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Corporate America


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  • 3-6 Players
  • Ages 13 and up
  • 60-120 minute playing time

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  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00EZZPAAG
  • Item model number: NSACA01
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,902 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Corporate America is a political satire game about corporate influence of government. In it, players take the role of corporations, manipulating the population, government, and each other to maximize profits. Players keep their money secret until the end of the game, when the player with the most money wins. The game progresses through four phases. In the Wall Street Phase, players start businesses (like Trius and Oggle Search) which fall into various industries (like transportation, luxury, and technology). In the Main Street Phase, players take turns playing consumer cards, which determine which businesses make money. Players can manipulate the population and can bribe each other to make sure their businesses get consumed. In the Campaign Trail Phase, a number of election issues are revealed and players get the opportunity to run for president. After players electioneer, players secretly bid on candidates to determine who will be the next president. After three bid rounds, whoever has raised the most money in the campaign wins the election. In the Capitol Hill Phase, the new president is rewarded with an Executive Privilege card, which grants a special power, and can then pass legislation to impact businesses and the rules of the game. The president can keep campaign promises or blatantly break them for personal gain! The game ends after a set number of turns. Whoever has the most money at the end of the game wins! Game Contents: 1 Game Board 1 Wooden Washington Monument Token 1 Seal of the President 140 Mini Dollar Cards 60 Business Cards 54 Consumer Cards 40 Legislation Cards 8 Executive Privilege Cards

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Miller on December 10, 2013
My friends and I have been playing this game for a while now, and we love it. It's a regular at our local game nights. Lots of strategy, but with a healthy sheen of political satire. Teale Fristoe is a bright game designer. I can't wait to see what he makes next!

Joshua Kosman said it best in his San Francisco Chronicle review of the game:

"A lot of wit and imagination went into this puckish satire on our plutocratic - I mean democratic - system of government. Created as a Kickstarter project by Oakland game designer Teale Fristoe, the game embodies the revolving door of industry and politics. Players try to maximize their cash as each turn cycles through Wall Street (build a business), Main Street (attract consumers), the Campaign Trail (spend on politicians who will benefit their business) and Capitol Hill (the presidency goes to whoever got the most contributions). The game tends to sacrifice a little depth for the sake of humor, but there are some genuine strategic decisions at work - and the jokes and design are top-notch."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt on June 11, 2014
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I felt terrible about my relationship with this game. I had it bookmarked during its Kickstarter and intended to back it, but was on a trip and missed its last few days. I was so glad to finally get a copy of it through Game Salute after the campaign ended. That it only barely got funded is insanity, and that it hasn't been a runaway hit is equally confusing. Perhaps it's the combination of new designer/new company/kickstarter-angst that has held this game back. I don't have a good answer to why it's missing excitement.

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This game is ridiculously fun. Granted, I'm a politically minded person, but the satire cuts across each side of the political spectrum, and my tree hugging friends have enjoyed it just as much as those who have Ron Paul bumper stickers. It's a negotiation game at its core with some lighter economic elements, so while some of the mechanics feel a bit clunky (we normally have a funding free-for-all during the election phase to cut down on time... this also helps the thematic feel because there's no transparency regarding who is funding whom), the theme is so good that the clunks just feel like part of the political process. The addition of new legislation after the campaign is brilliant and literally makes the game.

Even if you look at Corporate America and decide it's not for you, Nothing Sacred Games is a company that you should keep on your radar, because I can see good things coming in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. B. Johnson on January 15, 2014
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The first time you play it, it seems a bit complicated. However, after that first time, you get the hang of all you can do in this game. With a couple experienced players, you can then start incorporating some of the optional rule modifications that can take this game to the next level. As someone who works in government relations, it does a good job of emulating the strategy in the "third house."
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this is a great game to buy for any individuals that watch The Daily Show or The Colbert Report or a college student. I would recommend playing drunk and sober and with a good group of friends.
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