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All elections are turning points, but the presidential election of 1960 holds a special place in American history. The 1950s had been a period of unparalleled economic growth and US global power under the stewardship of President Dwight Eisenhower and Vice President, Richard Nixon. Nixon's humble origins gave him a common touch that appealed to the small town, idyllic America encompassed by the spirit of the 1950s. Senator John F. Kennedy was in many wasy antithesis; charming, Harvard educated and the scion of an American political dynasty. Kennedy challenged Americans to confront the uncertainties and tumult that were already emerging in 1960 with a vision for the country based not in its past but in the new frontier of the future.
In 1960: The Making of the President, you take on the role of one of these formidable opponents as they vye to lead America through an era of turbulent change and upheaval. As candidates, players must contend with all the great issues of the day, from the Cold War to the voters' pocket books to civil rights and religious intolerance. The contest is fought on an electoral map of the United States as it stood in 1960. Using a card-driven game system, all the major events which shaped the campaign are represented: Nixon's "Lazy Shave", Eisenhower's belated endorsement, and Mayor Daley's "Late Returns from Cook County" are just a few of the many specific event cards players will encounter. The famous televised debates are also a pivotal element of gameplay.
As with a real election campaign, the challenge is to adapt your game plan as the ground shifts out from beneath your feet. There are never enough resources or time to do everything that needs doing, and you will need to make the tough calls about where to expand your efforts if you hope to gain the momentum necessary to propel yourself into the White House. This fast-playing strategy game for 2 players challenges you to relive the most significant political contest of the Twentieth Century.
Will you recreate history, or rewrite it?
1960: The Making of the President provides you the opportunity to do both.
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