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Swing States 2012

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R. Ben Madison and Wes Erni
Play Time:
60 minutes

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"The word politics comes from the Greek 'poly,' meaning many, and the English 'ticks,' which are blood-sucking insects." – James Carville

Swing States 2012, from Wes Erni and R. Ben Madison, is a solitaire game simulating a U.S. presidential election in a given year. You are a political strategist hired by the nominee to win the Presidential Election for either the Democratic Party (symbolized by a donkey) or the Republican Party (symbolized by an elephant).

You must make strategic decisions regarding fund-raising and expenditures; where to campaign and where to advertise; when and where to send the nominees and vital surrogates; and how much time they should spend fund-raising, preparing for debates, conducting opposition research, and dealing with scandals that appear out of nowhere.

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What's In The Box?:

• One 24-page, full-color Rules booklet
• One two-sided Situation Room mat
• One two-sided player aid / Election Night mat
• 75 cards
• 32 square game pieces
• Five triangular game pieces
• Six round game pieces
• Two six-sided dice
• One bright red, 9 1/4" x 5 7/8" Standard cardboard VPG game box
• One beautiful box cover sleeve
• One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
• One charcoal desiccant packet


Game Design: Wes Erni and R. Ben Madison
Development: Alan Emrich
Graphic Design: Alan Emrich
Game Map & Cover Art: Clark Miller
Playtesting: Fred Abboud, Ed Bartholomew, Deon Carrico, Amy Durnford, Mark Edwards, Logan Foster, Louis Guzman, Johnnie Jahn, Clark Miller, Tony Morgan, David Spangler, John Stryker, Chris Taylor, Zachary VandeKamp
Proofreading: Ed Bartholomew, Brad Bernstein, David Spangler, Ian Wakeham


The Next Great Solo Experience by Michael Fairgrieve (BoardGameGeek)
[Swing States] has quickly become one of my favorite solitaire games in my collection. It has solid mechanics, the replay value is immense, and it doesn't take long at all to play. ... If you enjoy political games or games where you are constantly on the defense of all the bad things that can happen to you, then I would highly recommend checking out Swing States 2012.
Swing States 2012 by Father Geek
The game is a good one, does an excellent job of challenging the player, is well designed, and is the best example of how complicated and fickle our political system is without being a complicated or fickle game in itself. In fact, I appreciate what political strategists have to go through a whole lot more now, without actually appreciating the candidates any more or less. This political game is a hard one to win, but it can be mastered. A player who is able to look at the big picture and able to make small movements to obtain big gains will certainly get their candidate elected. The trick is learning this magic. Until then, everyone else will be left well outside the winner’s circle.
My Fellow Americans ... by San Il Defanso (The Rumpus Room)
Swing States [is] much more experiential and narrative. There are a lot of choices to be made but there are no sure things. Just like a real election, there are a lot of things outside your control. And it allows for some great stories, even if you’re the only one there to enjoy them. You might be sick of the real election, but Swing States is a great way to enjoy it without having to turn on your TV.