Do you have what it takes to rule as Fuhrer, Il Duce, Vozhd, Holy Roman Emperor, or Leader of the Only Free World?
Supreme Leader is a game of political survival that will test your ability to make and hold alliances, build a strong economy, and eliminate other belligerent leaders to the United Nations. You will produce an income, make deals with other players, bribe your way out of tough spots, and purchase cards to bolster your plays and diminish your foes. However, be careful of how and who you send to the United Nations, because they will have to vote for you to become Supreme Leader in the final round of the game.
With the base game, you have all you need to begin on your journey towards becoming Supreme Leader. The box will include 15 player cards (with the leaders pictured below), 50 Strategy Cards, 20 Event Cards, 200 income piece, and a rulebook.
With the base game, you will be able to play games of Supreme Leader with 5-10 players with an estimated playtime of 45 minutes to 1 hour. Income pieces will be included in the box for players to collect as their income to use as a means to purchase Strategy Cards, make bribes, forge deals, and activate abilities.
The promo leader pack will include 10 new leaders chosen by fans and the thematic booster will include new Strategy Cards and Event Cards to create more power and mayhem for the player! After the campaign is completed those who chose the $80 tier will vote on its theme and choose a Strategy or Event card to be included in that pack. This pack will have a red dot on it as to signify it has been made separate from the other Strategy Deck but can be played together.
Player Card - Player cards are the historical leaders players will play as for the duration of the game. A player card will detail the leader's faction, special ability, income, influence, and special ability.
Strategy Card - Strategy Cards are cards that players can purchase from the marketplace during gameplay. These can be offensive, defensive, and economic in their nature. Their effects vary from stopping a person from voting, allowing cards to be purchased for cheaper, or eliminating a player to the United Nations.
Event Cards - Event Cards are cards that are drawn after every elimination phase. They come in two types. Red and Green. A Red Event Card happens and the effect challenges players for the following round. These Event Cards cause the power dynamics to shift and change what players want to do for the round. A Green Event Card is an Event Card that brings a player out of the United Nations and back in play as an Active Player.
How To Play
Things to Note from How to Play
To win without UN vote, the play must be to immediately eliminate the opposing player, not just activate an ability or play a card.
Cuban Missile Crisis affects the two players with the most amount of money
"This game made me an Anarchist" - David Callahan, Second-Year Political Science Student at the University of Central Florida
"So my first time playing Supreme Leader, I was a little intimated because I was playing with experienced players and thought that I had to know all about history to truly understand and enjoy the game but to my surprise it was very straight-forward and it's a lot more about learning how to be strategic, form alliances, trust your gut, and deliberate well. I really enjoy playing Supreme Leader and it's even more fun when you're playing with other people who are fully invested in the game and paying attention. Some of my best memories of last year was playing the copy of the game at the shop and I can't wait until professional copies are available." - Silvia Daniela Mesa, the Boardgame Fanatic
"Mixing the fun of a tabletop game with the nuance of politics is a difficult task to achieve successfully. This does both extremely well and adds a taste of the ultimate aphrodisiac. Power."
- Cristobol Hernan Reyes Rios, journalist for the Miami Herald
"Nothing beats beers and battling friends in a game of Supreme Leader. Egos get burned, alliances fall apart, kingdoms crumble, but one leader will always rise to the top." - Molly Ward, singer and poet from Orlando, FL
"I absolutely love this game. You're never truly out of the game and backstabbing only gets you so far. I haven't seen a party game mixed with so much strategy before or one that utilizes charisma for a player's advantage."
"I borrowed the prototype to play with some friends and it * was * awesome *. There's nothing quote like attempting to undermine your pals while pretending to be Joseph Stalin. As a big ol' history nerd, I love the concept, the 'characters' (real folks), and the competitiveness. So many twists and turns in this game and so many flexible, fun outcomes, and endless opportunities."
"Whereas most world domination style games require hours of hardened strategy to win, Supreme Leader relies on hand management and social manipulation...
Only time will tell if Supreme Leader Leader lives up to it's name, but with it's fun quick game play and deep strategy, I think it will leave people chanting "Long live the Supreme Leader!"
- Mike Meeple
"Supreme Leader is a wonderful party game if you're tired of all the other games out that just make fun of stuff or just move around on the board. It's a great game to figure out which of your friends are thieving and conniving *profanities*. To see who is best on world domination, best on using their abilities, managing their resources, to buy the cards and play the cards when its the appropriate time. To be able to coerce everybody else to either not vote for them or to vote for them in the end."
- Logan Chops Reviews
Andrew:The thing I think I liked the most was the event cards, so the event cards kind of fluctuate what you want to do per turn, so one of the event cards was whoever had the most money has the potential to go in the United Nations, so we were all trying to throw our money and get rid of it all so whereas sometimes you want to save the money. [Event Cards] can change the strategy for that round.
Patrick: That was a really fun turn. I also agree it keeps the game fresh, it mixes it up every time you play since you're not going to come across every one of those event cards each game.
- Just Got Played
"This game is similar to Survivor [the show] and similar to games like the Resistance in which you're going to be voting for people, but where it has it unique aspects is of course you can pick up certain items and use those as part of your deliberation. You're able to basically make any deal you want in this game and you're also able to break those deals. Another interesting thing is the UN being utilized throughout the game so when you're out you're not necessarily out like a game like Werewolf. You can still have your vote count.
It's a nice twist to these style of games."
- Unfiltered Gamer
NOTE: The $100 tier will not get you a prototype. We apologize for the mix-up. However, you will get a leader of your choosing designed by our graphic artist and your input on his or her ability! Cool Right?
Shipping anywhere in the United States - $7
Shipping to Canada - $20
Shipping to the European Union - $25
Shipping to anywhere else in the world - Unavailable
$11,000 = Game Unlocked
$13,000 = Game board for Strategy and Event Cards
$14,000 = Upgraded gold income pieces
$17,000 = Freedom Fighters (5 Leaders, 10 Strategy Cards, and 5 Event Cards) Leaders will be Che Guevara, Simon Bolivar, Charles De Gaulle, Joan of Arc, and Nasser with cards such as Resistance, Unlikely Allies, In the Face of Death, and For my People.
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At the University of Central Florida in Orlando, I studied political science. I have always been fascinated by power dynamics and struggles for power in the international or internal realm. I wanted to create a game that explores this topic in the comfort of the home. What makes a leader last? If it was a strong economy, the Kim Family wouldn't still be in power, if it was reforming society Khrushchev wouldn't have been ousted from the party in the USSR, if it was the most powerful army WWII would have ended much differently. So, Supreme Leader is supposed to answer the question of how does someone assume dictatorial powers and remain in that role? For me, I thought of this game when I was in my Russian Politics class and learned about Stalin's rise in the Soviet Union and how he was able to connive and weave his way into power over other higher ranking Bolsheviks and I was inspired even further in my French History class that showed how Napoleon was able to subvert the French Revolution and name himself Emperor for Life.
The characters in the game are not there for shock value or a cash-grab this is a thought out game to explore power dynamics and the nuance of politics on a table. We understand that some of these characters may make some players uneasy, but we would just like to remind people that we don't condone any of the heinous or despotic decisions made by some of these leaders, but it would be disingenuous to not include leaders in the game that is delving into this issue. And mostly, the game is meant to be fun. It's strategy and a party game where friends are debating on voting for their friends and creating alliances and betraying their friends. If a leader bothers someone at the table, don't play with it!
- Jackson Herold, the designer
Jackson Herold - Game Designer
Jackson Herold is a recent graduate from the University of Central Florida. Tabletop gaming has long been a huge passion for him with the majority of his friends during freshman year being made over the game table. He is the founder of Card Culture and the original designer for Supreme Leader. Jackson Herold graduated with a degree in political science and seeks to design games with a political and historical theme that can be enjoyed by all tabletop gamers whether new or experienced in the hobby.
Garrett Power - The Numbers Guy
Garrett Power is an Orlando based designer and the "numbers guy" for Card Culture LLC. He helped design mechanics for Supreme Leader and did the quotes and numbers for manufacturing, artwork, and fulfillment companies. He is finishing up a degree at UCF and in his spare time plays tabletop and coaches youth Lacrosse.
Michael Arcuri - Game Development and Promotion
Michael Arcuri is based out of Atlanta, he's helped design the mechanics of Supreme Leader as well as manages the social media for the company. In his spare time, Michael is pursuing a masters program in non-profit management at the University of Georgia and raps in Atlanta under the moniker "CURM".
Art and Design :: Derek Perez of Peregon Creative
Derek Perez is an Atlanta based artist, illustrator and graphic designer. Derek has experience in the entertainment industry creating poster art for clients like RedBull Music, Avett Brothers, and Big Gigantic, as well as branding and packaging for a variety of clients.
Risks and challenges
We are under the guidance of the Indie Game Alliance for any issues that come up so we will be able to consult industry experts in the face of challenges. For us, all of the artwork is finished except the stretch goals once the Kickstarter is completed, the game is polished after endless rounds of play-testing, and we have all the paperwork set up and our manufacturer (Brilliant Games) with quotes selected. For any delays and issues, we plan to be very forward and upfront about everything in our weekly (at minimum) updates sent to all our backers. We wouldn't have been able to do this without the support of everyone that came out and we just want to make sure everyone is up to date and happy because we want everyone to be excited to get a copy of the game!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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