Requirements for joining games:
By default, there are no requirements for players joining Theme Games. However, game moderators may choose to specify additional requirements, such as a minimum amount of experience, a minimum number of games played, or requiring alts to disclose their identities to the game moderator. You can check the game description to confirm whether you are eligible to join the game.
If you're new to mafia, we generally recommend playing an Open
(specifically an Approved Open setup) or Normal
Only games that are currently in signups can be joined immediately. To join a Micro or Mini Theme game currently in signups, you need to post "/in for game name
" or "/in for game moderator's name
" in this thread. Posting "/in" without specifying a game in some way will not be considered a valid signup. Posting "/in" from a hydra without also confirming from all main accounts will not be considered a valid signup. To join a Large Theme game currently in signups, you need to post "/in" in the signup thread for that game,
in this thread.
If a game is not currently in signups, you cannot sign up for it yet, but you are encouraged to PM the moderator to "pre-in" for the game, which reserves a slot for you when it reaches signups if the game moderator has chosen to reserve slots for pre-ins.
If you change your mind after signing up for a game and before the game begins, you need to post "/out" to indicate that you no longer wish to play the game. If you have signed up for more than one game in this queue, please specify somehow which game you are removing yourself from.
Each player can be active in a total of only eight games of ten or more players at a time. Hydras and alt accounts count toward this limit. While it's helpful to keep track of this yourself, Listmods will have a list, and we can let you know. If a player dies in an ongoing game, that player is considered released and is free to sign up for another.
There is no limit to how many Micro games a player can be active in simultaneously (nine or fewer players). However, keep in mind that excessive flaking out or replacing out will likely result in restrictions from joining new games until a player shows they can handle playing multiple games responsibly.
Players can directly contact the game moderator before a game goes into signups to request a reserved slot ("pre-in"). Games are allowed to have up to half of its slots, rounded down, reserved for pre-ins. Once the game goes into signups, anyone who reserved a pre-in slot must post in the queue thread to confirm their slot within 72 hours.
All other player slots are first come, first serve. Players who sign up for a game but then decide to change their status to a hydra will be treated as if they /outed a game and then signed back up, even if doing so would bump that player from the game. This is to prevent players from being able to jump the line in a full or nearly full game.
Game moderators can reject signups from players for any reason, referred to as "Wisdom of the Mod" (WOTM). Although player blacklists will not be enforced at a listmod level, players may contact a game moderator if they have issues with other players signing up for a game. It is ultimately up to the game moderator whether they will reject signups from other players based on this information.
is an account that two or more people play from but that is treated as one player slot in the game ("one body, multiple heads").
By default, hydras can enter any game entered in the Theme Queue, and must publicly declare themselves as hydras and reveal the identities of their main accounts when signing up for a game. However, game moderators can choose to change the restrictions on hydras for their game, including:
- completely prohibiting hydras
- setting a maximum number of hydras allowed in the game
- setting a maximum number of hydra heads allowed in the game (either per account or collectively)
- allowing hydras to keep the identities of their main accounts hidden from the player list and/or game moderator (note that hydras may still be required to reveal their identities at the game moderator's request later on in certain cases, i.e. if a rule infraction occurs)
A signup from a hydra isn't complete and valid until it complies with the queue rules and game moderator's rules, including confirming the hydra signup from all main accounts. Please check the game description for any additional requirements listed by the game moderator. Note that you will always be required to declare your account as a hydra and may never join as a hydra masquerading as an individual account, as this violates site rules.
Any account other than a player's main account is considered an alternate or
Alts are not required by default to declare themselves or reveal the identity of their main account when signing up for a game. However, game moderators may choose to require all alts to disclose their identities to the game moderator. You may also be requested to reveal the identity of your main account later on in certain cases, i.e. if a rule infraction occurs.