“Whether you love Donald Trump or hate him, #POTUS is meant to show everyone a good time while they’re playing what we believe is the next great political game.”
Those are the word of Jeff Newell, president of HGN Games, which has just launched a kickstarter campaign for the board game #POTUS: Battle Inside the Trump White House.
Designed for two to four players, the strategy game satirises White House political infighting.
Set during Donald Trump’s first year in office, each player leads one of the four factions battling for supremacy inside the White House: the Establishment GOP, Nativist Nationalists, Global Plutocrats and the #Resistance.
Each faction has its own unique deck of cards based on prominent players in Trump’s administration, such as Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and John Kelly. The game uses a “trick-taking” mechanic (similar to Hearts or Bridge) to help players win control of Trump’s Twitter feed, vote on congressional bills, make business deals and enlist powerful allies.
Players must stay in power long enough to pass the bills they believe will help the country while avoiding the obstacles posed by Trump’s social media addiction, their fellow Republicans (with their own agendas), and the ticking clock of Mueller’s Russia Investigation.
#POTUS is the first game to debut under HGN Game’s “Fighting Factions” series or four-player games based around the battles of power politics. This year’s #POTUS game will get an expansion: #POTUS Year 2: Trump Unleashed! in the near future.
The game was designed by Seattle-based Thomas Prowell whose previous design credits include the World War II games Axis Empires: Totaler Krieg and Axis Empires: Dai Senso (Decision Games, 2011) and the American Civil War game Three Battles of Manassas (The Gamers / MMP, 2004). His next design projects are The Death of Stalin (Fighting Factions Game #2 for HGN), the Axis Empires Expansion Kit (Decision Games, 2020), a strategic-level American Civil War game, and a card-driven soccer game.
#POTUS is not the first product we have featured on FreshOut.Today trying to offer light relief from the Donald’s Trump’s reign of error. There is also the Doonesbury collection of comic strips #SAD! by Garry Trudeau.
You can buy #SAD! – and other Trump ‘souvenirs’ on Amazon using the link below…