|Publisher(s)||Bézier Games, Inc.|
|Players||5 to 75|
|Age range||9 & up|
|Skill(s) required||Bluffing, Partnership, Social skills, Roleplay, Negotiation, Deduction|
Ultimate Werewolf is a card game designed by Ted Alspach and published by Bézier Games. It is based on the social deduction game, Werewolf, which is Andrew Plotkin's reinvention of Dimitry Davidoff's 1987 game, Mafia. The Werewolf game appeared in many forms before Bézier Games published Ultimate Werewolf in 2008.
Ultimate Werewolf can be played with 5 to 75 players of all ages. Each player has an agenda: as a villager, hunt down the werewolves; as a werewolf, convince the other villagers that you are innocent, while secretly attacking those same villagers each night. A third major team working to kill off all others are the Vampires, who must kill both werewolves and villagers to win, and other neutral roles are available, each vying to achieve their own goals. Dozens of special roles are available to help both the villagers and the werewolves achieve their goals.
The game has 12 unique roles being a set of sixteen fully illustrated cards, a moderator score pad to keep track of games, and a comprehensive game guide. (Some packages come with a free poster.)
One Night Ultimate Werewolf has been well received by critics as a shorter alternative to the original Werewolf game, that also fixes the problem of player elimination and makes the game more interesting for the villager players. The expansions have also been well received for introducing new and interesting player roles.
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
One Night Ultimate Werewolf, published by Bézier Games, is based on a similar concept to Ultimate Werewolf although the differences are significant enough to change the style and feel of gameplay. The most notable difference between the two is that in One Night Ultimate Werewolf gameplay develops over a single "night", with only one round of plot development, voting and elimination. As such, games are typically time limited to a small number of minutes with players opting to play successive, unrelated games. This approach makes individual games shorter, does not exclude players who are eliminated early in the game (as in Ultimate Werewolf) and often prompts faster paced games.
One Night Ultimate Werewolf also provides a smartphone app taking the role of the moderator, available on both iOS and Android platforms. The primary role of the app is to read out the moderator script, relieving the need for one of the players to take this impartial role, as required in Ultimate Werewolf.
Like Werewolf, a number of extension packs exist for One Night Ultimate Werewolf. One Night Ultimate Daybreak, One Night Ultimate Vampire and two bonus packs comprise additional character roles that can be used instead of or in combination with the roles from One Night Ultimate Werewolf. The One Night smartphone app enables players to include roles from any edition in a single game and adjusts the moderator script accordingly.
Bézier games has released more games in the One Night Ultimate series: One Night Ultimate Alien and One Night Ultimate Super Villains.
In 2021, Bezier Games will be releasing Ultimate Werewolf Extreme, an all new and fine tuned edition with new technology. There will now be an optional app to assist moderators in gameplay that will greatly enhance the experience overall. The app will use a QR code reader to work with the deck and create the game setup much faster than was possible ever before.
One Night roles
There is a general overlap between the roles of Ultimate Werewolf and One Night Ultimate Werewolf however the details of characters vary, largely stemming from the differences between the two games. For example, the Doppelgänger role in Ultimate Werewolf takes on the role of the character they have chosen only if that character dies. In Ultimate Werewolf the Doppelgänger can then take action in the subsequent night phases of the game. This is in contrast to the Doppelgänger role of One Night Ultimate Werewolf which, because of the single-round nature of game, immediately takes on the role of the player they have chosen and behaves as if they were that role during the night phase.
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