Specter Ops

Shadow of Babel

Designer Emerson Matsuuchi

2-5 players

60-120 minutes

Age 9+

Thematic Game


  • Theme:  An Agent of A.R.K. has infiltrated a top secret Raxxon facility and must complete 3 mission objectives before trying to escape.  Genetically modified Raxxon Hunters are on a mission to seek out and destroy the agent.
  • Complexity of Rules:  Medium/Low
  • Setup Time:  Low
  • Replay Value: Medium
  • Direct Conflict: High
  • Game Mechanics:  This is hidden movement, deduction fighting game where one player acts as the agent trying to reach mission objective points on the board.  The agent tracks their movement on a separate paper map and only reveals their position when visible to one of the hunters.  Dice are rolled to attack when the agent is visible.
  • Round Summary:  Agent goes first then each hunter takes a turn.

Agents Turn:

  1.  If the Agent is within one space of a mission objective token then flip the token to its completed side.
  2.  Move up to 4 spaces and mark the new position on the movement sheet.
    • If the Agent passes through the line of sight of a hunter then a last seen token is placed in that spot.
    • if the Agent stops on a space that is in the line of sight of a hunter then the Agent places their character figure on the board.
  3. Optionally use an equipment card before or after moving.

Hunters Turn:

  1.  Move up to 4 spaces (up to 10 if in the vehicle) or Use vehicle's motion sensor if inside the vehicle.
  2.  Attack the Agent if in line of sight (must be outside of the vehicle to attack.)
    • Roll a die - a 1 is always a miss.  If a 6 is rolled the die can be rolled again with that result added to the last. If the agent is the die result or fewer spaces away then they are hit for 1 point of damage.
  • End Game/Victory: 
    1. Game ends and the Hunters win if the agent is reduced to 0 hit points or fails to complete the 3 objectives and escape by then end of 40 rounds.
    2. Game ends and the Agent wins if they complete the 3 objectives and escape before the end of 40 rounds.




Publisher: Plaid Hat Games

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