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Make your bid for global domination or fight to save the world in Spy or Die Trying, the board game of base infiltration and espionage
Make your bid for global domination or fight to save the world in Spy or Die Trying, the board game of base infiltration and espionage
Make your bid for global domination or fight to save the world in Spy or Die Trying, the board game of base infiltration and espionage
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The Game

Spy or Die Trying is an asymmetrical board game that pits agents of the Peace Enforcing Nations (PEN) against the might of the Secret World Order (SWORD)

If you join the SWORD, you’ll command a fortified base, complete with fanatical guards, mad scientists and trap-setting technicians to eliminate uninvited guests. Your objective is to develop a doomsday weapon and defend your secrets. Because in just 60 minutes the world could be yours!

SWORD minions, concept artwork by Aly Fell
SWORD minions, concept artwork by Aly Fell

As an agent of the PEN, you can play alone or with 2 other players. You must infiltrate the base, collect intelligence about the doomsday weapon and escape. You’ll be outnumbered and hunted, and you have only 60 minutes before the base goes into lockdown, sealing your fate and the fate of world! All you have is your wits, your unique talents and (of course) some cool spy gadgets to help you accomplish your mission.

PEN Agents, finished art by Aly Fell
PEN Agents, finished art by Aly Fell

The game features fast-paced combat and a unique stealth system that gives agents the option of using silence or violence to take on the base.
Time itself is a resource, agents can ‘spend time’ to accomplish a variety of actions (from breaching doors to sabotaging the base’s generator) but they must spend it with care – every minute takes the world closer to doomsday and victory for the SWORD.

It’s time to spy… or die trying!

Spy or Die Trying Game-play

Part 2: It's about time...

Part 3: Sneaking

Part 4: Alert!

Part 5: ...Or Die Trying

Spy or Die Trying is a game for 2 to 4 players. One takes on the role of Base Defender the others are Intruders who play cooperatively against him.

The box set includes a full-colour rule book, game board, 78 die-cut markers, three secret agent profiles and dice. Card figures represent agents and minions in the game; metal miniatures will be available for players who want to take their espionage adventures to a higher level at a later date.

Agent Profile
Agent Profile
The SWORD Base (game board)
The SWORD Base (game board)

The Rewards

One copy of the Spy or Die Trying board game
One copy of the Spy or Die Trying board game
Add some sophistication to your secret base. You will get the Spy or Die Trying board game and a special printed room overlay with rules for the Casino
Add some sophistication to your secret base. You will get the Spy or Die Trying board game and a special printed room overlay with rules for the Casino

If you have already pledged with us, just add £10 to the total and we will check that you wish to receive the Casino add-on with the backer survey.

You will get 15 finely sculpted 28mm white metal miniatures. This includes 3 agents, 1 boss, 2 scientists, 2 technicians and 6 guards Also includes Spy or Die Trying board game and the Casino reward level
You will get 15 finely sculpted 28mm white metal miniatures. This includes 3 agents, 1 boss, 2 scientists, 2 technicians and 6 guards Also includes Spy or Die Trying board game and the Casino reward level

If you have already pledged with us, just add £30 to the total and we will check that you wish to receive this add-on with the backer survey.

Warm Acre Games Bundle. You will receive the Spy or Die Trying board game, plus a copy of Hour of Glory our original bunker-busting board game, with printed expansions Die Zombies! and Bunkerstorm as well as the No-Go Zone rulebook
Warm Acre Games Bundle. You will receive the Spy or Die Trying board game, plus a copy of Hour of Glory our original bunker-busting board game, with printed expansions Die Zombies! and Bunkerstorm as well as the No-Go Zone rulebook
Small Retailer package. You will get posters and flyers to help sell the games and 5 copies of the Spy or Die Trying board game
Small Retailer package. You will get posters and flyers to help sell the games and 5 copies of the Spy or Die Trying board game
You will get 15 Professionally painted metal miniatures. Also includes Spy or Die Trying board game, Signed A5 prints of characters, Protective carry case from Figures in Comfort and the Casino reward level
You will get 15 Professionally painted metal miniatures. Also includes Spy or Die Trying board game, Signed A5 prints of characters, Protective carry case from Figures in Comfort and the Casino reward level
Warm Acre Retail Package. You will receive 10 copies of Spy or Die Trying, 10 copies of Hour of Glory with expansions, and 10 copies of No-Go Zone. Please ask for full details and information about each.
Warm Acre Retail Package. You will receive 10 copies of Spy or Die Trying, 10 copies of Hour of Glory with expansions, and 10 copies of No-Go Zone. Please ask for full details and information about each.

Please ask for full details and information about each. You will also get posters and flyers to help sell the games and high res images for use on websites and promotional material

Come to our seaside studio in Port Isaac, Cornwall (the home of the Doc Martin TV series) and play Spy or Die Trying with the game’s designers.
Come to our seaside studio in Port Isaac, Cornwall (the home of the Doc Martin TV series) and play Spy or Die Trying with the game’s designers.

You’ll help to play-test one of our expansion sets and receive credit in the set’s rulebook. We will take you out for a meal at a local restaurant and pay for accommodation for up to two people for two nights. Travel is not included. You will also get your own copy of Spy or Die Trying sent to you when printed.

Why Kickstarter

Warm Acre is a small company of big dreamers. We have been writing, designing and developing games for other companies (including Games Workshop, Sony and Hasbro) for over 15 years and producing our own games independently. With Spy or Die Trying we want to take our dreams a step further and produce a retail-quality board game for a wider audience.


The total goal of this Kickstarter will be spent on the printing alone. We will be ready to send the files off to print in June after the Kickstarter is completed and we have completed all the backer surveys.

For details of our independently produced games, please visit warmacre.com.

Expansion and the future

Spy or Die Trying can be expanded, with new agents, villains, missions and more to create an immersive hobby game. We have already started work on expansion rules and plan to release them in themed sets in the near future.

Risks and challenges

To achieve the most cost effective budget for this Kickstarter project we propose to use printers in China who are experts at producing board games. We are convinced that the quality will be sublime, but the fact that the printed games will come half way round the world on a large container ship could cause delays. All backers will be notified of any changes to the delivery schedule in the event of a delay. Shipment from the UK to the rest of the world should be relatively quick and we will use the best system to get the games to you. You will all be notified when your orders have been sent.

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  • If you pledge for the £75 reward level you will receive the following: a copy of the Spy or Die Trying board game, a copy of the Hour of Glory board game, the Bunkerstorm expansion rule book for Hour of Glory where you fight squad level conflict within the confines of a secret bunker, and the Die Zombies! rule book where you can spice up your games of Hour of Glory with zombies! You also get a copy of No-Go Zone, our urban conflict street level game of mayhem!

    These games and expansions do not come with miniatures, although they are available at http://www.warmacre.com whee you can also find more details on the above games.

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    Come to our seaside studio in Port Isaac, Cornwall (the home of the Doc Martin TV series) and play Spy or Die Trying with the game’s designers. You’ll help to play-test one of our expansion sets and receive credit in the set’s rulebook. We will take you out for a meal at a local popular restaurant and pay for accommodation for up to two people for two nights. Travel is not included. You will also get your own copy of Spy or Die Trying as well a selection of our other games to take away with you

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