DISCLAIMER: I'm assuming it was the whole plan, no proof.
That said, I really enjoyed it! And it wasn't THAT confusing- maybe because having no previous experience I couldn't compare it to a "typical" game.
I'd criticize the night kill mechanic, but if it hadn't been in play it would have ended on night 2 instead of day 5 and we wouldn't have gotten a total victory, so it worked heavily in our favor.
Both because of the victory and because it was more fun since it lasted longer.