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I would think to classify my game collection as "eclectic" would be right on the spot. I try and cater to my kids, myself, buy mostly my wife, and so we have a wide variety of mechanics, themes and designers on the game shelf.

As the opportunities to play with others have increased, one of the most entertaining and socially active games we play do implement the hidden role mechanic. This list has some of the examples of games I consider fall on this category and which I love to play all the time.

Please add any other games I might have missed, as well as comment out on the ones here. This should allow us to share on the knowledge and spread the love for hidden role games.
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1. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:332]
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My first brush with hidden role games, and still one of my favorite all-purpose games. I like it better with fewer players, and would play with a large group only when I know everyone is quite familiar with the game mechanics.
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2. Board Game: The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow: The Village [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1976]
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Any of the incarnations of "Mafia" would fit here, but this happens to be the one I have, which by the way, I totally love because of the amazing quality of the production.
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3. Board Game: BANG! The Bullet! [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
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Bang rocks with people that are good in confrontational situations. Finding out you may have killed your partner by accident is quite fun. The only minor drawback for this game is that of all the hidden role games I have this is the one where player elimination is not short termed, meaning that the last players not eliminated may take quite a bit of time to finish the game.
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4. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:747]
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Great combination of deduction and roles this game also adds into the mix variable winning conditions. There are a few gripes with it, though they are not deal breakers. The first one is that the game characters may take a bit getting used to and newcomers in the game will have a big disadvantage vs. someone who has played the game any number of times. The second one is the font on the cards, as some players have complained about it being smallish and hard to read. Lastly, this game is prone to issues if anyone fails to answer a hermit card question appropriately.
None of these detract too much from the overall game, and this is one I will play every chance I get.
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5. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:751]
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I really like this game. I love the steam punk feeling of it and the very direct confrontation that occurs with many of the characters. Unfortunately it seems to have done poorly with my regular game group and I have a bit of a hard time getting it to the table with them.
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6. Board Game: Are You the Traitor? [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:15878]
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Pure psychology game which pits your wits against the other players. The roles vary each round, which makes it confusing for some. However, this game is a good one when people know each other relatively well. There is the usual problem of someone forgetting their goal when switching characters, probably the only real issue with the whole game flow.
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7. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:186]
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In my opinion the best game of its kind out there. It plays very quickly, and combines hidden role with bluffing and deduction. The components are first class, and the game flow is amazingly good. The only issue with this game is that it will make you like all the other similar ones a lot less. Get this one if you are able too, you won't regret it! (you will regret NOT getting it though!)
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8. Board Game: Kreta [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1427]
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Very cool area majority game that uses the mechanic.
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9. Board Game: Verräter [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1399]
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The famous "Inspiration for Citadels" game. It's amazing how much of a very cool game comes out of that little box.
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10. Board Game: Bacchus' Banquet [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:4572]
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All the player roles except Caligula are hidden in this one. With the right group it is a blast!
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11. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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Not only are the identities of the Cylons hidden from all other players, up until the halfway point of the game the roles are hidden even from yourself.
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12. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:883] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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For me, Saboteur gives the "a few of us are secretly traitors while the rest of us try to accomplish a goal" paranoia experience like in Battlestar Galactica, but in a nice simple half hour game instead of dragging on for hours.
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13. Board Game: Nostra City [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:4350]
 
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Players are all mafia bosses but some of them work for the FBI.
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14. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:2863]
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Essen 2011 - who is the parasite`s host trying to infect all others? Who is already infected, trying the same? Are you the last man defending the human race? Check with a thermo-scan and see, how many players are infected and how many are not, but not, who.
Paranoia.
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15. Board Game: Cherokee [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:6894]
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In this game you keep the colour of your clan a secret to get the most and highest position in the hierarchy with your clan members.
 
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16. Board Game: The Name of the Rose [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1577]
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You have to figure out which player is player which colour.
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17. Board Game: Wacky Wacky West [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2298]
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18. Board Game: Shadows Over Camelot [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:329]
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19. Board Game: Room 25 [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:864]
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The movie "cube" in a game box.

You are in a mysterious prison with shifting rooms and deadly traps, trying to escape. But one of you is a guard secretly trying to get the others killed.

A very sleek hidden traitor game with few rules, simple gameplay but high tension.
On the downside it has balancing problems with 5 players and can be quite luck dependent.
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20. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:395]
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Waiting on the reprint, this is a really neat game.
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21. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:220]
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You don't really hold an identity, but you must hide which one you are, lest you get expelled from the game and lose.
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22. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:406]
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Winning conditions differ depending on ones hidden role
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23. Board Game: One Night Werewolf [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4378]
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Best way to play Werewolf if you have 4 players.
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24. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:312]
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25. Board Game: Spyfall [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:439] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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Had some good fun playing this one. Great fun if you get the right group.
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