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Year Published
1981
# of Players
3 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
14 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Black Spy
Alternate Names
Gespenster
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The trick-taking game Black Spy is a film noir take on Hearts as you want to enlist the best spies you can while avoiding the black spies, who will always turn against you.

Black Spy lasts a number of rounds, with players scoring points each round. The game is played using mostly standard trick-taking rules: Each turn, someone plays a card to the center of the table, then in turn each player lays down (if possible) a card matching the suit or rank of the card led, throwing out any other card otherwise. The highest card in the color led wins the trick, and that player leads the next trick. Points come only from the black cards, with the black spies (yes, "spies", with six black #7 cards) being worth ten points each and all other black cards worth 1-5 points. When someone reaches 200 or more points at the end of a round, the game ends and the player with the lowest score wins.

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Components

  • 60 cards (1-11 in five colors, with five additional black 7s, a.k.a. the black spies)
  • Scorepad
  • Rules

Microbadge

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Black Spy
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English/French fourth edition
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Artist: Philippe Guérin, Chris Quilliams
Year: 2013
Product Code: ZMG 41200
Size: 6.40 x 4.60 x 1.60 inches
0.67 pounds
English, French
Release Date: Jul 31, 2013
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German third edition
Publisher: Ali Baba e.V.
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Year: 2011
Size: 3.86 x 2.60 x 0.87 inches
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German second edition
Publisher: Hexagames (I)
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Year: 1990
Size: 7.00 x 5.00 x 1.50 inches
0.46 pounds
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Black Spy
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English first edition
Publisher: Avalon Hill
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Year: 1981
Product Code: 6335
Size: 11.40 x 8.30 x 1.10 inches
0.79 pounds
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0 Black Spy Korean Rules
Black Spy (draft) rules in Korean.
Korean
2014-03-17
2 Scorepad from Avalon Hill version
If you run out of sheets, here's some more.
English
2012-01-09
0 Ukrainian Rules
Ukrainian Rules PDF
English
2011-10-23
0 Black_Spy_fr.pdf
French translation of the rules
2007-02-12
1 Black Spy Components.txt
Avalon Hill Black Spy Game Component List
2005-07-15
8 Black Spy Rules.pdf
English Rules
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 2675
Family Game Rank: 730
Num Ratings: 403
Average Rating: 6.28
Standard Deviation: 1.34
Num Views: 38275
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.4
Fans: 6
Personal Comments: 183
Users Owning: 896
Users Wanting: 20
Users Trading: 65 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 1
Want Parts In Trade: 0
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Total Plays: 901
Plays This Month: 5
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