I can't recall ever being saved by the Bodyguard... though it might have happened - I've played a lot of games. I'll never forget round 2, though, when I was the Don and my style of play had Oxford protecting me for almost the whole game
One of the early games i ran came down to whether the Bodyguard protected the right civvie. Archer was the Bodyguard and there were two Civvies. I had the lone Mafia go through and finish killing off the important NPCs and the Cop (SuperJim didn't appreciate the need for this to happen, but still loved the game). Once the last Mafioso cleaned up the loose ends, he sought out his last target and found him all alone in the park.
Unfortunately, he didn't look in the bushes and KinGoliath was saved by Archer.
At least you haven't been the AI yet. I'd love to see that used in more games, especially without prior warning, so that it adds a general degree of uncertainty as to whether or not it's a remotely good idea to kill a particular player
Yes it was a surprise. However, I did link back to the game two years before that set up the background and the other game about a year or so later that led directly into the Vampire round.
No Vampire was mentioned, but there were clues.
I handed out roles that were pulled directly from Bram Stokers 'Dracula', but I did not label or name them as such. There were some roles who could have discovered what was up but (like most games) some of the most important players were eliminated early.
Once the Mafia was eliminated, folks thought the game was over. They were a bit perplexed that the game continued on.
I must say that of all of the games scenarios I've ran over the past 30 years, this was one of the most enjoyable.