Maccabees and Menorahs RPG

Maccabees and Menorahs is a “dreidel powered” powered role playing game designed for play over the eight nights of Hannukah.

The authors write:

Maccabees and Menorahs is a collaborative game where 2-5 players retell the story of Hanukkah. One person will be the Nagid (leader) who guides the group through the story. The other players will take on the roles of the Maccabees. When an outcome is uncertain, players spin the dreidel to find out what happens.

This game is designed to be played over eight short (15 minute) sessions, perhaps after lighting the menorah each night. You could also play it in one sitting.

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