Game Preview: Agents of SMERSH

Posted by renee {Power Gamer} | 29-Feb-12 | 12 comments

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Recently the board gaming community has been abuzz over a unique Kickstarter game called Agents of SMERSH. With artwork by George Patsouras (The Resistance & Flash Point) and a shining review by backer Richard Launius (designer of Arkham Horror and Defenders of the Realm) we knew we had to check this game out.

Agents of SMERSH game designer Jason Maxwell, who was very forthcoming, told us about his game and even addressed each of the BoardGaming.com Gamer Types– that’s you!
Check out his comments below.

About the Game

by Jason Maxwell

Agents of SMERSH is similar vein to Tales of the Arabian Nights – except game play is expanded, including custom dice to determine success or failure of encounters, and more strategic play from what is typically expected of a Storytelling board game. There are plenty of James Bond gadgets and pop references and detailed artwork – not to mention a touch of humor.

Expect jet packs, car stunts, flying on top of airplanes, poison snakes, female villains, mysterious figures in the shadows and much much more!

Who would enjoy this?

by Jason Maxwell

Family Gamer {yes}
The game is suitable for older children who can read independently. But use your own judgement. There is no adult language or strong sexual language, however you will run into some violence and strange villains as well as the very rare innuendo.

Strategy Gamer {maybe}
There is light strategy – decisions to be made that will affect outcome. But if you don’t like luck (dice rolling) or random encounters, then this game might not be for you.

Casual Gamer {maybe}
Not sure on this one. I don’t usually game with casual gamers — Heheh.

Avid Gamer {absolutely}
I think this group will most appreciate Agents of SMERSH. It will be that rarity in their collection they will be excited to get to the table every now and then for a very long time.

Power Gamer {maybe}
Power gamers may or may not like Agents of SMERSH. Agents is not a power game, but a power gamer may enjoy taking a break from big games on occasion . . .

Agents of SMERSH map

Agents of SMERSH Book of Encounters

Agents of SMERSH Villain Card

Agents of SMERSH - Fate Card

Agents of SMERSH Dr. Lobo

How to Support Agents of SMERSH

Visit the official Agents of SMERSH Kickstarter project page >

The game has already garnered successful funding on Kickstarter.com which means that the game will be produced. However, the more funding the more special bonuses will be released.

Visit BoardGaming.com’s game page for Agents of SMERSH >

images © 8th Summit

Comments (12)

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Miniature Painter
Intermediate Reviewer
Master Grader

Man, I still have to play this thing!!

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Rated 25 Games

Pre-ordered at the 70 dollar Kickstarter level. This game looks like it will be a blast.

Jason, thanks for spending a big chunk of your time designing a game that will bring fun times to many people.

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Count / Countess
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester
BoardGaming.com Beta 2.0 Tester
Cryptozoic Entertainment fan

@magno
What you’re seeing here is not 100% final but pretty close. There might be some updates to the graphic design and layout.

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I play orange
Miniature Painter
Veteran Grader
Intermediate Reviewer

So is this the final version (based on these picks) or is the Kickstarter funds in part going to be used to update artwork and such. The game looks pretty top notch already.

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Jungle Elves - Summoner Wars
BoardGaming.com Beta 2.0 Tester
Summoner Wars Fan
Unicorn Clan - Legend of the Five Rings

Been watching this one on Kickstarter for awhile. but I finally gave in and decided to back it. The stretch rewards are adding up!

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USA
Platinum Supporter
Petroglyph
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

Kickstarted! ~ per Granny

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Count / Countess
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester
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Cryptozoic Entertainment fan

@Hugin
Yah me too, but I don’t own ToAN – So I backed Agents of SMERSH.

I had to get the game now with all the bonuses instead of paying way more later.
I didn’t want it go like so many other Kickstarter games where I stare at “0 Seconds to go – Project Funded” wishing I had bought it.

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Canada
Novice Advisor
The Gold Heart
Pick a Favorite LGS

I have and enjoy Tales of the Arabian Nights, and I also enjoy James Bond. That’s making this game look very interesting!

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My First Heart
My First Wish!
My First Favorite!
Gave My First Grade

If I was independently wealthy, aside from a small island, I would definitely buy this game. I love Tales of the Arabian Nights and hearing that this is the James Bond equivalent makes my mouth water. Poverty kind of sucks.

I will definitely play this with anyone who wants to though. No reason whatsoever pops into my mind that would make playing this a bad decision.

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Master Grader
Novice Reviewer
Amateur Advisor
I'm Completely Obsessed

Looks fun. Must buy. Sad wallet.

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BoardGaming.com Beta 2.0 Tester
Went to Gen Con 2012
BoardGaming.com Bronze Supporter
Advanced Reviewer

I was just looking on Kickstarter today and saw this. Im also a little weary, but seeing some of the names and references connected to the game, Im going to give it a second look.

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Count / Countess
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester
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Cryptozoic Entertainment fan

Even though I’m avid gamer I’m weary about purchasing a game I have never tried.

However, after a few back and forth emails with game designer Jason Maxwell I have decided to become a backer of the game. He is putting a ton of effort into this game.

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