51st State*

51st State transports players to a post-apocalyptic world where the United States has collapsed, and new powers vie for control to establish a new state. As leaders of one of four factions—mutants, traders, New Yorkers, and Appalachians—players work to build and expand their new country through strategic card play.

Gameplay Overview

  • Faction Selection: Choose one of four unique factions, each with its own strengths.
  • Card Utilization: Cards represent locations, leaders, and workers, offering three ways to use them: invade for resources, sign contracts for ongoing benefits, or annex to use skills.
  • Resource Management: Collect and manage resources to build your state and activate card abilities.

Special Features

  • Strategic Depth: Every card offers three usage options, demanding strategic planning and decision-making.
  • Replayability: Diverse factions and multiple card use strategies ensure no two games are the same.
  • Post-Apocalyptic Setting: Rich thematic elements immerse players in a fallen world rebuilding from the ashes.


51st State is a compelling card game that combines resource management, strategy, and a rich post-apocalyptic theme to create a challenging and engaging experience. With its unique card utilization mechanic and diverse factions, it offers depth and replayability that will appeal to strategy game enthusiasts looking for a tense and immersive competition to rebuild civilization.

Nominated for 2 awards.

  • 2 - 4 Players
  • 40 - 90 Minutes
  • 10+ years old
  • Medium difficulty

We like 51st State so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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