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MALYAVA - Break free from the prison! The Game for three to six gamblers will create a fun atmosphere and light up your party. This is the multiplayer strategic based Game with rich visuals inspired by the Russian prison subculture.

Inspired

I’d like to tell you a short story of how Malava game was created. My name is Pavel I’m a jeweler and an artist. My team and me create beautiful art works and we are really passionate about what we do. I also want to give back to my community that’s why I became a volunteer at the local jail. The work I do is focused on psychological support to inmates as well as rehabilitation of the released ones.

Jail tattoos represent the whole visual world. As an artist I was amazed and inspired when discovered it from the inside. That’s how the idea for Malyava board game was born.

It’s was crucially important to research and take to consideration every little detail since tattoos are one of the main communication channel in the jail community.

Board game "Malyava" features an explosive combination of excitement and rapid game play with unpredictable outcome. The materials showcasing Russian prison tattoos, which outlined the Game's unique design.

The very word “Malyava” represents a "Kite" which is a prison`s slang for a small letter, sent by one prisoner to another or to outer mates, via secret ways.

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where the inspiration came from and how Malyava was created.

Board game "Malyava" features an explosive combination of excitement and rapid game play with unpredictable outcome.

The materials showcasing Russian prison tattoos, which outlined the Game's unique design.

The very word “Malyava” represents a "Kite" which is a prison`s slang for a small letter, sent by one prisoner to another or to outer mates, via secret ways.

The Game for three to six gamblers will create a fun atmosphere and light up your party. This is the multiplayer strategic based Game with rich visuals inspired by the Russian prison subculture.

Each gamer will assume the role of a Cop (Guard), a Con (Inmate) or a Kingpin (Prison Boss). Buying and playing the “Lousy life” cards, participants earn money and interact with other players. The goal of the Game is to move according to the Map and to be the first to reach freedom. You must solve a number of interesting tasks: such as writing an encrypted letter to a cellmate, keeping in mind that the Cop is hunting for it.

Should you get trapped – you must perform various funny or extravagant tasks. Who will win? One of the Inmates who achieved freedom or cop prevented escape? May luck smile up on you!

Rules, mechanics, and gameplay board game “Malyava”

Board game is for 3 to 6 players, each of them assumes a role of a prison inhabitant.
Each gamer will assume the role of a Cop (Guard), a Con (Inmate) or a Kingpin (Prison Boss). Buying and playing the “Lousy life” cards, participants earn money and interact with other players. The goal of the Game is to move according to the Map and to be the first to reach freedom. You must solve a number of interesting tasks: such as writing an encrypted letter to a cellmate, keeping in mind that the Cop is hunting for it.

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Creation process

We've invested time and dedication to research a complicated and, however, unique Russian prisoners` subculture. We have done our best to avoid representing the theme of prison like something gloomy and aggressive. Instead we've turned all the results of our research work into the entertaining and picturesque stylized artwork to deliver joyful experience to devoted gamers.

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