After much anticipation Spector Ops: Shadow of Babel by Plaid Hat Games is finally arriving at customer’s doors. What is the first thing you are going to do? I know many board game fans that are waiting, brush in hand, to paint the exquisite miniature in preparation for their first game. Plaid Hat Games gave a glimpse of how great the miniatures can look a BGG Con last year. Here they are again for those seeking a bit of inspiration:

Spector Ops: Shadow of Babel Official Description

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.

Source: BGG user Jormi Boced / Plaid Hat Games

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