Mayfifteenth Games originally self-published and submitted this game in an 18-card wallet game competition.
The Coup is now being re-released as a full pocket game with army cards rather than tiny tokens, and some new variant rules (including special abilities for elite units) to take advantage of the larger cards. The new edition also includes cleaned up graphics, and much nicer packaging.
The populous supported rebels have seized control in the rural regions, and are threatening to move Into the cities... and then the capital.
The Coup is played using A Rock - Paper - Scissors mechanic in determining whose tactics prove victorious. After weathering causalities, you push your opponent back towards their capital. Units strength determines who holds the territory, your cunning and bluffing determines who wins the battles.
Players have a limited number of soldiers, and the stakes get higher the closer you push to your opponents capital.