Free at Last, the board game on the fight for civil rights on Kickstarter

It is taking place these days on Kickstarter the crowdfunding campaign of Free at Last, a board game about the struggle for civil rights in America from 1960 to 1965.

Let’s find out more about this title which tells one of the most interesting and controversial pages of the United States of America of the last century.

Free at Last, the board game on the fight for civil rights on Kickstarter

Free at Last is a card driven game for 2 to 6 players (but the campaign also promises good single-player adaptability). The duration of the game is between 90 and 120 minutes. The author is Jim Dietz.

The events reproduced on the cards, as many as 250, tell of the most important events for the civil rights struggles of people of color in the United States of America. The title covers a five-year period, from the beginning of Jack Kennedy’s presidency up to the Selma Marches in 1965. The game has the particularity of being a sort of competitive-collaborative: while the cooperation between the forces in support of civil rights will be essential (under penalty of the continuation of the legally accepted segregation, and the defeat for all) only some factions will be remembered for having had great influence in the end of racial discrimination regulated by the laws. This dynamic of strange collaboration with love and hate was also recently recounted in part by Aaron Sorkin in his excellent film The Trial at Chigago 7.

Free at Last has already reached the minimum funding goal, but it will be possible to participate in the board game’s Kickstarter campaign until December 15th. There are various levels of pledges; however, the most relevant to European players are the € 18 one, which will give access to files for print-and-play, and the one that provides international shipping at a cost of € 78. The arrival of the latter in the hands of the lenders is scheduled for August 2022.

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