Now it's your turn to be the President. Can you use the machinery of state to achieve better results than "the Donald", or will you be distracted in your pursuit of US prestige and international security by numerous global and domestic adversaries?
Labyrinth: The Forever War, 2015 - ? is a 1-2 player card-driven boardgame simulating, at the strategic level, the ongoing bid by Islamist extremists to impose their brand of religious rule on the Muslim world. It continues where Labyrinth: The Awakening, 2010 - ? left off and adds new event cards and rules to cover the last five years of history. Since publication of Labyrinth and its first expansion, fans of the game have expressed a desire to update it based on more recent events, and a variety of event card ideas and variants have been freely shared online. This second expansion to the Labyrinth game series fulfills that continuing interest by providing up-to-date event cards and allows the game to continue to serve as an effective strategic level model of the ongoing struggles in the Muslim world.
Labyrinth: The Forever War, 2015 - ? uses the exact same rules, victory conditions, map, components, and charts as its predecessor game and expansion. Ownership of Labyrinth and Labyrinth: The Awakening, 2010 - ? is required for play. Much has happened in the Muslim World since the end of the Labyrinth: Awakening event deck (roughly 2015), with a number of sub-themes across the globe that give rise to a new narrative that has been playing out over the last five years; these include:
-Growth and then Collapse of the physical Islamic State Caliphate
-Increased Iranian/Saudi Arabian Rivalry and Proxy War
-Government Repression of Expression (Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, etc.)
-Increased Women's Rights Activism across the region
-Increased Russian and other International involvement in the Middle East
-Incredible violence outside the Middle East from ISIL and others across Europe, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and elsewhere
-Impact of President Donald Trump and his personality on US Foreign Policy
-Continued activity of African Jihadists
-Plight of International Refugees
-Emerging Main-Power Rivalry between the US, Russia, China, EU and the UK
-US ceding some degree of autonomy in portions of the globe in exchange for greater regional security.
Except for the first item on this list, none of these have been fully resolved, though some have made movements in one direction or the other. Labyrinth: Forever War is designed to explore each of the above issues as part of the larger conflict between the West and Jihadist elements, which continues to this day, even if at a lower intensity than seen in the previous 15 years.
During the time from covered by the Labyrinth: The Forever War expansion (2015-to present), much has transpired: the physical Islamic State has collapsed, and no new nations have fallen into Civil War. Governance has improved in other areas too, with both Syria and Nigeria in the process of stabilizing, though the conflicts in Yemen and Libya still are unresolved and the former is growing to replace Syria as the country with the current greatest threat to the human condition within its borders. Forever War will explore all of the above in a competitive political-military simulation, and as a current events game, perhaps help each of us understand the ongoing and evolving global rivalries in a better light.