We played this for the first time with 8 of the members of our large regular game group. It was a big success and we had a lot of fun, and everyone wants to play again. Everyone got into the game and into their roles when they declared one, so there was lots of laughter. Afterward everyone was excitedly discussing which characters we want to use next time.
Our game ended when one person declared Patron, not noticing that the player next to her already had 12 coins. So this brought up another question.
I know my character and it is not good for me to use it at this time either because it would end the game without me winning (as above) , or because it would put me in a worse situation. So I won’t declare it.
But now another player claims to be my character. If I claim it in order to force the other player to pay a fine, am I also forced to use the power? Or would it be better for me to keep quiet?
I think the answer is that I would be forced to use the power, so I should keep quiet. But I want to double check.
Examples of this situation Patron - one of the people sitting next to me has 12 coins, so I definitely don’t want to give them a coin.
Alchemist - I am richer than either of the people next to me.
Thief - I am not the richest player, and even 2 more coins won’t make me the richest player, but one of the people beside me only has 1 coin which would end the game.
Actress - the last power played was one of the above with the same situation described in my examples.
I know witch is okay, because the rules state that the witch CAN swap. But the rules for the Patron, Alchemist, Thief, and Actress characters don’t say it is optional.