Founding Fathers by Rick Heli - four score and seven years of politics, by Up & Away Games

Founding Fathers is a 2015 Sumo
Award winner – Yokozuna level.


Unboxing The Game Crafter edition

Unboxing The Green Edition
Up & Away Games
Founding Fathers
The board Game of American Political History    March 9, 2017

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    Founding Fathers is a game of the early American republic. Play begins with George Washington as president and John Adams as vice president. Also present are Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and Aaron Burr. Each player controls several such statesmen, and those who will appear later, up through the arrival of Abraham Lincoln. Together the players try to solve the issues faced by the young republic – wars, debt, financial panics, the growth of the Union, north-south division, and more. Every four years the most popular politicians from each party square off to see who becomes the next president. Players look out for their own interests, but must not neglect too much the needs of the Union as it can falter altogether, from multiple causes. At the same time, players control statesmen from both parties and multiple states, providing ample opportunity for logrolling, mutual backscratching and strange bedfellows.

    Game Crafter edition
    This edition features a sumptuously gorgeous graphic design by Italian artist
    Luca Cammisa This edition has everything: board, cards, bits ... even a box. To ensure you have the complete early American experience, there are
  • 187 cards, including 50 historical statesmen and 67 actual issues of the era, plus action cards, offices, taxes, tariffs and the original states
  • a full-color 18"x18" board
  • 143 wooden bits
  • player mats
  • a rules booklet, with many more examples, in full color.
    For those familiar with the previous editions, this one also includes two new scenarios, additional action cards to cause more mischief and new optional rules.

    Green Edition
    The Green Edition, also from The Game Crafter, has everything the Game Crafter edition has with the exception of the printed rules, player mats and box. We can probably not deliver such items to you as efficiently as you can for yourself. Which you will want to do anyway, just to ensure you always have the latest Living Rules. Indeed you may not even want printed rules at all if you are able to read them on a mobile device. If this seems strange, think about it. All "paper" is delivered on-line now: newspapers, magazines, computer manuals, insurance, banking and tax information, etc. This isn't a games problem; it's a paper problem. Should games really be any different? Let's all save a tree.

    The Offices & Statesmen Expansion
    Ratchet up the fun with this cute little addition to your Founding Fathers base game. New Statesman offer new Election possibilities. New Offices mean more opportunities for Presidents to negotiate and more rewards to bestow. New Actions provide even more ways to vex and surprise the opposition. Plus, now you can play solo games against a virtual opponent or head-to-head in the party vs. party two-player variant. Finally the Historical Factions variant groups like Statesmen together, providing even more real-life flavor. Includes:
  • 17 Statesmen cards
  • 4 Office Cards
  • 10 Action Cards
  • 5 revised Issue Cards
  • 10 additional white cubes
  • 2 larger white cubes
  • 4 larger green cubes
  • Small rules booklet

    The Ladies & Orators Expansion
    This bite-sized but satisfying expansion kit translates an early date for suffrage for women into the possibility of ladies participating in the government. In addition several Statesmen like Daniel Webster now have a new Orator ability. Others like Andrew Jackson have improved Ability when they act as General. And as always there are more opportunities for subterfuge. Includes:
  • 8 Statesman now have oratorical abilities that enhance their ability to gain popularity by making speeches.
  • 3 Statesmen now have extra ability when they serve as General.
  • 3 female politicians who can enter play.
  • New rules mean that presidential candidates who lose twice must bow out.
  • A card that if you pass the Sedition Act you can put your fellow politicians on trial.
  • 5 black rings
    Thanks for the suggestions of Tom Edsall, Chris Farrell and John Weber that helped inspire parts of this expansion!

    A game of trade, war and politics
    in the Ancient Mediterranean. Play
    standalone or as an expansion for
    The Republic of Rome™.

    Green Edition "cover"

  • Rules (click the link and search for Living Rules)
  • Or, instead of reading, watch video that covers all of the rules.

  • FAQ (2017-11-24)
  • Influence Expenditure summary
  • Issues Tracker
  • Action Cards analysis
  • Cards Manifest for Founding Fathers: Offices & Statesmen

    Videos & Reviews
    Setup and rules explanation by John Priebe:
    1 · 2
    Videos by Enrico Viglino (calandale): 0 · 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · Review
    The Boardgaming Life by Mark D.
    A Presliminary Review (of the PnP edition) by Alex Ringgaard

    European Pre-Order Program
    European Pre-order Program.

  • Founding Fathers Vignettes – series of short essays on the background of the game
  • Solitaire playback
  • Sample Playing
  • The Game as History

  • Rules in Spanish & FAQ in Spanish by Javi

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    Created: 4 September 2007
    Rick Heli