So the blog has been a bit quiet recently, mainly because of work and boot camp. And laziness. Also I have been slogging through Kraken so hopefully more book reviews will come soon as I can move onto other titles.
Anyway, I have wanted to write about board games. Not Monopoly or 30 Seconds. The more hard core geeky stuff, although the one I am going to write about today is actually really easy, super fun and will probably result in you not being able to trust your friends and loved ones anymore. It would be perfect for those drinking nights as well because it doesn’t require much attention you just need to be able to pull off your best poker face.
How it works:
This game allows five to ten players, it only lasts about 30 minutes per a game, but that depends on how many accusations and arguments break out, also there are no eliminations. So basically there are players who are part of The Resistance and players who are Operatives/Imperial Spies. Working together, and ferreting out the spies The Resistance needs to win at least 3 missions to succeed in overthrowing the government. Only the spies know who each other are and can work together to bring down the The Resistance. For three to five rounds, they must depend on each other to carry out missions against the Empire. At the same time, they must try to deduce the other players’ identities and gain their trust. Each round begins with discussion. When ready, the Leader entrusts sets of Plans to a certain number of players (possibly including himself/herself). Everyone votes on whether or not to approve the assignment. Once an assignment passes, the chosen players secretly decide to Support or Sabotage the mission. Based on the results, the mission succeeds (Resistance win) or fails (Empire win). When a team wins three missions, they have won the game.
So pretty much a lot of accusations fly around, a lot of shouting and nobody can trust anyone. For instance my manfellow was a spy 3 times, and I only guessed twice that he was a spy. Keeping an honest face or a poker face is the only way to begin and since nobody trusts anyone else it is difficult to choose your team for a specific mission. This is one of the most fun games I have played and it suitable for people who aren’t into the more difficult stuff.
Here’s a video of Will Wheaton explaining and playing The Resistance: