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Popular Front

pop front

 
(from Numbskull):

On July 17, 1936, this phrase was broadcast throughout Spain, signaling the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, one of the bloodiest civil wars of the modern era, and what could be considered the beginning of World War II. Within a day, one third of Spain was under the control of Nationalist forces attempting to stage a military coup. Over the next three years, what began as a military rebellion evolved into the physical battle lines of the much larger ideological conflict spreading across Europe between Fascism and Communism.
Popular Front recreates this conflict in 90-minute strategy game form, leading players to compete against their ideological counterparts not only for military positioning, but for political victory. Players must be concerned about the position of their forces on the board, but the composition of a player’s hand will affect their success in combat more often than not. Plays with two, four, or six players split into two teams. Players each have an identical 20-card deck (with unique, original propaganda posters actually used in the war) that results in the use of your cards being more important than the luck of the draw. Strategic thinking, trickery, teamwork, and a dash of courage are what lead to victory in Popular Front.

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Looney Bin

Looney
(from Numbskull):
The Looney Bin is an uproarious deduction game with fast action – reaction card play that depicts the occurrences of an insane asylum. Be the first to cure all the patients in your ward by deducing which treatments they will respond to. Attempt to prevent your colleagues from curing their patients while you all experience the mayhem that is the Looney Bin.

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Last of the Independents

Last of the Independents

 

 

(from Numbskull)

Last of the Independents is a Euro-style, Americana themed historical simulation game. Set in the post WW2-era, it is as fast paced and cutthroat as the automotive industry itself. Players must design, engineer, and promote cars as they compete against each other, “The Big 3,” and the economy. This is accomplished with a combination of set company profiles, advantageous investment allocation, and clever card play.

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Bull Moose

Bull Moose

 
(from numbskull games):

Bull Moose is a U. S. presidential election game based on the 1912 election. The split in the Republican party resulted in Teddy Roosevelt launching the Progressive Party. Concurrently the Socialists under Eugene Debs had their best showing to date. The Prohibitionists fielded Eugene Chaffin running only 7 years prior to the passing of the 18th Amendment (prohibition).
This resulted in a 5 way race in which the Democrats actually won and the third party, the Progressives came in second. The election is represented by a straightforward, card driven, geographically based game where the winners of each state are decided by lot. The winning of the election and victory condition criteria is loosely based on the popular vote and not on how the electoral college actually functions.

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