Werewolf is a simple social game which offers a fascinating study of human behaviour. Roles are allocated secretly into Werewolves and Villagers. Villagers have to identify the Werewolves who will try to eliminate all the Villagers. Werewolves (in the minority) have the power to ‘kill’ and work together to see off those who pose a threat. Villagers, unaware of who to trust, can harness the special powers of the resident Seer and Healer who sits anonymously amongst them, whilst casting allegations about those they perceive as guilty.
As a special treat for the festival, we’ll have a finale game broadcast live to the audience and a running commentary from BBC Research Scientists Elizabeth Valentine and Penelope Allen, and Counsellor Ben Amponsah. These expert guests will analyse the ongoing deception, considering what makes a good Werewolf or Villager comparing this to everyday situations.
New players are welcome, and the facilitator will explain the rules as the game goes on.