Designer: Don Eskridge
Publisher: Indie Boards & Cards
Number of players: 5 - 10 players
Publisher suggests: Ages 13 and above
Playing time: 30 minutes
The Empire must fall. Our mission must succeed. By destroying their key bases, we will shatter Imperial strength and liberate our people. Yet spies have infiltrated our ranks, ready for sabotage. We must unmask them. In five nights we reshape destiny or die trying. We are the Resistance!
The Resistance is a party game of social deduction. It is designed for five to ten players, lasts about 30 minutes, and has no player elimination. The Resistance is inspired by Mafia/Werewolf, yet it is unique in its core mechanics, which increase the resources for informed decisions, intensify player interaction, and eliminate player elimination.
Players are either Resistance Operatives or Imperial Spies. For three to five rounds, they must depend on each other to carry out missions against the Empire. At the same time, they must try to deduce the other players’ identities and gain their trust. Each round begins with discussion. When ready, the Leader entrusts sets of Plans to a certain number of players (possibly including himself/herself). Everyone votes on whether or not to approve the assignment. Once an assignment passes, the chosen players secretly decide to Support or Sabotage the mission. Based on the results, the mission succeeds (Resistance win) or fails (Empire win). When a team wins three missions, they have won the game.
"Yes. Every gamer should have this game in his collection. This game is a no brainer to put in your collection. As I've said before, this is the ultimate party game for my taste. Even better, it is a darn fun game. It will draw quiet people out. While the mediator of the game can easily play, it helps to have someone who knows how to play the game." - BGG user Jayson Myers
"Short playing time, little to no setup time, backstab and sabotage your friends, and near infinite replayability, the resistance is great for Casual Gamers and works well at social events." - BGG user todd barker
"This game is crazy fun. It’s tricky to quantify why I feel so strongly about this game. It plays quickly enough to cram many games in a single session, and is addictive enough to make you want to keep playing well after you should reasonably stop." - BGG user Joe Babbitt