Hollandazed: Thoughts, Ideas, and Miscellany — Reign of Witches

PRACTICAL PROBLEMS: YELLOW FEVER & 18 BRUMAIRE (by Tom Russell)

Mary Russell

Tags game design, Practical Problems, Reign of Witches

PRACTICAL PROBLEMS: YELLOW FEVER & 18 BRUMAIRE (by Tom Russell)

I had a problem: my chaotic little freebie game that I designed to end suddenly was ending suddenly. That probably requires some explanation. As you probably know, every year I do a small promotional game that we give away during our end-of-year Hollandays Sale. This year's game is Reign of Witches, which views the Quasi War (1798-1800) through the lens of factional politics within the Federalist Party, cast as a struggle between President John Adams and Alexander Hamilton. Neither side is really "controlling" events, but rather reacting to events that are outside their control, and seeking to capitalize on them....