The board game about class struggle, hegemony, will complete Kickstarter in just a few days. Supporters have until December 1, 2021 to make a commitment. The game is already 3,512% funded so Hegemony will definitely go into production, but there are some good incentives to buy in early.
The developer behind the game, Hegemonic Project, describes Hegemony as a “unique, asymmetrical, card-controlled board game experience for 1 to 4 players about politics and business”. The rounds last between one and two hours. Hegemony is intended for players ages 14 and up.
The premise is pretty compelling. “The nation is in disarray and there is class warfare. The working class is facing a degraded social system, the capitalists are losing their hard-earned profits, the middle class is gradually fading and the state is sinking into a deep deficit. ”Hegemony is mostly a question of class conflict. “Are you going to side with the working class and fight for social reform? Or will you stand by the corporations and the free market? Will you help the government hold it all together, or will you try to get your agenda through regardless of the cost to the country? “
When it comes to mechanics, Hegemony is about “resource management, hand management, voting and variable player powers”. You can focus on building alliances and negotiating compromises, but you can also “use Machiavellian maneuvers to seal the fate of your enemies”. Cooperation and competition are equally valid ways to win in hegemony. The goal is only to “increase the power of your class and implement your agenda”.
Hegemony is played in six stages. There are preparation, action, production, election and scoring phases, followed by an endgame. In the preparation phase you draw action cards, take over companies and recruit workers. Action cards are played or discarded during the action phase. Corporations produce goods, workers are paid, and the state levies taxes during the production phase. Policies proposed in parliament are implemented in the electoral phase. The victory points are counted when the scoring phase begins. The player with the most victory points comes to the fore in the endgame.
Hegemonic Project wants players to have a good time but also learn a thing or two about the world around them. The developer has set himself the goal of “developing revolutionary board games by enriching them with educational content”. They promise that “you will learn the basics of politics, political economy and economics in a playful way”.
“The game was developed in collaboration with renowned scientists and uses theoretical concepts such as socialism, neoliberalism, nationalism and globalism without prescribing any ideology. Build businesses, initiate strikes, engage in foreign trade, propose guidelines, form unions, expand your political influence and much more. “
Since the game hit all of its stretch goals, Hegemony is a pretty nice package with all sorts of custom tokens, tiles, markers, and cards. The game also features a nice board.
Supporters receive Hegemony along with the Historic Events Expansion Pack. This enables you to “be at the forefront of the French, American or Russian revolutions, experience the politico-economic effects of WW1 and WWII, navigate your nation through the global financial crisis and much more”. You will also receive a booklet that offers a “crash course in politics, economics and political economy” to “link theory, game and reality”.
Hegemonic Project plans to complete Hegemony development in March 2022. The game’s release is currently scheduled for the following November.
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