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Paul Glenn
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I'm a political junkie, but I seem to have a hard time finding good political games--ones that are fun and tense, but not too long or too annoying to those who don't like negotiating (some friends are like that . . .). I've listed a few; please comment on them. And add any others that you think I might like.
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1. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:357]
Paul Glenn
United States
Wheaton
Maryland
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I love it, but it takes a lot of dedicated people and a lot of time.
 
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2. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:210]
Paul Glenn
United States
Wheaton
Maryland
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I love the idea--you have to compete to win, but also cooperate to prevent the whole thing from dissolving. But the game seemed way too fiddly for me.
 
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3. Board Game: Red Empire [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:6421]
Paul Glenn
United States
Wheaton
Maryland
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Seems great--similar opposing tensions as in RoR, and set in the Soviet Union. But I never saw it or played it. Any good?
 
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4. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:648]
Paul Glenn
United States
Wheaton
Maryland
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This can be a blast, but it's a bit silly. Also, with the wrong people, it can be *very* dull.
 
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5. Board Game: Kremlin [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:571]
Paul Glenn
United States
Wheaton
Maryland
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Played this a fair amount, enjoyed it, love the idea, but again it's fairly fiddly.
 
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6. Board Game: Telling Lies [Average Rating:5.88 Unranked]
Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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Too bad about the lack of an image at this time. Perhaps it is appropriate that it is "empty?"
 
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7. Board Game: Candidate [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:9108]
Edwin Shaw
United Kingdom
London
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A game where you try to become president - fun, but a bit luck-based
 
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8. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9597]
Jorgen
United States
Ferndale
California
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"The game of Global Domination"
need I say more?
 
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9. Board Game: Candidate [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:9108]
Paul Denhup
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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How about those Red States! Prediction: BUSH 303 electoral votes, KERRY 235 electoral votes. BUSH WINS.
 
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10. Board Game: Landslide [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:5719]
Patrick LaRocco
United States
Latham
New York
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I try to play it around political events. Last time was during one of the debates.
 
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11. Board Game: Road to the White House [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:4890]
Rich S
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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Can be REALLY long but not bad.
 
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12. Board Game: The Next President [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Tony Nardo
United States
Ellicott City
Maryland
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A good choice if you like semi-historical (1972) or truly historical matchups in the race for the U.S. Presidency.
 
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13. Board Game: Liberté [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:457]
Jay Rendon
United States
San Francisco
California
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I just played this with four other people on Saturday and had a lot of fun.

It's really deep (one of those games you probably can't figure out until you've played it a few times), provides great player interaction, deep strateg, a good political theme, oh and the guillotine. What more could you want?

Just make sure you find someone to teach it to you, I've heard the rules aren't terribly well written.
 
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14. Board Game: Presidential Poker [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
Big Chase
United States
New York
New York
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If poker is the classic pastime of political insiders, this variation pitting "Texas Hold'em Bush" against "Boston Stud" Kerry is the ultimate backroom showdown.
 
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15. Board Game: Canadian Civil War [Average Rating:5.42 Overall Rank:8977]
Michael Van Biesbrouck
United States
Mountain View
California
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Models the Canadian parliamentary system.
 
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16. Board Game: Landslide! [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
Jason Lewandowski
United States
Lincoln
Nebraska
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Anyone else every heard of this game?

 
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17. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:109]
Jon Grantham
United States
Bowie
Maryland
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You can actually play the race card in this one.
 
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18. Board Game: Ballot Bots [Average Rating:5.98 Unranked]
Anne Schmitt
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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If you want something quick and easy, this game works great! Each player is a politician trying to get the votes of particular demographic types.
 
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