Five to 10 people can participate in it, as long as they are 17+ years of age and it will entertain you for about 45 minutes. It’s one of the most trendy games of the moment in USA and the ‘protagonist is Hitler’. Which side will you choose? Which one will you consider good or evil? Will you stop or support the dictator?
This is what the “Secret Hitler” game asks you to do. More precisely, this is a social deduction game about finding and stopping the Secret Hitler. According to the game website this is the mission:
“The majority of players are liberals. If they can learn to trust each other, they have enough votes to control the table and win the game. But some players are fascists. They will say whatever it takes to get elected, enact their agenda, and blame others for the fallout. The liberals must work together to discover the truth before the fascists install their cold-blooded leader and win the game.”
Other than Hitler name, there are not other references to fascism (such as Holocaust, swastikas or other similar symbols). This allowed the game to be accepted in Europe. On the contrary, they state “FASCISTS ARE LIARS. HITLER IS EVIL. SO WHY IS STOPPING THEM SO HARD?”
Designed by Mike Boxleiter, Tommy Maranges and Temkin, and published by their company Goat, Wolf, & Cabbage, the game started its adventure as a crowdfunding project in 2015 on Kickstarter and with a starting goal of $54,450 it massively multiplied the funds with $1,479,046 collected.
The game was so successful that after two editions it’s already sold out on Amazon, but it will return very soon this Fall 2017. It’s currently available for shipping only to United States and Canada. But if you don’t care of receiving wooden components, a solid game board with foil inlays and a ready-to-use game, you can still “practice fighting fascism” for free. In fact, the game is under a Creative Commons License and you can download it, along with the rules, on the official website. Just equip yourself with a printer, some paper and a scissor, and you have everything to build the game by yourself in about an hour.
If you like board games, cards, political intrigues and betrayals, Germany in the 1930’s, and intense and memorable play sessions, this game may be ideal for you. Would you like to be liberal or fascist? This is the choice in front of which you will be placed. And the dynamic is ‘simple’:
“Players are secretly divided into two teams – liberals and fascists. Known only to each other, the fascists coordinate to sow distrust and install their cold-blooded leader. The liberals must find and stop the Secret Hitler before it’s too late.”
Are you ready for your next party? Which game will you play with your friends or family members? ‘Secret Hitler’ may be your next ‘companion’. Share your opinion and tell us if you find this game appropriate and harmless or you would suggest something else.