clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Join us for a game of Secret Hitler

This month’s Overboard is ... tense

If you buy something from a Polygon link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

On this month’s episode of Overboard, we play the understandably controversial Secret Hitler.

This is a hidden role game in which the players represent a government desperately trying to pass liberal laws. Or at least, most of the players are trying to pass liberal laws. Two of them are trying to pass fascist laws without alerting the others. And one of the fascist players takes the role of “Secret Hitler” — a character who can immediately win the game for the fascists if they’re elected when there are enough fascist laws on the board.

Secret Hitler attempts to simulate the political state of Weimar Germany, and it’s debatable whether its mechanics justify invoking Hitler’s name in a board game.

In this video Jeff, Ashley, Clayton, Pat and I engage in a very tense game that destroys our ability to trust each other, but mostly our ability to trust Jeff. Not even Jeff trusts Jeff anymore.

Overboard is our monthly show about board games! Check out previous episodes on our YouTube channel and don’t forget to subscribe.

Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for Patch Notes

A weekly roundup of the best things from Polygon