Saturday, January 14, 2017

1960: The Making of the President

1960: The Making of the President is my dad and my go-to game for our twice-yearly father-son weekends. It combines a few things we like - politics, history, and interesting game mechanics - all in a fun strategy game. The game uses the 1960 Presidential election between JFK and Nixon as its topic.  If you are familiar with Twilight Struggle, 1960 is a similar card-driven area control game.

This is the one game that we have probably had the most plays of, having played it well over twenty-times. We have had a few run-away winners over that time, but most games are close, with the last turn or two deciding the game.  I usually play Kennedy, with his strength in the Mid-Atlantic and South, with my dad taking Nixon and his strength in the West.  Your goal is to reach 270 electoral votes across the 50 states. Last game was the first time we had a 269-269 electoral college tie - the vote went to the House, and Nixon became the 35th President of the United States.

Each card represents an event that happened in that historic campaign, and provides some history to the 1960 election and the candidates.  If you enjoy history and are looking for a mid-length two player game, I highly recommend it.

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