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New board game: Founding Fathers

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:18 am
by calvinus

For Republic of Rome fans, I wish to submit this boardgame to their attention:

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Founding Fathers is a game of the early American republic. Play begins with George Washington in the presidential office, surrounded by his team of Vice President John Adams, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. Each player controls one of these statesmen as well as several others who will appear, up through the arrival of Abraham Lincoln. Together the players try to solve the issues faced by the young republic – wars, debt, financial panics, the growth of the Union, north-south division, and more. Every four years the most popular politicians from each party square off to see who becomes the next president. Players look out for their own interests, but at the same time must not neglect the needs of the Union as it can falter altogether, from multiple causes. At the same time, players control statesmen from both parties and multiple states, providing ample opportunity for logrolling, mutual backscratching and strange bedfellows.

This game was originally desinged in 2007 by Rick Heli and published in print & play mode.

During last months, I delivered a gorgeous graphically appealing version of this game, working in partnership with the author. This revised and improved version is now available and can be purchased in print-on-demand format on The Game Crafter.

This is the game page in TGC:

Have fun!

Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:32 am
by calvinus

the Green Edition of Founding Fathers is now available!


This gameset does not come with any printed rules or player mats. Probably we cannot deliver such items to you as efficiently as you can for yourself. Which you will want to do anyway, just to ensure you always have the latest Living Rules. Indeed you may not even want printed rules at all if you are able to read them on a mobile device. Meanwhile, it permits us to reduce the price and make the game attractive for a wider audience.

Find out more at

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:18 pm
by calvinus
The first Expansion Founding Fathers: Offices and Statesmen is now available on Game Crafter.


Ratchet up the fun with this cute little addition to your Founding Fathers base game. New Statesman offer new Election possibilities. New Offices mean more opportunities for Presidents to negotiate and more rewards to bestow. New Actions provide even more ways to vex and surprise the opposition. Plus, now you can play solo games against a virtual opponent or head-to-head in the party vs. party two-player variant. Finally the Historical Factions variant groups like Statesmen together, providing even more real-life flavor.

  • 17 Statesmen cards
  • 4 Office Cards
  • 10 Action Cards
  • 5 revised Issue Cards
  • 10 additional white cubes
  • 2 larger white cubes
  • 4 larger green cubes
  • Small rules booklet

Find out more at

Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:10 am
by anjou
This sounds pretty interesting!

Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:13 am
by orpheus
that's a very good one! Good gameplay and original :)

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 7:22 am
by calvinus
Hi folks,

Just wanted to announce that we're having a May sale: $10 off the base game for the entire month so that you can have your copy for the summer convention season.

Also, because some have asked for it, we have just released the Founding Fathers Upgrade Kit that brings the game up to date with the one that is currently shipped. It includes 36 updated cards, plus revised rules and player mats.

Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 7:32 am
by calvinus

Some changes at TheGameCrafter have occasioned the following raft of Founding Fathers updates:

  • TGC has reduced the number of items required for a bulk order so our European P25 program has now become a P10 program. You can still order the Founding Fathers: Offices & Statesmen expansion, but the program will only trigger after at least 10 orders for the base game have been placed.
  • TGC has upgraded card quality so that they now use the highest quality cardstock in the industry, the same as that used by CCGs. All games made by TGC will now use these cards. They cost a little bit more, but we are absorbing this cost.
  • You can read more about the cards stock and bulk pricing at
  • TGC has temporarily run out of 10mm white cubes, which we use in each of the base game, Green Edition and Founding Fathers: Offices & Statesmen. As a stopgap, we have substituted the snazzy new polymer translucent cubes that you can see here: So if you must have it today you can order any of the above. Otherwise, we will be returning to the regular white cubes whenever they are back in supply, which we're told will be at the end of the month.
  • Because of the cubes situation, we are extending the May sale to the end of June, or possibly later if for some reason the cubes supply is not restored as scheduled.
  • We have also included Founding Fathers Green Edition in the May sale, which will also continue at least to the end of June, or longer if necessary to get the wooden cubes back in supply. It's now at $44.99.

Cheers and happy gaming,