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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.
A strategic 2-5 players card game of clever tactics & critical consequences, set in a world of spies, sabotage, secrecy and subterfuge.
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Did I hear someone say 'plastic cards'??

Posted by Saar Shai (Creator)
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Dear Backers,

After hitting our first mini stretch goal last night (!!), I bring you the first of a couple of upcoming exciting updates, delivering you news of The Agents entering new realms of a fully digital world, new languages and new materials.

We'll start at the end.

Plastic Cards
After a few days of sitting wearing a visor, with a pencil behind my ear, in front of a calculator, and making sure the numbers add up, I'm extremely excited to announce a new Stretch Goal for Plastic cards for EVERYONE!!

At my visit to the print factory the other day, I got the chance to test out some plastic cards that shuffle, look and smell brilliant. (yup. smell.) These all new, all plastic cards will be 0.4mm, which is thin and light enough to fit in with our shipping weight targets, but still hefty enough to feel substantial in the hand.

The cards are also confirmed at standard US playing card 'bridge' size (56mmx87mm), if you want to know for card sleeves, though I don't think you'll want, or need, to sleeve these bad boys.

I couldn't be more excited about turning The Agents plastic!

New tier - Complete color expansions PnP
Quite a few of you have asked for a complete digital version of the game. Whether it's because you want to avoid customs charges* or because you enjoy getting busy with scissors and glue, we're going to make your dreams come true.

I've added a new tier at the $5 mark which will get you the complete digital PnP - base set + 3 expansions + any stretch goals that can be delivered as a PnP format.

This tier is best for those of you who don't plan to pledge for the physical game, but if you have pledged for the physical game, and don't want to take your chances with the stretch-goals for the expansions, you are welcome to add $5 to your current pledge for the complete PnP experience.

Translated versions of The Agents
After a few days of polling, suggestions, discussion and chat, I think a front-runner for how to deal with translated versions has emerged. It's clear that you don't really want to take a step down in quality, and nor do we have enough uptake to do a full offset print run. So I'm going to release a full color PnP + expansions + Stretch Goals in the most requested languages. So far these are Spanish, French, Russian & German.

I've also decided not to add a surcharge for this translated complete PnP, so all you need to do is follow the same instructions as above. I.e select the 'Complete PnP' tier if you just want to stick with a digital version OR add $5 to your existing pledge if you also want the physical game.

At the end of the campaign, I'll put out a survey asking what language you would like to request your Complete PnP in.

***To re-cap, if you want a complete PnP with all expansions + Stretch Goals in English, Spanish, French, Russian or German, just add $5 to your existing pledge or select the 'Complete PnP' tier.***

Wallpaper me up
And as another little thank you from me to you, as we push towards the big $100,000, I'm releasing an awesome, Danny Morison design as a wallpaper, so you can gaze at the artwork for The Agents all the day long.

Click here for the wallpaper in different sizes.

I plan to release a couple more wallpapers in the next few weeks, so make your preferences for your favorite piece of art  (or additional sizes) known in the comments.

And that's all for today folks, but more news coming your way soon!

Happy weekend!
Saar

*I am still working on making sure that International customers won't be hit with customs charges and are likely to ship from outside the US to ensure this. I'll confirm this asap.

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    1. Missing avatar

      Thiago Freitas on

      Do you guys want/need someone to do a brazilian portuguese translation of the PnP/rulebook? I could do it! PM me

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      Ivan Barker on

      Hi Saar,
      Another quick question regarding the plastic cards: will all of the expansions and promo cards all be in the same plastic cardstock as well?
      Many thanks.

    3. Shawn George on

      I do have a question about the whole PnP thing though. I'm having a hard time understanding the difference between the $1 and $5 tiers, as well as the $5 addon.

      I understand that the $5 tier will include all of the expansions REGARDLESS of whether we meet the mini stretch goals or not. But assuming that we do meet the mini stretch goals, is there any difference between these two tiers, and is there any point to the $5 addon?

    4. Shawn George on

      One more vote of confidence plastic cards. Assuming they're the same quality as Copags, you won't have to sleeve them. They'll last for years. They feel great. They shuffle better than any paper cards. And they look amazing.

    5. Mike Ostman on

      For those worried about plastic - don't be. I've played thousands of hands of Poker on my plastic playing cards. They are amazing. When you hear plastic you think rigid blocks of plastic. That's not the case. Imagine that block sliced as thin as a normal playing card. It's not a linen feel - but it's actually better. Plus the print will look a million times better.

    6. Beast on

      Found a very comprehensive review on plastic cards.

      http://www.homepokertourney.com/playing-card-reviews.htm

    7. Scott Cook
      Superbacker
      on

      I've played with copag poker cards before, which are plastic and they are AMAZING. Easy to shuffle and very durable. Hope we get there.

    8. GC, Frogdog Kennelmaster on

      Saar - you have been great with the updates so far. And the game looks like an absolute gem. Looking forward to more progress :)

    9. Stefmanovic on

      Awesome to hear this! Just pledged THE COMPANY, with added PnP stuff and outside of US delivery! :D

    10. Salvador Bernadó Sala
      Superbacker
      on

      I have never used or seen plastic cards.
      I'm looking forward to see them (if we reach that stretch goal, of course).

    11. Saar Shai 3-time creator on

      @Doug - added!

      @Alexandre - correct.

      @Lines - please private message me.

      @Mistborn, @Ted - sort of mission:impossible. the only way we can provide all the free goodies is the large number of backers, so we cannot afford a short run of anything, which is why we're currently not sure about the languages runs.

      As for the quality of the plastic - we're making sure that it's of the highest quality without adding to the weight (the only reason we can afford free shipping in the US and $5 outside). I cannot really compare it to other games but I will try to maybe provide a video demonstrating the material and how it shuffles.

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      Dennis Ferruzzi on

      Regarding the customs issues, I recently got my first physical kickstarter payout for something of much greater monetary value and they labeled it as "Gift; not for resale; no retail value" and I didn't get dinged. [item was sent to Canada from the US, expected retail value once they hit stores was around $350, pledged $175+shipping]

    13. Ted S. Sunhede Fulk on

      If the plastic stretch goal gets met, please give backers the option to choose traditional linen finish over plastic ones. I never sleeve and hate plastic (except plastic minis). Give me wood and cardboard.

    14. Jared Bond
      Superbacker
      on

      Wait. "Plastic" plastic? Not plastic coated paper?

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      mistborn on

      What about the possibility of letting backers choose their version if they prefer paper, and then opening up additional full sets of either version as add-ons? Too complicated? I wouldn't mind grabbing a full set of both types with all of the kickstarter exclusives now since future copies post campaign will not have them.

    16. Cortney Sauk
      Superbacker
      on

      If they will be anything like Gloom's plastic cards I'll be "happy, happy, happy,"

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      mistborn on

      @John
      I have played poker with a standard deck, UNO Splash, and a few others. Never had a single issue with them and only thought they added to the gaming experience.

    18. James Starke on

      I'm a fan of plastic cards. They feel better, and they're definitely a lot more durable. If they're like the cards in Gloom, then I'm all for them. I've never had a problem shuffling those, personally. I do understand people being a little wary, but... I'm in favor of it, really.

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      Studio Libella on

      I'm a bit worried about the plastic cards as well. I haven't played with any yet that feel "right". Would you please point to a game that uses the same card material that you are planning on using.

      Maybe the should be a poll: plastic cards vs traditional linen finish.

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      mistborn on

      Hey that was my idea! Amazingly awesome stretch goal. The plastic card games I have played shuffle easily and are nearly indestructible. It would be a perfect fit for Agents too with all of the card turning, flipping, and manipulation that goes on each game. I would have gladly paid extra for it, but free?? We have to hit that goal.

    21. Stu Ward on

      I'm a little on the fence about plastic cards.. the only game I have which features them is Gloom. They're great quality, and perfect for the gameplay, but they're an absolute pain to shuffle.

    22. James Mathias on

      Saar, will these cards be of the same quality as the Bicycle Prestige line? If yes, I am stoked, as those are the best quality playing cards I've ever owned and played with. I keep a deck at my desk to shuffle when stressed, as it's so smooth and tactile.

    23. Lines on

      Saar, if you need an experienced german translator let me know.

    24. AMC on

      Saar : if I well understand, the only possible way to have access to translated versions of the game is through pnp, right? You won't have them printed.

    25. Beast on

      Can someone give an example of a good quality plastic card?

      The only game i can think of was terrible card quality hard to shuffle and brittle. http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/11618/cranium-zigity

    26. RedEyedJack on

      For the wallpaper... could you make a Facebook Cover one?

    27. Saar Shai 3-time creator on

      @Tom - no, the English in included in all tiers $15 and above, so you just need to add $5 for the German

    28. Tom Hoefle
      Superbacker
      on

      so if i want german and english its 10 additional dollars to my current pledge?

    29. Greshym on

      what an awesome stretch goal! One card game less I need to buy sleeves for ;)

    30. Saar Shai 3-time creator on

      Here to make you happy, guys.

    31. Ken Varley on

      I was hoping for plastic, or plastic coated cards. Much more durable and will last longer than "card" made cards.

    32. ✩Don E✩
      Superbacker
      on

      Now that's a freaking awesome stretch goal. Bang Bang Bang Bang!!!

    33. Julien Duprie
      Superbacker
      on

      great !!
      Thanks for french people and good idea for plastic cards

    34. LudiCreations on

      Do plastic cards mean that they will not have a linen finish?