Session Report: Secret Hitler

Game: Secret Hitler

Players: Kimberlynn Moua, Alexander Chu, Chastin Gammage, Alexander Rosas, Muhammad Umair Khalid, John Sabour, Kevin Zhen, Anthony Astorri, Steven Gonzalez

Links: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/188834/secret-hitler http://www.secrethitler.com

Game Mechanics: Partnerships, Player Elimination, Voting

Example Session Report: https://missemmapost.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/session-report-secret-hitler/

 

Summary: Secret Hitler is a political team based game for 5-10 players. The government positions given are the President and Chancellor where each player can be a Liberal, Fascist, or Hitler. While the Liberals have an advantage of the majority of the players, they fall short on the deck of policy tiles by 5 and the game does not begin with the players knowing their fellow Liberal members as opposed to the Fascist players who open the game knowing each other and the secret Hitler. This encourages the Fascist players to strategically lie to gain the trust of the Liberals.

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Set Up: The set up consists of 2 boards for the Fascist and Liberal parties, 2 placards for the President and Chancellor, 17 policy cards, and envelopes for each player that contains their randomly selected political party. Each player receives an envelope with a party member card, a secret role card, and 2 ballot cards reading “jai” and “nein”.

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Gameplay: We started off with our eyes closed and fists out. Only the Fascists were able to look at each other and Hitler was instructed to put their thumb up so the Fascist would know who they are. The player who held the Hitler card was unaware of who his Fascist friends were. I played the role of a Liberal. After the second government was chosen, we started to notice that there were far more Fascist cards in the policy card pile which was starting to brew up some suspicions on who was a Fascist member. We decided to shuffle the cards after supposedly drawing 3 Fascist cards 2 times in a row. In the 3rd round of government, John was elected president and did not vote for himself which threw out many suspicions as well. We continued to play by the rules of rotation. After more rounds, it was easier to spot who was Liberal but harder to spot who was Fascist since they were allowed to lie to us. Eventually, Hitler ended up winning the game, and surprisingly it was not John.

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BP #1 – Emulator – Tron

I chose to play Tron, an arcade game based on the Disney movie. The visuals and sound makes the player feel like they are at the arcade, of course with the game in full screen. The “Insert Coin” and “Player 1 [and 2]” buttons were not accessible in Full Screen mode forcing you to exit Full Screen to start the game when you’ve lost. The typical arrow keys were used as the directional buttons for moving the character in the gameplay, however, it took me 10 losses to figure out how to fire. Control was used for firing which caused the game to exit Full Screen mode when pressed simultaneously with the arrow keys per Mac’s keyboard shortcut settings. (I did not attempt to remap my keyboard for this game.) The directions at the main menu were for joystick use. The game lets you choose from 4 different areas on it’s main screen map which holds 4 different “mini games” that have their own objective — fight spider-cyborgs to make it into the portal, trap an opponent with a motorbike trail, shoot down a wall, and destroy tanks. The biggest difference between playing in an emulator vs the actual hardware is the controls/controller although controllers can be connected via USB nowadays. Screen Shot 2017-09-01 at 9.23.49 PM