SPECTRE: The Board Game (Spring 2022)

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Modiphius Entertainment invites aspiring villains to compete to become Number 1 of the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion (otherwise known as SPECTRE) in the upcoming board game of the same name. Prevent 007 from foiling your plans as you battle for control of Intel, Secret Plans, and, of course, gold.

In SPECTRE: The Board Game, which launches in the Spring 2022, players take on the role of one of the many iconic villains from the James Bond film franchise, competing with each other to become SPECTRE’s Number One.

Are you simply in the game to acquire gold bullion, or are your aspirations more philosophical, safe in the knowledge that the world would be better off with you running it? Each villain has their own plot inspired by films such as Dr. No (1962) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971), driving them along the path to becoming SPECTRE’s Number One. No matter how hard you try, 007 is always there, waiting to disrupt your plans and reveal your secrets.

SPECTRE: The Board Game features iconic weapons, locations, and characters from the James Bond films. Players will be able to assemble devices, spy on their opponents, blackmail their rivals in order to build their own criminal empire, and strategically deploy their agents around the globe to infiltrate key installations. Players will need to work behind the scenes to develop their nefarious plots and become 007’s biggest threat!

Designed by Kaedama, a team of award-winning French game designers consisting of Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrat, Ludovic Maublanc, Théo Rivière and the Modiphius design team consisting of Stefano Guerriero, Javier Angeriz-Caburrasi and Juan Echenique, SPECTRE: The Board Game is designed for 2-4 players, ages 10 and above.

“The James Bond film franchise is beyond iconic,” said Chris Birch, co-founder at Modiphius Entertainment. “While most fans put themselves in the role of the hero, this game puts players in the shoes of Bond villains instead. If you haven’t met the villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Rosa Klebb, and Raoul Silva before, the game will guide you through their exquisite evil expertise and how to employ them against 007.”

So grab your Persian cat, call your favorite henchman as you prepare your newest monologue — it’s time to get down to business and start building that moon base and world-destroying megalaser!

SPECTRE: The Board Game will be coming to retail in Spring 2022, with a pre-order available later this year!


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  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Looks very expansive but interesting, I wonder how convoluted it might be after looking at that board.
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    I love board games. I don't have much time or opportunities to play them sadly, apart at Christmas. I'd love to play that one just once.
  • mattjoesmattjoes The page you were looking for could not be found.
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    Looks complicated but I'd love to play it. The board is so pleasing to the eye.
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    Groovy!
  • Posts: 13,797
    Why isn't it available for Christmas?
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Looks interesting. I might consider the purchase, except that I am not a boardgame guy.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    Why isn't it available for Christmas?

    Because everything James Bond related is getting delayed, for many reasons.
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    Certainly original! Looks fun! :D :-bd
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    Why isn't it available for Christmas?

    Because everything James Bond related is getting delayed, for many reasons.

    But surely Christmas would be the right time to release such product.
  • Red_SnowRed_Snow Australia
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    Is it out yet, is it out yet?
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache
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    I'm sure it only costs about £800 so quite reasonable for the average Bond fan out there.
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    I'm sure it only costs about £800 so quite reasonable for the average Bond fan out there.

    Going to the bank right now to give my pound of flesh.

    On a side note, I found a James Bond Bingo in my local bookshop.
  • Red_SnowRed_Snow Australia
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  • Red_SnowRed_Snow Australia
    edited June 15 Posts: 2,330
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    SPECTRE: The Board Game is now available for pre-order with shipping expected for August 2022.

    UK: https://modiphius.us/products/spectre-the-board-game

    US: https://modiphius.net/products/spectre-the-board-game
  • Tokoloshe2Tokoloshe2 Northern Ireland
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    Review here:

    https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2890337/initial-thoughts-after-2-sessions

    Not flattering, unfortunately, and it's hard to argue that it's vastly overpriced at £50. I'm a big board game fan but I'll give this a miss until it's in discount stores for a much lower price tag.
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    Tokoloshe2 wrote: »
    Review here:

    https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2890337/initial-thoughts-after-2-sessions

    Not flattering, unfortunately, and it's hard to argue that it's vastly overpriced at £50. I'm a big board game fan but I'll give this a miss until it's in discount stores for a much lower price tag.

    I love board games but the price is steep. And famous fiction doesn't necessarily adapt well into a board game or a role playing game.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
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    That doesn't read very promising. I may get it as a novelty, but 60€ is indeed a big price for what seems to be an average game.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache
    edited July 8 Posts: 15,647
    I don't really know the rules of the board game but I think it's interesting how the likes of Kristatos (and no doubt other unaffiliated Bond villains) are added in to SPECTRE's ranks. It reminds me of how in the Daily Express comic strip adaptation of Colonel Sun the villain worked for SPECTRE and not the Red Chinese as in the Amis novel. That change could have been a pllotical decision of course or maybe a desire to tie Bond's villains together more uniformly. The same could be said of the Bond films too where those villains who worked for SMERSH or the Soviets more generally in the 1950s novels (Colonel Rosa Klebb, Dr Julius No) were mostly changed to being SPECTRE agents in the films or else independent and self-employed (Mr Big, Hugo Drax, Goldfinger).
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
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    I think it's remarkable that they even put thought into how the villains connect to the SPECTRE organization in the films. The dev blog talks about how the player playing as Blofeld always starts out as "Number 1" (which apparently is part of a mechanic) and has access to more ressources than others, wheras Silva is more of an outsider who doesn't have as big a network, but can deceive other players in certain situations better then "boardroom members", because he isn't so closely tied to the organisation. It remains to be seen which other classically unaffilliated villains will be in this. Some of them will certainly stretch the imagination, but I would have expected just a random mash-up of villains, so I'm pleasently surprised that they seem to have put some thought into these.
    Just the fact that they have Donals Pleasance as Blofeld and not Christoph Waltz is already pretty good, in my book ^^

    Oh and reading through the material on the Modiphius page, I found a description of a funny little game mechanic:
    Apparently, each player has several "secret plans", which are player-only goals they have to secretly accomplish to gain points. It seems like there is a mechanic where players "cross paths with 007" and because they are Bond villains they can't help themselves and have to monologue about their secret plan to him. So they have to reveal their card to the other players, who of course now can more easily work against that and gives fewer points when done. That's a clever little wink, if it works as described.
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