KUALA LUMPUR: Politiko, Malaysia’s satirical election card game, has come out with a Sabah & Sarawak expansion set, promising more thrills and underhanded tactics.
Designed by the Centre for Artful and Useful Recreation (Centaur), the game’s first expansion set has three new East Malaysian political parties for players to choose from, along with 14 voter cards to vie for.
“The expansion came out of an idea where a lot of East Malaysians were asking why the game was so West Malaysian,” said Zedeck Siew, the expansion set’s chief designer.
Mun Kao, the visual artist behind the game, told The Star that it made sense to include Sabahan and Sarawakian elements into the game.
He added that the states’ different socio-political landscape from Peninsular Malaysia meant a separate expansion pack was necessary.
In the expansion, players can choose to play as the Sabah Reform Party, Sabah United Party or the Sarawak Bumiputera Party.
Unlike “normal” parties, Sabahan and Sarawakian ones do not draw their cards normally, and must pick them from a pile of discards.
Some new tactics in the set include the Foreign Threat card, inspired by the Sulu gunmen intrusion of 2013, which cancels player schemes, or the Clean Water card, which can steal one voter card from another player.
“Everything we know about Politiko is from the press. We don’t know how it reflects reality, but it reflects what’s in the press,” Mun Kao said.
The expansion set, Mun Kao said, was crafted based on information from local activists, adding that information from the press on Sabah and Sarawak was “sketchy”.
He was surprised when asked if the expansion was released in time for the next Sarawak state election, expected by 2016.
“We weren’t thinking about that,” he laughed, adding, “When we came up with (the original) Politiko, we didn’t want to time (the release) with the General Elections. It just happened.”
Centaur, also released a second edition of Politiko, which is required if players want to use the expansion set.
Politiko’s second edition is priced at RM38, while the Sabah & Sarawak Expansion retails for RM19.
They will be available soon at Czip Lee Bookstores, other bookstores and game shops. They can also be ordered online via Loyarbarang.com.The first edition of the game was released during the run-up to the 2013 General Election, with 1,000 copies snapped up in just six weeks.
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