|One Heist, Six Competing Thieves
Announcing Infiltration, a card game designed by Donald X. Vaccarino
|Infiltration | Published 13 January 2012||Rating||35 votes|
It is the future, and beneath the flickering glow of the sprawling New Angeles skyline, immense corporations seek every advantage in the burgeoning field of synthetic humanoid technology. On the brink of a revolutionary innovation, CyberSolutions Inc. is poised to become the next global powerhouse, threatening the profits of well-established conglomerates Haas-Bioroid and Jinteki. But unfortunately for CyberSolutions, security at their New Angeles branch has just been compromised.
Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Infiltration, a card game designed by Donald X. Vaccarino (Dominion, Kingdom Builder)!
Set in the dystopian future of Android, Infiltration is a tense card game of futuristic larceny in which two to six players take the roles of thieves, competing to steal valuable secrets from a highly secured corporate facility.
The most vital information lies deep within the complex, but each step inward takes you farther from escape. Worse yet, corporate mercenaries are closing in! How long will you push your luck as you avoid security patrols, surpass rival thieves, and try to download the most data before the building is locked down?
A new heist every time
To begin, a deck of thirty-two Room cards is shuffled, and from these, the CyberSolutions’ twelve room-facility is built. With the abundance of extra cards and the numerous possible combinations, no two games of Infiltration will ever be the same. What’s more, fans of Android’s thematic focus will appreciate finding similar details in Infiltration; each thief has his own personal motivation for taking part in this daring late-night larceny.
Tech Expert Gabriel Correa Santiago might be in it for the money and the thrills, but bioroid “Marilyn” 7Y3T9D has more private reasons for breaking into an android factory. But there’s no honor among thieves; although the group may have started out working together, all bets are off once the alarm sounds.
Take the data and run
All the while, security mercs approach the facility and the risk of being caught in the act increases...so get in, get the data, and get out. If the mercs arrive, any characters left in the building will be imprisoned. How much information can you download before you hear their sirens blaring outside?
With its nearly infinite replayability and tense push-your-luck action, Infiltration is perfect for fans of fast-paced card games, the rich dystopian world of Android, or the work of celebrated designer Donald X. Vaccarino. For more on Infiltration, visit its website and keep checking back for previews. Then, plan to catch this heist at your local game store in the second quarter of 2012!
Designed by Donald X. Vaccarino (Dominion, Kingdom Builder), Infiltration is a tense card game of futuristic larceny set in the dystopian future of Android. Two to six players take the roles of thieves, competing to steal valuable secrets from a highly secured corporate facility. Push your luck as you avoid security patrols, surpass rival thieves, and try to download the most data before the building is locked down!
I was very pleased with Android and have been even more pleased to see FFG expanding on the franchise. I can't wait for this!
Thanks for the tip, Jason. Post created.
Hey Trom, we can take this discussion over the the Android subforum here. Don't want to clog up the comment section here TOO much. :-)
Question: how do I prepare a first-time player on how to play Android? Do I tell them to focus on the strategy sheet for their character? Someone in the review said before playing to take a moment to look at your own dark cards, but I feel that would take away from the surprise and first-time mystery of the game. Is there any other tips on how to play first-time?
Thanks Jasonpanella: Tom's review was something I had been wanting to read/watch and I guess he never took the time to translate it from bgg to his own Dice Tower site with his other written reviews. I have much more appreciation for the game, especially now learning that the game CAN be played 2-player despite being listed as 3-5. It's nice to actually find some good, solid reviews and counter-reviews of Android on bgg. I looked everywhere else and it was just a bashing-fest or too limited of a good review in comparison to the bashers. After watching Scott's review again and reading some in-depth reviews, it seems Scott was playing with inexperienced players. Also, I assume he was playing with four or more too, as he said length was an issue (which is a common complaint and complexity too). The real issue for me was imbalance of dark cards, as said by Scott, and "pinning" the murder. Now as I read these new reviews, I see the game is not unbalanced if you know how to play your character, and the game rewards experience with even more diversity and complexity. As well, "pinning" isn't that bad of a theme: innocent people get blamed for crimes haphazardly because the system is motivated by time-restraints, personal bonuses, and personal emotions, proving the setting a dystopia. VERY appealing, and that richness lends a whole level of unappreciated genius that the game in-fact plays its own theme well and the darkest shades of real life!
I am now being tempted to look into Android; originally it was for the theme, and now it's returning to that again now that I understand theme is the best defense against the reported unbalance...
Scott's Stuff Brief video review of Android on youtube is one of the key reasons I didn't get the game. Another is Tom Vasel's lack of a review, yet the Android box sits on his boardgame shelf always in the background. Is that good? What does that mean? If it is, why hasn't he even done a written review or put it in his top 100? I've gone on other sites and the reviews are mixed and most complain about the card balance too as Scott did. Again, I assume they will release a revised version eventually. I am happy with Infiltration's release in the meantime. I mean, they have a whole bunch of books coming out for the game, so I assume the revision is extremely likely along with they released it for cheap the end of last year. That or it's being done as an RPG.
Oh my God, yes! Yes!! Though I've had very few opportunities to play Android, I've loved it since day one, and have absolutely no idea why it was so poorly received. In fact, I've only had 2 and a half session since it came out, and the last two were both after Christmas. But lately it seems I have found a group that wants to play it a bit more. I played my last session just two days ago, and thought, Man, I wish they could publish an expansion of some sort to Android... And here it is! This is almost scary. But yessss! I want it!!! I'm calling my local game shop tomorrow and tell them to reserve a copy for me. Thank You FFG! You read my mind pro-actively!
I know it says 2+ players but on the surface it looks like it may be soloable with the timer etc. I'll have to wait for more info, but if I can play by myself I'm very interested.
I'm intrigued. I know nothing about Android but the game sounds interesting. Is this supposed to be stand alone with only a few expansions? Or is this a never-ending-expansion type game?
Infiltrate my cred-stick and drain my account already, would you.
@Tromdial - What Walk said. Those dark cards ARE, in my opinion, balanced. They exploit weaknesses the various characters have (and, if you're careful, you can play around).