The folks over at Extra Credits have been producing entertaining education videos on a variety of topics since 2010. Their latest series, Extra Politics, delved into the similarities of game mechanics and how politics work to further ideological goals. The Partisans: An Extra Politics Board Game brings the concepts discussed in the Extra Politics series to the board game community.
The Partisans, designed by Luke Peterschmidt and published by Fun to 11, is not your typical political game involving political parties or politicians. Instead, ideologies of the people serve as the factions in the game. Players take turns as committee chair and work together to craft bills from amendment cards. Each amendment card indicates whether the amendment advances an idea from a faction or hinders it. Often multiple factions are affected but not always in the same way, and some factions are completely unaffected by the amendment. Factions will need to form coalitions to either pass or defeat a bill. Faction can leverage political action cards or lobbies to tip the vote in their favor. At the end of the game, the factions whose ideas are closest to being matched by the government is the winner.
The Partisans players 4-6 players, ages 13+, in 60-90 minutes. Contents include 6 faction cards, 70 amendment cards, 48 political action cards, 18 lobby cards, 10 event cards, and more than 90 tokens representing political capital, issues, leadership and more. The Kickstarter campaign runs through 21 September with an expected delivery of July 2019.