- Game in French.
- Number of players: 4 - 12 players
- Duration: 25 - 35 min
- Suggested age: 12
It is 1692, and it is a perilous time to live in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. A misstep, or an inappropriate accusation, and you could be the next witch to be hanged. "Salem" takes players into this perilous world and allows them to relive the tension, politics and religious extremism that are still being talked about 300 years later.
Players, each acting as a unique character, receive 3 to 5 test cards (depending on the number of players). These test cards reveal the true identity of each player, "Witch" or "Not a Witch".
During the game, players collect cards that they use to accuse or defend other players. Deciding who to trust is the key to survival, because you can never play a card on yourself. When you suspect a person of being a witch, you can start charging him with red charge cards. When enough charges have been laid against one of the players, the player making the final charge chooses one of that player's test cards to reveal it. Once all the "Witch" cards have been found, the villagers of Salem win.
Players can also use green and blue cards such as "Alibi," "Stocks," "Matchmaker," "Asylum" and "Scapegoat" to help or injure their allies or enemies.
When players draw cards, they end up drawing black cards that immediately take effect. A black card, "Night," forces all players to close their eyes while the witches choose someone to eliminate and the police officer chooses someone to save eventually. The other black card, "Conspiracy," forces all players to take a hidden-faced test card from the player to their left. It is essential to kill witches quickly, otherwise "Conspiracy" risks tipping the whole city into evil.
Before long, the accusations will come and the cries of "She's a witch!" will wake the neighbors. Will you be the hero who purges your city of witches, or will you be wrongly accused and hanged for witchcraft? Or maybe you yourself will be a witch, escaping any condemnation, and bringing Salem back to earth.
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