A tense moment during a game of "Mafia" in Kiev, Ukraine.

Entrepreneurs around the world love this Soviet-era storytelling game


The psychological game “Mafia” pits a well-connected minority against a civilian majority. It was invented in the Soviet Union as sort of spoof of KGB thinking, but it has gone global. The Russian government uses it to train spies, and would-be entrepreneurs around the world play it to practice their negotiating skills.

A cover illustration for the Communist-era board game Burokratopoly, which is being re-launched by Berlin's DDR Museum.

To understand life in East Germany, all you need is this board game

Norway (white) versus the rest of the world (black)

Norway challenged the world to a chess match… and the Internet trolls won

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