The year is 1607, and Vasily Shuisky, a powerful boyar, maintains a tenuous hold on power. His tsardom has rekindled the brutal civil war that has ravaged Russia since the death of Fyodor I in 1598, which began the Time of Troubles. Fyodor’s death ended the Rurikid dynasty that had ruled Muscovy since 862, leaving the country without a clear path or clear line of succession. Famine swept through the region in the earliest years of the seventeenth century, leaving one-third of the Russian population dead and countless others starving. The people blame Boris Godunov, usurper-turned-tsar, and in their desperate search for a rightful heir, they have fallen victim to several pretenders to the throne. In this committee, delegates will represent prominent Russian nobles, or boyars. Delegates will seek to resolve the myriad problems facing Russia as a whole while also accumulating as much power for their boyar family as possible.