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The Primary
The Primary
by Mountaintop Games (2018)
Player Count
1 to 5

Player Ages

Playing Time
30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Political
  • Designers
  • Matt Quock
  • Mechanisms
  • Partnerships
  • Simultaneous Action Selection
  • Area Movement
  • Area Control / Area Influence
  • Action / Movement Programming
  • STR-04 Solo Game
  • Artists
  • Sebastián Koziner
  • Rocio Ogñenovich
  • Family
  • Solitaire Games
  • Crowdfunding: Kickstarter
  • Country: USA
  • Political: Elections
  • Madison Game Design Cabal
  • Rating: 8.33/10 from 38 users


    Congratulations on your candidacy in The Primary! Outwit your opponents during a presidential primary election by traveling the country, hosting rallies and fundraisers, advertising, and gaining the favor of powerful Super PACs. Regions across the country will vote during the eleven rounds of the game and you will have to predict your opponents’ strategies in order to earn the most delegates and win the game! Good luck, candidates!

    How To Play

    The Primary is played over 11 rounds, each with 4 phases: News, Action, Vote, and Organize.

    In the News phase, 1 News card is drawn and its effect is applied to the current round. You may be forced to move, get an extra action, or gain influence, etc - be prepared to adjust your strategy!

    In the Action phase, players select 4 Action cards from their hand and commit them face down in a queue. Will your opponents try to swoop in and steal an election? Will they go all-out in an attempt to win over the Super PAC? Choose wisely!

    Once all players have committed their 4 Action cards, they take turns executing their actions one card at a time. Bus and Plane cards provide some flexibility and the Positive Ad / Negative Ad cards can be used anywhere!

    During the Vote phase, 1 or more regions may vote (or none at all - a nice break from the stress of campaigning.) The player with the most influence in the regions voting wins delegates, getting one step closer to victory!

    The player with the most delegates at the end of the game wins!

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