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Ace of Spies is a card game of set collecting and sneakiness.

Ace of Spies is a card game of set collecting and sneakiness that comes from the minds of two first time designers, Michael Fox and Mark Rivera. Players take on the roles of spymasters, tasked with taking on missions and gathering the resources needed to complete them. The more complex a mission, the more specific your required resources will be – but it’ll also be so much more valuable!

Rules

Have a look at the current rules here: Rulebook

You can view the current gameplay video here: Gameplay Video

Gameplay

The game is based around four decks of cards. The Mission deck tells you what elements you’ll need to hunt down from the other three City decks. Representing London, Paris and Berlin, these decks are filled with Tools, Intelligence, Locations and all-important Agents that will come together to complete your selected missions. Powerful Interrupt cards are also found in the City decks that allow you to skew the game in your favour – or take down your opposition in style – while Agents can also be used for their special abilities to turn the tide in your favor.

What's in the box?

Right now you get 120 City Cards and 35 Mission cards along with the rulebook. Once we hit our initial funding goal we will begin announcing Stretch Goals for additional components. 

Get an Ace of Spies Codename in the rulebook

You can add your name in the rulebook for $10 but if you want to go the extra step, Michael Fox has offered to create a proper agent codename for you as well. No guarantees on what you'll end up with if you leave it to him, but knowing Michael, it will be entertaining. (codename optional)

If you want to add your name to the rulebook, just add $10 to your pledge now and when the project funds we will send out a survey. The survey will ask if you want a code name and if you have already chosen one or would like Michael Fox to make one up for you.

Genegrafter Add-on

For anyone that missed Albino Dragon's Genegrafter, we are now offering it as an add-on when you pledge to Ace of Spies. Genegrafter will retail for $30 when it releases but you can get it now by just adding $25 to your current pledge level. 

If you are not familiar with the game, it's a quick and easy card and dice game for 2-4 players. 
Contents:
  •   54 Card Deck of Characters, Abilities, and Events
  •   5 Blue Defense Dice
  •   5 Red Attack Dice
  •   4 Oversized Player Cards (only 3 shown here)
  •   Rulebook

Shipping

In an effort to help International backers, we're going to offer pickup at Essen. If you pick up your game there Michael and Mark have agreed to also sign it for you as well.

If you decide to do this, please add $10 instead of $30.

Twitter

If you’d like to keep up to date with what’s happening during our Kickstarter campaign and beyond, follow us on Twitter at @Ace_of_Spies. The designers are also there too under @idlemichael and @blightygamer – it’s a brand new adventure for them and they’re both rather excited about how this is all going to turn out. In the meantime, thank you for checking out our video and campaign, and if you have questions, just ask! We’ll be happy to help with anything you want to know. Spread the word and help us make Ace of Spies a success!

Retailers

These are brick and mortar stores that have pledged so far. If you have one in your area I would suggest checking them out since they are obviously very cool people for backing Ace of Spies. (If you pledged at this level and don't see your store here, send us a message with all of your store's information so we can get you added).

Background

Set between the two World Wars, Ace of Spies draws inspiration from the glory days of spycraft as well as classic movies and books, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. With influences from The 39 Steps through to the tales of the codebreakers of Bletchley Park, it’s a game that will see the most devious and skilled player win - perhaps! Never underestimate the power of a little bit of luck, but remember that clever play can all but eliminate the role of chance. Will you focus on finishing as many small missions as possible or go for the glory of completing the trickier high scoring ones?

Either way can win you the game… but make sure that you stay on your toes! With your enemies always watching for your next move, the world of Ace of Spies can be a dangerous place. You may believe you’re only a single card from victory but beware… nothing is as easy at it initially seems. You could be stopped in your tracks by another player’s Intervention, or one of your sneaky Agents could turn rogue! Perhaps you’ll manage to catch a glimpse of someone else’s cards that may give their plans away? It’s all part of the game after all…

With gorgeous artwork throughout, Ace of Spies is a solid game that’s accessible to players of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re playing with children who love to get one over on the grown ups or experienced gamers looking for something fun but fulfilling, Ace of Spies will give you a great play experience that is always enjoyable. It’s easy to understand yet offers a surprisingly deep level of gameplay that will appeal to everyone who gets their hands on a copy!

We really want to focus on the importance of the game during this whole campaign. We’ve listened to people who’ve backed projects in the past and paid attention to the kind of things they like – and more importantly don’t like. You won’t find any t-shirts or bags as stretch goal rewards with Ace of Spies, though we do have a couple of ideas up our sleeves should they be needed!

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    RETAILERS (Brick-and-mortar ONLY): Please note: We're working on a distribution channel for brick and mortar stores but until we've worked that out this is your only chance to order any Albino Dragon games at a discount. We will not be offering these through traditional distribution so if you miss this it may be awhile before you can get your hands on them again. Combo Pack: 3 copies of Ace of Spies AND 3 copies of Genegrafter complete with Kickstarter promos. Shipping to the United States only. Please note that you must be a brick and mortar retailer to take advantage of this. If we find out that you are not, only 2 copies of each will be sent.

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