By: Vanessa Valerie Giedosh
Not all games include a keyboard or a controller. Gamers can have just as much fun with tabletop games as they do video games. These board games aren’t just about “Monopoly” or “Life” anymore. Today, there are plenty of opportunities out there to find fun and immersive board games. One such game is “Resistance.” It is fast paced and sets two groups against each other in order to win. “Resistance” is available at the affordable price of $20 or less, which beats a pricy $60 console game. There aren’t any special requirements for this game, other than a table and some chairs. All right, maybe gamers need snacks to feed the hungry horde.
“Resistance” takes place in a futuristic world that has players fighting against a corrupt government. To beat this evil foe, gamers must act in the name of the Resistance to complete five missions.
These missions require a mission leader to choose a special number of members to complete it. However, this is where the tricky part comes in. Hidden in the ranks of Resistance members are spies that are hell bent on bringing down this rebel operation.
The job of these spies is to sabotage these missions by use of manipulation and the success and fail system of the game. In order for a mission to be completely successful, all members taking part in that particular mission need to secretly vote it a success or a failure.
Just one fail means the mission was incomplete. Three out of five missions needs to be a success in order to win.
Gamers will have a load of fun and perhaps experience a bit of frustration trying to discover the true identity of the spies among the Resistance members. Needless to say, players acting as the spies will need to have a very good poker face to fool their Resistance buddies.
Another interesting aspect is the use of ability cards that allow players to aid them in either manipulating their foes, or discovering who they are. These special cards can only be given out by the team leader at the beginning of each round. However, the team leader changes every round as it is passed counter-clockwise.
This allows an equal balance of power and the chance for both the loyal Resistance members and the sabotaging spies to control the missions.
Each round is fast-paced with a total of five rounds altogether. These rounds include the team leader passing out an ability card to a member of their choice, the choosing of mission members, a voting of whether the mission is approved by all players, and then the secret submission of success or fail cards.
Although it seems like a lot, these rounds pass rather quickly and end every time with the entire table blaming each other for the failure of the mission.
Before long, it will be rather difficult to discover who the real Resistance members are and who the spies actually are. The total time of gameplay is roughly about a half hour.
“Resistance” needs at least five players and can have up to ten total players. The amount of spies and Resistance members will change depending on how many players are participating in the game. Spies are also chosen at random during the start-up of the board game from a deck of character cards.
Before the round begins, all players must close their eyes, then the spies must open them and identify each other in order to work together secretly throughout the game. Whether playing the part of a spy or a Resistance member, gamers will have a ton of fun trying to discover who is who.