A quick and dirty guide to playing Werewolf by email

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Most everyone who has attended a con in the past 10 years has played the Werewolf game. The idea is that players are secretly assigned roles of players or villagers, and each day, the group decides on one person to hang. This is followed by a day of pleading cases over which use should be hanged the next. There are two werewolves. Each night, the werewolves (and bad guys) decide who to kill. If both werewolves are hanged, the villagers win. If there comes a time where there are as many or fewer villagers than werewolves, the werewolves win. There are more subtleties and nuances to the game, and you should read the original document on the game.

This game is super fun, but as we grow up, there are fewer and fewer opportunities to engage with interested friends in real life. This is where Play by Email comes in to play. There is a service already in place which allows such Play by Email, but it might have a bit of a learning curve to start.

While none of this is complicated at all, I thought it might be easier to distill the rules and procedures into only those you need. Feel free to explore the detailed instructions as you become more familiar with the ideas.

When you want to dive a bit deeper, and it really isn’t that deep, check out the original documents.

For now, we’ll just give you the steps you need to get moving.

Signing up for the service

Send an email to pbmserv@gamerz.net with the subject:


Where USERID is the id you want to use in the games (have fun with this) and the PASSWORD is the password you will be using every time you make a request. Make your password easy to type, and do not lose it. You have to contact the system owner to get it back. He’s already done so much for us, don’t bug him.

Joining a Game

werewolf join 494 USERID PASSWORD

You’ll get an email from the system informing you of the status of the game.

Playing the game


if you are a werewolf or


if you are a villager, voting on who to kill.

Further reading

While playing the game, there are several roles you can play (other than villager and wolf), and you can do other fun things such as:

  • Talk to other dead players once you’re dead.
  • Howl to other werewolves.
  • Get info on other users if your role permits it.

For now, make sure you read the full document for all of the options.

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