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Founding Fathers
Notes on Game Updates
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).
    Please send any comments to Rick Heli