My Idi beats your Mao

My Idi beats your Mao

Following on from my previous post on the Führer Quartett card game, I received mine in the post today. Wonderfully packaged, delivered in good time with perfect Teutonic efficiency. Thanks to all at Onkel & Onkel in Berlin.

Divided into eight sets of four, the thirty-two card set can be used to play interpretations of two different games, old favourite Happy Families, traditional classic Old Maid (in German, Schwarze Peter) and the game geeks like me used to play behind inside the bike sheds when the popular guys were snogging girls behind them, Top Trumps. Or a mixture of both. According to the makers, there are no rules.

Each card has six categories that can be used to play a variation of Top Trumps – these little factoids are actually pretty educational, in that even I didn’t know that Fidel Castro had seven children. Moreover, not all of those featured are “bad” – it’s not a deliberate attempt to create some sort of cheap rogues’ gallery.

The eight sets and their family members are:

Schwarzbraun ist die Haselnuss… (“Black-brown is the hazelnut”, a traditional Germany ditty and a play on AH’s brownshirt)

Adolf Hitler (Germany)
Benito Mussolini (Italy)
Francisco Franco (Spain)
António de Oliveira Salazar (Portugal)

Väterchen Russland und seine Söhne (Father Russia and his sons)

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (Russia)
Josef Stalin (Russia)
Nicolae Ceauşescu (Romania)
Slobodan Milošević (Yugoslavia)

Im (Nahen) Osten geht die Sonne auf (In the (Middle) East, the sun shines)

Mao Tse-Tung (China)
Kim Il-Sung (North Korea)
Pol Pot (Cambodia)
Saddam Hussein (Iraq)

Viva la revolución! (Rebels and Revolutionaries)

Arminius (Germany)
Sitting Bull (USA)
Maximilen de Robespierre (France)
William Wallace (Scotland)

Girls they wanna have fun (yep, it’s not only guys here…)

Catherine the Great (Russia)
Mary Tudor (England)
Wu Zhao (China)
Jeanne d’Arc (France)

Weltgereiste Strategen (Worldly strategists)

Napoléon Bonaparte (France)
Genghis Khan (Mongolia)
Alexander the Great (Greece)
Hannibal (Carthage)

Latin Lovers (fellows from the Caribbean and Latin America)

François “Papa Doc” Duvalier (Haiti)
Fidel Castro (Cuba)
Augusto Pinochet (Chile)
Juan Perón (Argentina)

Black but not beautiful

Idi Amin (Uganda)
Joseph-Désiré Mobutu (Zaïre)
Charles Taylor (Liberia)
Jean-Bédel Bokassa (Central African Republic)

The categories on each card are:

Education. Highest level wins, e.g. medicine student “Papa Doc” beats cook Idi Amin
Age they came to power. Youngest wins, e.g. Joseph-Désiré Mobutu (35) beats Jean-Bédel Bokassa (44)
Length of time in power. Longest term wins, e.g. Kim Il-Sung (47 years) trumps Mao Tse-Tung (27 years)
Age when their time in power ended. Oldest wins, e.g. Fidel Castro (81) beats Pol Pot (51)
How their tenure ended. You can make this up – which is better? Suicide or execution?
Number of descendants. Again, it all depends on what you view on having kids is. There’s the likes of AH and Lenin who had no children, right up to good old Idi who managed to spawn twenty mini-Idis.

The perfect ingredients for an entertaining evening: a bunch of politically incorrect people, a bottle of something alcoholic (for the invented on the fly drinking game) and a Führer Quartett deck. Wunderbar!

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