A game of politics and purges in a totalitarian regime

What is the game about?

You play a politburo member in a totalitarian regime, responsible for a five-year plan. You have a secret personal objective as well but anyone not following the party line may be purged.

How do you win?

At the end of the game, you score 1 point for each plan that was executed according to your objective but you also lose 1 point for each time you have been purged.

How do you play?

The players take turns to play the general secretary and lead the turn through three distinct phases:

1. Plan: The general secretary proposes one of the three ministries of defence, finance and security and calls for an open vote. The ministry approved by a majority of the members enters the execution phase.
2. Execution: The general secretary appoints three members for a secret execution where they choose between repression and reforming.
a) If they are unanimous, the ministry adds 1 point for repression
and subtracts 1 point for reforming.
b) If no unanimity is attained in three attempts, the ministry is
unchanged and the three members enter the purge phase. !
3. Purge: The members secretly points out another member to purge.If a member is pointed out by the other two, he or she loses 1 influence.

The players’ objectives may be related to the repression or reforming of one or more ministries or to the other members’ influence. They may coincide or collide.

What makes the game special?

There is a delicate balance between pushing the common agenda
towards your own agenda and avoiding the ”blame game” that may
follow. You need political alliances but your allies will take any
opportunity to purge you!


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NOTE: This game does not come with packaging.



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Cool Factors

  • Secret and unique objectives that may coincide or collide
  • Players may deduce whom to ally with to secure votes
  • Blame game, players may blame failed votes on each other


DesignerNova Suecia Games
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Publish DateMarch 14, 2015
DepartmentBoard Games
SettingCold War
AudienceCasual Gamer
Primary MechanicDeduction
If You LikeResistance
More InfoPolitburo web site

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