"I've found evidence linking her to the Mafia!" the venerable Sheriff declared as he pointed to the confused Medium. He then pulled out a handful of crumpled notes, detailing the locations of shady out-of-town meetings at night and written in blood-red ink while starting his 'death to the Mafia' spiel. The Medium tried to defend herself to the best of her abilities, claiming that one would have to be an abject fool to think that those notes could correlate to the Mafia, but fortunately (or unfortunately, in the Medium's case), the Sheriff's years of experience led him to believe that he really had genuine info. He led the Medium's execution, and then realized as she breathed her last... she was framed. Her last will held not her words of dedication to the Mafia... just the words of the deceased townsfolk. The Framer noted the irony in the Sheriff's spiel with his fellow Mafia comrades while the rest of the town turned a blind eye to the incognito Mafia, and one of the brave citizens shouted out loud to jail and execute the Sheriff for his mistake. As the meeting for the day concluded and almost everyone went back to their homes, the Framer congratulated himself on what he had accomplished. Who knew where a few old documents could get you? (credit)
- Framing a target will show them as suspicious for the entire night. Your frames take priority over an Arsonist douse or a Hex Master hex.
- Framed targets will show up as "suspicious" to the Sheriff.
- Framed targets will appear to be a Framer, Vampire, Jester (and Hex Master, if playing with the Coven DLC) to an Investigator.
- A strategy to use before the night phase starts is to say a player is suspicious, and get a Town Investigative role to check that person. However, an experienced player may realize you could be a Framer, and might call you out on it.
- If accused, a possible strategy is to tell the truth about your role, especially if someone whispers you to ask. Most people will brush you off as a bad Jester trying to get lynched and some people may even step up in your defense if you draw too much attention. You don't have to make a clever lie as long as Investigators and Sheriffs suspect that you've been framed the next night, allowing you to survive longer.
- Try not to press too hard when doing this. Telling the Town directly "You want to lynch me!" is the best strategy. Do not be too annoying, as spamming is against the rules, but reinforce the point every day by repeating that you're a Framer and act annoyed that Town is not doing their duty to lynch you. Do this until people get annoyed at you and think you are a confirmed Jester.
- This strategy has a downside: You could get executed by a Jailor or shot by a Vigilante since killing Jesters is normally part of their role. Telling a Jailor you are a Framer will almost guarantee your execution. You could also get attacked by a member of the Coven or a Neutral Killing.
- Your job in the Mafia is to be the "middleman" between the Mafia because you know that if people investigate you, you have a valid reason to say you were framed.
- Never keep a Last Will as to who you have actually framed because this may prove the innocence of those that you framed and give a clue as to who is Mafia by narrowing down suspects. However, you can write down that you have framed other members of the Mafia and other fake evidence to mislead the town even upon death.
- A possible strategy is not to do anything at night. While it may seem like this is a waste of your abilities, Framer alone is not very powerful. By not doing anything, you can trick the Spy that there is less Mafia, and if your Mafia Killing is roleblocked or jailed, you can move and trick the Spy that a player has basic defense. However, this may not work in tight role lists, and some Mafia members could expect you to frame every night. If someone is confused as to why you aren't doing anything, be sure to explain your reasoning to avoid being reported. This strategy can also be used to prevent a Werewolf or Veteran kill and keep you alive until you become a Mafioso if a Spy is not in the game.
Who to FrameEdit
- It's best that you frame people with names that stick out the most as Town Investigative roles tend to investigate said players.
- Players that talk Day 1 are often a good target, because it makes them stick out to Town Investigative roles.
- Roles that ask for Town Protective roles to be on them but don't claim Jailor are a good first pick, but you should only do this the first night.
- Framing people that are number one, number eight, or number fifteen on the player's list is a good idea too as they also tend to be investigated first.
- If people are suspicious of a particular person, there's a good chance that people will investigate them. It's also a good chance for you to frame them. Be wary though, as a Lookout may be one of these investigative roles and see you visit this person.
- Since Framers don't die to traps, a Framer may check for Lookouts or Trappers on a confirmed Town target such as a revealed Mayor.
- A strategy that some use is to continue framing the same person each night. Most Sheriffs and Investigators will check a different person every night; if you always frame the same person, they should hit them eventually provided they don't hit you first (if they do, claim framed, unless there's a Spy)
- This also limits the amount of information that a Spy could gain, because you are only visiting one person rather than many targets.
- Framing a Mafia-known Jester could possibly get them lynched, killing a Townie or a Neutral in the process. Plus, if the Jailor or Vigilante decides to kill them, they've wasted a shot or execution.
- Remember, it isn't necessary (and isn't necessarily helpful) to frame someone every night. Framing on even-numbered nights risks getting killed by the Werewolf; framing on any night risks hitting the Veteran. Worst of all, whenever you frame anyone, you confirm to every Spy in the game that your target is not a member of the Mafia, accomplishing the exact opposite of your goal (whereas you'll only trick a Sheriff or Investigator if they happen to investigate your target that very night). Sometimes, consider not framing people unless you have some reason to suspect that they'll be investigated that night.
- Since your ability is usually more detrimental than good, you should primarily focus on the general Mafia strategies. Remember that as useless as you are, you are still an extra vote for the Mafia and can potentially be promoted to Mafioso, so don't throw your life away needlessly.
- However, you could ask another Mafia member to bus you to "confirm" themselves if you believe you are useless, however, higher level players will suspect you if you don't put up a good defense as being framed.
- Since visiting a target confirms them as non-Mafia to every Spy in the game (unless if there's a Transporter or a Witch), consider framing people who have already been visited by the Mafia, minimizing the damage you do. If you visit every person in the game one by one, you risk exposing the entire Mafia to Spies through the process of elimination.
- Consider never visiting at all, especially in the Coven expansion. Your ability is extremely weak; your chance of successfully framing is tiny, and there are countless ways things can go wrong:
- If there is a living Spy in the game, it is basically impossible for you to successfully frame anyone since they can immediately speak up and reveal your target was visited by the Mafia; in that case, visiting is not only counterproductive but actively hurts your team.
- Visiting exposes you to Veterans, Crusaders, Werewolves, Medusas, Juggernaut and Pestilence; it spreads the plague for a Plaguebearer as well. The damage that these can do vastly outweighs the minimal impact your visits usually have... and in the Coven expansion, if you're both aiming blindly, you're just as likely to target the same person as a Crusader as opposed to a Sheriff! You can also trigger traps and make framing somebody difficult.
- There may not be a Sheriff or Investigator in the game at all, especially in the Coven expansion. In that case, your visits accomplish nothing beyond exposing you. On top of that, your ability is only partially effective against an Investigator, since they'll know the framed result is suspicious.
- If a player is ALMOST voted up and is not a member of the Mafia, then it might be worth framing that person, as they will likely be investigated by a Sheriff or an Investigator in order to check if they are innocent.
- If an Investigator finds a "Framer, Vampire, or Jester" result during night one in a Ranked game, the chance of them really being a Framer is ~32%. This assumes, however, that the Jailor jails a target and a Framer frames someone.
- However, remember that with 7 options for the two non-Mafia Killing roles, a Framer only has a 1-(6/7)^2 ~= 27% chance of appearing in Ranked in the first place.
- According to a poll made by Naru2008, the Framer is the second most hated role in Town of Salem with 263 votes, for the reasoning that it was too slow and boring. Other comments were that you had to be extremely lucky for the role to be effective at all and that it was underpowered and needed a buff.
- Because it is unlikely that the Framer visited the same person as an investigative role, a Sheriff will often not take the possibility of a Framer into account, should you frame someone who is investigated.