Congress: The Board Game
As a member of Congress, your sworn duty is to serve your constituents. Serve them well and they may re-elect you for another term. But a higher prize awaits: the presidency of the United States!
The American government is built upon a system of checks and balances. Things get done only when everyone works together. At the same time, only one can rise to the highest office in the U.S. Will it be you? Only time - and the American people - will decide!
God bless America!
How to Play
You and your fellow senators must compete to earn the most nomination points in order to secure the nomination for, and ultimately the office of, the U.S. presidency. Pass bills, promote your agendas, and please your constituents in order to earn the most nomination points and win the game.
Play as a senator from one of six parties to promote your own personal agenda, such as healthcare or education, by passing legislation. In addition, you also have a hidden agenda that is kept secret from other players until the end of the game. Advance both agendas for big gains in the presidential race!
Each senator represents a single state with interests of its own. As a representative, you must also make sure the legislation you pass serves the interests of your constituents, or you might find yourself voted out of office.
How does a bill become a law? In Congress: The Board Game, this is first done by selecting a bill. Passing your own bill can lead to a lot of clout in the senate, so it's important to choose a bill which pleases everybody... or enough to ensure a passing vote.
Once the bill is selected, all senators have the option of adding riders which divert the bill's original intent into something that will please their constituents instead. In small amounts, this is a necessary part of democracy. But too much pork added to a bill and it dies!
Get Out The Vote
Politicians can't do much if they get voted out of office. It's important to keep your constituents happy, so that when election time rolls around, there's enough donation money in the coffers to guarantee victory. Even so, a loss isn't the end of the line - you can always move to another state and try again, though you will suffer a blow to your prestige.
The System Works!
After three terms of three sessions each (and three midterm elections), it's time to see who will be the next president of the United States. Players tally up all nomination points earned while passing bills, as well as additional points earned by meeting their public and hidden agendas. Whoever has the most points wins the game!