Social Deduction Challenge


Our judge is reviewing the semi-finalist games to determine a list of three to seven finalists.

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We’re looking for the next great social deduction game. In a social deduction game, players are assigned hidden roles, after which they work to achieve the objective for their own secret role and/or the team their role is assigned to. Examples are:

It can also include games with only the chance of a traitor element such as:

You must create a game using the social deduction mechanic. The game can require a game master or not, your choice. You may use any theme, other mechanics, or components that you wish. The game should be explained in less than 10 minutes, and playable in less than 90 minutes. You may include any number of players that you wish.

The judge will be Heather Newton of Open House Mystery Parties.

To qualify, your game must comply with all of the following rules:


You retain all rights to your game and are welcome to sell it in our shop during and after the contest, regardless of the outcome of the contest.

The first round of judging is handled by a community voting process. The final two rounds are handled by the judge. See complete details.


The winner shall receive all of the following prizes:

Scoring Rubric

Heather has graciously provided the following scoring rubric for this contest.

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