Sunday, 19 May 2013

Spy or Die Trying Kickstarter

Make your bid for global domination or fight to save the world in Spy or Die Trying, the game of base infiltration and espionage

The Game

Spy or Die Trying is an asymmetrical board game that pits agents of the Peace Enforcing Nations (PEN) against the might of the Secret World Order (SWORD)
If you join the SWORD, you’ll command a fortified base, complete with fanatical guards, mad scientists and trap-setting technicians to eliminate uninvited guests. Your objective is to develop a doomsday weapon and defend your secrets. Because in just 60 minutes the world could be yours!
SWORD minions, concept artwork by Aly Fell

 As an agent of the PEN, you can play alone or with 2 other players. You must infiltrate the base, collect intelligence about the doomsday weapon and escape. You’ll be outnumbered and hunted, and you have only 60 minutes before the base goes into lockdown, sealing your fate and the fate of world! All you have is your wits, your unique talents and (of course) some cool spy gadgets to help you accomplish your mission.

PEN Agents, finished art by Aly Fell
Found this kickstarter the other day and it looks like it will be a lot of fun. You can get miniatures to replace the counters that come in the game  They look rather good and the set and figures are at a good price.

Give it a check out the gameplay videos are good.


Prototype of the Game Board
Sample of the game art.

Some of the Miniatures.

Some of the characters and there backgrounds.

Anna Chekhova
Nationality: Russian
Former occupation: Assassin
Specialization: Combat

One of the KGB’s youngest operatives, Anna has been trained to kill since she was a child.
After being employed in a feud between Party members, in which she racked up an unprecedented body count, she became liability. She was only rescued from early 'retirement' by the intervention of the Peacekeepers. Director Shakespeare has taken it on himself to rehabilitate Agent Chekhova while (somewhat hypocritically) putting her lethal talents to good use.

Harry Swift
Nationality: British
Former occupation: Con artist
Specialization: Stealth

Harry has a flair for the dramatic and might have pursued a career on the stage had he not fallen in with the criminal underworld. Unfortunately his criminal activities brought him into conflict with both the S.W.O.R.D. and Interpol.
Recognizing his unique talents, the Peacekeepers intervened, promising to keep his history a secret if he joined them in the good fight.
When he’s not saving the world from evil masterminds, Agent Swift is often drawn back into old habits, fleecing unwitting aristocrats and seducing the occasional millionaire’s widow.

Kimberly Parker
Nationality: American
Former occupation: Detective
Specialization: Science

When Harvard graduate Kim joined the Federal Bureau of Investigations she thought her troubles were over; finally someone would look beyond her breasts and acknowledge her academic potential. Unfortunately her unparalleled grasp of cryptography, engineering and psychology were also overlooked by her peers in Washington. When a transfer to the Peacekeepers was offered, she jumped at the chance to finally put her talents to good use – fighting evil all over the world.


Nationality: American
Base of Operations: Caribbean
Specialization: Atomics

‘Claymore’ was a respected physicist who had been working on an atomic program for his native Haiti when the dictator François ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier came to power. After his wife was killed by government thugs Claymore fled to Miami, became an American citizen and was forced to turn to crime to survive. To his own amazement he rose through the ranks of the underworld like a rocket. His intellect, natural charisma and ruthless pragmatism forged a criminal empire that stretched down the east coast and deep into Latin America. As a crime boss he destroyed his rivals and spurned alliance proposals until the SWORD approached him with an irresistible offer: they would finance his research if he would help them ‘liberate’ the world’s underdeveloped nations. Claymore has an unshakable hatred of superstition, derived from Papa Doc’s use of Voodoo to terrorize Haiti into submission.


  1. It's not for me but as soon as I saw it I thought of you, Simon.

  2. Definitely right up your street Simon.

  3. Looks interesting. I like the backstory for the player characters.

  4. Its is right up my street. I really hope they get to make it I'm saving for summer hols at the minute otherwise i'd have pledged in. I shall get it later in the year though.

    The story I love. Who will be mightier P.E.N or S.W.O.R.D ?

  5. Not really my thing, but it looks pretty cool anyway.

  6. I'll certainly check this out. Thanks for the heads up.

  7. I have mixed feelings about this so I will not be getting it at the kickstarter, but maybe further down the road after some reviews and more pondering I may become interested. So I look forward to learning more from you.

  8. Russian spies are the best!

  9. I did see this one, but I'm tapped out after Drake. This one looks like it was made for you.

  10. I saw this on the Beasts of War Salute video. I'm tapped out at the moment.

  11. Lovely idea and game but its the miniatures that I am really interested in

  12. This looks interesting, I'll have to check it out.

  13. Miniatures look nice. I really like your spies with the Jag. Where did you get the car?

    1. They do don't they. The Car was from a pack of 3 Jags red, black and silver from Poundland for a £1 (surprise, surprise) they pop up every so often though so keep checking your local store.

  14. Very cool looking game and minis. Give a guy a jump suit and a beret and he can take over the world :) Best, Dean

  15. Oo this looks interesting indeed! Might have to follow this one and see where it goes!

  16. Got me to buy into this game