Buy Agents of SMERSH by 8th Summit and get spying! FREE UK DELIVERY. players, plays in 90 mins, age 13+. Video reviews, photos and game info. There are two ways of playing the encounters in Agents of SMERSH. . while the mechanics and turns are very simple rules-wise, the act of. Board Game: Agents of SMERSH» Forums» Rules 0, Missing Henchmen cards from Agents of SMERSH 0, Which book of rules is correct/current?.

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Luckily, 8th Summit took that third bullet point to heart, and the result is Agents of SMERSHa board game that puts you and up to 3 or 4 of your friends in the role of erstwhile secret agents attempting to locate the nefarious Dr. Lobo before he conquers the world. For all I know, 8th Summit also took the second bullet point to heart, so maybe best not to go rooting around in their basement.

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Each agent also comes with a special ability smwrsh, starting item sand your choice of two spy-appropriate skills, such as Disguise, Driving, Electronics, and Promiscuity.

OK, I made that last one up. Also, I wish the game had the materials to make your own custom agents and skills.

Agent Verbose reporting for duty! Run-On Sentences, Eating Tacos.

Intel is gained by traveling to locations with Intel tokens; completing an adventure will usually net you another reward or penalty, if you fail. The Intel tokens are kept face down until the end of the game, at which point you turn all your collected tokens face-up and hope you have enough of each type to match the symbols of whatever spot Dr.


If your collected Intel matches the number and kind of Intel on his track when you finally track him down, you win. Then, using this 3-digit combination lock, you or another player look up the appropriate paragraph from the—. The penalty for failure is usually a wound or two, and is always accompanied by accelerating the Lobo-pocalypse timer. Unfortunately, the HenchMinions are basically just tests in disguise, with art and biographical information.

Review: Agents of SMERSH

Which is fine, because the heart of snersh game is in the paragraph textswhich can be action sequences, dialogue exchanges, or even full-on vignettes. Some of them are shockingly long and describe what might be 20 minutes of footage in an actual movie.

ayents So those with a knack for reading between lines will have noticed that of the three parts I mentioned in determining what paragraph to look up, only one is determined by the players.

Now, a reasonable person would expect the posture to in some way influence the encounter that then occurs—and sometimes, it does.

While frequently exciting and hilarious, it means that more often than not, the games rrules to play out like a series of disconnected bitsas if each turn was fifteen seconds from a different trailer for a different spy movie. Put down the pitchforks and torches! That great mechanic I praised earlier, the one where you have to balance extending the game versus going after Lobo earlier to win smeersh less Intel?

And the end result of all that is a game that more often than not feels like it happens to you rather than gets played by you.

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Look, at its heart, this is an art form I love—paragraph books! I usually offer to just read the paragraphs for everyone else. Assuming everyone likes to read aloud and look up paragraphs. Where to Get It: First editions are still reasonably priced and available on the BGG Marketplace, but 8th Summit is also taking pre-orders now for a revised 2nd edition.


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