SHASN - The Political Strategy Board Game

Created by Zain Memon

An epic game of politics, ethics, and strategy for 3-5 players. Capture, gerrymander, and maybe even betray your morals to win.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Politics In The Time of Pandemics
4 months ago – Thu, Apr 02, 2020 at 03:20:39 AM

Hi friends,

We find ourselves in unprecedented times today. The COVID-19 outbreak has created a deeply anxious present, and a terribly uncertain future. India is in complete lockdown. Several countries are faring much worse, and the loss of life and livelihoods we are hearing about everyday are heartbreaking. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and prepared to ride this out.

Now more than ever, we need to engage with our public policy. It is crises like these that put our systems to the test, and we must elect politicians who prioritize the right things. For better or worse, this pandemic has forced us to reexamine our healthcare, habits, safety nets, economy - and going forward, it is imperative for us to participate in these conversations. It is the only way to avert and mitigate future tragedies.


On a less serious note, we’re expecting the final SHASN prototype from China soon. Looking forward to sharing a bunch of pictures once we get our hands on it!

I also want to confirm that we charged cards for shipping and add-ons, earlier today. If you were charged by Gadfly Studios - that was us.

We’ll be back with a more detailed update regarding manufacturing soon. In the meantime, please follow the advice of medical professionals: stay indoors, wash your hands, don’t touch your face. 

We’re all in this together. Stay safe, stay sane.

ATTENTION: Shipping Will Be Charged on March 31st!
5 months ago – Thu, Mar 05, 2020 at 01:58:21 AM

Hey backers!

Important heads up: as we enter manufacturing and inch closer to shipping, we will be charging your credit/debit cards on March 31st. We understand that sometimes light financial acrobatics are required to ensure that everything is in order. Hopefully this provides adequate notice!

While we have your attention, do check out the superbly exciting DRAGOON: The Might and Magma Expansion from our friends at Lay Waste Games. Our favorite action-strategy dragon game just got a whole lot cooler, complete with lava inserts and a liquid gold map!

As mentioned in the previous update, we’re still monitoring the production situation in China. So far, so good.

Also, did somebody say art? Beautiful, beautiful art?

Production Update: On Schedule. Fingers Crossed.
6 months ago – Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 01:56:02 AM

Hi Backers!

Hope you’re keeping healthy and well!

The lowdown: production timelines are looking good, and we are on schedule to deliver SHASN on time. At the time of writing this update, we are locking and sending across all the game’s design files to Longpack. They will now assemble a final prototype, which we will approve before mass printing.

As of yet, we have not received any intimation regarding delays from our manufacturing or fulfillment partners. However, given the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, we understand the community’s concerns, and are closely monitoring the situation. We’ll have another update for you immediately if anything changes.

Putting together the final touches on SHASN has been very fun and rewarding for the whole team. We’re thoroughly excited to get it to you!

In the meantime, here’s some more of that beautiful SHASN artwork headed your way:

AWARDS AHOY! Also, Urgent Advice Needed.
7 months ago – Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 02:27:21 AM

Hey politicos!

I’m thrilled to announce that SHASN has won the Tentaccolade Award 2019 for Best Campaign Video!

Directed by the superbly talented György Pálfi (Taxidermia, Hukkle), our campaign video was an incredibly ambitious film in and of itself. You can check it out here:

We’ve also been nominated for The Silverbacker Awards 2019, presented by Tabletop Backer Party! Intended to “honor crowdfunding campaigns which went above and beyond in creativity, inclusivity, and service to backers”, one of the Silverbackers is determined by a popular vote.

We’ve always maintained that participating in democratic elections is a good thing. You can exercise your civic right by following the link below and voting for your favorite game (it’s SHASN, isn’t it?):


One more thing:

We want to change The Showman’s name to make it less gendered and more inclusive. However, it’s been a particularly tough nut to crack. We continue to brainstorm better alternatives but any suggestions are welcome!

Help us name this Ideological renegade, whose currency is outrage, and modus operandi is shock and awe.


We will also be uploading finalised SHASN artwork on our Instagram and Board Game Geek pages. If you love beautiful art, you know where to follow us. Thank you all for the continued support. See you in the next update!

7 months ago – Wed, Jan 08, 2020 at 12:02:57 AM

Greetings from 2020!

A very Happy New Year to all of you! I hope that your resolutions unfold more steadily than our current geopolitics.

A general update about the status of the game: we’re nearly done!

We’ve spent the last couple of months tinkering with so many fun new mechanics, and they have all been ironed out to ensure maximum political intrigue. With the Edge of Chaos, Elites, Two-Player Mode, Home Turfs game modes locked and loaded, you have so many unique SHASN experiences coming your way.

Meanwhile, the visual design of the game is almost complete! We’re just wrapping up a couple of the heavier design projects - The SHASN Graphic Novel and the Cost of Victory Cards - and Soumik is applying finishing touches on the rest. It’s going to be glorious, I promise.

Here’s a sneak peak from Soumik’s workstation -

Hope this marks the start of an enriching decade for all of us. As always, I’ll see you in the next update!