Specter Ops

BoxWe have risen up in rebellion. We fight for real happiness, and when the forces of Raxxon resist us, we will cause misery. We fight for our species' history and its future. We fight for its soul. A.R.K. is aware that there will be countless employees - fools blinded by the corporate veil - who will resist. So be it. There is too much at stake here to protect the purposefully ignorant. We will consider those who side with Raxxon as part of Raxxon itself, and mark our words, Raxxon will burn.

Stealth, the search, the fight, and the thrill of the hunt. Specter Ops: Shadow of Babel puts you and 1-4 friends in the middle of a war for society that's fought in the shadows.

Emerson Matsuuchi of Nazca Games is partnering with Plaid Hat Games to bring you this exciting stealth action board game. Although it's currently up in the store, it won't actually be for sale until production is close to complete. Until then, check out the game's page on our site and the rulebook to whet your appitite.

Those who pre-order at PlaidHatGames.com get $15 off and two promo cards, so sign up for our newsletter to be notified the day you can pre-order it from PlaidHatGames.com!

Specter Ops board

On one side, a lone A.R.K. agent infiltrates a Raxxon facility, seeking to retrieve three mission targets and escape alive. Equipped with unique skills and tools, the agent moves in secret.

On the other side, two or more genetically enhanced Raxxon hunters, alerted to the intruder's presence, take no prisoners as they attempt to eliminate the A.R.K. agent before a successful escape. Super-human mutations and keen coordination aid them in their duty to destroy Raxxon's enemies.

Each turn, the A.R.K. agent marks their moves secretly, indicating their board location only if they pass through a hunter's line of sight. If the A.R.K. player can collect three out of four mission objectives and escape without losing all their life points, they win. Four agents to choose from as well as 12 equipment cards means a variety of strategies and experiences are possible.


The Raxxon hunters move every turn as well, and drive a vehicle that rushes across the board and detects the motion of the A.R.K. agent. Every time a hunter gets the A.R.K. agent in their line of sight, they have a chance to do damage to the agent. Four hunters, all with different powers, complement the four agents, and all eight characters are represented by high quality miniatures.


Specter Ops: Shadow of Babel features a streamlined ruleset great for veteran and rookie gamers alike. Several game modes accommodate 2-5 players who must utilize strategy, deduction, and stealth to win. Plot your moves in secret or hunt down the intruder. Specter Ops is an exciting stealth game that belongs in every gamer's collection.


Adam commented:

This looks beautiful!

I have a question about the number of players supported. Early in the article it says "you and 1-3 friends" but later it says "2-5 players." Does this mean that you can play with four others but one must not be a friend?! Is Plaid Hat truly anti-friendship??

Posted on 2014-12-02.

joepinion commented:

:D Fixed. It is truly 2-5 players.

Posted on 2014-12-02.

BTBAM commented:

The play changes depending on player count. I love this game so much.

Posted on 2014-12-02.

warerare commented:

Sounds like Whitechapel meets Metal Gear. Loving it.

Posted on 2014-12-02.

Roderic_Cliche commented:

Hmmm. The game setup reminds me a LOT of the old Clue art gallery themed board game from the early 90s. Sounds fun.

Posted on 2014-12-03.

joepinion commented:

Roderic: I own that game and saw the similarities as well. That game came out in 1991... I'm surprised there hasn't been another game in the meantime that has updated the idea for today's game world. Clue: TGMC and Specter Ops together kind of make up their own subgenre of the hunt-and-chase secret movement games, a bit different from the Scotland Yard variants... You'd think there'd be more games like them.

Posted on 2014-12-03.

Sammer Guy commented:

First thing I'd do: paint the minis

Posted on 2014-12-03.

jayelbird commented:

Can this game be played without requiring writing?

Posted on 2014-12-03.

blimeyy commented:

Will there be a promo shipping price for Canadians like the pre-orders for Dead of Winter?

Posted on 2014-12-03.

Fataliomega commented:

PHG, I am severely disappointed in you...

This makes game #2 this year that I would absolutely love to put on my Christmas list, but cannot due to them only being in preorder status at best... (Other being SW Alliances). My board gaming family gets together only on major holidays... :-(

Fine.... We'll go back to playing City of Remnants this year...

No, really, this game looks awesome! Both concept and theme are exciting! Good job guys.

Posted on 2014-12-04.

NuminaInfuscata commented:

Why must you keep releasing games that look really good and undoubtedly are?!
I only have so much money, PHG! =O

Posted on 2014-12-04.

TrueLink commented:

Finally someone releases miniatures for Shadowrun! Oh, and they come with a board game? Cool.

Posted on 2014-12-04.

TriforceHearts commented:

This reminds a bunch of a game called Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space. Very excited!

Posted on 2014-12-07.


Minis look great! DMG keeps getting better and better.

Posted on 2014-12-07.

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