Find your partner, inf iltrate the embassy, get the

Find your partner, inf iltrate the embassy, get the
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David Turczi
Katalin Nimmerfroh
2-6
45-60m
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Find your partner, infiltrate the embassy, get the enemy intel & escape!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Note: This is a work in progress, though near final, version of the rules.
COMPONENTS
3 x Game boards
11 x Wooden person tokens
6 x Agent (red, green, blue, yellow, white, purple)
4 x Guard (black)
1 x VIP (grey)
18 x Wooden disc tokens
1 x Reception – pink
1 x Lock – grey
1 x Lights Out – black
7 x Points (2p) – red
7 x Points (2p) – blue
1 x Jamming (2p) – green
29 x Tiles
8 x Helicopter
2 x Briefcase
19 x Player aid
49 x Interaction cards - BLACK BACK
13 x Classic mission loyalties
2 x UK & 1 x UK blood-stained
2 x USSR & 1 x USSR blood-stained
2 x USA & 1 x USA blood-stained
2 x China & 1 x China blood-stained
1 x Interpol (5p)
24 x Attack
8 x Brass Knuckles
8 x Knife
8 x Garrotte
6 x Neutral
6 x Friendly
3 x 2p guard weapons - GREY BACK
1 x Brass Knuckles
1 x Knife
1 x Garrotte
33 x Item cards - RED BACK
6 x Critical items
1 x UK intel
1 x USSR intel
1 x USA intel
1 x China intel
2 x Bomb
12 x Regular items
2 x Hidden Weapon
2 x Bulletproof Vest
2 x First Aid Kit
2 x Key
2 x Contraband
2 x Night Vision Goggles
4 x Briefcase items
1 x blue Briefcase
1 x red Briefcase
2 x Code Cracker
2 x intro mission items
1 x blue Floppy
1 x red Floppy
4 x 3p mission items
1 x UK Alliance letter
1 x USSR Alliance letter
1 x USA Alliance letter
1 x China Alliance letter
5 x 2p mission items
2 x grey Floppy
2 x Microfilm
1 x VIP file
8 x 2p Alert cards - STRIPED BACK
1 x 0/3/Ambassador's office
1 x 3/5/Computer
1 x 1/6/Breaker
1 x 1/6/Security HQ
1 x 1/5/Radio
1 x 2/4/Central Lock
1 x 0/4/Helipad
1 x 0/3/Jamming
[redacted] is a game of spycraft, intrigue, betrayal, and bluffing set in the golden age of the cold war, when men knew
how to drink a Martini, and women knew not to trust a man who claimed to know how to drink a Martini.
Every year, the ambassador holds a reception to show how important he is. In the game, the players, using their secret agent
skills, must infiltrate the embassy during the reception. Moving from room to room, they must recover files and escape in the
helicopter, or make sure that the enemy pilots have a really bad day.
When interacting with each other, the players seek to interrogate, steal or injure whenever they can. With a double-blind
interaction mechanism that never really lets the tension ebb, a skilled agent will need to do a lot more than see through a bluff...
It is recommended that you first play [redacted] with 4 players, or try the introductory mission before attempting the
game with 2, 3 or 5 players, as each adds more advanced functions and missions to the game.
Game start & structure
The starting player is the one who can make the best agent-ordering-a-Martini impression. Players may also choose the
starting player randomly, or in any way they all agree on.
The players take their turns in a clockwise order around the table. The starting player places their Agent token in the
Entrance room to begin the game.
The secret agent's secret secrecy rules (top secret)
During the game, a player may lie about anything, e.g. claim to have whatever loyalty, hold whatever item, and having seen
(or not seen) any card during an interaction. However, a player may never reveal a card to prove any claim, as doing so would
result in dismissal from the agency, and would be destined for a dreary life in board game publishing.
Taking a turn
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Players may make one movement and one action per turn. When it is a player’s turn, one of the following is performed:
• Use an Action item while occupying the current room. This ends the active player's turn.
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• Move through any number of rooms (except if injured), moving by at least one room. This may result in the following:
• If the active player stops at an empty room where they may perform an action, they may do so.
• If the active player stops at any empty room, they may use an Action item.
• If the active player encounters another player, an interaction occurs.
Action items
Several item cards have an Action icon on them. Using them constitutes the player's action. The item used is then discarded,
and play passes on to the next player. These items are intel, Bomb, First Aid Kit and Contraband (see Items).
A player does not have to move when using such an item, and may remain in the current room. If a player does not hold an
Action item at the beginning of a turn, then movement must be made.
Movement
Movement is carried out by tracing a path through rooms and their connecting doors
from any room to another. Staircase and Service Staircase rooms are connected to the
respective rooms on the floors above or below them, and allow players to move up or down
the building.
The active player may stop in any room, but if another player is present, the active player
must stop and carry out an interaction.
Movement stops whenever an interaction results in combat, i.e. when an Attack card has been
played.
Movement may continue as long as no action has been taken.
A player may not re-enter a room where they started the turn, or a room where they had an
interaction this turn.
Note: Injured players can only move up to a maximum of two rooms each turn.
Actions
A player's action may be spent by doing any of the following:
• Activating a room's function.
• Using an Action item.
• Taking a reward during an interaction.
Interactions
When two players meet in a room, an interaction occurs. Each player decides what type of card to play
(Attack, Friendly, Neutral) and then the cards are exchanged, simultaneously and secretly from the other players.
The players consider the card of their opponent, and determine the result, among these options:
• Neutral vs. Neutral: Nothing happens.
• Friendly vs. Neutral: The player showing the Friendly card may do one of the following things:
• Give an item to the other player. The item must be accepted if the receiving player has less than three item cards in hand. If the receiving player already has three item cards, the item may be refused or the player may choose to discard one of the held item cards before accepting (before knowing what the item is).
•Play a First Aid Kit item in order to heal the player showing Neutral, if that player is injured. This may only be played if the player showing the Friendly is the active player. Doing so uses up the active
player's action.
• Friendly vs. Friendly: Same as Friendly vs. Neutral, with the exception that if both players choose to give an item, they do not have to discard due to a hand limit (in effect simultaneously exchanging items).
• Attack vs. Friendly: The player that played the Attack card automatically defeats the player that played Friendly.
• Attack vs. Neutral: The player that played the Attack card automatically defeats the player that played Neutral,
but both players still have the option to play combat items.
• Attack vs. Attack: The players compare their weapons using a rock-paper-scissors mechanism:
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Brass Knuckles defeat Knife
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Knife defeats Garrotte
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Garrotte defeats Brass Knuckles
The cards exchanged in this way are returned to their owners, and the result is announced.
At this point, starting with active player, the players take turns in choosing to show and discard a Combat item (see Items),
continuing in this manner until both choose not to reveal such an item. The result is adjusted accordingly.
If any Attack cards were played, their owners discard them to their own private discard pile, face down. Immediately after all
of a player's Attack cards have been used and discarded, that player may draw all of them to hand.
An active player can not continue movement if involved in an interaction which results in combat (i.e. when an Attack card
has been used), and loses the ability to take an action if defeated.
After an interaction where one player defeated the other, the winning player may:
• Injure: The defeated player's Agent token is set on its side, to indicate injury.
That player may only move two rooms at a time until healed with a First Aid Kit or at the Infirmary.
• Steal: The winning player randomly chooses one item card to take from the defeated player. If the winning player is already at the item card hand limit, a held item card must be chosen and discarded before stealing.
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Interrogate: The defeated player chooses one of the held Attack cards and puts it together with the
Loyalty card and the Neutral card. These three cards are given face-down to the winning player, who shuffles them and chooses one of them to look at. That card is then shuffled back with the other two cards, and all cards are handed back to the defeated player. In this way, the defeated player can not know what the winning player has seen.
• Not take any reward: If the winner is the active player, the ability to take an action (or use an Action item) in the room where the interaction took place is preserved.
Following this, the winning player must choose an adjacent room to which the defeated player is forced to Sneak Out.
The winning player (if also the active player) may choose to Sneak Out, instead of displacing the defeated player.
Sneaking Out
There may never be more than one Agent token in a room at the end of a player's turn.
A player may Sneak Out through as many rooms as necessary but must stop at the first
empty room.
If possible, a player may not Sneak Out to a room where they started their turn, or where
they previously had an interaction. Sneaking Out counts as movement for purposes of X-ray
detection and needing a Key to move through locked doors. A winning player may, with the
use of a Key item (including one played earlier in the same turn), force a defeated player to
Sneak Out through a locked door.
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Whenever a sneaking player enters a room with another player in it, that player may choose to let the sneaking player pass, or
stop and knock the sneaking player out. When Knocked Out, a player's Agent token is placed at the corner of the room, as
close to the board's edge as possible. The player who caused this may take a free reward (Injure, Steal, Interrogate), without
using an Attack card, as if having just won an interaction.
Knocked Out players are not considered to be in the room, may not use its benefits, and can not participate in interactions
until the beginning of their next turn. If another player is occupying the room at that time, the formerly Knocked Out player
must immediately exit the room, without an interaction occurring with the other player.
Rooms
There are three floors in the embassy: the terrace (top), the ground floor (middle), and the basement (bottom). Each floor
is comprised of nine rooms, connected to each other by doors. Some doors are locked, some are equipped with X-ray
detectors, and some are normal doors. Some rooms are computer-operated (see Computer room).
Terrace (top)
Helipad: If there is a helicopter on the Helipad, there are two available actions:
• A player may, as an action, discard a Bomb item to blow up the helicopter. Remove the Helicopter tile from the board and place it with its destroyed side face-up. If this was the second helicopter of the same team, the game is over.
• A player may, as an action, enter the helicopter matching the player's Loyalty card, triggering the end of the game, hopefully while revealing the intel item of the opposing team or carrying the briefcase containing it.
Gallery: Except for priceless masterpieces that the ambassador collects and knows nothing about, it is a seemingly empty room that connects the Helipad to the top Storage and Security HQ rooms.
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Storage: A player may, as an action, draw a card from the items deck. If a player already holds three item
cards, then one of them must be discarded before drawing.
Service Staircase: A player must discard a Key item to enter this room, but not to exit it. A player may move from this room to the Service Staircase room on the ground (middle) floor.
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Armoury: A player may, as an action, draw two cards from the (black-backed) Attack cards deck, immediately choosing one of them to add to their hand, and shuffling the other back into the Attack cards deck. There is no limit to the number of Attack cards a player may hold.
The Armoury is computer-operated.
X-ray: This room is continuously active while occupied and is used during the turns of other players. A player occupying the X-ray room looks at all the item cards held by any other player that passes through a door equipped with X-ray detectors while moving or being displaced due to an interaction. Items inside briefcases (under the Briefcase tiles) are not seen, as briefcases are lined with lead. The (red/blue) Briefcase items themselves are seen.
The X-ray room is computer-operated.
Staircase: A player may move from this room to the Staircase room on the ground (middle) floor.
Telex: The embassy's main telecommunications room, it can be used to transmit encoded messages and data.
The Telex room is computer-operated.
Security HQ: This room is continuously active while occupied and is used during the turns of other players. A player occupying the Security HQ room looks at all the cards played during an interaction.
This includes:
• Black-backed interaction cards exchanged by the players.
• The card seen as a result of an interrogation.
• Any items given or stolen by the players.
The Security HQ room is computer-operated.
Ground floor (middle)
Kitchen: The ambassador is a known gourmand, and his receptions are noted in society for their host's exquisite taste that captivates his guests. He is particularly fond of spoiling guests with spherical chocolate confectionery consisting of a whole roasted hazelnut encased in a thin wafer shell filled with hazelnut cream and covered in milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts. A player ending a turn here may immediately interrupt the game to enforce
a snack break.
The Ambassador's Office: This is where the ambassador receives high-level guests, and where many sensitive discussions take place.
Service Staircase: A player must discard a Key item to enter this room, but not to exit it. A player may move from this room to the Service Staircase rooms on either the terrace (top) or the basement (bottom) floors.
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Entrance: As invited guests to the reception, the players take turns to start the game in this room.
Ballroom: A player may, as an action, cause the reception to start by reminding the ambassador. The embassy staff goes around the building, informing the guests that they are needed for the opening toast, and all Agent tokens are moved to the Ballroom. Then, the Reception token is placed in the room.
Players start their next turn from here, and, from now on, the Ballroom is a safe room where no interactions may happen. If multiple players end their turn here, they treat this room as being completely empty.
Note: The Ballroom may be activated only once per game.
Jamming: The Jamming room continuously blocks outgoing data transfers and may need to be disabled, depending on the mission objectives.
The Jamming room is computer-operated.
Staircase: A player may move from this room to the Staircase rooms on either the terrace (top), or the basement (bottom) floors.
Central Lock: A player may, as an action, lock down either the terrace (top) or the basement (bottom) floor away from the rest of the building. Place the Lock token in this room, above the lever illustration to indicate the top floor being locked, or below the lever illustration to indicate the bottom floor being locked.
If this happens, other players may not use the normal Staircase rooms to move to or from that floor. Service Staircase rooms may still be used to facilitate movement, but a Key item must be discarded in order to enter them. The floor remains locked as long as the player who initiated it continues to occupy this room.
Infirmary: A player may, as an action, use the Infirmary to heal, setting their Agent token upright.
Basement (bottom)
Radio: A player may, as an action, use the Radio room to call a helicopter, placing a Helicopter tile
on the Helipad. The Helipad must not be occupied by another helicopter. A player may choose to
call a helicopter of any faction, not just the player's own.
The Radio room is computer-operated.
Computer: This room is continuously active while occupied and is used during the turns of other players. A player occupying the Computer room may “Hack” other players when they use computer-operated rooms. Hacking is performed at any point a player is present in the Computer room, and another player uses the following rooms in the following ways:
• Armoury:
A player draws Attack cards.
• Telex:
A player makes a transmission.
• X-ray:
A player is occupying this room.
• Jamming: A player disables or restores jamming.
• Security HQ: A player is occupying this room.
• Radio:
A player calls a helicopter.
It is not important how or why a player was placed in the Computer room, or in the two rooms where a player's presence is enough to benefit from it (X-ray and Security HQ rooms). A player may be Hacked because their movement ended in such a room, or because they were displaced into such a room as a result of an interaction.
The player being Hacked gives the Loyalty card and the Neutral card to the player in the Computer room, who then shuffles them and chooses one of them to look at. They are then shuffled and handed back to the Hacked player. In this way, the Hacked player can not know whether the other player has discovered anything.
A player occupying the Computer room may be able to Hack each other player during a round. A player may not be Hacked more than once per round for a specific room, but may be Hacked for each different room they happen to use during a turn.
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Service Staircase: A player must discard a Key item to enter this room, but not to exit it. A player may move from this room to the Service Staircase room on the ground (middle) floor.
Vault: This is where the ambassador keeps his most valuable possessions, some of it legal.
Cellar: This is where the ambassador keeps his second most valuable possessions: vintage wine and Nutella.
Storage: A player may, as an action, draw a card from the items deck. If a player already holds three item cards, then one of them must be discarded before drawing.
Breaker: A player may, as an action, turn the lights off (placing the Lights Out token in this room) or on (removing the token). At the beginning of the game, the lights in the embassy are on. If turned off, rooms without a yellow border around their icon are considered to be dark. Players do not normally interact in dark rooms, and active players treat these rooms as empty, and may use them as if they were not occupied.
If the Breaker room is itself dark and an active player turns the lights back on while another player is in it, no interaction occurs and the active player must Sneak Out.
A player moving or Sneaking Out into or through a dark room may be interrupted by a player showing
Night Vision Goggles. All other rules regarding Sneaking Out are still valid, and no player may remain in the same room as another, at the end of a turn.
Tunnel: Nobody knows why the ambassador started to build this, but workers keep going in, and not
coming out...
Staircase: A player may move from this room to the Staircase room on the ground (middle) floor.
Items
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Items are represented by red-backed cards, some marked with “2” for “2-player”, “3” for “3-player”, and “i” for “intro” - some of the different game modes possible in [redacted] Each player has a hand limit of 3 item cards; an item located inside a briefcase does not count towards this limit, although a Briefcase item held in hand does count.
Critical items – Essential for completing missions and marked by an “!” icon.
intel: This file contains sensitive intelligence material of the enemy's operations, and must be retrieved from the embassy. Complete your mission by escaping with it in the helicopter.
Bomb: Sometimes actions speak louder than words – much louder. Prevent the enemy from escaping by blowing up their helicopter before they manage to use it to escape.
Briefcase items – The purpose of the briefcases is to hide items from prying eyes.
Briefcase: Each Briefcase card represents a briefcase that may contain one item, in the form of an item card placed under the Briefcase tile. An item inside a briefcase can not be used, looked at, or removed while the briefcase is closed, and is safe from being seen by a player in the X-ray room. A player may win the game by escaping in the helicopter while holding a briefcase that contains the intel item.
Code Cracker: An active player holding a Briefcase card may, at any point, discard a Code Cracker to open
the briefcase and look at the item under the matching Briefcase tile. The item may be taken, and an item (including the one just taken) may be placed back. The Briefcase card is not discarded. Opening a briefcase is not an action.
Regular items
Combat items:
They may be played during an interaction and do not constitute an action. They can only be used if at least one player
showed an Attack, except if it was (in a case of sudden but inevitable betrayal) used against a Friendly.
Following the initial result of an interaction resulting in combat, the active player may play one combat item, discarding it. The other player then has a chance to do the same, continuing until neither player wishes to do so.
Hidden Weapon: Playing a Hidden Weapon improves the player’s situation by one degree. If the player was losing, then the result is a tie. If the players were tied, the player playing it is now winning. Two Hidden Weapons
may be played by the same player to turn a defeat into a win. A Hidden Weapon played by each player preserves the initial result of the interaction.
Bulletproof Vest: Playing a Bulletproof Vest deflects all attacks and the interaction results in a tie, even against one or more Hidden Weapon items.
First Aid Kit: A player, as an action, may discard a First Aid Kit and immediately heal, placing the Agent token standing up to indicate a spy-movie-like miraculous return to health.
The First Aid Kit may also be played as an action after a Friendly interaction, in order to heal another player.
Key: A player may discard a Key at any point while active and move through any and all locked doors in the building until the end of the turn. If a player starts a turn inside one of the Service Staircase rooms, no Key is necessary to exit
the room.
Keys are useful when the Central Lock room has been activated, and one floor has been locked away from the rest of the building. In such a case, the Service Staircase rooms are not affected, and are the only way between floors. A key may also be discarded to displace another player through a locked door following an interaction.
Contraband: A player may, as an action, discard the Contraband to stash it away. filled with illicit proceeds
of whatever the ambassador does in his spare time, no self-respecting agent would want to be caught with it, especially when it takes precious space.
The Contraband may not be discarded due to hand limit to make space when drawing items from the Storage or when stealing items during an interaction. An action must be used to get rid of it, but smart agents will use good timing to remain in a strategic location while doing so.
Night Vision Goggles: When entering a dark room (see Breaker room) that is occupied, an interaction does not occur. However, starting with the player already in the room, Night Vision Goggles may be discarded to confront the other player. The other player then has a chance to do the same, resulting in a normal interaction.
If only one such a card is played, the player who revealed it may take a free reward (Injure, Steal, Interrogate). No Attack cards are played, and this is not considered an interaction.
If the active player was stopped in the process of movement, then movement is ended, the turn's action is lost, and after a reward is taken, the player is forced to Sneak Out.
If the Night Vision Goggles card was used while the active player was attempting to Sneak Out following an interaction, then the player who caused this may Knock Out the sneaking player.
Mission diplomatique – the classic mission, for 4 or 6 agents
Rookie spies may start with this mission, but if they require additional training, the Two-Man Rule intro mission is recommended,
after reading through the Mission diplomatique briefing.
Mission briefing
On the occasion of some national holiday nobody cares about, the ambassador is holding a reception – mostly because
he wants to show off how important he thinks he is. It turns out that he is a little bit important this time, because he has
managed to obtain some information on the enemy, and is hiding it somewhere in the embassy, aiming to use the reception
as a cover for meeting prospective buyers.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to infiltrate the embassy, obtain the enemy intel and escape, using the
helicopter that is waiting for a radio call. There is reason to believe that the ambassador has intel about our operations
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as well, and that enemy agents are seeking to obtain it. So, your alternate objective is to prevent them from doing so, by
blowing up both of their helicopters.
There's also backup, but to avoid this information falling in the wrong hands, your partner's identity is classified. Using your
interrogation skills, it is recommended that you establish who your partner is, and cooperate to complete your objective.
Mission setup
Place the game boards in the middle of the table, with the ground floor board between the terrace and
the basement boards. The players each choose one Agent token in the colour of their choice.
Interaction cards (black backs)
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At the beginning of the game, each player receives three Attack cards
(one each of Brass Knuckles, Garrotte, Knife), one Neutral card and
one Friendly card. Shuffle and place all remaining Attack cards in a deck
next to the game boards.
Choose two factions (UK, USSR, USA, China) to play with, taking the
matching Loyalty cards from the deck.
If playing with 4 players, remove one Loyalty card from each faction, and
then shuffle and deal the remaining four cards to the players. If playing
with 6 players, all three Loyalty cards of each faction are shuffled and dealt.
The Attack, Neutral, Friendly and Loyalty cards are collectively
referred to as the “interaction cards”.
Item cards (red backs)
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Separate the two intel items (marked with a “!”) matching the two factions you will play with. Remove
the other two, along with any other item card marked with“2”, “3” or “i”, and return them to the
game box.
Next, players must set up the two briefcases:
1. Set aside the two Briefcase cards (red and blue), and the two Code Cracker cards.
2. Separate the four critical item cards (intel and Bomb cards marked with “!”).
3. Randomly draw two regular item cards and shuffle them together with the four critical items,
to form a temporary six-card “briefcase deck”.
4. Without revealing them, draw two cards from this deck and place one under each Briefcase tile.
5. Shuffle together the remaining cards of the “briefcase deck”, the regular item cards, the Briefcase cards and the Code Cracker cards, and place this combined item deck next to the game boards.
Each player then draws one card from the item deck as their starting item.
Note: There is a hand limit of three item cards throughout the game.
Mission end
The game end is triggered in one of two ways:
• A player has entered a helicopter, revealing the enemy's intel item card (or uncovering a Briefcase tile showing the intel while also holding the matching Briefcase item), winning the game for the team.
If the player boarded the helicopter without the enemy's intel, then a major intelligence blunder has occurred, causing a costly defeat for the player's team, and a win for the opposing team.
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• Both of the helicopters belonging to a faction have been blown up, with the opposing team winning.
The Two-Man Rule – the intro mission, for 4 agents
The purpose of this training mission is to let agents become familiar with the embassy, the use of items, and the fine art of double-blind
bluffs before attempting to complete any field missions.
Mission briefing
Four trainee agents are locked in a training facility standing in for the embassy they will infiltrate once their training is complete.
Two of them want to escape the building, and to do so, they must disable the security system by uploading a virus into the
mainframe. The other two are tasked with stopping this by uploading an anti-virus into the mainframe.
To complete the mission, a player must discard the relevant Floppy item card in the Computer room at the same time that
any other player is occupying the Security HQ room.
Mission setup
Interaction cards (black backs)
Before dealing out the Loyalty cards, decide which national faction will be “team blue”, and which faction will be “team red”.
Item cards (red backs)
Do not set up the suitcases. Remove the following items from the items deck and return them to the box:
• Suitcases • Contraband
• Any other item card marked with“2” or “3”
• Code Crackers • Bombs
• Night Vision Goggles • intel
Add the red (virus) and blue (anti-virus) Floppy items (marked with “i” and “!”) to the items deck,
shuffling it, and placing it next to the game boards.
Each player then draws one card from the item deck as their starting item.
Rooms
Only the following rooms retain their original functions:
• Terrace: Armoury, X-ray, Storage
• Ground floor: Ballroom, Infirmary
• Basement: Storage
Every other room is treated as an empty room. Staircase and Service Staircase rooms may still be used.
The Computer and Security HQ rooms are where the players must complete the mission objective. There are two
prerequisites for the training mission to be complete:
• A player (of any faction) must occupy the Security HQ room.
• A player must reveal and, as an action, discard a Floppy item in the Computer room, triggering the end of the game.
Mission end
If the red (virus) Floppy item was discarded, the team seeking to escape the Embassy has won.
If the and blue (anti-virus) Floppy item was discarded, the team defending the Embassy has won.
All players then show their Loyalty cards, revealing on which team they were on.
This time, justice is... double-blind – the asymmetric mission, for 5 agents
Recommended for players that have played the classic mission, this mission will place one player as the lone, wisecracking, cynical,
tough-yet-sensitive agent that will try to arrest violent spies. Right before throwing a pun-tastic quip at everyone.
Mission briefing
Informed about the presence of two wanted agents in the embassy, the Interpol agent will have to establish their identity and
arrest them. But this tough cop will first have to beat them... at their own game.
Mission setup
Interaction cards (black backs)
When distributing loyalties, make sure that exactly one Loyalty card of each faction is one
marked with a blood stain. These agents have gone too far in their previous missions, and are
known by Interpol, which has sent an agent to arrest them.
In addition to the two teams of two, there is a fifth Loyalty card to be distributed, the
Interpol agent.
Interactions
The Interpol agent has an additional, special reward option in addition to the ones that all players have (Injure, Steal,
Interrogate):
• Arrest: The agent reveals the Loyalty card (“shows the badge”) and declares the arrest of the defeated player, who then must hand over the Loyalty card to the Interpol agent, who looks at it, not revealing it.
Note: A player in the Security HQ room may still look at it, as per the usual function of the room.
If the defeated player was indeed a wanted agent (marked with a blood stain), then this player is caught and eliminated from
the game. If the Interpol agent was active, the player immediately takes another full turn, during which a second arrest may
be attempted.
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If the defeated player was not a wanted agent, then the Loyalty card is returned without being revealed, and the Interpol
agent disgraced and disavowed, must discard all items and start the investigation again. Completing the mission just became a
lot more difficult, although still possible.
Mission end
In addition to the Classic game ending conditions, the game also ends if the Interpol agent arrests both wanted agents.
Note: Even if the second arrest does not immediately follow the first one, the game will not last much longer than the elimination of the first player, as the Interpol agent has been revealed, and one agent is now without a teammate.
An arrested player is still considered the winner, if the other player belonging to the same team wins the game.
Strange bedfellows – the advanced mission, for 3 agents
Recommended for players that have played the classic mission, this mission will test your interrogation and item-concealing skills.With
two agents allied against the third, obtaining and retaining information is more important than ever!
Mission briefing
The crafty ambassador has managed to obtain a third piece of intel, causing even more factions to be interested in his
receptions. With the reputation of the ambassador as a particularly entertaining host, invitations are even more difficult to
come by, and each agency has managed to only obtain one.
And, in a time of budget cuts and lack of experienced agents, intelligence agencies have had to make some compromises, and
temporarily ally with each other to achieve their objectives.
However, due to those budget cuts (whose idea was it to outsource admin support?!), the coded letters that inform the agents
of who their allied agent is have been erroneously sent as RSVP notes to the embassy! Agents must seek this information to
find out who their partner is, if any!
Mission setup
Interaction cards (black backs)
Choose three factions to be in the game, and choose one Loyalty card from each one to randomly deal out to each player.
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Item cards (red backs)
Take the three Alliance letters (marked with “3” and “!”) matching the factions in the game, and randomly
remove one, returning it to the box without seeing it. The remaining two Alliance letters are shuffled
together with the other critical items (intel, Bombs) before beginning the briefcase setup.
The two Alliance Letter items are what determine which two factions are allied. They may be seen by
a player in the X-ray room, stolen, obtained at the Storage room, or they may have been placed in the
briefcases in the beginning of the game.
Mission end
When the game is over, all loyalties and Alliance Letters are revealed. The players with Loyalty cards matching the factions on
the Alliance Letter items are considered to be in a team, and win or lose together. The game may end in three ways:
• Both helicopters of one colour were blown up. If they belonged to one of the allied players, the lone player wins. If they belong to the lone player, the allied players win.
• Three helicopters, each of different colour, were blown up. The alliance breaks down, and the lone player is the winner.
• A player entered a helicopter.
• If the player entering the helicopter was one of the allied players, and was holding the lone player’s intel (or held a briefcase that contained the lone player’s intel) then the allied players win.
• If the player entering the helicopter was the lone player, and was holding either allied player’s intel (or held a briefcase that contained either allied player’s intel) then the lone player is the winner.
As in the classic game, if a player enters the helicopter without the enemy's intel, it is a costly, embarrassing defeat.
Note: It is possible for a player to guarantee a victory by entering the helicopter while holding both other intel items.
Something something, Danger Zone! – the contentious mission for 2 agents
Recommended for players that have played the classic mission, this mission will pit you against another agent working to achieve the
same objectives, while trying to outwit the lazy guards of the embassy.
Mission briefing
Centre wants to make sure that the mission is a success, and has sent two agents. Both want the glory of being the one
with the most successes, but if both compete all the time, rather than cooperate when necessary, the guards will find them!
Mission setup
Interaction cards (black backs)
Remove all Loyalty cards from the game, as they are not used in this mission.
Item cards (red backs)
1. Remove both Bombs, both Briefcases, both Code Crackers, one Contraband, both Night Vision Goggles and any one intel item from the game.
2. Shuffle together one grey Floppy, one Microfilm, the VIP file, and one random intel item. This is the starting “Objective deck”, to be placed next to the game boards, away from the items deck.
3. Place another intel item at the bottom of the Objective deck.
4. Shuffle the third intel item, the other grey Floppy and the other Microfilm into the items deck.
5. Do not draw an item to start with.
Guard weapons (“light black” backs)
Shuffle the three Guard Weapons (marked with “2”) and place them face-down next to the game boards.
Alert deck (striped black/yellow backs)
Shuffle the all Alert cards, and place them face-down next to the game boards.
Rooms
The last player to have worn a turtleneck chooses the Telex or the Tunnel room as a hideout, with the other player taking
the other. Alternatively, choose this randomly, or via any other method agreed to by the players.
The Security HQ, Ballroom, Central Lock, Computer and Breaker rooms are treated as empty rooms, without any
special function.
Interactions
Players may not choose Interrogate as a reward following a combat win during an interaction.
The Guards
Placement – timing
Guards will appear when the agents have made enough noise in the embassy to arouse their suspicion. To determine when
and where the guards appear, the players draw cards from the alert deck:
• At the beginning of every player’s turn.
• When activating any room except the Storage room.
The timing of the guards' appearance depends on when a certain alert threshold will be reached. Each card adds
the top number to the current alert level of the guards – place the cards drawn on top of each other so that the
top card of all previous top numbers are visible. The players have three different options, depending on their
familiarity with spycraft:
• Static/Easy: A guard appears when the alert level reaches or exceeds 6.
• Static/Standard: A guard appears when the alert level reaches or exceeds 5.
• Static/Expert: A guard appears when the alert level reaches or exceeds 4.
• Dynamic/Advanced: A guard appears when the alert level reaches or exceeds the
number printed in the middle of the Alert card that was last drawn and revealed. Thus, the
threshold continuously changes, reflecting the unpredictable nature of the guards' attention to their job.
Placement – location
The location of the guards' appearance is always the room matching the icon at the bottom of the Alert card
that triggered the guard's appearance.
When the timing and location of a guard's appearance has been determined, place a grey Guard token in
that room. If that room already contains a Guard token or a player’s Agent token choose the room on the
card directly underneath the top-most revealed Alert card. If that room is also occupied, repeat the process, looking at each
successive card. In the case that all rooms are occupied by a guard, draw cards from the alert deck until a suitable room is found.
After a guard is placed, all Alert cards are shuffled, forming the new alert deck.
Interacting with the Guards
When an active player enters a room occupied by a guard, an interaction follows. The player must choose an interaction card.
The guard will always play an Attack card, drawn randomly from the three Guard Weapon cards.
After selecting a card, the active player looks at the guard's card and announces the result, discarding the guard's card face down
in a separate discard pile, which, like the players' weapons discard piles, is reshuffled when the guards run out of Attack cards.
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Players may not lie about the result, although they do not have to reveal which Attack card the guard played. Combat items
may still be played by the active player.
• If the player won, the Guard token is removed. If the guard left an Objective card behind, the player may look at
it and add it to hand. If it is the VIP file, it is immediately discarded and removed from the game, and the VIP token is placed in the Ballroom.
• If the player tied with the guard, then the player must Sneak Out.
• If the player was defeated, the player must, in addition to Sneaking Out, discard a randomly-chosen item card. If no items were in hand, then the player is injured and the player's Agent token is placed on its side to reflect this.
Objectives
Some guards carry items and information that may prove useful to the agents.
Whenever a new guard is placed, check if any Objective cards are already on the board. If not, draw one from the Objective
deck and, without looking at it, place it face-down next to the newly placed guard (or, if it fits, under the Guard token).
If the Objective deck is empty, reshuffle any discarded Objectives before drawing. If there are no discarded Objectives, do not
place an Objective this turn.
Objectives may be completed multiple times. Completed objectives award points, which are tracked by the red and blue
wooden disc tokens. There are 3 competitive and 1 common Objective:
Competitive Objectives:
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Escort the VIP – The players are tasked with escorting the VIP to their hideout (Telex or Tunnel).
A player may, as an action, move their Agent token together with the VIP token to an adjacent room. The VIP will thus move only one room at a time. If successful, remove the VIP token. Escorting the VIP is worth
3 points each time it is completed.
Decrypt the codes – A player must bring the Microfilm item to their hideout and, as an action, begin decrypting the codes. The Microfilm item is discarded into the Objective discard pile. If the player is still in the hideout at the beginning of the player's next turn, the codes have been successfully decrypted. Each decryption is worth 1 point.
Upload the data – Since all outgoing data transfers are jammed, the players must first disable the equipment
in the Jamming room. A player may, as an action, place the Jamming token in the Jamming room to disable it.
Then, while there is a token there, the player must visit their hideout and discard a Floppy item to the Objective discard pile to upload the data. Each upload is worth 1 point and resets the Jamming room back
to its original condition, removing the token.
Common Objective:
• Deliver the files – Using the Radio room, a helicopter (of any faction) must be called. Then, a player must visit
the Helipad, and, as an action, discard an intel item card (of any faction), removing it from the game. The helicopter takes off and is removed from the Helipad. Delivering a file in this way is worth 2 points.
Mission end
The game may end in three possible ways:
• If all 4 guards are on the board when a new guard is to be called, the game is immediately over and both players have lost.
• A player achieves 7 points, winning the game.
• The Deliver the files Objective is completed three times. The player having the most points at that time is the winner. In case this results in a tie, both players rejoice at a job well done.
Disclaimers
This game is a work of fiction, and quite possibly the result of several bad life choices. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious.
Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead, dying, or undead is purely coincidental. No BSG players or (small) animals have been
harmed in the making of this game. A few Hungarians may have some regrets.
Acknowledgments
Game Design: Illustration: Graphic Design:
Vassal Module: Development:
Rulebook Editing:
Rulebook Translation: Special thanks go to:
Icon Credits
X-Ray Skeleton - Flaticon.com
Brass Knuckles - RetroTshirtsUK
Double Arrow - Thomas Tamblyn;
Light Bulb & Ambassador Flag simpleicon.com
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