★★★★☆ The Resistance; someone is lying and if it’s you, you better keep a straight face.

Check out this game if: you’re looking for a rowdy time and don’t mind lying.

This game stands out because: there are always at least 2 traitors in the game who wants to foil your plans. It’s fun being the traitor, but it’s also fun guessing who the traitors are.

1. Very high player interaction.
2. Plays well with all counts (and if you have a big group it’s hard to find a better game).
3. Although very social, this game plays well with family/friends and strangers.
4. Games play quick, and it’s easy to lose track of time playing multiple games.
5. It’s fun to call someone a traitor (especially when you’re the traitor).
6. This game lends to memorable experiences.

1. Some people do not like the lying aspect of this game (and it’s a big part of the game).
2. Some people may take the game too serious (try to remind players that what happens in the game stays in the game).

Brief Overview:
This kind of game is categorized as a Social Deduction game. Social Deduction, in this case,  means you are using your interactions with other players to determine who is trying to hide something from you (like a secret roll).

In this game, players are split up into two groups, the Resistance Operatives and Imperial Spies. The Resistance Operatives (good guys) do not know who the Spies are, but the Spies know who each other are and who the Resistance Operatives are.

The goal of this game is to help your team win. Your team wins if you successfully accomplish (or thwart if you’re a spy) 3 missions. Good guys are trying to get other good guys to go on missions and spies are trying to get at least one spy on every missions. Judging or deceiving the other players is the real goal of this game -but it can be a lot of fun if you keep it playful.

Number of Players 5-10
Age 13+
Time 30 mins
Friendly ★☆☆☆☆
Teachable ★★★★☆
Replayability ★★★★★
Creative Freedom ★★★☆☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★☆☆
Interaction ★★★★★

There is another version of this game called The Resistance: Avalon. The Avalon version adds some player roles to the game. I think the roles add a lot to the game, but some people do not like the medieval theme of Avalon. You can buy similar role cards for The Resistance, but they may be hard to find.

There are numerous social deduction games. To name a few: Werewolf, Spyfall, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, Coup, Bang! the Dice Game, and Two Rooms and  Boom.

Teaching Advice:
The first advice I like to give while teaching this game is “do not take anything anyone says while playing this game serious -some people will by lying, but that’s the game).

Start by letting everyone know how to win, and then tell everyone that there will be traders in the game who will try to stop you from winning.

I find it helpful to let everyone know what you are going to instruct everyone to do with their eyes closed before you have them close there eyes. 

Link to Video YouTube.

Link to The Resistance (and Avalon) on Amazon

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