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A strategic 2-5 players card game of clever tactics & critical consequences, set in a world of spies, sabotage, secrecy and subterfuge.

The Agents campaign is over, but The Agents live on! Thank you so much to every single backer, supporter, commenter and friend for making this the most outstanding, exceptional campaign. It truly has been incredible, every step of the way. Keep watching to see what is in store next for The Agents...

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And to pre-order the retail version of The Agents with our distribution partners, Game Salute, and for information on large orders click here.

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"The Agents is one of the most brilliant yet simple ideas I've seen in a card game.  It's amazing just how much of a deep game is inside a deck of cards!" Tom Vasel, The Dice Tower

"What makes The Agents such a joy for me is how small it is and yet how very large and complex it feels when playing it. A very interesting and engaging game that grabbed me by the nose and hasn’t let go. Simply excellent. 5/5" Father Geek

"The Agents is a bloody good game. So good that I’ve actually chucked my own money into the Kickstarter campaign. I tell you. Get in on it now if you’re looking for something that looks to take your card gaming in a new direction. You shan’t be disappointed." Little Metal Dog

"The Agents is one of the better games I’ve played this year." Purple Pawn

"A few things about The Agents. One, it’s awesome and you should go back it. Seriously, I really like this game." Board Game Quest

“The Agents is a unique, in-depth card game that will give your brain a workout." Dad's Gaming Addiction

"Highly tense, very action filled... there is a lot to this little card game and a real joy to put it through its paces." Crits Happen

"There's so much strategy in this game - it's ridiculous." Bower's Game Corner

"This game of intrigue and suspense is surprisingly deep and full of tension, but can also be a lot of fun." Perpetual Geek

"The game, from start to finish is a wonderful experience. Saar has something special here." Chevee Dodd

The Agents is a brand new strategic card game that introduces a unique ‘Double-edged cards’ mechanic into the undercover world of covert operations and espionage.

As the Agency shuts down, dismissed and disbanded Agents all around the world are trying to figure out what’s next. Left without a cause, they team up and turn against each other.

You must enlist and lead your own faction of highly skilled professionals into an uncertain territory of betrayal and deception. Show no mercy, reveal no secrets.

The Agents is a deceptively simple card game; easy to learn, set up and start playing, but underpinned by intricate decision-making gameplay. Players must join their Agents into Factions, assign Missions and take their opponents down, to gather intel and win the most points.

Featuring the captivating artwork of collaborator Danny Morison (aka Dark Mechanic), ‘The Agents’ will challenge your imagination and brain power as you plan, plot and scheme your way to victory.

The Agents gameplay is based on a unique, new mechanic we like to call ‘Double-edged Cards’. Each Agent card features a ‘command’ on one end of the card and ‘points’ on the other end. However, the direction in which you place the card will determine from which asset you benefit. If you choose to perform the command, one of your opponents will get the points. If you keep the points for yourself, an opponent gets to perform the command.

Throughout the game, you’ll need both commands and points to advance. Commands will allow you to manipulate Agents, control your Factions, and influence other players. But you’ll need points to buy more Agents and Missions. And ultimately, the player with the most points wins.

Deciding how to place each card will require strategic precision and calculated foresight, as you try to further your own goals, and prevent your opponents from reaching theirs.

Check out the Crits Happen preview of The Agents:

For your support we would like to reward you with exclusive Kickstarter promos, exciting expansion packs and other treats and surprises.

The base-set includes 36 Agent cards, 20 Mission cards and 32 double sided points cards. Additionally, as a Kickstarter exclusive, we are bundling every base-set with 8 Commander promo cards. AND you'll get ALL the unlocked stretch goals (including extra Agents in Base Renovations and additional Missions in Black Ops!)

The Agents was designed to appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers, and as a highly expandable game. Each expansion adds a different depth to the game mechanic and promotes new strategies and player interactions.

For those of you who want to touch and feel The Art of The Agents, we have Danny's incredible illustrations in physical form:

Dying to have an Agent on you? Replenish your wardrobe with these T-Shirts:

If you need to be fully equipped for your covert operations, i.e. have the base-set and ALL the expansions in one convenient and highly secure package (which is also mega fancy and super cool), consider this:

And if you want the PnP in any of our available languages, check this out:

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Our stretch goals were designed so that EVERY SINGLE COPY OF THE GAME gets ALL of them for FREE!

Saar Shai (agent "Steel Storm") - Creator of The Agents, ​Saar is one of those quirky inventor types, who not only has outlandish ideas from his armchair but also gets off his butt and works really hard to make them a reality. From flexible screen interfaces, to ring device controllers, and from game-theory platforms to card games with a twist, Saar's mind comes up with weird and wonderful ideas all centered on making the 'user experience' as fun, rewarding and engaging as possible. With a background in intellectual property and advertising and a day job running a start-up, Saar is now turning his first love - gaming - into his full time passion.

Danny Morison ​(agent "Dark Mechanic") - Illustrator of The Agents, Danny was brought up on a diet of 80's cartoons, lots of Transformers and also an early fixation with dinosaurs, so he began drawing from a very early age. He loves science fiction and fantasy, and especially how you could create worlds and characters with just your hands and imagination. After leaving university with an Illustration degree under his belt, Danny since worked as a storyboarder, character designer, concept artist, illustrator and poster and flyer designer, but never gave up his initial love of science fiction and fantasy. His style is maybe a bit different to the industry standard but he hopes to one day be able to live off what he loves doing most - creating fantastical worlds, colorful illustrations and drawing really, really big robots!

We're on Kickstarter to raise the funds to produce and publish The Agents. So far, we've invested our own money in the game design, artwork, prototype printing and all other associated costs of getting the game created and tested. But now we need some help! We still need to complete some of the artwork for our expansion packs as well as some of the packaging art. And after that, we need to cover costs of the printing, packaging, shipping, stretch goals, KS exclusives and so on. With your support, we can make it happen!

We want to take a minute to assure you that we are confident that if we meet our target, we will be able to honor our commitment to produce and deliver The Agents. We’ve spent months planning the production of the game, choosing manufacturing and logistics partners and working out the minimum acceptable amount that we need to fulfill our promises to you. Whilst we are aware that Kickstarter, like life itself, comes with no guarantees, we just wanted to let *you* know that *we* know how much trust and goodwill comes with each and every backer’s pledge, and we don’t take that for granted. Thank you for your faith and thank you for your support.

The Agents campaign is also dedicated to Kicking It Forward - giving back to the crowdfunding community. To learn more go to:

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Fortunately the risks involved in completing and fulfilling this project are minimal since the artwork is complete, the game is finished and we already have established a close personal relationship with our print house. Because they are local and small, we will be able to personally oversee the entire process. And because the game consists of standard sized playing cards and no fiddly bits and pieces, there shouldn't be any nasty surprises along the way.

Should any issue arise with the print and production of the cards or packaging, we will revert to working with another local printer who already produced our prototype cards for us, so we know that the quality and turnaround meets our exacting standards.

FAQ

  • The answer to this is simple. Anyone who has backed 'Base of Operaions' and above i.e any tier that includes the base set, will get ALL stretch goals.

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  • We have 2 tiers that will help you guys out;

    THE SECRET SANTA - You'll be able to buy 2 FULL sets of the game (including expansions and stretch goals) at the early bird price. We've also given you a little discount on the shipping price for 2 sets. Happy Holidays!

    CRITICAL MASS - lets you buy 6 FULL sets of the game (including expansions + stretch goals) at the early bird price point, with a small shipping discount thrown in to boot. Enjoy!

    If you want to add an extra base set (plus stretch goals and KS exclusives) you can just add +$18 to your pledge.

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  • I will be manufacturing and shipping from Israel. This allows me to keep shipping costs way down compared to shipping from the US.

    If you would like expedited (tracked) shipping, this will be an option as an add-on on the backerkit survey at the end of the campaign.

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  • I've been getting a lot of questions about any additional charges for shipping to the EU and I've just had a nice chat with my new friend Robert, from the UK's HM Revenues & Customs office. Robert tells me that no additional charges will be applied on items under a value of £15/€17 (not including shipping) and this is the same rule across the whole EU. Since I will value the game at its manufacturing cost, which will be below £15, we're in the clear!

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  • All you need to do is keep the tier that you've selected and bump up your final pledge amount by the appropriate amount.

    Expansions +$5 (per expansion)
    Spoofspansion +$5
    Translated PnP +$5
    Extra base set +$18
    Fancy Box +$25
    Artbook +$20
    1 T-shirt +$20
    2 T-shirts +$35

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  • You'll be able to do this in the backerkit survey at the end of the campaign. You can specify exactly which items you've included in your pledge.

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  • The box that comes as standard with the game will fit only the base set ie Agents, Missions and Points. The Fancy Box will fit each and every expansion that is part of the KS campaign as well as a few empty slots for follow up expansions. It's also sturdier, more robust and generally much fancier.

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  • Simple, just add an additional +$5 to get hold of the standard box as well as the Fancy Box.

    Standard box = free
    Fancy Box = +$25
    Both boxes = +$30

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  • Each expansion will come in its own designed, re-usable, card envelope.

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  • The plastic that we're using is specially designed to be used for playing cards. It's 0.4mm thick and is slightly textured in order to help shuffling and to be even more durable. I gotta tell you - it feels fantastic to shuffle and hold. The dimensions will be 87mm x 56mm - a standard US bridge size.

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  • Nope. One base set is good for 2-5 players.

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  • Currently you can either pay via Kickstarter (Amazon payments) or you'll be able to pay through the BackerKit survey that will be available at the end of the campaign. BackerKit uses a payment platform called Stripe (https://stripe.com/) which is super easy to use.

    When the game goes to retail, I'll also make sure that PayPal is another option.

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    THE PARTNER IN CRIME: We'll turn you into a special 'Partner Agent' in our still highly classified upcoming expansion, which will be de-censored very soon. These Partner Agents will stand by the Faction Agents as they complete the most dangerous and complicated Missions. We'll make a customized-design, Agent version of yourself. Plus ALL rewards included in 'THE COLLECTOR'.

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