Versailles 1919 is not wargame. Versailles 1919 is a game of political competition over issues between the Great Powers writing the treaty that will end World War One. As one of the Big Four (President Woodrow Wilson, Prime Minister David Lloyd George, Prime Minister George Clemenceau, or Prime Minister Vittorio Emmanuelle Orlando) you will sit in a room and decide the fate of the world.
Versailles 1919 uses a new card bidding system whereby players place political Influence on issues to control how they will be written into the treaty. When you gain control of an issue you will choose between several options. For example, if the United Kingdom maneuvers their influence to gain control over the Palestine issue you have a choice on whether to make it Independent, a Zionist State, or declare a French or UK Mandate (the one chosen historically).
With tension building across the world, there are uprising that unsettle issues that were thought to have been settled. This is an important means for forcing an issue that you previously lost to be reexamined. Each player also has a small contingent of deployable military forces that they can send to a region to control unrest. The use of military forces creates national unhappiness that, if not monitored, can cause mutinies and the loss of your limited military forces. You can also promote happiness by demobilizing your forces at the expense of leverage in future disagreements. The winner of the game is the most successful negotiator with the most national Influence at the end of the game.
- One 22" x 34" mounted game board
- 1 Countersheets
- 114 Cards
- 72 Wooden pieces
- Score Pad
- Solo Player Aid
- Rules of Play manual
- Playbook manual
- One six-sided die