Maquis - a solo board game about the French Resistance

04 Jan in boardgames

Maquis OverviewMaquis Overview

Maquis is a solitaire worker-placement game with variable goals and a play time of approximately twenty minutes. The player places his resistance agents on spaces around town to achieve his goals - blowing up trains, publishing underground newspapers - but at the same time Milice collaborators and Wehrmacht soldiers patrol the area. Agents who can't make it back to the safe house at the end of the day are arrested, and never seen again.

Amongst the many things I've been doing since the last time I wrote anything on this site nine months ago has been designing, developing, drawing and painting the art for Maquis, my entry into the 2013 BGG Solitaire Game Design Contest. It turned out pretty well, as Maquis ended up winning Best Game, Best Small Game (it's only three pages of printing), Best Art, Best Hand-/Resource-Management and coming joint second for Best Written Rules! I'm pretty happy with it - and Maquis is certainly the game design I'm proudest of so far.

If you want to try it for yourself, you can pick up the files from the Maquis page on this site and build your own copy.
If you're inclined to build free print-and-play boardgames, I'd also suggest checking out a few of the other entrants from the contest; Colony 9, Endless Nightmare, K-Day: Kaiju War and Irish Freedom were amongst my favourites.

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