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Espionage is a 4-8 player illustrated party card game based around secrets, politics and ruling the world.
Espionage is a 4-8 player illustrated party card game based around secrets, politics and ruling the world.
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Espionage: The Card Game

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ESPIONAGE is a 4-8 player party card game that testifies to the true guise of modern day politics using a sinister plot that whoever knows the most secrets rules the world.

Created and designed by our multidisciplinary design studio Karishma’s World, Espionage combines chance and strategy to offer players an interactive fiction.

Espionage allows players to assume the identities of leaders and rebels all of whom will cross swords to re-distribute the balance of power and take control of the world. Packed with intrigue, the game contains secret locations, weapons and captivating backstories.

The overall objective of the game is to acquire as many of the secret locations as possible in an effort to become the final world leader (or tyrant!).

We have included free shipping on our backer levels to make it affordable for you to enjoy and play Espionage and any merchandise on offer. 

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The Story

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In the aftermath of the political scene in 2016, the idea of Espionage hatched in designer Karishma's mind.

What first began as a series of politically themed illustrated cards soon turned into a card game. Contextually, the game was motivated by the heightened attention to the prevalent harbouring and sharing of secrets, and real-life spying taking place on an international scale. 

Visually, the styling of Espionage was influenced by the Tintin comics, its creator Hergé’s artwork and the ligne claire style the comics are drawn in. Meanwhile the satirical undertone of the card game was inspired by political podcast The Bugle.

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The Game

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Level: Easy 

4-8 players  

Ages 14+

Designed with favourite gaming features, Espionage offers a unique bill-of-fare for current affairs fans.  Espionage combines the engaging elements of cherished classics like Avalon, with the pace of newer party games such as Exploding Kittens.

  • Beyond the spyglass: While spying and detection is key to the game, Espionage extends beyond common operative games with players focused on an end goal of collecting as many secret locations and building an empire that will ultimately decree one winner to rule the world.
  • Special Illustrations: The artwork of the Espionage cards has been created using Karishma’s signature style to provide players with detailed and striking graphics. 
  • A Simple Agenda: A ‘party game’ first and foremost, Espionage is straightforward to understand even for non-politicos and non-gamers. Its easy to play game design makes it perfect for players of all levels.

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The Cards

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Espionage will contain 180 cards consisting of: 8 character cards, 40 secret location cards (of value 1,2,3,4 or 5), 25 action cards, 75 spy cards (of value 1,2 or 3), 30 red herring cards & 2 rules summary cards.  The cards will be presented in a custom printed tuck-box.  

This is a sample selection of the illustrated cards in Espionage for your perusal:

  • Card Backs 
  • Spy & Red Herring Cards 
  • Character Cards
  • Secret Location Cards

Note: This is a sample from the full set of cards, there are many more cards eg. Action Cards, more Character Cards and more Secret Location cards. 

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The Rules

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We are excited to bring to you two different styles of play. 

Party Edition (the original edition)

The party edition is a fast, light game best enjoyed with your favourite tipple with a group of your buddies.  

  • To begin -  Players are given a character card (kept secret) and they pick a card from the top of the main deck which consists of the spy cards and red herrings shuffled together.  
  • To play - The spy cards are currency and allow players to purchase either secret locations or action cards whereas the red herrings put the players closer to going out of the game.  
  • For bonus points - Every player has a specific symbol on their character card and the aim is to try and collect as many of the locations with their symbol's suit as possible as these enable the players to gain extra points at the end of the game.  
  • For action - Players can use action cards to steal secret locations from other players and unveil the suit they are collecting as well as try to eliminate players from the game by slinging red herrings their way.  The action cards also allow players to destroy secret locations and to change the direction of the game.  
  • To end - The game ends when there are no cards left in the main deck or when there is one player left standing.  The winner is determined by the highest total score of secret location cards at the end of the game.

Scoring Edition (Our score-keeping alternative)

This edition is similar to the party edition with the main exception that players keep note of scores throughout the game. Perfect for a chilled afternoon with family and friends.

  • To score - Players can choose to "bank" their secret locations as they go through the game by writing down the value of their card, but if they do so, they have to return the location cards to the location deck.
  • To strategise - As with the party game, collecting as many locations of their symbol suit will result in bonus points at the end of the game which allows players to play strategically and decide whether to bank the value of their secret locations or to hold onto them until the game ends. 

This is the summarised game play for our Kickstarter page, but we will be including both summary cards in the printed game and sending full rules to every backer. We will also be sending a digital copy of the rules out to backers before going to print to ensure that they are clear to understand. 

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Merchandise

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We've added some samples of the merchandise you'll get on the various levels of Kickstarter! 

  • 4 limited edition luxury postcards - These postcards will be printed onto 380mic Pulp Paper, perfect to post or to frame as a mini-print  
  • Espionage T-shirts - We'll be getting these classic fit tees beautifully screen printed and finished in black or white with the Espionage card back print 
 
  • Espionage Espionage A3 Poster - Printed onto lovely matte paper, perfect to stick up on your wall or frame

 

 
  • Espionage A2 Limited Edition Print - You'll get a choice of Espionage artwork for your limited edition print, with only 5 of each printed. Ever! 
 
  • Espionage Deluxe version - As well as Espionage: The Game, you'll get custom scoresheets, best of 3 tokens and wrapping. 

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Timeline

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We love a good plan and here is ours for Espionage.  We have tried to be as realistic as possible with estimates of production and shipping. If anything changes, you will be notified immediately.

  • July/August 2017 - The Kickstarter will be live. Throughout this campaign, the game will go through any final testing and revisions to ensure that it is as enjoyable and well made as possible.  We will be taking on board backer questions and feedback on the game during this time.
  • August/ mid-September 2017 - From the end of the campaign to mid-September, we will be completing final edits and tweaks in preparation for printing and manufacturing.
  • mid-end of September 2017 - The game and merchandise designs will be sent off for manufacture.
  • October / November 2017 - This is the estimated time of completion for the printed game and merchandise.
  • end of November / December 2017 - Espionage will be posted out to customers, just in time for Christmas and the festive season!

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Funding

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The £3500 pledged for this Kickstarter campaign will go into the production and manufacture of Espionage, printing and shipping the game and Kickstarter's fees.  

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Stretch Goals

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£7,000 - Game expanded to 10 players (including new characters and new locations)

£10,000 - Game expanded to 12 players (including new characters and new locations) with custom designed scoresheets and one instant death card.

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Thank You

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A big thanks to all of those that have tested and advised on Espionage so far, your support is invaluable and we know will continue to be throughout this process and you'll be credited in the game. To all our new supporters, welcome on board our journey!

Risks and challenges

Although we have a lot of experience designing, this is our first card game and we will endeavour to do everything it takes to meet the deadlines we have set. We have created these deadlines with "cushioning" inbuilt, just in case things take a little longer than expected. Our aim is to make sure Espionage is ready to be played over the festive period with family and friends!

The game artwork is almost ready to print, but we will be completing any final edits to the game play and design from now until mid-September to ensure the game is as enjoyable as it can be and take into account feedback from backers eg. clarity of rules. This means that the game will be as well made as possible but that some designs may change slightly before shipping, but all to benefit backers and players.

If the game proves to be super popular and we have an enormous order, production may take a bit longer than the predicted timelines, but all backers will be updated if this is the case.

We will be keeping our campaign, design and manufacturing processes as transparent as possible and give regular updates to keep us on track and let you know it's all going to plan. Keep an eye on our updates section for the latest information and of course, get in touch if you've got any questions!

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