Democracy: Majority Rules by Mark Rein-Hagen – Politics & board games
It’s election season and board game designer Mark Rein-Hagen, designer of Vampire the Masquerade among others and a co-founder of Whitewolf, hopes you are in the mood to run a campaign of your own. He is currently Kickstarting his board game Democracy: Majority Rules, which tasks you, as the leader of a grassroots movement, with growing your power and eventually moving your way into the role of a national force. You play as a power broker in Democracy: Majority Rules has involves players supporting different ideologies that gain new supporters (shown by wooden cubes) each turn. You use your supporters (in true area control fashion) to try and have the most supporters on a given faction tile (Factions are different groups that have an effect on the process), eventually gaining political capital (Victory Points). Different factions are connected to other factions, allowing you to shift your supporters to other tiles after they have been placed. Democracy: Majority Rules is primarily a game played in real-time, and the Kickstarter includes a party package that can support up to 15 players, so for this looking for a game that can get into that vaunted 6 and 7 player range, Democracy: Majority Rules might be something to take a look at. Democracy: Majority Rules is very much built around negotiations and even includes option rules to make the game a little more RPG-like. For more information about Democracy: Majority Rules from Mark Rein-Hagen, head over to Kickstarter, where you can find a video explaining the rules.
So, what do you all think about Democracy: Majority Rules? Do you enjoy games that are largely dependent on player negotiations like Werewolf/Mafia and Diplomacy? What are some of the best/worst experiences you’ve had with those types of games? Talk about it in the comments!