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The Resistance is one of those things that if you don't know about it already you are never going to buy just from seeing on a shelf (virtual or otherwise). The box looks fairly bleak, and the name doesn't exactly ooze excitement, but what is inside the box is a really great game.
In the last 10-15 years there has been a real renaissance in board games for grown ups, and there are now thousands of great games available to buy. They come in every imaginable theme, and range from really easy to quite complicated. Resistance is very easy to learn and play, it only takes 15-20 minutes and can be played with between 5 and 10 people.
The idea of the game is that some of you are spies for an evil and totalitarian state, the rest are members of the Resistance - the good guys. The spies know who each other are, the resistance members don't know who are resistance members and who are spies. Players take it in turns to nominate a team of 2-4 people to go on a mission. Everyone then gets to vote on whether they approve of the team selection, passing if a simple majority approve it. If the team selection is rejected, the next player gets to choose a team. Once a team gets approved, each player secretly puts down either a 'Mission Success' or a 'Mission Fail'. Usually, if there's one or more Fails, then the mission fails. There are 5 missions in total. If 3 out of 5 missions pass, the Resistance win, if 3 or more out of 5 fail, the Spies win. And that's it!
The whole fun of the game if your a spy is to try not to get outed as a spy and try to get missions to fail. If you are resistance you are trying to figure out who the spies are so that you can not send them on missions, so the missions will pass. Lots of accusations, theories and debate fly round the table - it is great fun. If you don't like lying, being lied to or getting accused though, you may not want to get this game.
The game itself is literally that simple. There are some extra plot cards which you can use to spice up the game and make it more challenging - where the player whose turn it is to choose a team gets to hand out cards like 'show your loyalty card to another player' which just adds to the confusion!
Overall this is a great, quick party style game. It works well as a quick after dinner game, or you may spend all night playing multiple games. The beauty of it is that it accomodates lots of players and is quite quick and easy to explain. It is also quite cheap, so really good value for money, you'll probably find yourself getting it out time and again.