by Andy Arsenault
I had never heard of hidden identity games when I started working at The Loft, however as soon as I played my first game of The Resistance, I knew I found a genre I would really enjoy.
Hidden identity games have a veneer of a cooperative games, however in almost all of them you know that several of your so-called "friends" are secretly working against the rest of the group to further their own goals. Loyalty is determined by loyalty cards dealt out at the beginning of the game or even re-dealt as the game goes on.
The mechanics of the games are usually simple, but the real meat of the game is trying to read into the intentions and actions of the people around you to figure out who is on your team, or to mask your own intentions and blend in with the crowd as you take your friend group down from the inside.
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Some of my favourites are Avalon, The Resistance, Battlestar Galactica, Dark Moon, Shadows over Camelot, and Dead of Winter. These games are a great way to spend a night as long as you don't mind a little confrontation, which is why they they will always have a place on my shelf.
And you trust me, right?