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A Detective game by Richard Launius, featuring color artwork from the grand masters of detective pulp: Black Mask Magazine

*Correction to the $110 Level.  The badge is gold or silver tone. I mistakenly wrote "sterling" metal.  Thanks.

TWO WINNERS, FOUR GAMES!  WIN A FREE COPY OF BOTH AGENTS OF SMERSH and our future title MYTHOS TALES!  Two winners will receive BOTH games.  We will place winning, personalized letters from 8th Summit  inside TWO copies of ACE DETECTIVE and mail it out to two random KICKSTARTER Supporters.    Another great reason to support us through KICKSTARTER and not wait! The lucky recipients of the letters will receive a free copy of BOTH AGENTS OF SMERSH AND MYTHOS TALES mailed anywhere in the world -  after Kickstarter orders for those respective games are mailed.  With only about 300 buyers of Ace Detective (so far)  your chances are not bad.

THE NEXT STRETCH GOAL IS NOW LOWERED TO 30K! ADDITIONAL EVENT CARDS WILL BE ADDED IF WE REACH 30K - INSTEAD OF 35K.

"She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket." Raymond Chandler from Farewell My Lovely (used by permission of the Chandler Estate).  

A new storytelling card game from Richard Launius that will have you re-experiencing crime and detective noir from the 1940s!   From the same company that is publishing AGENTS OF SMERSH.

Original artwork from BLACK MASK MAGAZINE including artwork never before published!  Also, ACE DETECTIVE includes Narration Cards with quotes from Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.

Ace Detective is a Storytelling Card Game that rewards imagination and the turn of a good tale. Play your cards right, tell your story, and be rewarded the Plot Points needed to place clues on the suspects of the crime. But be careful. Everyone in this gritty city is competing to tell his/her own story...

...to become the true Ace Detective. 

DO NOT WORRY IF YOU ARE NOT A GREAT STORY TELLER,  Ace Detective is not unforgiving.  The game is fun and engaging and can be enjoyed by all game lovers.

THE BASE GAME OF ACE DETECTIVE CONTAINS:

  • ADDITIONAL SUSPECT CARD (EXCLUSIVE ONE TIME PRINTING)
  • TWO ADDITIONAL CHARACTER CARDS (EXCLUSIVE ONE TIME PRINTING)
  • 20K STRETCH REWARD:   5 LOVECRAFT NARRATION CARDS.  YES, QUOTES FROM HOWARD LOVECRAFT to use in the game and add a bit of the supernatural and strange.  Narration cards are read aloud and added to the story.
  • 35K STRETCH REWARD: 8 Clue Event Cards exclusive to Kickstarter.
  • 50K STRETCH REWARD: TBA!

Strange Tales adds Fantasy Noir into your game . . . featuring artwork from Weird Tales Magazine. It also adds 2 new mechanics, one of which is the Suspect Secrets cards.  These cards can really change the coarse of the game. 

Ace Detective: Strange Tales will only see a future printing if the game sells well.  So this might be your only chance to get it.  At any rate, this expansion will not be sold until well into 2013.  So get this expansion on Kickstarter way ahead of our planned release.



  • Each player starts with a hand of 4 Story Cards, 1 Clue Card and 1 Narrative Card.  Players each have 5 Rating Cards.  Also you have 12 Suspect tokens, face down.  Player draws 3 at random, looking at them and placing 1 on a suspect of choice.
  • A crime card is selected and details read aloud.  An investigator is selected. All players together tell the story of a single investigator investigating a single crime with multiple suspects.
  • Game is ready to play!  On your turn you can play up to 2 Story/Clue Cards and 1 Narrative Card.  
  • Tell your story.  On your turn you expand upon the story from the previous storytellers - instructions for telling stories are simple.  You simple state aloud a a few sentences and play your cards on the table. The large symbol on the cards must match one of the 3 smaller symbols of the previous card.  Players then rate your story accordingly.     You also rate yourself (however you own rating does not affect total Plot Tokens awarded).  Players who match the storyteller's personal rating gain 1 Plot Point Bonus.  The storyteller also gain a bonus if player's match his/her own rating.  BUT NEVER FEAR. IF YOU ARE NOT A GREAT STORY TELLER,  Ace Detective is not unforgiving.  With a little luck and strategy you can still win.  
  • Spend your Plot Tokens.  You may spend them to do a variety of things - draw Story Cards, Clue Cards, or Narrative Cards.  You may also spend them to reroll a die.  You may spend them to place one of your Clue Tokens on a suspect as well as peak at other Clue Tokens.
  • Game ends once a number of Clue Tokens are placed.   The Suspect with the most physical Clue Tokens is the guilty suspect.  The player with the most in points located on the opposite side of the Clue Tokens  (Clue Tokens range from -2 to +2) is the winner. 
  • Game time ranges from 60-90 minutes.  A 2 Player game may last 45 minutes although the game plays best with 3+.   Will will provide suggestions to shorten or even lengthen the game.

DEVELOPER:  8TH SUMMIT GAMES
WEBSITE:  WWW.8THSUMMIT.NET

All color, and  all black and white art from Black Mask Magazine used with permission, and copyright 2012 Keith Alan Deutsch, successor-in-interest to Popular Publications, Inc. For information: keithdeutsch@mac.

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    JUST THE FACTS: One copy of ACE DETECTIVE and the Kickstarter rewards. Your name will be added to the Rulebook under "Suspects." Free shipping within the USA. Add $5 for Canada. Add $20 if you are outside of US or Canada.

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    CRIME VICTIM: Add your name to all present and future prints of the game on a Crime Card! You will be the victim of some heinous crime that the players must investigate. You also receive ONE COPY of Ace Detective along with the expansion STRANGE TALES. Free shipping within the USA. Add $5 for Canada. Add $20 if you are outside of US or Canada. Your name will be added to the Rulebook as "Influential Friends of the Mayor".

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    DELUXE VERSION - One copy of ACE DETECTIVE AND STRANGE TALES EXPANSION. Signed by Richard Launius. Also you will receive a vintage PINKERTON INVESTIGATIONS BADGE made of sterling metal. This can used as a 1st Player Marker. Your name will be added to the Rulebook under "Wise Guys (and Gals)" Free shipping in the USA. Add $5 for Canada. Add $20 for International.

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    NEW! Want to be credited as a "famous" Noir writer? Pen your own one to two sentence Noir quote to be used as a Narration Card. (Narration cards are always read aloud every game and integrated into the story) The quote will have your name at the bottom and the name of a fictitious book you wrote. Yes, you are allowed to be funny. We even encourage it. The quote must be in line with other styles of the game and kept in good tastes. . We can also help you write it. You also receive ONE COPY of Ace Detective along with the expansion STRANGE TALES. Free shipping within the USA. Add $5 for Canada. Add $20 if you are outside of US or Canada. Your name will be added to the Rulebook as "Influential Friends of the Mayor".

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    BE A CHARACTER: Have one of our artists (Carlos Romanos did the cover) illustrate you for a character (detective) card. Also, we will send you a large print of your illustration. A Character Card tells players who is the driving the story as the protagonist. You can be a hardboiled detective or an amateur sleuth or anything in between. This card will be in ALL EDITIONS OF THE GAME! A character card includes your illustration and fictional (or real) aspects about you as the character. Also one copy of ACE DETECTIVE AND STRANGE TALES. Free shipping to USA and Canada. International Buyers add $10.

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    BE THE KICKSTARTER SUSPECT: Have one of our artists (Carlos Romanos did the cover) illustrate you for the exclusive Suspect card. Your name will appear just above the type of suspect you are (Greedy Businessman, Mob Boss, etc). Also, we will send you a large print of your illustration. We can fashion your character any way you prefer as long as it fits the format of the game. This card will be in sent to all Kickstarter backers and any left over will be given away as a promotional item! THERE IS ONLY ONE OF THESE. Also you receive one copy of ACE DETECTIVE AND STRANGE TALES. Free shipping to USA and Canada. International Buyers add $10.

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    BE ONE (OF TWO) OF THE KICKSTARTER DETECTIVES: Have one of our artists (Carlos Romanos did the cover) illustrate you for an exclusive Detective card. This Character Card tells players who is driving the story as the protagonist. You can be a hardboiled detective or an amateur sleuth or anything in between and have a unique background. Your name will appear on the card as well. THERE ARE ONLY TWO OF THESE. Also, we will send you a large print of your illustration. We can fashion your character any way you prefer as long as it fits the format of the game. This card will be sent to all Kickstarter backers and any left over will be given away as a promotional item in the future. Also you receive one copy of ACE DETECTIVE AND STRANGE TALES. Free shipping to USA and Canada. International Buyers add $10.

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    BRING THE DESIGNER TO YOUR HOME! ALSO RECEIVE A NOIR ILLUSTRATION MADE OF YOUR LIKENESS FOR YOUR WALL. Also, Jason Maxwell (Agents of SMERSH) will come along as well if you request a date available to both designers. Richard Launius loves games like no other designer we've ever met. And he would love to play with you and your friends for the day. He will travel up to 200 miles (we can negotiate) from Atlanta to your house with a signed copy of ACE DETECTIVE with a vintage Pinkerton Badge as well as STRANGE TALES and the Kickstarter rewards............. He will bring any requests of his designs - even Arkham Horror or Defenders of the Realm. Additional copies (up to 10) of Ace Detective cost YOU only $20 each (or $30 with the expansion)! Give them to your friends............ If you live further out than 200 miles .. we can arrange for Richard to come to your house. Just send us an email for a personal quote. Your name will be at the top of the list of names in the Rulebook under "Our Special Thanks!" heading.

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