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An epic game of politics, ethics, and strategy for 3-5 players. Capture, gerrymander, and maybe even betray your morals to win.
An epic game of politics, ethics, and strategy for 3-5 players. Capture, gerrymander, and maybe even betray your morals to win.
4,209 backers pledged $339,045 to help bring this project to life.

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SHASN - The Political Strategy Board Game

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Area control meets resource management meets social strategy in this high-octane simulation of real world politics.

As a politician campaigning for the future, you will have to make hard choices every step of the way. Clinch policies. Get voters chanting your name at the polls. Spread and solidify your influence. Unhinge your enemies and let slip the dogs of war.

Strategize. Scheme. Dominate. Prevail. (And don’t forget to watch your back.)

 Now that your ambition is alive and well, here’s How To Play the game.

Your copy of SHASN comes with all of these high-quality components inside the box.  

“If you stand for nothing, what will you fall for?”

At the start of every turn, you will be asked an urgent policy question by the player before you. Choose between two answers that yield different resources. The only catch - these resources will be hidden. 

Will you stay true to your beliefs? Or will you swim with the tide that pushes you ahead? 

Get the essential SHASN experience with the USA 2020 Campaign and the India 2020 Campaign to fully immerse yourself in the politics of the two nations. The world’s largest democracy, and the most powerful, are yours for the taking. 

Bionic technology, climate crises, the rise of intelligent machines - jump into the future that awaits us. Created in association with 64bar1, The Future of Humanity - Earth 2040 Campaign explores a new era of social, political, and economic evolution. This high-tech simulation of our planet poses staggering questions about the future of humanity. Are you prepared to answer them?

Crusade through the ancient world and participate in the birth of democracy. Experience the philosophies and polemics of the Roman civilization. Created in association with Extra Credits, the Fall of the Republic - Rome 40 BCE Campaign spans majoritarian politics, wartime legislation, and ruminations on freedom. In the ashes of a falling republic, be the resurgent hope at the helm of a rising empire.  

After a decades long alliance, Britain is exiting the European Union. Explore the turbulent path ahead with 108 additional, incisive Ideology Cards as Britain comes to terms with its new socio-economic reality.

A cutthroat, high-octane game board for 2-4 players, best played with 3. Settle down with some friends (or rivals) for a fast, fiery game and get politicking.

To get these add ons, go to “manage your pledge”. It will take you to “reward selection”. If you have already backed the full game, simply increase your pledge by $15 if you want one of the two add-ons (Brexit Campaign/New Game Board) or by $30 if you want both. 

We will communicate with you closely to ensure you get the add on(s) of your choice!

Four leaders tower above the world of SHASN. Each of them represents a distinct political ideology with unique powers. All policy decisions that you make will belong to one of these four ideologies. Collecting Ideology Cards of a single type unlocks that Ideologue’s powers. Build a unique combination of ideologies each time you play. Wield massive powers as you become a titan of ideology.

A great politician isn’t created by accident, but crafted with painstaking precision. In SHASN, there are 12 such politicians, called The Elites

Every single Elite represents a specific combination of the four SHASN Ideologues. Become these Elites in-game by meeting their build requirements, and inject your game with new and electrifying powers.

 All backers are equal, but some backers are more equal than others.

A storm is brewing. The four Ideologues of SHASN are running for office. It's a clash of heavyweights, and there can only be one winner. The rest? Let them eat cake. 

Update: The Showman has won the Ideologue Election!

SHASN will give you a bird’s eye view of how political systems operate. By deconstructing our real-world democracies, SHASN gives you a taste of what it actually takes to succeed and dominate as a politician.

SHASN is a fun, engaging way to have the most important conversations of our times. Talk about the policies that shape our world while plotting your next move. 

When was seizing power ever about a roll of dice? Luck is heavily downplayed in SHASN - it’s about peering into the future, understanding every permutation and aligning them to your victory.

Does power suit you? When temptation whispers in your ear and victory’s at the doorstep, who will you become? SHASN is a visceral experience that will test your moral fibre and political acumen. 

By design, SHASN is frequently at the crossroads of what is easy and what is right. Experience the short-term and long-term pressures of decision making as you make trade-offs between changing the world, and gathering the power to do so. 

Over the course of our last project, our team had insider access to what happens behind the closed doors of political parties. SHASN is the crystallised product of more than half a decade of thorough, exclusive on-ground research.

The following costs are approximate, subject to change. These rates are for one copy of SHASN only. If you order more, it will be heavier and shall cost more. (Gotta love capitalism!) If you live in Australia, Canada, the EU, the United States, or India, you will not pay any additional fees other than shipping chargers. Shipments to any countries will be subject to standard customs charges. Please note that we cannot label games as gifts. Due to shipping complications in the past, we will not be able to ship to Brazil and Russia. Our apologies.

*The Founders Edition is a 45 pound beast! We will communicate the shipping rates individually to all backers of this pledge.

We love and support all FLGSs. SHASN cartons will be available to retailers through our pledge manager, BackerKit. You will need to make a 20% down payment initially, and pay the remaining 80% right before your order ships. You can place your full order on BackerKit post campaign.

Questions? Email us at shasn@memesyslab.com and we will respond to you ASAP! 

A team of young, scrappy, & hungry creators who want to make a dent in the world.

This project is promoted by Jellop, the ad tech power behind the best Kickstarters with 750+ successful Kickstarter projects with over $330MM raised between them. 

Risks and challenges

SHASN is born of the shared expertise of filmmakers, game designers, political theorists, futurists, and historians, who have researched, designed, and play-tested the game over the past two years.

To tackle all the post-campaign tasks and get you the best game possible, we are partnering with some of the best companies in the tabletop space. We have an agreement in place with BackerKit for pledge management, are exploring fulfillment options with Blackbox and Quartermaster, and have manufacturing quotes from both Longpack and Panda. Once we finalize these partnerships, you will be the first to know!

In short, unless the fascist forces are able to collapse every democracy in the world simultaneously, we’re ready to deliver SHASN to you.

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