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The group I play with uses a character called The Little Girl. She can peek each night at everyone else and see who the werewolves are, but if the werewolves spot her she's dead. It seems that in the right hands, this could be a hugely overpowered position. Anyone else use it?

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How does the "spotting" part work? Can't the wolves just point at a different person each turn, no matter if they were peeking, until they eventually find the Little Girl and have her killed? Or is pointing out the peeker possible only once? –  mafutrct Jan 20 '12 at 11:35

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We've played a lot of Werewolf, both with and without the Little Girl. One thing we've done to make sure the Little Girl works properly is adjusting lines of sight. Before even handing out the roles, we make sure that everyone can easily look at everyone else's face. It sounds simple, but we've found that it makes the Little Girl much more cautious - and the Werewolves more attentive.

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Our box set has the Little Girl, and it works fine.

Advantages: The Little Girl (with a little skill/luck) can find most (if not all) of the Warewolves. How many depends on where they're sitting relative to the wolves.

Disadvantages: If you get caught, you're dead - and since everyone else is sitting still, your ability to look around is limited. You still need to convince people. And the more you let on that you know they're the Wolf, the more likely you are to get eaten the next night. (I suppose the Wolves could just look at you really closely, but my experience is they just get eaten in retaliation).

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I have mostly played the game with this character, almost never without, so I can't really compare. That being said, from our experience as a group, and from my personal experience of having been The Little Girl myself quite often, this character actually isn't all that powerful, and certainly not "hugely overpowered". Whether I have seen the wolves or not, I still have just one vote, and I still have to defend it against others' views (with 10-15 people, our group is rather large).

Of course, I can always say "listen up, people, I am the Little Girl, so follow my advice", but a) people don't have to believe me, since b) I might actually be lying, and most importantly, c) the wolves will pay special attention to me from then on, and I'll probably get killed the very next night.

Of course, The Little Girl does become quite powerful when she's also the Village Chief, but then again, so does pretty much any character. Besides, from our experience, a Village Chief is even more likely to get killed quickly. I would say the game is pretty well-balanced, actually.

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What is the Village Chief? I've never heard of that role! –  morganpdx Jan 6 '11 at 21:19
    
I think it would be cool, perhaps, to create a community wiki of all the possible werewolf roles :) –  morganpdx Jan 6 '11 at 21:19
    
Perhaps you are referring to him as the Mayor or something else. Anyhow, it's the player with this card. It's a "meta" role that simply gets you a second vote on top of your normal role (whatever that may be). The Village Chief gets elected at the beginning; if he's killed, a different person gets elected, and so forth. See here. –  RegDwight Jan 6 '11 at 21:32
    
Just noticed that in this answer to a related question, he's referred to as the Sheriff. –  RegDwight Jan 6 '11 at 21:58

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