What's sardines and murder? Boardgames?I enjoy playing Go and Settlers of Catan even though I'm not that good at them. Go helps me think about ways to go about confronting power.The Battle of Seattle is an interesting strategical game where you play as protesters against the police set during the 1999 who protestsand it's a downloadable board game and I think there maybe a online version too. It helped me understand a bit on better on what was going on concerning those protests like 17 years ago.. I've wanted to play A Las Barricadas! because the concept of it as a social conflict between the state and anti-authoritarians sounds interesting to me, so maybe one day I'll get my hands on it and play it, and perhaps learn new stuff.
"I've never really played Go, but used to really like chess (not that I was good at it), and Catan is fun, even if the idea of settling land, domesticating animals, mining, farming, road and city building are generally not my preferred activities IRL."
There's no substitute for the game of RL, and it's the hardest one too.
There's a real fun board game similar to how you describe "murder", it's called avalon, where there's the "good team" and the "evil team", the evil team has fewer members and get to know who each other are, while the good guys are left in the dark.
gdmt. it is not tacky to answer your own question, even more especially true if you leave lots of time for others to answer first.