We're listing ages 10+ on the box. Spy Club is intended to be a family-weight game that adults would play, that teens could play by themselves, and that younger kids could play with adults. Here's how one reviewer put it:
> "It is accessible in its theme and its initial game play, but the whole campaign aspect adds some additional heavier game play that will keep even people who don't have children into it. I think this will be a great game to teach children and young teens a campaign-style game, with an adult who could help guide them through as the rules are changing."
The standard game works well at ages 8+. Once you start adding cards from the campaign deck, you'll probably want to have an adult to help out the younger ones.
Traditionally, you set up a board game, play it, and then put it away just like you found it. But something special happens when a game changes and evolves over multiple plays. It’s terrific that so many new campaign games and formats are coming out, and we're excited to add Spy Club to that list! But the differences between various formats can be confusing.
Spy Club is intended to be reset and replayed. The sequence of content isn’t scripted, so each campaign will unfold differently with a more emergent narrative. Only a portion of the content will be unlocked over the course of a campaign: even after multiple campaigns, players will still have new content to unlock.
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In the standard game, there is very little language dependence. All the text for the events on the central board, in the rulebook, and on the reference cards can be read by one player and taught to the other players. After learning the rules, players should be able to play the standard game without any reading. (While the thematic names on the clue cards do help with the light story-telling element, they are primarily thematic. They do not affect game play directly, and they have identifiable illustrations to accompany them.)
The campaign cards, however, contain a large amount of text. One person would need to be able to read those cards; that person could then teach the rules to the other players. Since new rules are introduced in every game, at least one such person would need to participate in every game. But it is only required that ONE player be able to read the cards, not EVERY player.
There isn't any mechanism in Spy Club that would prevent a single player from playing the game as 2, 3, or 4 characters. (That said, playtesters continually report a high level of social interaction in the game. The mechanisms do encourage talking and teamwork, and there's a light storytelling element that emerges as you discover the specific details of your case. You'll naturally miss out on some of the experience playing solo.) But the mechanisms, the unlockable content, and the emerging story all work with 1 player acting as multiple characters.
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