Founding Fathers is a game of the early American republic. Play begins with George Washington as president and John Adams as vice president. Also present are Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and Aaron Burr. Each player controls several such statesmen, and those who will appear later, up through the arrival of Abraham Lincoln. Together the players try to solve the issues faced by the young republic – wars, debt, financial panics, the growth of the Union, north-south division, and more. Every four years the most popular politicians from each party square off to see who becomes the next president. Players look out for their own interests, but must not neglect too much the needs of the Union as it can falter altogether, from multiple causes. At the same time, players control statesmen from both parties and multiple states, providing ample opportunity for logrolling, mutual backscratching and strange bedfellows.