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:

TWO NEW ELITE CONTESTS!! ALL STRETCH GOALS NEARLY UNLOCKED!!
3 months ago – Sun, Aug 11, 2019 at 12:16:39 PM

Hi there backers, heroes, and generally all round splendid people! We are back with two really fun contests, where you can be the face of the Elites. 

ELITE #9 - BECOME THE LOBBYIST

Who says power can’t be bought? With deft maneuvering and vested interests, The Lobbyist can make just about anything happen. You just need to know how to position your interests.  

Here’s your chance to Become The Lobbyist!

Go to our social media. We have uploaded 5 images tagged with “Make Your Case!”. Recreate some iconic political lines and put forth your own case. Complete these quotes with your own words and write them in the comments/tweet your reply. The most compelling adaptation wins. Entries will be scored on the basis of their insight, humor, and political relevance. (Please note that we will not tolerate hate speech of any kind.)

Facebook: http://buyshasn.com/lobbyistfb

Twitter: https://buyshasn.com/lobbyisttw

We will be accepting entries until 11:59 PM EST, 12th August. 

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ELITE #10 - BECOME THE WHISTLEBLOWER

A democracy is only as robust as the vigilance of its watchdogs. The Whistleblower leads from the frontlines in the unending quest to unmask evil. 

Here’s your chance to Become The Whistleblower!

Go to our social media. We have uploaded 12 images tagged with “Who’s This Politician?”. Each image indicates an ideological build. Which real world politicians do you think these combinations best represent? 

The player with the most apt or compelling answers across all these builds wins. Entries will be scored on the basis of their political acumen and accuracy. (Please note that we will not tolerate hate speech of any kind.)

facebook: http://buyshasn.com/whistleblowerfb

Twitter: http://buyshasn.com/whistleblowertw

We will be accepting entries until 11:59 PM EST, 12th August. 

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SO MANY STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED 😍

Our combined efforts have unlocked a ton of new stretch goals over the past few days. Let’s take a look! 

1. Cost of Victory Cards

So, you’ve won. But at what cost? What does your reign look like and who have you become? A marriage of political horoscopes and stunning artwork, these Cost of Victory Cards have all the closure you need. Find the Cost of Victory Card corresponding to your primary and secondary ideology, and find out what your SHASN looks like.

2. Home Turfs Game Mode

It’s always nice to have a place you can call home. But the stakes just got a lot higher with this new modular game mode. Every zone will now have two unique, randomised powers every time you play. In-game scoring will now happen in 3 phases, in the intervals of 3 majorities being formed. At the end of both phases 1 and 2, the player with the most voters in any zone gets to keep and exercise that zonal power for the rest of the game. Mark your turf, and make sure you hold on to it. 

3. Collector’s Edition Rulebook 

The SHASN rulebook is no longer a plain set of guidelines, but now a prized possession - a closely guarded secret handed down by revolutionaries and political leaders over the centuries. You will find a whole host of advice, anecdotes and musings that will aid your political conquests. 

4. Scenario Book 

Put your SHASN skills to the test with this challenging mix of starting scenarios. Start the game in unique positions with eclectic layouts of voters, ideologies and conspiracies. How well can you adapt and thrive?

5. Ideologue Origins Graphic Novel

Travel back to the beginnings of The SHASN Ideologues and witness their climb to power with this riveting graphic novel. These titans weren’t always so. See their stories unfold in this visually stunning, plot-driven handbook. 

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THE FINAL PRIZE

An important reminder - the ultimate prize is a race between two new game modes. It’s a showdown between two Ideologues and the first one to complete all their tasks will deliver a riveting, new gameplay experience. Who are you with?

The Capitalist - King of Capitol Hill

Don’t let your grudges dissipate with this continuous game mode. The winner of the first game is crowned The Incumbent and must also win the successive game to clinch the match. Includes 10 Incumbent Cards with massive powers and a tracker book to record your matches.

The Showman - Edge of Chaos

Walk the fine line between destruction and peace. All your actions in the game will either increase or decrease chaos in the world. If you reach the tipping point, democracy will crumble and anarchy will erupt. Learn to cooperate just enough with your opponents, so that there’s still a throne to fight for. 

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Both Ideologues have reached the final milestone! The Capitalist now wants lots of high-value patrons whereas The Showman wants strength in numbers. Rally some support for your favorite game mode. Let’s do this!

THREE WINNERS, AND ONE SECRET APPOINTMENT
4 months ago – Wed, Aug 07, 2019 at 12:18:44 PM

Over the past few days, we’ve had some really fun contests and so many of you have stepped up to the occasion with entries that have been delightful, hilarious, and thought-provoking in equal measure. Four of those contests are now over, and it’s time to meet the winners.

ELITE #2 - The Activist

Many campaign speeches were made. All of them almost made us take to the streets, but in the end, we were hard pressed to determine one winner:


Derek K. is now the face of The Activist!

Check out this incendiary speech. Now get out there and play every board game ever, because Derek makes a great point, and he makes it well!

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ELITE #4 - The Dictator

The world better watch out, because somebody out there understands exactly how it works, and how to bend it to their will. 

Here's a copy of the 3 Step plan. Unfortunately, we couldn't link to the profile due to privacy settings.
Here's a copy of the 3 Step plan. Unfortunately, we couldn't link to the profile due to privacy settings.

Onaiza Drabu is now the face of The Dictator!

Nicely done, Onaiza. That seems a foolproof plan. Good thing you, er, put it out there. We should see it coming now... right?

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ELITE #5 - The Provocateur

The last three days have been a non-stop laugh riot. So many captions were comedy gold, but one stood out in particular: 

 Bobby Pesto is now the face of The Provocateur!

This caption still cracks us up, and manages to be hilarious and insightful at the same time. Thank you, Bobby.

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ELITE #7 - Wait, What?

Get ready for a special, clandestine opportunity to become a brand new Elite!

Mark your calendars for 8 PM EST on Tuesday, the 6th of August. We will be hosting a facebook live event on our page: https://www.facebook.com/shasnthegame/

Be online as soon as the event begins. Instructions will be given to you on the spot and it’ll be a race to see who can finish the given tasks first. 

The winner gets to Become The Guerilla!

Fast, powerful, invisible - The Guerrilla moves against enemies swiftly and surely. Nothing says revolution like violence bathed in the ideals of liberty. 

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Please note that the current Showman stretch goal has been unlocked! We now have unique Party Symbols on all Voter Pegs and Player Mats! The next goal will be updated in a few hours (owing to time zone differences - apologies).

PS - A special shoutout to Justin for helping unlock this one with another wonderful campaign speech! 👐🏻

See you next time!

GOODBYE GEN CON. YOU’VE BEEN SO GOOD TO US.
4 months ago – Wed, Aug 07, 2019 at 12:18:38 PM

The last four days have been surreal. So many games of SHASN played at one of the world’s largest tabletop conventions. A huge thank you to everyone who came out and played our game, and gave us their invaluable attention and feedback. I’ve met so many wonderful people from the community the past few days - creators, backers, gamers. It’s been such an exciting time and I can’t wait to share it with you. We have some of the best moments from SHASN at Gen Con coming up soon as videos on our Instagram - stay tuned!

https://www.instagram.com/shasnthegame/

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ELITE #6 - The Propagandist Contest Results!

Many brave souls took to social media to spread the good word of SHASN. We appreciate each one of you so much, but one person really knocked it out of the park.

Timm Schulze is now the face of The Propagandist!

Ending at a massive 36 points (5 retweets, 5 hearts, 3 comments from unique users), Timm has comfortably come out on top in this competition. Keep an eye on this propagandist (you may not have a choice). Check out his post here: 

https://twitter.com/TimmSchulze/status/1157257871559659520?s=19

Please Note - We had trouble viewing some of the posts on facebook due to custom privacy settings. Please check the privacy settings of all facebook posts and entries for future contests, and ensure that they are “Shared with: Public”.

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ELITE #8 - The Mafioso

Gen Con is over now, but we have another huge event on the horizon - The SHASN Invitational Tournament - Season 1 (only in India). 

In this cutthroat competition unfolding across 4 cities, players are competing for huge prizes - The Founders Edition box of SHASN, and the chance to become The Mafioso.

A political mastermind buried deep in the shadows, The Mafioso shapes the world without the world even realising it. With steady cash flows and undying respect, The Mafioso is a valuable friend to have but a terrifying enemy to make. 

The tournament final will happen on the 15th of August, after which the new face of The Mafioso will be announced. You can follow all the developments on our social media. 

The scope of this tournament is unfortunately limited only to India, owing to resource constraints. We would love to bring following seasons to the United States, and other parts of the world.

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PS - I know I’ve been unresponsive for a few days. My hands have been very full, and I thank you for bearing with me. Now that I have some more time to breathe, you can expect to see me back in the comments very soon! 

ELITE #5 - THE PROVOCATEUR & #6 - THE PROPAGANDIST
4 months ago – Sat, Aug 03, 2019 at 10:17:05 AM

2 NEW ELITES ARE UP FOR GRABS!

Hi there backers!

The deadline to become The Dictator has passed. We received many great plans to run the world. Remember us when you do! Results will be announced soon.

Starting Now, Two New Elite Contests Have Begun!

ELITE #5 - BECOME THE PROVOCATEUR

Always ready to kick the hornet’s nest, The Provocateur thrives on the buzz of outrage and whataboutery. Nothing is too sacred, too innocuous for the mischief maker of political discourse. 

Here’s your chance to Become The Provocateur!

Go to our social media. We have uploaded 6 images tagged with “Caption This.” The funniest, most unabashed caption wins. Entries will be scored on the basis of their humor, insight, and political relevance. 

facebook: buySHASN.com/provocateurfb

Twitter: buySHASN.com/provocateurtw

We will be accepting captions until 11:59 PM EST, 2nd August. 

Please note that we will not tolerate hate speech of any kind. 

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ELITE #6 - BECOME THE PROPAGANDIST

Do you hear that? What the Propagandist has to say? You will. Love it or hate it, you can’t escape The Propagandist's agenda. Every eyeball is free real estate that The Propagandist knows how to claim.

Here’s your chance to Become The Propagandist!

“Excuse me, do you have a minute to talk about our lord and savior, SHASN?”

Simply share a link to our Kickstarter campaign on a facebook or twitter post and tag us with @SHASNthegame and #SHASN. The player with the maximum traction on their post wins.

1 like/heart/reaction on your post = 1 point

1 comment from a unique user on your post = 2 points

1 share/retweet of your post = 5 points

Share this link: www.buySHASN.com

The final points will be tallied on 11:59 PM EST, 2nd August. 

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Election Update: The Finals Are On

With the primaries done and dusted, it’s a race to the finish between two blockbuster game modes. Only one can unlock. Which one are you rooting for?

The Capitalist - HOLD THE THRONE 

Don’t let your grudges dissipate with this continuous game mode. The winner of the first game is crowned The Incumbent and must also win the successive game to clinch the match. Includes 10 Incumbent Cards with massive powers and a tracker book to record your matches.

The Showman - EDGE OF CHAOS

Walk the fine line between destruction and peace. All your actions in the game will either increase or decrease chaos in the world. If you reach the tipping point, democracy will crumble and anarchy will erupt. Learn to cooperate just enough with your opponents, so that there’s still a throne to fight for. 

See you in the next update!

$100,000!!! WOW!!!
4 months ago – Sat, Aug 03, 2019 at 03:09:21 AM

$100,000!!! WOW!!!

BACKERS. POLITICIANS. FRIENDS. 

There are over 1200 of us! Over 1200 copies of SHASN are going to be on tables all around the world!

Somebody pinch me. A year and a half ago, we were just sitting around, mulling over an idea for a board game on politics. Today, on July 30th, our first ever campaign has raised over 100,000 dollars, has over 1200 backers - and I am almost at Gen Con with bags full of our beautiful, prized game. Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

What started out as just a bold experiment is now a full-fledged, thriving community with the most incredible people. Thank you for being on this journey with us. Your faith reassures me that the vision I had for this game is meaningful. I am so grateful. 

None of this would have been possible if not for the open arms of the larger tabletop community. We have made many friends along the way, and there is a special one I want to tell you guys about. 

Look! It’s Jordan Draper! 

You guys might know Jordan, the brilliant creator behind IMPORT/EXPORT and the fantastic Tokyo Series tabletop games. Well, he’s back with a heady, Definitive Edition of IMPORT/EXPORT that I can’t get enough of. 

The campaign looks amazing. I especially love that backers will receive one of five randomised colors. The completionist in me wants to order it 5 times just to gather all the boxes. Can’t wait for my copy to deliver. 

Please go check out his campaign right now!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jordandraper/import-export-definitive-edition/description

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New Stretch Goals Unlocked!

We have also unlocked 4 brand new stretch goals in the last 24 hours! We are officially unstoppable.

You wrote two more letters to Congress, unlocking 3 NEW ELITES! 

You tweeted a national leader and hit 1150 backers, unlocking luxurious VOTER POUCHES!

The Idealist’s next goal: Hit 1300 Backers + find a ridiculous law still active in your country. Share it online and tag us with @SHASNthegame and #SHASN 

You also discussed politics and put up 1 video, unlocking 20 NEW CARDS IN THE INDIA 2020 CAMPAIGN! 

You then proceeded to share 2 ridiculous quotes from politicians, unlocking the 3 MORE ELITES! ONLY THE 13TH REMAINS!

The Supremo’s next goal: Raise $110,000 + summarise the state of world politics in 6 words and share it online. Tag us with @SHASNthegame and #SHASN

There are still 10 more exciting goals to unlock. Let’s keep this going!