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Year Published
2007
# of Players
2
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
14 and up
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Language Dependence
Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Primary Name
1960: The Making of the President
Alternate Names
1960: Carrera hacia la Casa Blanca
1960: Kennedy contre Nixon
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"Sometimes the history of a nation can be defined by the relationship between two individuals. The Election of 1960 is the story of two men, John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. One is the scion of a wealthy, politically powerful family from New England. The other is the son of a Quaker grocer in Whittier, California. While they belong to opposing political parties, they start out as friends. The complex development of that friendship, however, would shape a pivotal presidential election and cast a long shadow over American history for the remainder of the 20th century.

"In 1960: The Making of the President, you take on the role of one of these great protagonists vying for the right to lead his country into the heart of the Cold War. However, it is not just foreign policy that poses a challenge to American leadership; this is also an era of great social turmoil and progress. As the United States continues to build upon the promise of its founding, candidates must contend with the question of civil rights and balance their positions on social justice against the need for valuable Southern electoral votes. Of course, the ever-present issue of the economy also rears its ugly head, and both Nixon and Kennedy will compete to be the candidate with the voters' pocket books in mind.

"The contest is fought out on an electoral map of the United States as it stood in 1960—a map where Louisiana and Florida share the same number of electoral votes, as do California and Pennsylvania. Using a card-driven game system, all the major events which shaped the campaign are represented: Nixon’s lazy shave, President Eisenhower’s late endorsement, and the 'Catholic question' are all included as specific event cards. The famous televised debates and final election day push are each handled with their own subsystems. Candidates vie to capture each state’s electoral votes using campaign points in the four different regions of the country. At the same time, they must build momentum by dominating the issues of the day and attempt to gain control of the airwaves.

"As with any election campaign, the challenge is to adapt your game plan as the ground shifts out from under you. There are never enough resources or time to do everything, but you need to make the tough calls to propel yourself into the White House. This fast-playing strategy game for two players challenges you to run for the most powerful elective office in the world, at one of its most unique crossroads. Will you recreate history, or rewrite it? 1960: The Making of the President provides you the opportunity to do both."

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Z-Man Second Edition
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Artist: Josh Cappel
Year: 2008
Product Code: ZMG7019
Size: 14.50 x 10.50 x 2.25 inches
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Artist: Josh Cappel
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2 Paper box for cards
Paper box for cards, 7x10 cm, pdf file, v. 1.0. [url=https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/187003/]Full list[/url] of boxes.
English
2015-02-19
1 Candidate Cards for printing
I ended up with a French copy of this game and so needed cards in English. Here are the two Candidate Cards as a pdf file. Cut out, fold, sleeve!
English
2015-01-09
1 English Event Cards for printing
I ended up with a French copy of this game and so needed cards in English. Thanks to preacher95 excel document I was able to import the info in FileMaker and create a basic layout (if anyone want the filemaker file for making their own version send me a geekmail). Here are the 91 event cards as a pdf file.
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2015-01-09
7 1960 - German Player Aid: Card play
Overview how to play your cards in 1960 - The Making of the President. Deutschspachige Uebersicht, wie in 1960 - The Making of the President die Karten gespielt werden können.
German
2012-01-02
7 1960 - German Player Aid: Sequence of play
Brief and but easy to understand overview, how to play 1960 - The Making of the President. Kurze und einfach verständliche Uebersicht, wie 1960 - The Making of the President zu spielen ist.
German
2012-01-02
14 Bitter Choices: A MotP Variant for 2012
This file allows you to simulate the 2012 US Presidential Election using 1960: The Making of the President. Rules and cards are about the same, though there are some changes to take account of media power and the shift of the Civil Rights Issue into a broader issue of Culture Wars. Electoral votes are updated to 2012, and the starting support and edges are taken from election data at RealClearPolitics.com. It has been fun to see how the battlegrounds will play out in 2012. I hope you enjoy playing the game this way! Edward Castronova http://games.indiana.edu/
English
2011-12-12
16 1960: MotP - Scoring Aid with Poll Closing Times
I created a simple scoring sheet to add an element of flavour to Election Day. The sheet divides scoring according to when polls close with lines to tabulate scoring at each time and to calculate the cumulative total.
English
2011-12-02
18 1960: MotP Game Engine v2.1
1960: The Making of the President Game Engine v2.1 IMPORTANT! This version of the spreadsheet has been tested and certified to run under both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Excel 2010 WARNING! The spreadsheet and game log can NOT be added to a compressed file if the spreadsheet and game log are located on a compressed drive. Please ensure the spreadsheet and game log are stored/saved on an *uncompressed* drive if you intend to automate the sending of the spreadsheet and game log as an e-mail attachment. Description: The 1960:MotP Game Engine allows players to engage in a complete game of 1960: The Making of the President using PBEM (Play By E-mail), Dropbox (http://www.dropbox.com/) or to track the progress of a sit-down game. The spreadsheet supports Excel 2003 or greater...
English
2011-09-22
13 New Card Manifest
1960 Card Manifest with key items highlighted in color.
English
2011-08-08
3 1960 rules hungarian translation
A szabály magyar fordítása 1.0
Hungarian
2011-06-13
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