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A bluffing and deduction game that takes place in occupied France during WWII. Save priceless art treasures from the Nazi scourge.
A bluffing and deduction game that takes place in occupied France during WWII. Save priceless art treasures from the Nazi scourge.
902 backers pledged $25,747 to help bring this project to life.

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Operation F.A.U.S.T. (Fine Art Underground: Stolen Treasures) is a highly social bluffing and deduction game. Players will find themselves in occupied France during World War II, tasked with a mission to recover Europe's most valuable pieces of art before they are looted by Hitler's Third Reich. 

Operation F.A.U.S.T. supports 3 to 8 players and takes about 30 minutes.

To win the game you must gather intelligence, locate Europe's most at risk treasures, and recover them before your opponents. Use your network of spies, double agents, art dealers, French resistance members and Allied soldiers to achieve your goals, but take care not to reveal information to others. With stakes this high, no one can be trusted!

Photo: Jonathan H. Liu
Photo: Jonathan H. Liu

Get the full game for just $18 (MSRP $24.99), or pledge more to also get the promo art cards and/or the official playmat! The more we raise the better quality components for all!

The Promo Art cards:

Pledge $22 and you'll get these promo cards and the game!
Pledge $22 and you'll get these promo cards and the game!

The Official Playmat:

The official Operation F.A.U.S.T. playmat makes set-up a breeze, keeps your game organized, immerses you in the theme, and helps those of us with short fingernails pick up cards more easily! It's a high-quality, 16"X20" neoprene mat with a cloth surface.

English Rules Draft: Link
French Rules Draft: Link

Please note, these rules have not been through final editing or graphic design.

The Short Walk Through:

 The Long Walk Through:

"One of the most interesting titles I [saw at Gen Con] was Operation F.A.U.S.T." -Play Unplugged

"Operation F.A.U.S.T. is incredibly fun and it’s one of the best bluffing games I’ve played in a while. In the games I played, it had equal appeal to people who play a lot of games and others who are more casual gamers." -Geek Dad

"Operation F.A.U.S.T. is one of the best bluffing games I have in my collection." -Jack Explicador

"The theme of this game is really cool and the photography on the cards are of real spys and people involved in the plots of this period of history." -Boardgaming.com

"This one is going to blow Coup out of the water." -Geekedupgaming

"We unpacked multiple layers of strategy and logic as to what a player would do at any given turn and why. Moreover, your motivation for doing those things will always be changing." -Marc Specter, Co-Founder of GrandCon

Although there are a lot of WWII games to choose from, we are not aware of any that deal with the important work of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives program (MFAA), and those who helped them recover the world's greatest works of art during and after WWII. Operation F.A.U.S.T. stays true to this unique theme. The plot cards in the game feature archival photographs of real life WWII heroes whose stories are worth discovering and remembering. The art cards feature real masterworks that were looted by Hitler or saved from his clutches.

Operation F.A.U.S.T. uses a unique "hand" or "table" mechanism that allows players to choose from one of two different abilities listed on each card. Use the hand ability and keep the card or use the more powerful table ability and discard it. Of course, you may choose to lie and claim an ability for a card you do not hold!

Choose the hand or the table ability
Choose the hand or the table ability

Bluffing games are notoriously bad about including player elimination. In Operation F.A.U.S.T. every player stays in the game for the WHOLE game.

Bluffing is only one element of Operation F.A.U.S.T. Great players will also use deduction and memory skills to identify and keep track of where the most valuable pieces of art reside. Smart reconnaissance and well timed spying can pay big dividends. This aspect makes for a unique bluffing game experience.

$15,000 - UNLOCKED
Every backer will receive a digital copy of the playmat and the promotional art cards

$17,000 - UNLOCKED
We will upgrade the card stock to 300 gsm or higher 

$19,000 - UNLOCKED
We will upgrade the INTEL tokens to be file folder shaped

$24,000 - UNLOCKED
We will add more pages to the rulebook to include historical information about the archival photographs used on the Plot cards in the game

$30,000
We will upgrade to blue or black core card stock

$40,000
We will upgrade the card stock to 320 gsm or higher

$50,000
We will put a linen finish on the box

$60,000+
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NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL BACKERS:

Kickstarter updated their shipping functionality for the better! However, I cannot update my shipping choices. International shipping is $12 for a single copy,  $13 for a single copy with the promos, $25 for the game, promos and playmat, $25 for the game and Draco Magi, $60 for the 6 pack, $50 for the game and prototype, and $50 for the Associate Producer level.

The additional shipping fee is to ship your game standard post. This means shipping can take months for some countries (Brazil, Argentina, Russian Federation). We will be happy to ship Priority International if you would like to avoid postal delays. Just add another $10 to your pledge to upgrade to Priority shipping.  We will not be able to provide refunds or a replacement copy for packages shipped to Brazil, Argentina or the Russian Federation if you do not upgrade to Priority Shipping.

We will ship EU rewards from within the EU, so EU backers will not have to pay any VAT.

Robert Burke is an independent game designer from the Charlotte, NC area. Robert has designed and published the family game Cartoona, the Golden Geek nominated Battle For Souls, the party game The Offensive Band Name Generator and the card game Draco Magi (co-designed with Richard Launius). All of Robert's games have been funded through Kickstarter and all have been successfully delivered!

Grey Fox Games is the publishing arm of Coolstuff Inc., one of the largest online board game stores in the United States. Coolstuff adds years of fulfillment experience and top notch customer service to the Operation F.A.U.S.T. project. The Grey Fox Games portfolio currently includes games like Run, Fight or Die, Draco Magi, Till Dawn, Conquest of Speros and more. You can pledge with confidence knowing that the production, fulfillment and customer service are in professional hands.

Luis Francisco is the graphic designer of Operation F.A.U.S.T. and has done graphic design work on all of Robert Burke's games to date, as well working on games by Tasty Minstrel and Indie Boards & Cards. Luis is a very talented graphic designer with an immense passion for board gaming. His talent and passion can be easily seen in the work he has done on Operation F.A.U.S.T.

Charles Klinger: Robert's father-in-law, Charlie, is a military historian who suggested the theme found in Operation F.A.U.S.T. His knowledge of the subject was a direct inspiration for the game.

Our Playtesters: Operation F.A.U.S.T. has been through over 40 development iterations since it was first designed by Robert as a game called "Gem Town". Dozens of play testers have contributed to the refined and streamlined game it has become including Kate Buchanan, Nate Bivins, Mark Kale, Daniel Reed, Chris Hawkins, Mike Gurley, Brian VanAlstyne, Zev Shlasinger, Stephen Avery, Jason Maxwell, Rob Ross, Ben Duerksen, Richard Bliss, Lee Shelton, Marty Connell, Greg Resnik, The Gaston County Board Gamers Club, The Queen City Game Club, and many more.

"I respect the amount of passion you place in your games as well as the transparency and timely updates. I have not seen this kind of CS in KS ever. I look forward to your next project.” -Josh E.

"This is the most well managed KS project I ever backed. I wish others I backed would put as much passion into their projects as you do yours.” -Josiah A.

"I am getting weary of Kickstarter now because of delays everywhere but I will consider backing your projects because your integrity.” -Jack O

"Nothing but praise for how you handle this KS!” -Alderman J.

"I received my copy (in the UK) today and I've just finished my first solo game (I lost). Very impressed with the presentation and the components, I'm very happy with it!" -lain M.

"Many other KS'ers could take a page out of your playbook. Really appreciate the transparency.” -D. Barr

“This is still one of the best-run Kickstarters I've participated in. Your transparency and frequency of communications have been fantastic and earned you much goodwill, I really appreciate how this project has been handled from start to finish. Great work!" -Tracy B.

"It is fantastic! Components are top notch. Artwork beautiful." -Mike H.

"The level of communication you continue to give is amazing even though I'm not in the EU thanks all the same for the update. Its great to be kept so in touch with what's going on :)” -Rachel S.

Final Box Design
Final Box Design
Forged Documents card
Forged Documents card
Some Art cards
Some Art cards

Those who pledge at the Associate Producer level get their very own personalized art card and an Associate Producer credit. 

A personalized card
A personalized card

Components:

70 Intel tokens (in denominations of 1, 3 and 5) 

26 Plot cards (11 French Resistance,  6 Spies,  4 Art Dealers,  3 Double Agents,  2 Allies)

21 Art cards (Art cards range in value from $0 to $500,000)

8 Forged Document cards 

8 Player reference sheets 

1 Rulebook 

Risks and challenges

The funding goal for Operation F.A.U.S.T. has been set to ensure that we have enough capital to print the minimum amount of copies required with a reputable, high-quality game manufacturer.

The biggest risks to delivering the game by the deadline include:

-Unexpected product redesign due to regulatory, manufacturing quality or copyright issues
-Being held up in customs
-Being selected for random product testing
-Shipping and logistical issues
-Natural disasters / acts of God
-Unexpected issues with our manufacturer or distributor

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