Football management at your kitchen table!
Counter Attack is the 2-player football strategy game you can play at your kitchen table. It's aimed at football fans who love the tactical side of the game, whatever their age.
In Counter Attack you control every single action on the pitch – every pass, dribble, tackle, shot and save! You have to decide how to best utilise your 16-player squad to make best use of each player’s unique abilities.
Can you outwit your opponent and win the match?
Key features of the game
Build a squad of players
Every football manager needs a clever stategy, a slice of luck and a good squad of players. Counter Attack comes with a set of 35 players, each of whom have a unique set of abilities. Will you inherit a squad of silky-skilled ballers, or second division scrappers?
As their manager, you have to decide how to deploy your players on the pitch. Quick, tricky attackers might make your team better suited to breaking down the wings, while a tall striker could lead to you playing high balls into the box - but it's up to you, because you call all the shots!
The Movement Phase
Football is a dynamic sport featuring 23 constantly moving parts (2 teams of 11 and one ball!). It's Counter Attack's Movement Phase that really brings the game to life! Managers take turns to move players around the pitch in between the passes, tackles and shots they try to pull off.
The Movement Phase has been designed to give the game an air of realism - managers can execute their favourite tactical strategies in this game. You can do all of this and more in Counter Attack:
- overlapping fullbacks!
- inverted wingers!
- false 9s!
- cross balls from deep!
- execute a high press!
- park the bus!
Be careful not to send too many players forward in case you get tackled and suffer a devastating...counter attack!
What's in the box?
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How to play the game
The rules in Counter Attack take about 30 minutes to learn and a lifetime to master. The core rules are simple and easy to learn; the advanced rules add layers of depth to the game. Counter Attack is a free-form game where the number of options are almost infinite, meaning no game is like any other!
Stretch goals are additional components that come with the game if we hit a certain funding goal. If we hit the funding mark, then everyone who has bought at least the standard version of the game will get the reward specified below!
Goal 1 is unlocked! Every standard box of Counter Attack will now ship with 46 player cards!
Goal 2 is unlocked! Every standard box of Counter Attack will now ship with a box to hold your player cards in!
Meet the creator
My name is Colin and I’ve been thinking about developing a football board game for many years. The game is inspired by some of my favourite football computer games - Kick Off 2, Sensible Soccer, Tracksuit Manager, Championship Manager, Football Manager, FIFA, ProEvo and Manic Miner. Ok, maybe not Manic Miner, but you get the drift. When you distill what I like about these games into a few bullet points, you end up with:
- er, football
- make-believe universes
I wanted to bring all of these elements into Counter Attack. More than anything, I wanted the managers to be in charge of all decisions on the pitch, and I wanted it to feel like football. The player cards were crucial to all of this: because each player has a unique set of skills, the managers are forced into making strategic decisions that can make or break their gameplan!
Rachel is not only my girlfriend: she's the Counter Attack art director, proof-reader and sometimes-game-tester! While I can dabble with Illustrator, Rachel is streets ahead of me in that department. She's got a background in art and graphic design and has work with several big brands. Rachel is working hard to make the artwork stand out from the crowd.
I'll use the UK's Royal Mail service. Their charges are:
- UK address £3
- Rest of Europe £10
- Rest of the world £15
The Royal Mail says: we aim to deliver items to Europe within 3 to 5 working after posting and rest of world destinations within 6 to 7 working days after posting.
Remember, Counter Attack has not yet been produced. The game will only be produced at the end of this campaign if we reach our funding goal. It is expected that the game will take 10 weeks to be produced and then delivered to me. I will post your copy to you as soon as I receive it.
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Risks and challenges
The artwork for the game is still being finalised, so all of the imagery on this page is based on the basic prototype. We're working on the art now and will have it all finished before the project reaches the end.
For now, the game only comes in the English language. In time, I hope to make downloadable versions of the rules in Spanish and French.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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