Do Robots Dream of Electric Board Games? Inhuman Conditions Now on Kickstarter

September 13, 2018 by cassn

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Inhuman Conditions is a 2 player, 5-minute interrogation game.  In this chillingly bureaucratical world, an investigator and a suspect sit down in a room together.  The objective: discover whether the suspect is a robot.

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Suspects are provided with a card which states their robot or human status.  Robots may be violent or normal, but all robots operate with a specific malfunction which hinders their ability to answer the investigator's questions in some way.  Robots must, therefore, navigate the conversation, consistently trying to avoid displaying their malfunction to the investigator.

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In Inhuman Conditions, nothing happens outside the conversation. there are no cards to count, no votes to track. The conversation is the event. Words don't explain or obscure your decisions; the words are the decisions. It's not just that everything you say can and will be used against you; it's also that there's nothing else you can rely on to defend yourself.

A penalty will be placed on the table which the Robot must perform if they accidentally display their malfunction, further hinting to the investigator that a robot may be opposite them.

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The investigator wins if they correctly identify the suspect as human or robot, and looses if the suspect is incorrectly identified or if they are killed by a violent robot.  Furthermore, the suspect also looses if they are identified as a robot - regardless of whether that identification is correct.

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I absolutely love the concept behind this game.  Horrifyingly rigid bureaucracy and an intense interrogation make this game from the designer of Secret Hitler a must play for me.  You can find it on Kickstarter now.

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"t's not just that everything you say can and will be used against you; it's also that there's nothing else you can rely on to defend yourself."

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