Cover by John Kula. His last published work.
Several times over the past few years I have mentioned Caudillo (pronounced “caw-DEE-yo“), a 2-5 player card game I designed three years ago on power politics in the fictional Latin American country of Virtualia, after the departure from power of its strongman leader Jesus Shaves (pronounced “hay-sus sha-bezz“).
The game was of course about a thinly-disguised post-Chavez Venezuela (though in 2013 it wasn’t post-Chavez yet), and just to drive it home, its original title was Dios o Federacion, a takeoff on “Dios y Federacion”, the national motto of Venezuela.
I liked working on this game because there is a constant tension within it between competition and cooperation. As players vie to create the largest and most durable personal power base, the card deck delivers more and more crises that players must deal with collectively, or the country will collapse. There are coups, too!
sample Group cards
sample Crisis cards
Anyway, I do not think that there will be any time soon that I could find this game a properly professional publisher, with 90 pieces of original card art and high-class production to match. And Venezuela looks as if it is really about to implode, with rampant inflation, riots, political intrigue and so on.
So, as my Christmas present to you all, I am now making the files for Caudillo available for free download and print-and-play (PnP).
The free PnP version consists of 90 cards, 230 counters, and the usual rules and play aids. You print ’em, you cut ’em, you stick ’em or sleeve ’em.
And, just for fun, I will also be making a limited number of hand-made copies of the game for sale too, through BTR Games. Besides the rules and play aids, this version has:
- 90 cards printed on coloured cardstock and hand-cut;
- 120 die-cut, pre-punched counters;
- 120 small coloured wooden cubes;
- nice cover art by John Kula. His last published work.
Price is $50 US, which includes postage. If you want one of these, let me know at email@example.com; I take (and prefer) Paypal.
Here are the files for the free version:
caudillo-pnp-crisis-cards (Crisis cards and Scoring Round cards)
caudillo-pnp-group-cards (Group cards, Personality cards, Sequence of Play reminders)
caudrls-124 (rules and play aid)
caud-pnp-assembly-notes (notes on how to print and assemble the cards and counters)
I hope you will enjoy this game, in either format.
PS: the game now has a Boardgamegeek entry: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/216686/caudillo