The Resistance (The Dystopian Universe)


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.


  • 2011 Japan Boardgame Prize Voters' Selection Nominee
  • 2010 Golden Geek Best Print & Play Board Game Nominee
  • 2010 Golden Geek Best Party Board Game Nominee

What's in the Box:

  • 11 Character Cards (10 Characters and 1 Leader)
  • 5 Team Cards
  • 20 Vote Cards (10 Approve and 10 Reject Cards)
  • 10 Mission Cards (5 Success and 5 Failure Cards)
  • 15 Plot Cards (Cards used in “The Plot Thickens” expansion)
  • 6 Score Markers (3 Blue and 3 Red Markers)
  • 1 Round Marker (Black disc)
  • Score Tableau


Age                        13+

No. Players            5 - 10

Time                      30 mins

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