You actually have considerable power as a beginner and don’t know it.
Beginners have a blank slate so everyone assumes you don’t know what you’re doing.
No one has any idea how you play so the person you suspect cannot be judged by the group.
Here’s a cheat sheet of the best 10 strategies for One Night Ultimate Werewolf
If you’re the Village team, don’t lie and conceal anything until you get the hang of the game.
Be really open and create trust with other villagers right away.
The moment someone tries to impersonate your role, pipe up and yell, ‘You lie!’.
Learn to fight for your role and spend as much time as you can building trust with those you believe are villagers.
The less time the group spends finding the other villagers, the more time the group can spend trying to kill the werewolf.
There’s always someone in every group that says, ‘Oh I hate lying’.
Understand that lying itself is not bad.
Studies show that everyone lies more than 10 times a day but they’re generally small white lies that are not harmful.
Truth is you are surrounded by lies your entire life. The people that are uncomfortable with lying tend to struggle to spot if somebody is lying for their detriment.
The best way we learn to read other people is by recognising it in ourselves. So when you get good at lying, you can spot other people lying. Simple.
A game like werewolf gives you the opportunity to learn to lie in an environment where lying is expected and sanctioned. By learning to lie in the game, you can then be adept at spotting when other people lie.
There are also other great lessons you can learn from this game such as:
- Debating skills – when you’re in an argument with a werewolf, how do you make yourself be believed.
- Conflict management – how do you decipher conflicting stories to find the truth.
- Self confidence – speaking out and standing up for your beliefs.
- Trusting your instinct – Game makes you better at not being taken advantage of because it allows you to listen to your gut.
- Learning about people – Great way to know a person because you don’t know a person until you know how they lie – gives you good insight on how a person handles stress, conflict, being falsely accused. We see how people deal with tough moments in life.
Really commit to the whole social deduction game process. You’ll be better for it.
When you’re learning, don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Don’t be afraid to impersonate different roles if you get a shifty card! Listen to the voice on the app and pick a role, any role. Remember what the voice asks the role to do and commit to that role.
The best roles to try and steal are roles where you can’t see cards or need anyone to verify you.
Mason is a hard role to impersonate for example, as it requires someone else to verify you. Same with Seer and Robber which require you to detail which cards you saw.
It’s best to stick with roles like Drunk, Hunter, Villager, Troublemaker etc so that you don’t have to work too hard to be believed.
This is a great strategy if you’re new to the game.
Saying something like, “I’m just going to watch this game because I’m too new and i don’t want to screw anything up”.
This works really well because no one can argue with you.
Start by playing dumb.
Pretend like you don’t understand whether you’re a villager or a werewolf. Shrug your shoulders if tough questions are being directed at you.
Play aloof. It works.
Donald Trump it.
Thanks to this article, I learnt that people are terrible at remembering the past – past actions, who said what and when, even if it was just a minute ago.
If you get caught out in a lie, keep going. Never lie down and wait to be killed.
Tell everyone you never said something, even if you did. Tell people a lie about exactly what you did say.
All things equal, people are likely to believe your version of what you said than someone else’s.
If you’re trying to keep attention away from you, tell the group that you suspect the most experienced player as being shifty because ‘you have a feeling’.
You don’t have to explain your reasons clearly since you’re new and attention will go away from you to other players.
It’s best to give attention to experienced players as they are already seen as shifty to the group.
This works more often than you think it will.
Before you see your card, watch people see their cards.
Do people look disappointed?
Are they deep in thought wondering how to play this?
Are they already shifting blame towards someone else?
People don’t assume they’re being judged as yet because the game hasn’t officially started.
This is prime opportunity for information.
Generally guilty people don’t make good eye contact unless they’re being directly addressed, in which case they often have intense eye contact, almost trying to will you into believing them.
Look around the group and see who’s averting their eyes until directly called upon.
This may give you a couple of people to focus on, especially in large groups.
Trust your gut but not in the face of logic.
I’ve seen some people believe their gut when there’s not enough logic to back up the feeling or when the odds are against the outcome.
This messes things up for everybody.
This generally happens to people who place a greater weight on feelings than logic.
Listen to your gut but also ask lots of questions.
Those that rely solely on body language or ‘gut feeling’ are almost always wrong.
Take the time to understand each person’s logic around why they killed someone.
This allows you to learn how people think and create strategies for future games.
No question is too stupid to ask.
This is the best time to learn and get good at this game.
Beginners are perfect wild cards for this game because they start out mediocre and no one knows when the switch flips to them being amazing at this game. This gives beginners a lot of advantage in the game. Take advantage of it.
Are there other beginner strategies that have worked for you? Let me know below and I’ll add it in with a big shout out to you!