I'm thinking about a deduction board game idea for at least five players where there are two Spies who don't know each other (Spy A and Spy B).
Their mission is to accomplish mutual identification during the night phase (when other players closes their eyes) but totally secretly. After the identification attempt only the following outcomes are possible (publicly known by all players):
- Both Spies failed identification
- Spy A successfully identified Spy B (Spy B doesn't know who identified him)
- Spy B successfully identified Spy A (Spy A doesn't know who identified him)
- Both Spies successfully identified each other
In case of an unsuccessful attempt, they can try again to identify each other in next rounds, but all other information should stay hidden (e.g. which civilian(s) they tried to identify).
I had a lot of ideas for the mechanism, but none of them worked with easy setup.
It would be easy with a game master, but I want to make it an everyone-can-play type. What kind of a mechanism which uses cards or items might make this work?