New to the game? This is an overview of how to get started with playing Town of Salem and what you need to know for the basics!
Starting the Game Edit
You need an account, which will work for the forum and the game, but not this wiki. If you want to make an account for this wiki, you can create one for free!
You can log in from your browser here. If it doesn't work, you probably need Adobe Flash Player; if you do have Flash but it doesn't work, then try activating Flash manually.
If you have bought the game from Steam, you should prefer Steam over your browser since it is more stable and is advertisement free.
Once in a while, an offer comes up for a very short amount of time. It offers many things for a very large discount, so it is highly encouraged to purchase it if you can. Even the Juggernaut scroll, a scroll that cannot be bought through the store, is available in some of these packages!
Main Menu Edit
|Settings: Here you can change all kinds of general options, including sound effects.|
|Daily Brew: Here you can earn prizes every 7 days you log in, such as skins, taunts, and scrolls!|
|Customization Options: Here you can change your Avatar, Pet, and enable scrolls, etc. which is displayed during the game.|
|Shop: Here you can buy custom items for your avatar or house, purchase Scrolls (see above) from Merit Points, which you can earn by playing games, and Town Points, which is an exclusive currency used to buy certain special items.|
|Achievement Browser: Here you can see a list of achievements you can earn in-game. Each one is worth Merit Points which you can use in the Shop to buy items you can use in the game!|
|Statistics: Here you can see your in-game statistics, as well as the top 10 players of each statistic.|
|Here you can start a new game. See next section for more info!|
|Here you can see your friends list and invitations/friendship requests! If anyone is online, you can message them and/or invite them to a game. Notifications can befriend requests or game invites.|
Starting a New Game (Lobby) Edit
You can either:
- Choose a game mode and press "Join Lobby" or
- Press "Create a Party", invite some friends, choose a game mode and then press "Start".
You will then enter the lobby and be able to chat with the other players; their usernames will be listed on the top left.
If you chose Custom Mode, then someone in the lobby will be the Host (it could even be you). The host sets up the game for everyone by choosing which Roles should be in the game. There is a big list of Custom Setups on the wiki!
During your first few games, It's recommended to play on the game mode Classic because it has people among your skill level. After you think you got a handle on that, you can then move on to other modes such as Custom, Dracula's Palace, Rainbow and All Any. However, it's also recommended that you play Custom so you can learn all the roles. After 50 games, where 10 of which are Ranked Practice, you get to play Ranked, and by now, you will have known about most of the roles, so have fun!
Before the Game Edit
You can pick your name now. It can be different for each game and doesn't have to be the same as your login name. Even your name can matter in Town of Salem! (See the Strategies page for more.) You can set a default name in your customization options. You can see other players and their names when they "Enter the Town." (Ex; Salt has entered the Town.)
After you picked your name, you will randomly receive a role. If you own any scrolls and have them equipped, you have a higher chance of getting that role! However, it is not guaranteed that you will get that role. (Note: Scrolls do not work in Ranked. This is to ensure that no one can get any possible advantages.)
During the Game Edit
You will see an explanation of your role on the top right of the screen. Some roles are more complex than others; you can read up on mechanics and strategies for your role on the wiki!
Every game lasts several in-game days which have several phases.
- During the Day, you can chat with the other players, vote for a player to be lynched, or even use your Day Ability if you have one.
- During the Night, you can use your Night Ability if you have one. Some roles can chat with other players at night!
When you die, that does not always mean you lose! You should check the goal and victory conditions of your role before you leave. If your win conditions have not been met and you are a member of a faction (not a Neutral role), there is still a chance that your faction could win.
To whisper to a certain player privately, type /w (player's name or number).
- In a game with players that have similar names, make sure you type exactly the name of the player you want to whisper and not another player.
- These can be seen by Blackmailers though, so be careful. (See Strategies page for more)
Top Menu Bar Edit
|Set Town of Salem to Full Screen.|
|Choose a player to report for rule-breaking behavior. See Town of Salem Rules for further information.|
|Turn music on or off. You can set the default settings on the main menu.|
|Turn sound effects on or off. You can set the default settings on the main menu.|
|Open the message log. This log, in which you can scroll up or down, displays all in-game chat and messages since Day One. If you die, this will show chats from dead and alive people.|
|Edit or save changes to your Last Will. Your will shows when you die, unless you are cleaned by a Janitor, stoned by a Medusa, or were Forged. Anyone can make a will.|
|Use your day ability. This button only appears during the day if you are the Jailor, Mayor, Pirate, or a dead Medium.|
|Edit or save changes to your Death Note. This button is only available if you are a Mafia Killing, Neutral Killing, Coven Evil role, or the Jailor. Note that the Jailor can only choose between six options!|
|Leave the current game early without refreshing the page. You will still face punishment if you leave while alive.|
Player window Edit
|During the voting phase, vote or retract your vote for a living player to be put on trial. You cannot vote for yourself. You also cannot vote for a user healed and purged by the Guardian Angel.|
|During the night, use your night ability on a certain player. The targets you can choose depending on your role. The Transporter, Witch, Coven Leader, and Necromancer need to select two targets. This button won't display if you have no night ability, or you cannot use your ability on that night (Eg. Vigilante on N1 or Werewolf on non-full moon night).|
After the Game Edit
When the game ends, you will see a victory message. Anyone who hasn't left the game yet can now chat, dead or alive!
When you decide to return to the lobby, you will see a screen showing you the usernames of everyone who played and their roles. Their username, in-game name, and role will be in a certain font color depending on their current status.
|White||The user is currently in the end-game lobby.|
|Grey||The user is either still in the match or has left the end-game lobby.|