. With everyone’s eyes shut the trainer tells the werewolves that they may open their eyes. The werewolves silently pick out a villager to eat up that night. The werewolves now close their eyes again. When the night phase has ended and the day phase begins everyone will open their eyes again. The day phase has started. The trainer witnessed who the werewolves have eaten up and tells this person he has been eliminated from the game and has to turn in his card. He will silently observe the remainder of the exercise. It’s now up to the villagers to eliminate a fellow villager by popular vote of whom they think he is a werewolf. The villagers don’t know who the werewolves are. The werewolves will participate in the discussion of who to eliminate as if they were villagers themselves. The participants start discussing. One participant says: “I think Rob is a werewolf. He is suspiciously quiet and stares at the ground ever since the day started.” “Agreed!” confirms another participant. Rob denies. “That’s not true. I got the card with ‘villager’ on it.” Margot is now suspected by Paul. “Margot has been talking quite a lot this round which gives me the impression she is trying to hide something…” The vote starts. The trainer calls out all the names one by one. Every time someone’s name is mentioned people raise their hands if they want to eliminate that person. The one with the most votes has to quit the game. In this case it’s Rob. Rob reveals his card. In this case he was in fact a villager and both werewolves are still in the game. This day the werewolves played it well. The night falls. Everyone closes their eyes. And on the trainers mark the werewolves open their eyes and pick their new victim. They make their choice in complete silence as to not give themselves away. This time the villager of their choice is Paul, because he formed a threat during the day. The sun rises. The trainer tells Paul, who suspected Margot the previous round he has been eaten up and is no longer in the game. This makes Margot very suspicious. Not only did her name come up the previous day but also the one that wanted to vote her out has been eaten up. Almost all remaining villagers are convinced that she is a werewolf. Only Bruce defends Margot. “Margot was very verbal the first round. She couldn’t possibly be a werewolf.” Bruce didn’t convince them and Margot is eliminated. When she shows her card it is revealed that she was indeed a werewolf. The night falls again. The last werewolf picks a victim again. In this case it’s Peter. It’s day again. The trainer lets Peter know he has been eaten and is no longer in the game. The discussion of who to eliminate starts again. The remaining villagers agree that Bruce must be a werewolf because he protected Margot earlier. Bruce defends himself by saying he really is a villager. But to no avail. The villagers still choose to vote him away. When he shows his card it turns out he indeed is a werewolf. The werewolves have been taken out and the villagers have won the game. Discuss the exercise with the team and let them look back at the choices they made during the game. Why were certain people so suspicious? What made the team belief one person and not the other? Make the team conscious of how they make choices and who takes the natural leadership within the group. The trainer guides the team. And applies variations. What kind of variation you can read below this video on YouTube. And haven’t you subscribed yet? Click on the subscribe button to stay tuned for each Sunday a new exercise on youtube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.