Ever wonder what is going on in the Games' forum? Why it has so many posts? Do kids really talk that much about their vidya games?
Well, yes, but that's not why: it's Mafia!
No, we haven't been invaded by the Cosa Nostra. This isn't the work of Sicilians...
...it's the Russians!*
Mafia was a party-game invented in the 80's. It is known as a "social deduction game" where you have a "Town" team and a "Mafia" team. The objective of each team is to kill the other. The Town, while in the majority, doesn't know who the Mafia are. The Mafia have to Masquerade as Town, convincing them to kill their own (and also have the ability to directly kill Town's people themselves).
Today, it is a commonly played online: in many forums on the Internet and on web sites dedicated to the game, such as Epic Mafia or Town of Salem.
Each place has its own implementation and variation and DART is no different. Because of this, there can be a steep learning curve which can act as a barrier to entry.
In times past we have held Beginner's Series of game to introduce people to the mechanics and culture that is DDO/DART Mafia. If there is enough interest (~7-8 people) we can resume this series of games.
So if you've ever been interested in what this game is but were worried about being fitted for a set of cement shoes, fear no more!
* - Seriously, Mafia was invented by a Russian.