A board game titled "Secret Hitler," in which players try to identify a traitor in their midst, has become a runaway hit since it debuted last summer, The New York Times reported.
In the game, players are divided into two teams – a larger team of liberals and a smaller team of fascists. One player is chosen as Secret Hitler. According to the Times, the fascists, aware of Hitler's identify, work to install him by fooling the liberals, who are kept in the dark.
The gamemakers have so far raised close to $1.5 million since announcing it on Kickstarter in November 2015, and it briefly became the top-selling item in the toy and game category on Amazon when it launched, the Times reported.
It recently sold out its second print run – and cannot keep pace with news events: There are still cards for Stephen Bannon and Sean Spicer, who left the White House over the summer, the Times reported.
"It was a month before even Hillary [Clinton] announced," one of its creators, Tommy Maranges, told the Times about the origin of the game. "It truly was like, what if we made a game about the past, and not about any other time in history."
Maranges, along with fellow creators Mike Boxleiter, Max Temkin — one of the creators of the party game Cards Against Humanity – set up their Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $54,450 to print its first run of the game — and raised more than twice that in the first 24 hours, the Times reported.
And though they know some consumers will not find anything funny about the game's title, their website acidly advises those who "don't think there's anything funny or cool about fascism" to complain to the White House.
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