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A social deduction game for 5-10 players about finding and stopping the Secret Hitler.
A social deduction game for 5-10 players about finding and stopping the Secret Hitler.
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Print-and-play edition

Posted by Max Temkin (Creator)

We are overwhelmed by your support for Secret Hitler, and your excitement to start playing the game! Some backers have even started making their own homemade sets based on screengrabs of our project video:

A homemade copy of Secret Hitler
A homemade copy of Secret Hitler

We think the best possible advertising for the game is to get it in people's hands - it's immediately, explosively fun, and once people have a chance to play it kind of sells itself.

So... today we are releasing a print-and-play edition of Secret Hitler!

The print-and-play edition is specially formatted for a home printer. All of the components are black and white, single-sided. To make your copy, you'll need a pair of scissors and some scotch tape (for the boards).

Finally... this is an opportunity for us to do some large-scale blind playtesting of the current draft of our rules. We know the game works when we're there to teach it to people, but we don't have as much data on what happens when people learn it for themselves. After you play, please fill out this quick survey and tell us how your playtest went.

Have a great holiday, and if you're excited about the print-and-play release, please take a moment to share it with your friends!

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      Mark Ravindran on

      Just did a Print and Play with a few friends, casual players, some of which have only tried social deduction games for the first time and I must say the LOVED it, keep up the good work guys! Looking forward to the finished product!

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      Mat Sullivan on

      PnP Assembly Question: I'm a little unclear at how the Boards go together. Do you cut them on the BLACK lines (instead of grey as the other cards) so that you have 8 pieces? Then do you tape them together A:A / B:B etc. or is there some other combination?

    3. Thomas Taylor Mansfield on

      The instructions say that " The President must use power granted to him.", but it's a little unclear what this means. Is EVERY president FORCED to use EVERY power EVERY round?

    4. Monica Smith on

      Hi :) I went to download the printable version of the game, and I received this error below. My TLS is set appropriately.

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      Turn on TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, and TLS 1.2 in Advanced settings and try connecting to again. If this error persists, contact your site administrator.

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      Brandon B

      Is there a good site I can have the print and play pdfs made up nicely?

    6. Luke Coughlan on

      Ian "For games of 5-6 players, should the intro directions also include a similar line about extending hands and Hitler putting his thumb up? Otherwise, while all fascists will be acknowledging each other, Hitler still needs to find a way to make him/herself known to the group"

      For 5-6 players there are only 2 Fascists. A regular fascist and Secret Hitler. When they open their eyes and look at each other, the regular fascist should be able to work out that the other fascist is Secret Hitler... ;)

      For random first player selections, I have an awesome little Android app called "Chwazi" - look it up - great for all your games when you need to select a random starting player, or even to select teams!

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      Ian on

      Just a few random thoughts after reading the instructions:

      "...randomly select the first President." Might be helpful to have a mechanism to do this. Could include 9 blank cards and one "President" card that you can include in the player envelopes?

      For games of 5-6 players, should the intro directions also include a similar line about extending hands and Hitler putting his thumb up? Otherwise, while all fascists will be acknowledging each other, Hitler still needs to find a way to make him/herself known to the group.

      Not having tested this (and likely needing a large sampling to confirm), it seems that in games of 8-9 players, there will be a relative unbalance in the odds of one side winning. 8 would seem to favor the liberals more than 9 as the ratio of L:F is different, but not much else is.

      Hoping to PnP this weekend! Thanks!

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      Kthaeh on

      So in playing the print-and-play version we found a discrepancy in the rules. The back of the President placard says at least 50% of the players have to vote for a proposed government in order to get them elected. The printed rules say more than 50% of the players have to vote for the government to get them elected. In other words, what happens in a tie? I went with Resistance/Avalon rules that say a tie is a rejection/failure. Just wanted to mention so that it can be clarified going forward.

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      Kthaeh on

      @Steven G Saunders Because there's a difference between Hitler and the other fascists. Knowing which one is Hitler would let the liberals assassinate "him" and immediately win the game. So if investigated, Hitler only needs to reveal party affiliation, not secret identity.

    10. Mora Games on

      @Max Temkin, thanks for clarifying that. I must have misunderstood the rules as I read them, thinking that the assassination power was always one of the available options anytime the president must use a power.

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      Nuno Fonseca on

      Because there's a president power that let's you see another player's affiliation. If there was not the membership you had the possibility to unmask Hitler too easily and give the show away.

    12. Steven G Saunders on

      Can someone explain why there are both Party Membership and Secret Role cards? They appear to serve the same purpose, so I'm not sure why we need to have both.

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      Nuno Fonseca on

      After reading the rules a doubt sprigged to mind. The presidential powers are one time shot when you get them?
      Meaning that each power will only be used once when it is unblocked or any of the powers already available can be activated on the executive action phase?

    14. Tommy Maranges Collaborator on

      @Kthaeh The power under the fascist policy.

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      Kthaeh on

      Okay, we've had a disagreement over the interpretation of the rules. Please help: When a fascist policy is enacted, is the power *under* the enacted policy granted? Or is it the power to the *right* of the enacted policy?

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      Andrew Grangaard on

      Had fun trying the game with a mix of non-gamer (3) and gamer (1+me) friends. 5 is a little slim, giving a 3:2 liberal advantage.

      My printer ran low on ink and printed the grayscale images in a mishmash of colors - nearly in a sepia style. They look totally badass in sepia tones!!!

      I tried to discuss the game twice over thanksgiving and it shut down conversation immediately. Sort of a twin of Godwin's law.

    17. Justin Dugger on

      "In Secret Hitler, players German politicians attempting to hold a fragile Liberal government"

      I think you a word...

    18. Luke Coughlan on

      Just a question about the PnP version. On the Fascist policy track for 7-8 and 9-10 players, the "spy" power reads "The president investigates a players identity card" - shouldn't that actually read "The president investigates a players party membership card"? I know the cards are called "secret role" not "identity" but I feel people will likely get that rule mixed up with the way the boards read at the moment

    19. Phil Stollery on

      Legislative Session

      If the government enacts a Fascist Policy that grants
      an Presidential Power, proceed to the Executive Action.

      Should be a Presidential Power - rather than an.

    20. Phil Stollery on

      Section 3

      Players indicate readiness to vote by
      extending their chosen Ballot card in front of them; discussion
      continues until every player is read to vote.

      Typo in the instructions - read should be ready.

    21. Max Temkin 7-time creator


      The Special Election does not permanently skip players, the player picked for the Special Election runs through their round and then the placard goes back to the player to the left of the president who enacted the Special Election.

      Hope that's less confusing!

    22. Federico Galeotti on

      Thanks for the PnP! Just one quick rule question: "After a Special Election, the Presidency returns to its original order."
      What does this mean? That after the special election the next President should be the one clockwise from the President nominated in the Special Election (effectively "skipping" the players in between) or that it gets back to the one clockwise from the President who enacted the Special Election presidential power (and so the special election is just a "one-shot")?

    23. Broomstick Monkey Games on

      Just finished making my copy. Hopefully I can get some folks to play it tomorrow (fingers crossed).

    24. Matthew Robinson on

      Got it to the table tonight. LOVED IT. Already an improvement on Avalon. Very fun. While group loved it.

    25. Cody O'Hara on

      Really awesome of you to do this, I have yet to print anything off (mainly because I won't have time to play for a while), but hopefully sometime next week I can get my friends to play this and we can see how it goes!

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      Donald Demuth on

      Not gonna lie. After reading the rules and looking at what's on the cards, I'm even more confused. I doubt that I'll be able to get my friends (casual players) to play this.

    27. Broomstick Monkey Games on

      What Marcos said! :)

      I may actually PnP this before tomorrow night and see about getting it to the turkey table.

    28. marcos ojeda on

      just want to say a thousand thanks for this, i'd wanted to ask earlier if a lo-fi print at home version would come out before the winter holidays and glad that the team did one-better. super excited to play this. thanks again.