About this project
***Thank you to my incredible backers for such an amazing campaign to herald in the return of The Agents. What an amazing community of supporters! All my thanks!***
The Agents is a new strategic card game for 2-5 players, that introduces a unique ‘Double-edged cards’ mechanic into the undercover world of covert operations and espionage.
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 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.
"Once you've lived the inside-out world of espionage, you never shed it. It's a mentality, a double standard of existence." - John le Carre
This ‘quick and dirty’ Kickstarter campaign is a follow-up campaign to last summer’s first outing for The Agents. It’s a chance for you to get the (updated) original Base Set and (revised) original expansions, Kickstarter exclusive merchandise and of course, The Fancy Box. I’ve also created 3 brand new expansions to add to the mix.
By listening to backer feedback, I’ve also tweaked the rules by making subtle changes for substantial improvement to gameplay. A few screws tightened and some nips and tucks here and there gave birth to this "The Agents Mark II" version*. And this next production run will also see upgraded component quality, packaging and shipping methods, but with the same level of personal, attentive customer support.
EVENTS: Things just got real. This new deck is filled with cards that are played during and throughout the turns of the game, introducing unexpected events that force you to think on your feet and be ready for anything. Events make the game unpredictable and volatile. You’ll need all your wits about you to stay ahead when everything around you is shifting.
BREAK THE RULES: Screw the rules! Spice up your gameplay with rule-breaking cards that set up new game conditions from the start of the game that make every game different and much more dangerous. This mega-expansion includes 3 different expansions; a new Break-The-Rules deck, Commanders deck and Sites deck.
BOUNTIES: Get your rivals to do your dirty work. By putting a bounty on an Agent’s head, you can manipulate your opponents to do your bidding. This expansions forces you to enlist the help of other players to get the job done. But WHO is the job? This expansion also contains brand new, much requested, point TOKENS!
We've also beefed up the original expansions and made them available to new backers who want to get in on the action:
SPECIAL AGENTS: Boost your deck of agents with a reinforcement of highly lethal professionals. Featuring new abilities and powerful commands that make gameplay even more intense and dangerous.
PARTNERS: Team up with this group of highly skilled supporting agents that will keep you covered and add another dimension to the game.
SECRET AGENTS: An elite unit of dead silent operatives who promote your objectives through the art of secrecy and disinformation.
MISSION CRITICAL: High-stakes and high-jinx in this bundle of extra missions. Perform brutal maneuvers and make painful decisions in order to win, and win big!
This is the Box of all Boxes. The sturdiest, most robust game Box ever imagined or produced. With reinforced sides, a strong magnetic closure, firm foam insert and room for the base set decks and each and every expansion, this magnificently designed Box is an integral part of ‘The Agents experience’.
These figurines are true collectibles. Limited edition, limited run, they complete 'The Agents experience'.
The Agents Artbook is a must-have for all backers who are addicted to Danny’s breathtaking artwork. This bumper Artbook contains full color prints of the artwork featured across the whole game as well as shows some ‘behind the scenes’ and ‘making of’ features. With anecdotes, fiction and annotations by Saar and Danny, this is a true collector’s piece.
For the first time, you can display full color prints of artwork from The Agents in your home, your office or your safe-house. Danny has created brand new pieces of art especially for this purpose.
We’ve also done something pretty cool. We’ve invited a few brilliant artists from around the world to let their imaginations run wild and create their very own take on ‘The Agents world’. Each artist has a uniquely different style, so these new illustrations bring a whole new perspective on The Agents and the dark, mysterious world of espionage that they inhabit. We have produced a limited number of highest quality posters - check out the full line-up here.
More games = more fun! If you just can't wait to get your hands on The Agents, we'll send you a first edition copy of the game as soon as the campaign ends so you can start playing it 3 months earlier. If you simply want to add more copies of the brand new base set to your bundle, go right ahead!
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!
Risks and challenges
I believe that I've got the risks down to a bare minimum. This is my second time at the wheel of delivering The Agents card game, and I've learned SO much from the first production. I've got an established relationship with my printers, and know the ins and outs of every single step of preparing for print and production. I've upgraded the way that we'll be setting colors, cutting cards and boxing expansions. I've gathered a wealth of information about how to package and ship the games to ensure that they arrive in great condition. I can't foresee the future (yet!) but as it stands, I'm confident that we're heading into a production and delivery that is as close to flawless as I can imagine!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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