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Lie, Cheat & Steal

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Lie, Cheat & Steal is a political simulation game. It focuses on elections  but unlike most political simulations, the game uses true political methods of vote buying, libel and under the table deals to advance to office.


Each round, players can buy votes (up to 20 a turn at $1,000 a vote) with their money.

Players can also gain more votes by accusing other players of crimes, such as fraud (it does not matter if it is true or false).

Players may negotiate favors to various groups in exchange for votes.

To get additional votes players can also build a private business or they can rise votes by actively participating in local politics.

The first player who accumulates 500 votes is announced a winner.


The game was created as a simple simulation of shadow dynamics and corruption during elections.

Target group


Players learn about real dynamics of the elections.

Players can confront their vision of the politics and elections with real life shadow dynamics.

Created by




The game costs about 100 $.

Number of players

2 - 10 players

Number of moderators

no moderator


1-2 hours


Lie, Cheat & Steal game kit



Game was published in the 70’ and it may be difficult to find a copy. The game is now available as mobile application.

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