We got together with our friends this afternoon to play some boardgames.
Since we had a good turnout - right of us - we kicked off with 'Secret Hitler'. This is a hidden-role game, similar to Werewolf, with the players being members of a government split into Fascists and Liberals. Everyone is assigned a role at random - with eight of us there would be three Fascists and five Liberals. Each side is trying to ensure that their own board is filled with policy cards relevant to their allegiance. There are far fewer Liberal policies than Fascist ones, though, albeit that there are more Liberals to get them into position.
Two of the Fascists are just that. The third is Hitler. The two non-Hitler Fascists get to know not only which other player is Hitler, but who the other Fascist is and ho the Liberals are.
It's simpler than it sounds. Here are a group of people who are all definitely NOT Fascists. Oh no!
Here President Satvik takes a long, cool drink before selecting his Chancellor.
Because sometimes you elect ... HITLER
Early stages of our second game. The Liberals (blue) have two policies. The Fascists (red) have but one. Each policy after the first gives the President that round a special ability, regardless of their allegiance. Early on these are to see the allegiance of a selected player (but not if they are Hitler), or choose the next President. Later on they can have other players shot, and removed from the game. The Liberals win if Hitler is shot.
We played three games. In the first we were really just learning the mechanics, and I was able to sit quiet as Hitler and quietly get myself elected Chancellor. In the second game the Fascists won by enacting all of their policies, despite the non-Hitler Fascists being shot. This is the final game, which went down to the wire but in which the Liberals deduced who the Fascists, and more importantly, Hitler were, and kept them out of the final round in order to implement the final Liberal policy for a win.
Here's my very obvious depiction of the activity 'Robbing a Bank'.