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Salem is new and innovative board game of witch hunts, accusations, trials and hangings deeply rooted in the historical events of 1692
Salem is new and innovative board game of witch hunts, accusations, trials and hangings deeply rooted in the historical events of 1692
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"Salem definitely stands out as a unique accomplishment in board game design. The theme, mechanics and flow of play are all highly engaging. I've played it numerous times and it continues to be distinctly different–and distinctly fun–from anything I've seen" –Amy Logan, Co-owner Gamma Ray Games and The Raygun Lounge

"I got a sneak preview of this game back in 2009 in Chicago and had to back it immediately" --Daniel Cassar, designer "Cavemen: The Quest for Fire" (Rio Grande Games)

Featured on brainiac, bostinno, stonemaier games, rockpapershotgun, the cardboard jungle and futileposition

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Salem has been in development since 2006 and has been play-tested over 300 times by more than 200 play-testers. The final product is elegant, streamlined and enjoyed by a broad variety gamers. Players are always active, even on other player's turns, making it a perfect fit for groups of 3-7 players. Extensive research has been done on the 42 citizens in the game, adding a deeply rich narrative to a highly engaging game.

THE STORY

The year is 1692. In an atmosphere of pessimism and charged paranoia, the citizens of Salem are at the mercy of demons; not demons of the soul, but demons of the mind. What began as a devout Puritan community devolved in a matter of months into a people torn apart by fear, lies, and fanatical orthodoxy. The residents of Salem quickly discovered that they could find Hell all around them.

This game incites the atmosphere of paranoia that held the village of Salem captive. Players act with the assumption that there are witches among them (and, in this case, there will be). Each player controls 6 residents of Salem, 3 of whom are witches. Game play is simple: try to rid the village of witches and keep the identities of your own residents secret.

The game plays over the course of 4 rounds representing the 4 months (June–September 1692) in which the hysteria was at its height. Each round has 3 parts: a Witch Hunt and a Witch Trial followed by hangings. During the Witch Hunt, players send residents to jail and provide alibis for their own jailed citizens. At the end of each round all jailed citizens stand trial. Players then collectively decide who is hanged and who is spared. The player who is most successful at discerning witches from villagers wins!

While the story surrounding the Salem witch trials has become something of a legend, every character in this game is based on a real person whose life was directly touched and in some cases torn apart or taken away by the events surrounding the Salem witch trials.

While this game focuses on the people and events specific to Salem, Massachusetts, similar witch hunts were taking place as far north as Maine and as far West as Connecticut. Surely, the devil had come to New England.

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Full rules can be downloaded HERE (note that these are still in the process of being play-tested, clarified and edited. The full rule book will be 12 pages with beautiful illustrations by Levi and lots of historical add-ons)

THE CITIZENS OF SALEM 

the following citizens are still available for custom art:

LYDIA DUSTIN female, 79 (available)

MARY EASTY female, 56 (available)

REBECCA NURSE female, 71 (available)

MARY PARKER female, 55 (available)

SARAH WILDES female, 65 (available)

MARGARET SCOTT female, 77 (available)

ANN FOSTER female, 70s (available)

ANN PUDEATOR female, 70 (available)

ELIZABETH HUBBARD (taken)

MARGARET JACOBS (taken)

SARAH CHURCHILL (taken)

MERCY LEWIS (taken)

ALEXANDER OSBORNE (taken)

REBECCA JACOBS (taken)

THOMAS PUTNAM, JR (taken)

JOHN INDIAN (taken)

ROGER TOOTHAKER (taken)

JOHN HATHORNE (taken)

DORCAS GOOD (taken)

GILES COREY (taken)

REVEREND SAMUEL PARRIS (taken)

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS (taken)

TITUBA (taken)

REVEREND GEORGE BURROUGHS (taken)

SARAH OSBORNE (taken)

JOHN PROCTOR (taken)

ELIZABETH PROCTOR (taken)

MARTHA CARRIER (taken)

WILMOTT REDD (taken)

SAMUEL WARDWELL (taken)

ELIZABETH HOWE (taken)

BRIDGET BISHOP (taken)

GEORGE JACOBS SR (taken)

MARY WALCOTT female, 17 (taken)

SUSANNAH MARTIN female, 71 (taken)

Risks and challenges

The challenges of completing this project is getting everything done in a timely fashion. Historically when it comes to board games this is where we fall flat. I've been very open and engaged with my artist and my manufacturer about the scope of this project. The artist has agreed to not take on new projects so we can have the artwork finished in time, and the manufacturer has a track record of being the best, most reliable in the industry. I'm committed that everything about this game is done right. I freaking love what i do. This is a project about the love of games. And I plan on doing this for a very long time to come.

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