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Family Board Games

Family Board Games

We know that most of our interactions are now online or based on live streaming. If you happen to be stuck in the house with your family, like most of us are right now, we have some suggestions for 10 fun board games, with a historical and a learning twist. All of them can be found and ordered. Just click the images if you are interested.

Covers a vast array of historical happenings, from the Arab-Israeli conflicts of 1948 and 1967 to Vietnam and the U.S. peace movement to the Cuban Missile Crisis and other such incidents that brought the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation. Subsystems capture the prestige-laden Space Race as well as nuclear tensions, with the possibility of game-ending nuclear war.

An unofficial expansion of the official Hasbro Monopoly game. SOCIALISM: The Game consists of an enlightened rule-book, a quick-reference card, 20 “FatChance” and 20 “Communism Chest” cards, and 4 new game tokens. The object of SOCIALISM: The Game is not to “win,” but instead, is to achieve total fairness and equality through the renting and selling of property under a modern, progressive, and populist public policy. NOTE: Requires a copy of Hasbro’s MONOPOLY to play.

Stay at the cue, a board game that tells the story of the communist times in Poland. The game applies to all the eastern European countries under Soviet control. They have to send their family members out to various stores on the game board to buy all the items on their shopping list. The problem is, however, that the shelves in the five neighborhood stores are empty.


Wir sind das Volk! (“We are the people!” — the main slogan of the East German demonstrators in 1989) recreates the history of divided Germany, from the Berlin Airlift to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Flowing from how the 84 individually designed action cards are played, each game is different. There are many possible strategies. Will East Germany build the Wall or stem the exodus of its citizens another way?

It’s 1956, and waves of protest in Poland are once again showing cracks of the Eastern European communist bloc. Emboldened by these signs, students, and intellectuals in Budapest, the Hungarian capital, organize a protest of previously unseen magnitudes. As the communist leadership sweeps in to kill the movement in its tracks a violent response is provoked, thus sparking the Revolution of the 23rd of October.

It is an exciting, fast-paced game simulating the end of the Cold War in 1989. During this amazing year, a series of democratic revolutions ended the 40-year Soviet empire in Eastern Europe. 1989 simulates the political, social and economic aspects of these revolutions using a card-driven system similar to Twilight Struggle.

The players in the game take on the roles of Churchill, Roosevelt, or Stalin as they maneuver against each other throughout 10 Conferences that determine who will lead the Allied forces, where those forces will be deployed, and how the Axis will be defeated. The player whose forces collectively have greater control over the surrendered Axis powers will win the peace and the game.

You are thrust into the Soviet leadership, trying to push your immense country into democracy amid the collapse of socialism and the wild mood-swings of Gorbachev himself in the period from 1985 to 1991

The threat of Communist infiltration is at an all-time high, and red panic is everywhere. It’s on you, trusted patriots of the FBI, to scour the files of any and all that may be promoting the Soviet agenda and threatening these sacred shores. The nation trusts you to detect, then publicly accuse and deport these traitors. But watch out because double agents are everywhere! Even your closest colleagues are not to be trusted. Perhaps even you have something to hide

The players will be thrown in the middle of the soviet politics. A game of political intrigue set in the Soviet Politburo. The game consists of a large number of politician cards, some of which form the first politburo. Politicians have certain stats (preferred offices, for instance) and an age.