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4 Things Learned After 400 Hours of Town of Salem

For this installment of Flashback Fridays, contributor DC shares a couple of things that she learned while playing Town of Salem. The original version of this post can be found on her blog.

Hell is Other People

Among the many modes available, my favorite has to be Chaos-All Any. Classic for me can feel like a lot of work sometimes, and I usually feel pressured to do my best, especially in Ranked.

In All Any, I don’t really feel that pressure, so I usually fool around with people while having silly fun.

All Any is aids
After all, there’s nothing better than complaining about how All Any is just aids.

That being said, whatever mode you prefer, you will find something common in all of them: you cannot always trust in other players, even your teammates. “Hell is other people”, declared Jean-Paul Sartre, and the phrase could definitely apply to the deceitful players of Town of Salem.

So that other kind of knowledge I was talking about? It’s something I mentioned earlier: know that every person out there is lying, and you better have a knack for scumreading. Else, particularly deceitful players will take advantage of the fact that you’re not as experienced as they are, and will manipulate you for their own gain.

After all, everyone, including the newbies, can access most of the modes at once, so it isn’t unheard of to see a 1200 Elo newbie be pit against players with 2000 to 3000 Elo in a Ranked game.

Even pulled my shorts
Sometimes they even pretend to love you, sleep with you, and pull on your shorts, but inevitably end up lynching your Werewolf pillion in the end.

Oh, and yes, beware of your teammates, too. If you’re not careful, they might just end up revealing your own role and hurting your faction as a whole. It sometimes breaks my heart being in the Mafia and seeing the Framer target the confirmed Veteran, but that’s the truth behind the randomness of the spins.

So, in summary: You won’t win because long-time players will take advantage of you, and you won’t win because your faction members are totally unreliable. So stop playing today and get guaranteed peace of mind!

Git gud
Or get good, peasant.

Just kidding, don’t close that window just yet. After all…

TOS is Really Fun

I had quite a rocky start in Team of Salem, but I’ve learned enough to keep my head cool and continue weaving my lies for 400 hours. Sure, I still have a lot to learn, but I know enough to be challenged by other players and have lots of fun regardless.

Schrodinger's cat jokes
I also like that I can trade some clever jokes about Schrodinger’s cat with the Town every so often.

TOS is essentially a text-based game, and winning relies on the magic you make with your keyboard, not in your deftness with M1+W or how many quests you’ve completed.

You’re essentially talking with other people, and working to convince them that your own story is better than those of the others. It may sound easy enough, but your role can only make you do so much, plus the others (looking at you, damn Transporters) will disrupt you and mess up your supposedly flawless defense.

In addition, you get to meet really interesting people who have different ways of playing the game, too. I mean, just look at the Strategy portion in the Wikia’s Jester page! There are tons of methods listed there on how to get yourself successfully lynched (and I’m sure that many others have their own styles that aren’t listed there at all).

You have so many courses to take just to complete a single objective, and you can always change your playstyle to match the conditions of the game you’re in, too.

Mayor vs SK
Adaptation is very important in TOS. Even if it means lynching the Veteran and claiming Survivor, do it — if only to reveal as Mayor on the very last day and claim the win for Town.

That’s one more reason I really enjoy Town of Salem. Each game you play will always have a different flavor to it, even if you only play Classic, which has a set role list and only 2 random roles. You never quite know what the others will say, and you never quite know what role you’ll get (even if you have dozens of scrolls for Consigliere).

With so many strategies, so many roles, and so many minds working at the same time, each TOS game is a different experience, even if you play with people in a party.

Speaking of parties, I also enjoy the social element of this game. When I play All Any, in particular, I’m usually out to have a casual game and just interact with the 14 other people in Town.

Sure, I’ve died more than once because I protected the friends in my party (instead of those in my faction), but I’ve had many good laughs, nevertheless.

ubben fam
Yes, even if it means sacrificing my own personal goals to protect my fam.

I also occasionally enjoy themes, and have had fun lynching others who weren’t part of the theme (and who usually end up being Neutral Evil roles, like Arsonist or Serial Killer).

I like making friends in TOS, and there are more than a few (from all around the globe) that I’ve traded real-life stories with and who have become my regular party-mates.

A Game of Murder, Deception, Lying, and Mob Hysteria

400 hours is a lot of hours spent in a single game, and I’m proud to still be standing amongst the great storyweavers and charismatic liars that I meet with each game I play on Town of Salem.

Sure, I bump into godlike Jesters or gamethrowing Godfathers who write all the Mafia members in their will then leave, but all in all, it has been a pretty positive experience for me. I can’t wait to spend even more time on TOS to be called a child born out of wedlock, a bumfuzzle, and a zounderkite.

Don't be cancer
Just don’t be cancer please. Be love.

What about you? Have you tried your hand in Town of Salem, the ultimate multi-player game of murder, deception, lying, and mob hysteria? I personally recommend this game, and it’s completely free to play on the browser and just $5 on Steam. (I play it on Steam myself. It just loads better for me there.)

So try it out, and dip into TOS’s bloody waters. There are many good Townies to kill, and not enough lies to cover up the stains. Just remember: don’t get caught.

Hi! I'm Camille. When I'm not micromanaging my cities or traversing dungeons, I bake cookies and write things. I play too much Team Fortress 2 & Town of Salem and I am secretly in love with John Galt. Check out more of my writings at or tweet me at @geekyDC.

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