- Our Sonovabitch overview:
- "Sell weapons to your favourite dictators while ignoring their crimes"
- 2 players
- 10-15 minutes
- 8+ yrs
The "Arab Spring" has been remarkable for many reasons. But one thing that is completely unsurprising is the speed with which we have distanced ourselves from previously close allies when a certain diplomatic tipping point has been reached.
This is a Printable Game
All you need to do is download the game files, print them off and you're good to go. Any boards, playing tokens, cards etc. are included in the files, but you may need to source some other bits yourself - typically dice, paper & some coins as counters.
You will need: Scissors, 3x six-sided dice, 30 coins.
"Franklin D. Roosevelt is reported to have said of the Nicaraguan dictator, Anastasio Somoza, "He may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch". The story is apocryphal, but it tells a truth that persists today. We will support, encourage and sell arms to the worst of humanity as long as it is convenient to do so. Once the relationship sours, however, it's time to back out as quickly and quietly as possible, preferably invading in the wake to claim a righteous victory for democracy and freedom!"
About Our Sonovabitch
No one embodies this as much as perhaps President Mubarak of Egypt. For decades, Mubarak has been a key Western ally and so his autocratic rule has never been questioned. We gave Egypt a bail-out before bail-outs were invented and in return they lent a hand during the first Gulf War. That's what friends do, right?
Despite widespread reports of torture, police brutality, political imprisonment, secret detention facilities and the evident, deep-seated corruption, Egypt's public perception was rarely stained - and not surprisingly, since we put much effort into playing down such reports and simultaneously highlighting the faults of Egypt's near neighbours. We backed Mubarak to the hilt until he was practically thrown out the door.
And then we quickly reversed our position, called him every bad name we could think of and praised the Egyptian people for seeking out the True Light of democracy. While our politicians were delivering flowery speeches, you can be pretty sure that behind the scenes we were busy vetting potential successors and weighing up their compatibility. You see, there's nothing we can't stand more than letting a country's people decide their own fate.
Anyway, enough of that, have a game. We think our best printable effort so far:
As always, we are very interested to hear your feedback. It helps us improve our games, but it also encourages us. So, careful.
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How to Play
We pulled out all the stops here in the bunker and recorded a rather dull video showing us setting up and playing "Our Sonovabitch". Hope it helps:
Note that despite many opportunities, I didn't shame Tom once with all those arms sales to Israel. This would have made the game more interesting, but I was concentrating way too much on filming and other things. Well, that's my excuse. I hope you're better at this game than we were.