Junta. In just one word you get an idea of what this game is all about. Yes that’s right. You get to play out all the shenanigans that might beset a dodgy bannana republic reliant on “foreign aid”, who’s ruling families just want to add some dosh to their private Swiss bank accounts. (Puts on Monty Burns voice) “hex-cellent!”
In the first video I look at the pieces and rules of Junta. I start to explain the rules, by going through the phases of the game.
In Junta, you represent a “family” striving for power in an island. You win by holding the most amount of money in a Swiss Bank account at the end of the game.
The game starts with the players choosing a president. Then political cards are dealt out. These cards are used to excercise power in the game.
Up to seven players can take part. The minimum is two but really the game needs 4 players to be played as a normal game.
Anyway each turn you draw two additional political cards (you are only allowed to keep 6 at a time).
Next the president assigns 6 ministerial cards amongst the players. If all 7 are playing each will recieve one position, if only 4 palying then each player gets two positions each.
In the video I go into more detail on each rule and card.
Next the president picks up 8 money cards and proposes a budget by saying he’ll give a certain amount to the players, leaving an undisclosed amount for himself. Of course the president can assign money unevenly, and this is where the fun starts.
At this point the players have to vote for the budget. The players may vote out your budget. And as long as the minister of the interior doesn’t force it through. The budget is rejected.
If they succeed in rejecting the budget, then somewhat strangely – the president keeps the lot!
Of course this might well make that player deeply unpopular.
In Junta, players can assasinate each other. (If a player dies they return next turn, perhaps representing a relative, or friend). Players can also go for a coup and try to force the president out.
Before the assinations, players choose a location where they are staying on that turn. The choices are the bank, home, headquarters, the nightclub or with your mistress. I know, I know a bit strange that last one, particularly as you might be with your mistress at the night club.
Anyway, once all player have chosen a location, the assination attempts are declared. Then the players reveal thier locations. If any of the assination location guesses are correct, the player being assinated dies. He then misses the rest of the turn. They lose their cards and have to give their money to the assinator. You then come back next turn and start from scratch.
So this is a game made for just having a laugh at all the twists and turns.
However if you are not assinated and you’ve been to the bank, you can finally put your money in a safe swiss bank account.
And so onto the final (optional) phase of a turn – an attempted coup. The video expains the coup processin detail but essentialy its a battle for control of 3 out of the five red buildings on the map.
If the coup is succesful the president is shot, and replaced by a new elected president. I think it’s possible to reelect the same player?! If the coup fails then the president can choose to shoot anyone involed in the coup.
So that’s the game! Have you played? What’s your experience been? A bit of a laugh hopefully, or is there a way of playing for the win? Please do tell me about your exploits.