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The Newly Updated Politiko Is Here To Test Your Friendships And Familial Loyalty

The popular card game of Malaysian politics, is back with a fresh 2016 twist.

BY Sim Wie Boon | Dec 22, 2016 | Culture

Ever since its release in 2013, the card game of Malaysian politics, Politiko has broken apart families and friendships faster than anything with its humorous take on race, religion and local governance. The premise of the game is simple enough, best played with three or more people, one starts by selecting a 'party' and one needs to collect eight 'votes' before other players to win the game. This is achieved by collecting Voter cards whilst using Scheme cards to undermine and manipulate the gain or loss of 'votes'. True to the card game's source of inspiration, some parties only attract certain types of 'votes' and can only join with certain 'parties'.

The newly updated 2016 editions introduce new Scheme cards that allows for players to woo voters with cash handouts, hudud law, or petrol subsidies. In the spirit of the coming elections, there are also cards where one can hire phantom voters, control the media or even cook up sex scandals (coughs, coughs). Keeping true to the 'Lawan tetap lawan' spirit, these new Scheme cards also helps the player to unite with their friends and defeat a common enemy... but are they really your friends? 

The updated packs also see the introduction of two new parties: the Islamic Trust Party and United Malay Party. No doubt a take on a few individual and groups whom have made themselves rather famous in the social media sphere lately. 



Politiko 2.1 will be launched at Kotakcon 2016, the Malaysian boardgame convention happening this December 26 and 27 at Publika, Solaris Dutamas. The 2016 Updater Packs (RM9) are also available for those who already own the 2nd Edition of Politiko.Politiko 2.1 and can be found at Czip Lee Books & Stationery, Times Bookstores, Borders, All Aboard Community Gaming Centre, Gerakbudaya Bookshop and Run Amok Gallery in Penang, and online at Loyar Barang