Welcome to the Resistance! You are part of a rebellion group that has been suppressed by a Tyrannical government. Your mission is to take back your freedom and overthrow the regime by completing missions.
However, it won’t be easy because spies have infiltrated the Resistance.
Spies will attempt to sabotage each mission, so in order to succeed you must know who you can trust!
Concept of the Game
The resistance is a party game like no other. It’s what’s called a social deduction or bluffing game.
It’s a game where the good guys (Resistance) do not know who the bad guys are (Imperial Spies) …but the bad guys know each other and are obviously working together. 😉
Players secretly vote whether a mission will succeed or fail and its up to the group to figure out who can be trusted.
The first side that completes 3 missions is the winner.
Resistance Board Game Set Up
- First choose your mission board. Each board is specific to how many people are playing. This will also determine how many spies will be active as well. Once selected, place it in the center of the table so everyone can see it.
- Give each player 1 reject and 1 approve card (this is how players will vote)
- Give each player 1 Success Card and 1 Fail Card (this is for the missions)
- Next choose one player to be the leader for that round by providing the leader token. Along with the Gun cards (more later)
- Now its time to choose the roles. For a game with 7 players as an example take 4 Blue Resistance Cards and 3 Red Spy Cards and shuffle them well
- Carefully give 1 card to each player and be careful not to anyone.
How to Play The Resistance Board Game
As part of my Resistance Board Game Review, here’s some insight on how to play!
No matter the number of players, there are only a total of 5 missions. The first faction to reach 3 completed missions is the winner.
Revealing the Spies
Now the fun part; whoever is the leader, that person will announce the following:
- “Everyone close your eyes” (give it a couple seconds)
- “Only the spies, open your eyes and recognize each other” (give it few more seconds)
- “Spies Close your eyes”
- Everyone; “Open your eyes”
Choose your Team
- For the first mission, look at the mission board and it will show how many people are allowed on the mission. In this case, the leader must pick only 2 people, which may also include themselves.
- Give those players 1 team/Gun token to confirm your selection.
- Now at this point of the game, the floor is open for discussion. Since it is the first mission, there’s usually not much to say, but this is where people may give their opinion on what their thoughts are.
- Once the discussion is over, its time to vote. Players will secretly place in front of them an approve or reject token. When ready, all players will flip over their tokens. If it is approved the mission goes on, if it’s a tie or rejected, the round marker moves up one space and the next leader will select a different team. If a team cannot be decided on 5 consecutive attempts, then round is an automatic failure and the win is given to the spies.
Conduct the Mission
- If approved, the selected players will secretly choose a success or fail card.
- The Spies would generally want to play a Fail card and Resistance players should be choosing a success card.
- Once the mission cards are selected, players will first give the leader the mission cards they will not be using face down and mix them with the other cards. Then the players will hand over the mission cards they will be using face down to the leader, who will then shuffle the cards then reveal them.
- For the Resistance to succeed, all cards must reveal a success. If there is just one fail card, then the mission fails, and the Spies will win that round.
- If the resistance wins (all success) then a Blue Score marker is placed on the Mission Board over the 1st circle. In the case of a fail, then a Red spy marker is placed on the mission board instead.
- Then the Leader token is passed to the next person (clockwise) and the process is repeated until a team wins 3 rounds.
Discussion may happen anytime throughout the game. If you want to say something, go ahead and say it!
Resistance Operative Tips
- As the good guys of the game, just remember that the first round usually ends in a resistance win. Consider including the same people for the next mission to get more information.
- Pay attention to how people vote. If you’re a good guy choosing the success card should be quick. Be suspicious of anyone that takes a little longer than usual
- Choosing party members is an important step. Pay close attention to who wants who on missions and always ask why they chose that person.
- Keep your emotions in check. There’s nothing better than experiencing a game with passionate players but be sure not to get offended if someone you thought you could trust was lying the entire time.
Imperial Spy Tips
- As a spy, you want to try and not be obvious. I know it may be difficult to understand at first, as a spy you don’t want to disagree too much with the resistance players. It might give you away.
- Choose wisely when to play a fail card. If you play it early, be prepared not to be chosen for any future missions.
- No honor among thieves, which may be the same when it comes to spies. If the game is coming down to the wire, a bold move is to call out another spy. Yes, you’re exposing a position, but you may be earning the trust of the others…be prepared, this could backfire.
- If you got made early, don’t worry the game is still on…keep your wits about you. If a good guy happens to accidentally start accusing another innocent player as a spy…roll with it. It may earn their trust.
My Final Review of The Resistance Board Game
The Resistance is by far one of my all time favorite games. The game is very easy to explain, and you can start playing within minutes.
What I love the most about The Resistance board game is that there is no element of chance, which is a nice change of pace compared to other games that rely on dice rolls or the luck of a draw.
The Resistance is a game that you unexpectedly become emotionally involved in.
“What starts out as a quiet easy-going game can and will quickly become a passionate contest of wits.”
As people become more familiar with the flow of the game, the difficulty amps up considerably. Players will quickly realize that everything is being analyzed, from the way someone votes, to how they try to convince others why they want to include or not include certain players on missions.
Everything can be discussed and interpreted. I would say however that this game is not for everyone.
It’s an extremely competitive game and since lying and deceiving is a core element, it may not go well with certain players.
So just like choosing your Mission Team, be sure to find people that are outgoing and don’t mind raising their voice a little 😉
Trust me when I say that the game can get a little heated, its not to be taken lightly. Especially if couples are involved and they find themselves on opposite sides!
However, despite the potential feisty game play, I standby the fact that this is an awesome party game that shouldn’t be overlooked.
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