Spotlight on Games
4 February 2011
(Subsequent Updates –
December 3, 2011)
Founding Fathers is a game of the early American republic. Play begins
with George Washington in the presidential office, surrounded by his
team of Vice President John Adams, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson
and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. Each player controls one of
these statesmen as well as several others who will appear, up through
the arrival of Abraham Lincoln. Together the players try to solve the
issues faced by the young republic – wars, debt, financial panics,
the growth of the Union, north-south division, and more. Every four
years the most popular politicians from each party square off to see who
becomes the next president. Players look out for their own interests,
but at the same time must not neglect the needs of the Union as it can
falter altogether, from multiple causes. At the same time, players
control statesmen from both parties and multiple states, providing
ample opportunity for logrolling, mutual backscratching and strange
- a number of cubes as detailed in the
- a six-sided die
- a couple dozen letter-sized sheets of paper
- order 3 decks of cards from ArtsCow.com
Constructing the game:
- Print the rules of play on letter size paper.
- Print the components list on letter size paper.
- Print 2 pages of boards
in landscape mode (letter size).
- Print the president's agenda aid
on letter size paper (landscape) and cut in half.
- Print the player aid on letter size paper
and cut out the 5 sections (landscape).
- Specify and order 3 decks of cards from ArtsCow as follows:
- There are 3 "products", each corresponding to one deck:
- For each of the above links, choose "Add to Cart" to
initiate the purchasing process. I believe you must be registered to
use the site by the way.
- If you have any coupon or gift certificate,
be sure to fill it in at the right hand side. These tend to be
available quite often these days and you can look for them on
ArtsCow's promotional page
(where at the moment I see a discount for this type of card deck
(54 designs) which gives a price of $8.99 per deck with free shipping).
If you see no discounts on cards there, you might also try
googling for "artscow coupon".
- Finally you pay (usually by PayPal to avoid international
credit card charges) and wait a few days for your cards to arrive.
- Card backs.
When you get your cards, you'll notice
they have different backs depending on their types. Here is the
Hope this all works out well for you and you have fun. If someone out
there has more artistic talent than me and wants to add more
atmosphere to some of the cards, please get in touch.
Photos of the front and back of the Franklin card:
Created: 4 September 2007
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