How to Win at #POTUS

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After you’ve read the rules and set up #POTUS for the first time, it’s natural to think “what’s next?” Well, relax -- you’ve got this. In fact, after so much #winning, you might even get sick of winning!

Over the next few blog posts, we’ll share specific advice for each faction in the game. This first post is about some general strategy tips -- the Four Rules to Live By when it comes to #POTUS.

Rule #1 - The Art of the Deal

Overall, #POTUS encourages players to take a very Trumpian view of politics – it’s a zero-sum game with winners and losers. Since you’re all competing for the same currency (Victory Points), you might think it’s hard to come up with deals that lead to mutual satisfaction.

But here’s the reality: no faction is strong enough to win the game without help from another player. So you’ll need to figure out how and when to compromise. For example, the Nationalist and Resistance players are often better off agreeing to split Tweets -- even Supporting each other on them -- rather than going to the mattresses over every card.  Once you’re working with the other players to share VPs, then the final winner will be the person who makes the best deals.

Rule #2 - Three is a Magic Number

When it comes to playing your cards and managing your deck, keep in mind the average Juice value of your cards is about 3. REMOVING low-value cards like Katie Walsh, Luther Strange, Anthony Scaramucci or Sally Yates early on can help improve your deck’s expected value over the course of the game.

Also remember you can reshuffle your deck at any time. If you draw a hand of high-value cards that average more than 3, you’ll want to reshuffle immediately to get those cards back in play. Conversely, if you get a hand of low cards, play through them so you can get to the good stuff still in the deck.

Rule #3 - Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

With four factions each pursuing their own agendas (Hidden and otherwise), there’s a lot going on in a typical game of #POTUS! Keeping track of the action can be overwhelming -- so simplify things and focus on the important stuff.

The most important item is the VP Track. Pay attention to the clustering of pawns. The Track will help you decide when to pursue your own VPs versus when you might want to help or frustrate someone else; you might also see a tactical play (like taking a Scalp) that can give you a boost.

After the VP Track, the various Legislation and Deal Tracks are next most important. The thing to know about these is that it takes time to get stuff done in #POTUS. You don’t really have to worry about any Legislation that hasn’t made it past the House yet, or any Deal with less than 3 Juice committed to it. Once those thresholds are reached, then you’ll want to pay attention.

Finally, watch what the other players do to see if you can get a read on what their Hidden Agendas are -- and how many VPs they may be sitting on at the end of the game. For example, if you see a Resistance player turning a blind eye to a particular Plutocrat Deal, it might mean the Resistance player is expecting to score 2 or 3 VPs through their Hidden Agenda. And if a player has an Ace in their hand that they won’t play or trade, that means it could be worth a big 4 VPs at the end.

Rule #4 - Don’t Give Up!

I can’t emphasize this one enough -- even if you’re far behind on the VP Track, and your good cards have been REMOVED from play, you still have a shot if you play right!

One feature of the late game in #POTUS is that players in front will have incentive to support the “Tail End Charlie” on the VP Track. This will happen when a leading player realizes he or she doesn’t have enough Juice to win a Tweet on their own, but they want to make sure the #2 or #3 player right behind them doesn’t take it. Win enough of these “pity plays” -- especially combined with some fortunate jumps on the VP Track from landing on other pawns -- and you can be right back in the game.

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#POTUSThomas Prowell