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ABOVE TOP SECRET is a turn-based strategic card game featuring stealth and secret technology as your defense systems.
ABOVE TOP SECRET is a turn-based strategic card game featuring stealth and secret technology as your defense systems.
ABOVE TOP SECRET is a turn-based strategic card game featuring stealth and secret technology as your defense systems.
207 backers pledged AU$ 12,674 to help bring this project to life.

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ABOVE TOP SECRET - A Two Player Strategy Game

AU$ 12,674

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ABOVE TOP SECRET is a turn-based strategic card game for two players. It is suited for ages 12+ and play will take approximately 45 - 90 minutes. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED (See Pledge Levels and FAQ for details regarding EU Friendly Shipping)

For a more immersive gaming experience, you can add a pair of Custom ATS themed playmats. These are high quality, full colour, and we are hoping to have them made by UltraPro in the US. Retail price is generally AUD$66 each, however we are offering them here on Kickstarter for only $20AUD each (approx $15USD) plus AUD$20 postage as they will be manufactured and posted separately to the game.

There are currently four custom playmat designs to choose from, and backers can specify which ones they prefer in their order once the campaign is finished.

Close up of the mats we've been using for playtesting.

Damage counters and slider clips for the Base Area Cards allows players to keep track of their score during the game. NOTE: These have been designed not to damage the cards like some sliders have been known to do. NB: Sleeves will be included for the Base Cards and Security Clearance Cards.

To ensure that the game was ready to go to print once it was funded, all of the core illustrations and graphics were completed over the past 18 months and included a complete overhaul of the style and appearance.

You have been chosen to take command of the Defense Systems for a Top Secret Military Base.

There are many weapon systems at your disposal, including some which are classified Above Top Secret. These include prototype systems, which have been reverse engineered from recovered Extraterrestrial Technology.

As your Security Clearance increases, so does your access to higher levels of Technology.

Click below to download a full colour PDF copy of the rulebook. Please note that the Teamplay option is not supported/mentioned in this Kickstarter, however the Extended Rulebook is still available for those who are interested which explains that variant. Please see the FAQ's for the link.

Click on the image below for a full review by Derek "Dez" Maggs at GOTO game.

Gameplay video courtesy of "TO DIE FOR GAMES"

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One of the add-ons we've been planning is to have Themed Base playmats so that players who prefer a particular Base Area can have a matching location to defend. This is an example of how that might look (Note: example Artwork only.)

 And finally a look at the box itself:

We've also been working on an alternative box cover, as the core box may increase in size to the same dimensions as Machi Koro. This is one of the concepts we've done for a more intimate X-Files look. NB: Cover Artwork is not final.

And finally a look at some more of the card artwork in the game.

Many thanks to Matt at The Campaigner and everyone who has contributed to the project over the past two years. 

Risks and challenges

SHIPPING COSTS:

Shipping is included (no more to pay) for most countries, including USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, China etc

EU FRIENDLY:

ABOVE TOP SECRET is valued at under EU €22 / GBP £15 / CAD $20 so it is exempt from VAT / HST in most countries.

Backers in EU Countries should choose the ATS EURO (EU FRIENDLY) pledge as there is no VAT threshold or it is too low for in those countries. We will ship the game to you from a fulfillment warehouse in Europe. ABOVE TOP SECRET will be under the VAT threshold of other countries so generally exempt from VAT. Note: This method involves additional shipping costs, and slightly higher postage charges. It is a little more expensive and takes longer to ship EU Friendly. We thank you for your understanding. Lost or damaged articles will be the responsibility of the fulfillment partners/carriers, so please retain your receipts and any photos for any claims that may arise which are out of our hands.

Risks and challenges

Above Top Secret is the result of two years design and development work, during which time it has undergone a complete overhaul of it's rules and mechanics, as well as extensive playtesting. We wanted to make sure that the game you see is the game you get.

All of the artwork featured in the game has been completed and print files for the project are ready. Longpack Games are our preferred manufacturer for the game, with UltraPro our first choice for the playmats, however it depends upon how much we raise past the primary goal as to which manufacturers we can go with as some have minimum orders of 2000 copies.

Our main focus will be on making sure the production side runs smoothly, and that the finished game gets to our backers on schedule.

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    BASE COMMANDER

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