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Enter a world of international stealth and intrigue in a modern setting, powered by 5E, from the developer behind Star Trek: Adventures - Late Pledge Coming Soon!
Enter a world of international stealth and intrigue in a modern setting, powered by 5E, from the developer behind Star Trek: Adventures - Late Pledge Coming Soon!
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The Spy Game: 5th Edition Action/Espionage Roleplaying Game

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WE FUNDED - THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL OUT BACKERS!

For more information on the game and late pledges please see below and our updates. 

The Spy Game is an action & espionage roleplaying game book that uses the 5th Edition of the world's most famous roleplaying game rules.

Delve into a world of spies, assassins, diabolical masterminds and suave secret agents. 

Peer behind the curtain of society into the world of the Agencies and take your place as a world class spy. Together with your crew of con-artists, specialists, infiltrators and hackers you will influence, subvert and overcome any challenge.

Will you topple corrupt governments or protect the interests of the highest bidder? Will you take out the target before they achieve their aims, or aid them? Will you counter worldwide threats, or become them yourselves? The Spy Game places your own intelligence agency on the world stage, where the promise of adventure waits for you!


The Spy Game is a modern 5E roleplaying game of international espionage and adventure, presented in a hardback core rulebook, brimming with full-color illustrations, missions, villains and super spies. Our goal is to create a standalone spy experience with the familiarity of 5th Edition.

Choose your Class. Choose from eight character classes and sixteen specialized archetype options as you level up. Are you the Technician or the Face? The Infiltrator or the Hacker? Whether sneaking in silently or going in loud, unique class features give you a mix of skills and abilities to complete your mission!

Grab New Gear. Choose from a huge list of spy weapons, equipment, gadgets, and hacking tools to infiltrate facilities and take down the enemy.

Use New Vehicles. Versatile new rules let you take control or face off against vehicles of all shapes and sizes - from motorbike and car chases, to battling attack helicopters and commandeering colossal aircraft carriers.

Powered by 5e. With core rules based on the 5th Edition of the world's most famous roleplaying game, it’s fast and easy to understand for new players and veteran adventurers alike.

Play Ultra-Realistic or Fantastical Movie Spies. Play realistic high-tension missions or action-packed supervillain adventures, and anything in between.

Make your own covert world. Includes advice for new and existing game masters on how to build adventures and immerse players in the exciting world of espionage and infiltration.

From the developer behind the Star Trek Adventures, Dune, and Fallout tabletop roleplaying games...

The writing team has decades of experience and includes: Sam Webb, the head of RPG development at Modiphius Entertainment; Eric Campbell, long time GM for Geek and Sundry; Rob Wieland, developer for the Firefly RPG and Star Wars Saga Edition; Charlie Smith, long time GM, roleplayer and streamer; Oz Mills, writer on Dragon Age: Faces of Thedas and Star Trek Adventures; Virginia Page,  writer and developer on John Carter of Mars and Star Trek Adventures; and James Barry, developer for Dropzone Commander, Fallout: Wasteland Warfare and Kung Fu Panda. 

  •  A preview of the in-development 5E rules
  • A three-part spy adventure called "Tectonic Shift" complete with maps and handouts
  • Eight 3rd-level pre-generated characters - one for each class. Download it here, or click on the banner above.

 For a first look at the game and the quickstart guide above take a look at GM Adam Koebel's video below

 The Project was fully funded (and then some!) and the campaign is now closed, however late pledges will be available. To back with a late pledge, see the example below:

You can add more to your pledge levels for add-ons, and tell us what items you want to add. You can use the pledge manager to calculate and pay for shipping. Below is the list of rewards you get for backing the Kickstarter.

Pledges are now closed, however we haven't removed or changed anything from the campaign that backers have pledged for. We have only tidied the page so that late backers can see what is available. 

This Pledge level will be available soon after the kickstarter campaign finishes.  Below is the list of rewards in detail for each pledge level. You can also read more in the pledge list at the top right of the page.  

This pledge level will be available for a limited time up until printing. Names in the credits will not be a part of the pledge after a certain time, though the pledge will still be available - Please see updates for more information.

The below stretch goals are those that were unlocked during the campaign. These will still be included in the rewards for backers, and backers can add more to their pledges during the backer survey if they want to get more of the add ons that we have unlocked.

Any Mission Booklets unlocked will be available as add ons and pdfs of each will be included in pledge levels of Agent upwards.

Backers can add any of these add ons to their pledges during the backer survey - please note, some pledges already include some of these add ons. We'll be sending backers a link to be able to manage their pledge. Simply increase the amount you're pledging during the kickstarter campaign, and then when you're managing your pledge you can tell us which extras you'd like.

 Social goals helped us unlock more for out backers, and these goals are shown below. for more information about Black Cats Gaming, where we are with The Spy Game, what we have planned next for the system and other games we're working on, click the links below to like and subscribe. 

We have produced tabletop RPGs and Kickstarters for other companies, and believe we have an ambitious but realistic estimate of when the project can deliver.

  •  Month 1-6: Beta Testing - We'll release a beta version of the game for testing by you, and we've allotted the first six months after the Kickstarter campaign for development and writing.
  •  Month 7-9: Editing and Layout - Once the manuscript's complete, we'll go through editing and layout, and once that's done give you a preview to read over. This allows us to catch any mistakes before printing and get the best final game we can into your hands!
  •  Month 10-12: Proofing, Printing, and Freight - We'll be working with trusted printing and manufacturing partners to make the best quality books, dice, and accessories we can, and once they're ready we'll freight them to our fulfillment partner in the USA.
  •  Month 13+: Shipping - We'll ship you your game!

We will keep backers regularly informed with updates, not only throughout the campaign but also afterwards as we go through the production process.

Estimated costs of delivery are listed below - please note, because the size of the book may increase and there may be multiple extras included, this cost is likely to change and is just an estimate. We have attempted to be as specific as possible, however current world affairs and changing costs may mean these costs go up or down.

We are also keen to work with retailers and distributors. We already have some distribution avenues open to retailers; for more information, contact us on info@blackcatsgaming.com.

Black Cats Gaming

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Risks and challenges

We have been developing The Spy Game for a year so far and have the rules in an Alpha version. We plan to release the Beta version to backers once the campaign is finished for feedback and input, and then go into layout. While this means that the timeline for the production may seem long, it has actually been our experience that 13 months is the approximate time these sorts of productions take.

We’re starting from the ground up with this project and the company, and want to be as open and honest as possible with backers. We want to use Kickstarter as it was originally designed, to give people with experience, expertise and good ideas a way to crowd fund their projects. This means that rather than overpromise too much and then not be able to deliver, we have costed out the pledges and possible add-ons and stretch goals first.

Factory production can also encounter delays - as mentioned above we’re doing everything possible to have the print files ready as soon as we can. However sometimes files, layout or print work require changes based on the quality of samples (which is why we're starting now), errors in print files or formats and other issues can add up. There could also be problems with stretch goals and add-ons in this way. With our experience we try hard to avoid these problems, but they can still happen.

There is always the possibility of unpredictable circumstances or problems. Games are made by people, and we've experienced our fair share of life intervening in well laid plans. If this happens we'll let you know asap, as well as what our plan is to resolve any issues.

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 2

    Intel

    Follow the progress of the campaign, getting updates and information, deciding later if you'll enter the world of international espionage.

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    Recruit

    Recruits peer into the murky world of espionage, taking their first steps towards their true potential.
    The Recruit reward gives backers the downloadable PDF of the full core rulebook, as well as having their name included as Recruits in the credits.

    Includes:
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    • Your name in the book's credits
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    Agent

    Agents are the mainstay of the covert services - join now to step into a world of intrigue.
    The Agent reward gives backers the hardback core rulebook, as well as a downloadable PDF of the core rulebook and PDFs of any mission booklet stretch goals that are unlocked
    They will also have their name included as Agents in the credits.

    Includes:
    • Core rulebook (PDF)
    • Printed hardback core rulebook
    • Unlocked mission booklets (PDF)
    • Your name in the book's credits
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    Special Agent

    Get into restricted areas as a Special Agent.
    The Special Agent reward gives backers the Kickstarter exclusive cover hardback rulebook, as well as a downloadable PDF of the core rulebook and PDFs of any mission booklet stretch goals that are unlocked.
    They will also have their name included as Special Agents in the credits.

    Includes:
    • Core rulebook (PDF)
    • Kickstarter exclusive print cover hardback core rulebook
    • Unlocked mission booklets (PDF)
    • Your name in the book's credits
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    Handler

    Become the Handler, run the operation and gain top level clearance to all of the agency's secrets.
    The Handler reward gives backers the Kickstarter exclusive cover hardback rulebook, as well as a downloadable PDF of: the core rulebook, unlocked mission booklets and GM screen.
    They will also have their name as Handlers in the credits page of the book.
    This reward grows as we unlock stretch goals, adding print copies of the GM screen, dice, mission booklets and map pack as they are unlocked.

    Includes:
    • Core rulebook (PDF)
    • Kickstarter exclusive print cover hardback core rulebook
    • Unlocked mission booklets (PDF)
    • Specific stretch goals as they unlock (See main page for details)
    • Your name in the book's credits
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    Pledge £200 or more About US$ 258

    Elite Team

    Only an Elite Team can overcome international threats. Gather your crew and take on the challenge!
    The Elite Team reward gives groups backers a solid core to their games, giving you everything you need to play as a group.
    Backers will recieve 5 of the Kickstarter exclusive cover hardback rulebooks, as well as a downloadables:
    5 PDF downloads of the core rulebook
    1 set of any unlocked mission booklets (PDF)
    1 GM Screen (PDF)
    1 Kickstarter Exclusive Streamed Missions Pack (PDF)
    Other rewards included are:
    1 GM Screen
    5 Sets of black with red inlay agency dice.
    They will also have their name Elite Team name listed in the credits page, as well as their individual names in the credits.
    This reward grows as we unlock stretch goals, adding print copies the mission booklets and any map packs as they are unlocked.

    Includes:
    • Kickstarter Exclusive Streamed Missions Pack (PDF)
    • All unlocked stretch goals in PDF
    • GM Screen
    • Kickstarter exclusive print cover hardback core rulebook
    • Core rulebook (PDF)
    • Black with red dice agency set
    • Unlocked mission booklets (PDF)
    • Print copies of all unlocked stretch goals
    • Your Elite Team name in the Credits
    • Your name in the book's credits
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    Secret Identity

    A true spy can change their appearance, look and features as they please, confounding even the most perceptive enemy with their secret identity.
    The Secret Identity reward gives backers the chance to have their face in the core book, drawn into a piece by one of our amazing artists.
    This reward also gives backers the Kickstarter exclusive cover hardback rulebook, as well as a downloadable PDF of the core rulebook, unlocked mission booklets and GM screen.
    They will also have their name included as Secret Identities the credits page of the book.
    This reward grows as we unlock stretch goals, adding print copies of the GM screen, dice, mission booklets and map pack as they are unlocked, as well as PDF copies of all unlocked mission booklets and supplements.

    Includes:
    • Core rulebook (PDF)
    • Kickstarter exclusive print cover hardback core rulebook
    • Unlocked mission booklets (PDF)
    • Your likeness in artwork commisioned for the book
    • Your name in the book's credits
    • All unlocked stretch goals in PDF
    • Print copies of all unlocked stretch goals
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    Evil Genius

    Sometimes the only way to beat the system is to control it, by becoming an Evil Genius!
    The Evil Genius reward give backers the chance to have their face in the core book drawn into a piece by one of our artists. Evil Genius backers will also have input into a specific adversary character from a selection, helping developers create an original NPC for all players to test there mettle against.
    This reward also gives backers the Kickstarter exclusive cover hardback rulebook, as well as a downloadable PDF of the cole rulebook, as well as a downloadable PDF of the core rulebook, unlocked mission booklets and GM screen.
    They will also have their names included as Evil Geniuses in the credits page of the book.
    This reward grows as we unlock stretch goals, adding print copies of the GM screen, dice, mission booklets and map pack as they are unlocked, as well as PDF copies of all unlocked mission booklets and supplements.
    Limited to 5 backers only - when they are gone they are gone!

    Includes:
    • Core rulebook (PDF)
    • Kickstarter exclusive print cover hardback core rulebook
    • Unlocked mission booklets (PDF)
    • Your likeness in artwork commisioned for the book
    • Input in creating an original NPC for the core book
    • Your name in the book's credits
    • All unlocked stretch goals in PDF
    • Print copies of all unlocked stretch goals
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