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Founding Fathers
Notes on Game Updates

September 12, 2014
— Improved texts on Office cards, noting definitively which are Partisan Offices and adding flavor text.
July 21, 2014
— Clarified that what may be done within an issue are office appointments and deals.
— Specified that the president player may transfer IP from his card to that of an issue's responsible officer for the purpose of resolving the current issue, but that said officer is not required to spend it for that purpose.
— Changed the following example to clarify that it's the issue itself that decides who is responsible, not the president, and for readability.
— Removed the conceit that the Secretaries of State and Treasury have specific tasks in the setup process.
— Added "A sitting President may never be a vice presidential candidate."
— Changed the example in the playback to make it clear that Washington gives 1 influence to Hamilton for him to use to solve the issue rather than Washington expending the influence himself.
July 8, 2014
—Slight change to setup; fewer offices are assigned. Youngest player no longer necessarily first.
June 4, 2014
—Slight change to Action card drafting tiebreakers; changed President's Agenda accordingly.
—Timothy Pickering now no. 9; Charles C. Pinckney now no. 10.
May 27, 2014
—Made the previously optional rule for Action card drafting the default rule.
—Clarified the rules around handling Issues, in particular noting that only the President can lose Popularity for an Ignored issue, that the President hands the Issue to the Office Holder to signify it is time for resolution, that the Office Holder hands it back for the vote in Congress and when two Office Holders are named they combine their Ability Ratings.
—Altered the following issues slightly either for Popularity changes or cosmetic.
Popularity: Assume State Debts, Pay Off War Bonds, Northwest Indian War, Land Act of 1804, Internal Improvements, First Seminole War, Adams-Onis Treaty, Land Act of 1820, Second Seminole War, Specie Circular, Webster-Ashburton Treaty, Oregon Treaty, Mexican-American War, Ostend Manifesto, Bleeding Kansas, Third Seminole War, California
Cosmetic: Bill of Rights , France Demands Support, 12th Amendment, Dorr Rebellion of Rhode Island, Open Relations with Japan
May 21, 2014
—Reverted "Make a Speech" rule to previous version.
May 5, 2014
—Added part (7) to "Death" section to explain what happens when it occurs in the middle of Issue deliberations.
—Added examples to the Black Reputation optional rule.
April 28, 2014
—Small additions and corrections in the rules:
  • reconciled a difference between board and rules in the Tax Outrage table (board was correct)
  • reconciled differences between board and rules in the Economic Crisis table (board was correct)
  • added a few introductory paragraphs to the start of the rules
  • added a reserves adjustment example
    April 3, 2014
    —Corrected an error on the Maine issue.
    March 19, 2014
    —Started a Players Notes section in the rules.
    March 11, 2014
    —Added a requirement that the president immediately appoint a Chief Justice if the office is vacant and an issue subject to Judicial Review appear.
    March 7, 2014
    —Clarified that taxes and tariffs do not count against the four issues the president draws each turn.
    December 3, 2011
    —Added the "Less Negotiation" variant.
    —Added an interest payment rule for when the Republic is carrying debt.
    —Clarified that in the case of Single Party Dominance before passage of the 12th amendment that candidates can share running mates.
    —Clarified that failed state admission issues are shuffled into the next deck.
    —Added more information to the presidential aide.
    —Minor edits to many of the cards. The most significant changes are to the vote counts for Era A in New England, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
    Actions: Coalition Building, Duel, Republic of Texas Established.
    Issues: Adams-Onis Treaty, Alabama, Bleeding Kansas, British Attacks on Shipping, Buy Western Lands from Texas, End Slavery, Extension of Slavery, Financial Panic, French Attacks on Shipping, Gadsden Purchase, Illinois, Indian Removal Act, Iowa, Land Act of 1820, Louisiana, Maine, Napoleon Seeks Help, Oregon Treaty, Prevent Kansas-Nebraska Act, Quasi-War with France, War of 1812.
    Original States: Georgia, New England, New Jersey. New York, Pennsylvania.
    Statesmen: Abraham Lincoln.

    June 15, 2009
    Provided Thomas Heaney's much more attractive version of the statesmen cards. Everyone is sure to appreciate these, Thomas. Thanks very much!

    March 10, 2009
    Changed Action cards in the main cards file to use the Generation Roman numerals rather than the Era letters. Added internal hypertext links to the four main sections of the rules. Changed rules around resignation of office holders slightly.

    March 6, 2009
    In the rules, changed "Era" to "Generation" when applied to statesmen so as to reserve "Era" for issues.

    January 24, 2009

  • The rules were edited for greater clarity, more explanation and more examples.
  • Fixed a typo on the "Pay Off War Bonds" card in the main cards file (change -22 to -2).
  • Added labeling to the boards (very minor).
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