In a game of trust and betrayal, someone is out to start a war. Hitler’s regime is on the rise, and only you can stop him… or help him… or are him! This is Secret Hitler.
Set in the 1930’s, Secret Hitler is a social deduction game that pits players against each other in teams of Fascists and Liberals, one of whom is assigned to be Hitler. Each team is trying to enact their own policies. Liberals have majority numbers, but the Fascists can identify themselves to each other and know who Hitler is. The Liberal team wants to pass five liberal policies or assassinate Hitler, but they don’t know which player that is. Hence the name. The objective for the Fascist team is to pass six fascist policies or elect Hitler as Chancellor after three fascist policies have passed. Kind of like Werewolf meets Dark Moon.
At the top of each round, players elect a President and a Chancellor. The President draws three random policy cards from a deck and discards one. The Chancellor then discards one of the two remaining cards. The final card is the policy to be enacted. There is little way to fully know how the enacted policy was chosen. Was it luck of the draw, or what is manipulation?
Here’s where things get even more complicated. Although the Liberals want to enact liberal policies to win, enacted Fascist policies allow the President to do things like investigate players’ cards, peek at the policy deck, or even assassinate a player. So a Liberal President or Chancellor may want to enact a Fascist policy to gain an advantage, but it ups the risk of losing the game. Hitler, on the other hand, may want to try to help the Liberals at first in order to gain trust and get himself elected after the third Fascist policy passes.
Secret Hitler was created by Cards Against Humanity mastermind Max Temkin along with Mike Boxleiter (Solipskier, TouchTone), Tommy Maranges (Philosophy Bro), and illustrated by Mackenzie Schubert (Letter Tycoon, Penny Press). The game is available through a contribution via its Kickstarter page. Don’t worry, the game is already fully funded, so you don’t have to worry about the project dying. Now brace yourself for war. Secret Hitler releases in early 2016.
Image credits: Secret Hitler Kickstarter, Max Temkin, Mike Boxleiter, Tommy Maranges, and Mackenzie Schubert