Kremlin (1986)

Average Rating: 7.04/10
Board Game Rank: 546
Thematic Rank: 126
Strategy Game Rank: 337
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Year Published
1986
# of Players
3 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 5, 6 players
Recommended with 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
75 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Language Dependence
Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Kremlin
Alternate Names
Kremel
Kreml
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A game of political intrigue set in the Soviet Politburo. The game consists of a large number of politician cards, some of which form the first politburo. Politicians have certain stats (preferred offices, for instance) and an age.

At the start of the game, the players secretly note influence on ten politicians, graded from 10 (most) to 1 (least). Gameplay is not clockwise, but happens from top to bottom in the politburo. Whatever action the politician in a certain office can take is done by the player who reveals the greatest influence on the politician in question. Actions include accusing other politicians of espionage (potentially exiling them to Siberia), pardoning them, reshuffling the politburo and others. But each action a politician takes lets him (or in one case, her) age by one or more years. Once a turn each politburo member must face a health roll which can result in sickness marker or even instant death (the older, the most likely). At the end of each turn, the reigning head of state must wave to the crowd at the October parade without collapsing (which gets harder the sicker the politician is). A politician who succeeds in this three times makes the player who controls him/her the winner.

The original Fata Morgana edition included rules requiring the players to hold funeral speeches for deceased party chairmen and drinking vodka with it, for instance. The later Avalon Hill edition scrapped these rules and gave the game a less satirical and more serious tone.

The Jolly Roger edition provides three different KREMLIN games in one box:

1: The 'original' with fictional politicians, set in a USSR where KGB investigations send those found guilty to Siberia. This version will have victory conditions based on the original Fata Morgana rules.

2: A version inspired by the Avalon Hill variant titled 'Revolution'. Set in the 1920s, it uses historical politicians as well as fictional politicians. It's a more violent game as those arrested by the KGB are shot and removed from the game

3: A new version, set in the modern USSR and Russia, an era of entrenched bureaucracy and alternatives for escaping KGB persecution. This version introduces the concept of "Going into Exile" to avoid SIberia. It also includes modern politicians from the 1960s onwards, whether it is Kosygin or Putin and Gorbachev.

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Publisher: Jolly Roger Games
Artist: Clay Gardner
Year: 2014
Product Code: JOL 1917
Size: Avalon Hill Bookcase
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Release Date: Jun 1, 2014
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Publisher: Avalon Hill
Artist: Res Brandenberger, Charles Kibler
Year: 1988
Product Code: 878
Size: Avalon Hill Bookcase
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Publisher: Avalon Hill
Artist: Res Brandenberger, Charles Kibler
Year: 1988
Product Code: 878
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Publisher: Fata Morgana Spiele
Artist: Res Brandenberger
Year: 1986
Product Code: Fata Morgana Spiel 3
Size: 12.60 x 8.66 x 1.26 inches
0.84 pounds
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4 Kremlin Player Aid
Kremlin Player Aid - With more informative sequence of play then stock Player Aid. Useable when playing with any set of rules. Printed-material-reading friendly.
English
2015-03-18
1 Paper box for cards
Paper box for cards, 7x10 cm, english and russian, pdf file, v. 1.0. [url=https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/187003/]Full list[/url] of boxes. [imageid=2409844medium]
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2015-02-20
0 Kremlin Korean Turn Summary
some errata fixed
Korean
2015-01-18
0 Kremlin Korean Card v1.0
some errata fixed
Korean
2015-01-18
5 Influence sheet for Kremlin - Jolly Roger Games edition
Influence Sheet 1.1 changelog: -Typo corrected for "Karel Krakenbals" in the Classic Politicians section, line E; -Expanded the name columns to make all names visible. The longest ones were truncated.
English
2015-01-02
4 Multipurpose player screen (Fatamorgana Version)
Player aid for the Fatamorgana version of the game(mostly iconographic) and secret voting screen Print, laminate and enjoy
German
2014-12-18
7 AH Kremlin One Sheet
Two sided rules summary for AH version of game, including optional and variant rules.
English
2014-12-09
7 Russian rules / Правила на русском
Some clarifications and missed rules added.
Russian
2014-09-14
5 ToonCon 2014 v2.1
adds Tournament Victory rules and some more card clarifications
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2014-08-02
0 Kremlin Korean Rules
Kremlin (draft) rules in Korean.
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2014-07-15
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Board Game Rank: 546
Thematic Rank: 126
Strategy Game Rank: 337
Num Ratings: 2185
Average Rating: 7.04
Standard Deviation: 1.52
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