Wednesday, 30 May 2001

A Trio of Games

Listening to:
Mozart, violin concerto #5 in A major, K219. This concerto has the moniker "Turkish" because of a very rhythmically exciting episode in the final movement. It's not really Turkish at all, but it sounds quite exotic. It's certainly very appealing.
A couple of links today. The first is to a description of a game called Mafia. It sounds like a neat game, one that requires little more than people in a room (i.e., no fancy equipment). The many possible variations one can make to the rules also make it appealing. Of course, it can be very hard to judge these things from the rules alone. You really need to try playing games like these to see how they fare in practice. I'd also like to get an opportunity to try it with a bunch of people I knew reasonably well so that I'd be in a position to judge whether people were lying or not.

My second link is to another social game, invented by a quartet of researchers in game theory (including the famous John Nash), called So long Sucker. This isn't as obviously interesting, but it might work quite well. Being perfect information (unlike Mafia) makes it more like that other classic, Diplomacy. (Oops! That was a third link. Well hey, Diplomacy deserves one.)