Pocket Rules

These rules provide most of what you need to know to play Assassins. Further details and edge cases are elaborated on in the main rules, sections of which are linked frequently here for reference.

The Micro Introduction

READ ME FIRST!!! This section lays out what's in these pocket rules.

Signing Up:

Near the start of the game, the Umpire(s) will email everyone on the mailing list with a link to a Google Form that lets you sign up for the game. Here you put certain information about yourself: the exact details can be found in this section of the main rules.

How to Play:

Full Players begin the game with 1 point and aim to be top of their assigned Mafia by the end of the week. Points are earned by 'killing' other players and playing minigames (full list of games here).

Casual Players can still make it to the final duel against full players by earning points in minigames. Casual players can also join Full Playing friends out hunting and can chase after TRAITORS. Information about these is available in the May Week Rules

Code of Conduct:

The Code of Conduct is the most important section of the rules. In short:


The following are licit targets for any Player:

If an Assassin kills an illicit target (a Player who was not a licit target at that point) they will be put on the Traitor List but the target will still die.

Killing People:

We take harmless objects and put labels on them to mark them as something 'dangerous'. Examples include pens labelled 'knife', teddy bears labelled 'rabid polar bear', and paper planes labelled 'kamikaze'. We also allow most Nerf guns and waterguns, though projectile weapons have restrictions on where they can be used. Water weapons are restricted to certain areas, and in one's signup email, one can specify that one's room is either 'No Water', 'Water with Care' (small water weapons used carefully), or 'Full Water'. For a full list of allowed weapons and where they can be used, see the Weapons Rules (a shorter document, separate from the main rules). However, if you have any weapon you aren't sure about, contact the umpire(s) for clarity.

If a person is hit on the head or torso, they are dead. If a person is hit on a limb, they lose that limb for the the next 30 minutes. Dead players are subject to different rules to living players: they can no longer participate in the game (including passing information), but are encouraged to join the Police force if they wish.


If anything game-related happens to you, email the Umpire(s) and tell them what happened, even if it's just that you went to a target's door, knocked, but found them not in. You can also include a more humorous description of events that will be put up on the site news. You will be asked to choose a pseudonym for these reports to be under. You start out with one pseudonym but can acquire more by killing people. More detailed information about reports, including an example, is available here.

Out of Bounds:

The following paragraph is a list of areas you are not allowed to kill someone for reasons of safety, security and sanity. It is not exhaustive but simply designed to give you a good idea. The full out of bounds list is here: for the most part, this is common sense, but it is worth familiarising yourself with this list.

Examples of places you can kill people:

Some places are not Out of Bounds, but projectiles cannot be used in those places, in order to avoid disruption. These include informal dining areas, shops and pubs.


If you recruit a non-player's help for the game, whether or not they know this, they become your Accomplice. They cannot wield weapons but may be able to help in other ways. If your Accomplice is killed, you are put on the Wanted list and the Accomplice cannot act as an accomplice to anyone until they respawn in 4 hours. It's expected that you explain this to them.

Traitor List:

If you break the rules in a minor way, you will be put on the Traitor List and become a fully licit target for any other player - this includes your own mafia. You redeem yourself by either surviving a certain number of days, or making a certain number of licit kills (the Umpire(s) will tell you which). Breaking the rules in a major way will see you disqualified and potentially banned from the Guild.


The winner is given the title of 'MA' (Master Assassin), or 'PhD' (Paranoia-Hardened Deathmaster) for a two-time winner. Other silly and fun awards are also given out to people who did something worthy of note over the course of the game. You can send in any nominations you like. Take a look at our awards page for a better idea.

Now let's go out there and kill some people!