Gorbachev: The Fall of Communism is a very interesting States of Siege style solitaire game designed by Ben Madison and published by White Dog Games. The player takes on the role of Soviet leadership by playing as Mikhail Gorbachev in an effort to move Russia toward democracy during the fall of Communism over the period of 1985 to 1991.
As with other States of Siege Series games, there are People markers located on five converging paths representing the political awakenings of the Russian people, the Baltic Republics, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Communist Party itself. The paths all come together in Moscow, where the danger of a coup exists if any of the People markers makes it that far. In addition, three tracks representing the Soviet economy, media and culture impact the overall situation. A card draw determines which paths and tracks move against you this turn, and the number of Efforts which you earn that you can use to move them back in your favor. A very simple and engaging game that I had a good time with, as I have with many of the States of Siege Series games designed by Ben Madison and published by White Dog Games.