Sugar and Sedition
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Since its independence in 1898, Cuba has been a country shaped by a variety of factors. Massive agricultural and mining industries dominate the countryside and the economy. The majority of the population still live in rural areas whilst the social elite of Havana live a life of wealth and influence. As the country changed and shaped itself, leaders came and went, with instability and social upheaval being a common presence. And of course, the USA, such a short distance away from the island nation, is ever interested in its internal affairs.
As 1957 dawns, the country is on a knife edge. The once-popular government has shifted its policies to authoritarian measures, amidst accusations of bribery, corruption and incompetence. Popular resistance is beginning to grow, as a variety of groups opposed to the government band together and organise their forces. In Mexico, Fidel Castro - now a famous name in Cuba following a failed but well-publicised attempt at sparking revolution several years before - has put together his own small group of rebels and formed a new revolutionary group, which is set to arrive in Cuba with the intent of spreading its message throughout the divided populace.
In the cities and ports of Cuba, American organised crime syndicates have set up massive operations, granting them large amounts of money and influence. As they seek to maintain and grow their holdings, no-one is sure exactly what they might do should the conflict start to encroach upon their power. All the while, across the Florida Straits, the USA's foreign agencies keep an eye on their ally - concerned not only about instability, but about organised crime, government failings, and a potential communist threat.
'Sugar and Sedition' is an operational game with a strong emphasis on the political conflicts both between and within the various factions. Players will take on the roles of various important individuals, each playing their own small part in shaping their own faction and Cuba's future, whatever it may be. Some roles are purely based on negotiating and communicating with other players, whilst others are focused on certain mechanics. However - there is scope for roles to sometimes be flexible, so in some contexts roles may change if the player wishes to try a different tactic or focus their efforts on a different part of the game.
What do the different roles do?
If you are interested in the game, you can look at the Roles Guide to find out more about the different playable roles and determine which is right for you.
Where can I play Sugar and Sedition?
South West Megagames are running Sugar and Sedition in the following locations. If you want to know when new games are announced, email us and ask to be added to our mailing list!
Sugar and Sedition - Reading - 25/04/20
The game will be held at St Lukes Parish Hall (23 Erleigh Rd, Reading RG1 5LR) on the 25th April 2020. The game will run all day from about 10am to about 5pm.
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Can I run Sugar and Sedition?
I don't currently have a design pack for Sugar and Sedition available if you would like to run it yourself, however it might be available in the future. Please let me know at if you would be interested in running Sugar and Sedition. If you are interested in running megagames, or similar kinds of games yourself, you can find all of my available design packs on the 'Games for Sale' page.