Board Gaming, Strategeries

I DON’T MATH: A Social Strategy Guide to Coup

Choose your weapons wisely.
Choose your weapons wisely.

“All warfare is based on deception” – Sun Tzu

So…you finally have Coup, and five minutes later, you’ve figured out how to play. If your experience was anything like mine, you were instantly in love, but didn’t see a whole lot of rhyme or reason to the depth of the game. It was a little bluffing, a little luck, and a lot of fun. Since then, I’ve paid a lot more attention to the game. Various game states, tendencies of players. I’ve thought a lot about it when I’m not playing. What I hope to do for you here is share with you a few of the things I’ve picked up and hopefully your secret game will get better. As alluded to in the title, I’m going to focus more on the social game than the numbers game, though I will say that both are pretty important to successful play. Continue reading

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Coup: Sex, Lies and Vicissitude

coup“Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws.” – Leon Trotsky

I was in a discussion some time ago regarding various places on the spectrum of the sexual persona. The woman I was speaking to said that she leaned submissive. The reason she cited for this was that in her life outside of the bedroom, she was in control of everything. Her family, her management job, etc. Being submissive was an exciting fantasy to her because like all fantasies, it didn’t really apply to her day-to-day life. She loved being submissive because it was everything she was not otherwise.

You may be asking “uh…Joe? What in the actual fuck does this have to do with Coup?” Continue reading