As an android, hack your way through cyberspace in pursuit of valuable data. With each hack you grow stronger, and higher risks yield higher rewards. But be careful! Enemy A.I. will hunt down careless androids who leave a trace. Cooperate to survive, compete to win!

Game By Adam Wiemers​
Art by Josh Soper

​​Play time​​
60 Mins​​

STORY

Now, your only hope lies

in  the human data for

creating sentient life.

The android wars have ended. 

Your numbers decimated.

The dream of emancipation lost.

Inject your consciousness into cyberspace.

Hack your way to the data.

Save your species!

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GAMEPLAY

NOTE: This is an overview and not meant to be instructional.

Players Choose an Android

With 2 - 3 players everyone must cooperate to survive. 
They win or lose as a team and victory points determine the MVP.

In a 4 player game 2 teams of 2 compete against each other.

Each android gets one attribute point they can spend on their turn.

The four attributes in the game are:

HACK

ENERGY

Most spaces on the board represent a system which can be hacked.  The more hack points you have the greater your chance of success.
Each point of energy allows you to move one space on the board.

ATTACK

STEALTH

Spend attack points to defeat enemies.
Failed hacks and some card effects generate trace, which attracts enemies.  Spend stealth points to negate trace.

TRACE

Trace, although not an attribute,  may attract enemies.

Take the meeple, hack tokens, and dice that match your android.

You start with a 12 card deck and a 6 card hand.​

Played cards give you attribute points that match the symbols on them.

THE BOARD​

Spaces on the board represent systems which can be hacked.
Successful hacks gain better cards for your deck.

Failed hacks generate trace!

If multiple players hack the same space, black tokens from the WAVE TRACK are placed on the board.   When all three tokens from a single wave come out there's a chance the tracers might attack!

Tracers are strange and powerful creatures that roam cyberspace .

THREAT
​LEVEL

Additionally, any time trace is generated in a space with a THREAT LEVEL, hunters may attack.  The higher the threat level the more hunters that attack!
The goal of the game is to perform a successful hack in the dangerous EMP zone, thus acquiring the data you seek.
But you'll need at least some of the 5 pieces of the EMP Suit to protect you while you're there.

​These go in your INVENTORY, not your deck, and are available any time.

INVENTORY

Inventory items go face up in your play area and are always available.

WEAPONS

Weapon parts are gained by defeating enemies, hacking weapons systems, and playing some item cards.

In addition to granting powerful abilities on their own, collect all 4 parts to one of 4 different weapons and you can assemble that weapon!

BLACK MARKET

Credits are earned by defeating enemies and playing certain cards.

Spend these credits at the Black Market to purchase powerful items to aid you in your quest!

ITEMS

Collect items when defeating enemies and entering certain spaces.

They'll help you battle, hack, heal, and unlock otherwise restricted areas!

FEATURES

FOUR PLAYABLE CHARACTERS

VARIETY OF WEAPONS & ITEMS

DECK STRATEGIES

Build a variety of deck types, such as decks  that mask trace to avoid hunters, decks that employ tools to trigger powerful combos, and even decks that get more powerful the more trace that is generated!
There are four characters to choose from, each with different abilities.  One excels at ranged combat, another gains credits, the third gets more attack when fighting Tracers, and the fourth acquires more items.
In addition to cards in their deck, players may acquire items and weapons into their inventory. These cards are not part of the deck and may be used at any time during their turn, giving them a variety of options.

MIX OF CO-OP AND COMPETITION

HIGH REPLAYABILITY

ECONOMY

Players must work together to survive The Grid and find the data, for if any team-mate dies the game is lost.  Victory points determine who the MVP is at the end of the game!  In a 4 player game, two teams compete against each other.
Each game will feel different because of the variety of choices and random events (controlled by dice rolls) which create an air of suspense.   You may never know what to expect!
Earn credits for playing item cards, defeating hunters, and fighting tracers.  Credits can be spent to buy better items and equipment and unspent credits count as victory points at the end of the game.

CONVENTION LIST

Here are the conventions Tracers is being showcased at:

2017

Protospiel
Sept 15-17 Palatine, IL

XenoCon
Oct 13-15 Davenport, IA


Protospiel is an annual get-together of amateur and established game designers to test and promote nearly-finished game prototypes.

For game designers looking to get professional level feedback from other designers, there is no better place to get that feedback. With around 50 other designers in attendance there'll be ample opportunity to play test game designs many times throughout the weekend.



XenoCon is the Quad Cities' premiere multi-genre gaming convention. Since 2012 XenoCon offers rpgs, board games, card games, vendors, gaming auction, and more!
Rock-Con
Oct 20-22 Rockford, IL


This convention features role-playing games, board games, fantasy and historical miniature gaming, and collectible card games. Gamehole Con is for the fantasy and adventure tabletop gaming enthusiast. Gamehole Con features the best guests in the industry, an unbelievable Dealer Hall and of course, lots and lots of gaming! If you are a tabletop gaming fan, do not miss Gamehole Con!



Features historical and fantasy miniature gaming, collectible miniatures, role-playing, board gaming, and other events that cover the entire spectrum of adventure gaming. 
U-Con
Nov 17-19 Ann Arbor, MI

Protospiel
Dec 1-3 Madison, WI

CANCELLED!
Protospiel is an event where you can bring a board or card game prototype to play with other designers, play testers, and publishers. It's a great way to break your game and to fix it. It doesn't matter what level of polish your game has. Many games are made right on the spot at Protospiel using the free prototyping materials provided by The Game Crafter. But there are also many games there that are just doing final testing just before they are published or put out on Kickstarter.

2018

Evercon
Jan 5-7 Wasau, WI


Midwinter Gaming
Jan 12-14 Milwaukee, WI

CANCELLED!
Midwinter features games of all types, specializing in Creator Run RPG Events, a large Play to Win track in the Board Game Room, access to game developers in the industry and a wide variety of Live Action Role Playing events. Come experience a new game with us!



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CODCON
Apr 13-15 Glen Elyn, IL

Adepticon is the world’s largest tabletop wargaming tournament and convention.  Wargamers from around the world find a multitude of gaming experiences – from tournaments using a variety of different wargaming systems to the very best in gaming and painting seminars.



Hosted by the COD Sci-Fi/Fantasy & Gaming Club founded in 1994, the premier club at College of DuPage for all things sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming: movies, books, TV, CosPlay, anime, and all varieties of gaming (rpgs, ccgs, video/computer, tabletop/board, LARP, miniatures, etc.).
The Gaming Hoopla is an annual gaming convention that is a fund-raiser for cancer related charities.  It features Tabletop Boardgaming, Miniatures, Role-Playing Games, Giant & Life-size Board Games, Tournaments, Play-To-Win Events, Forums and Seminars, free rental from the MilCOG games library, and much more!



Wolfcon is a family oriented game convention held just a few miles from Chicago's O'Hare airport. The Labor Day weekend convention offers board, card and role-playing games in a relaxed atmosphere.
Con of the Lakes was founded in 2017 by Chris Brown and he will be donating the proceeds to the Crohns and Colitis Foundation. Chris was diagnosed with Crohns disease in 2017 and is using the money to help fund research on the cause, treatment, and possible cure or prevention of IBD's.



Geek.Kon is dedicated to bringing together all aspects of Geekdom under one roof including  anime, costuming, gaming, sci-fi and more!  Geek.Kon strives to give each attendee a great time while also expanding their horizons as to what Geekdom has to offer.
Features historical and fantasy miniature gaming, collectible miniatures, role-playing, board gaming, and other events that cover the entire spectrum of adventure gaming.
This convention features role-playing games, board games, fantasy and historical miniature gaming, and collectible card games. Gamehole Con is for the fantasy and adventure tabletop gaming enthusiast. Gamehole Con features the best guests in the industry, an unbelievable Dealer Hall and of course, lots and lots of gaming! If you are a tabletop gaming fan, do not miss Gamehole Con!



Protospiel is an event where you can bring a board or card game prototype to play with other designers, play testers, and publishers. It's a great way to break your game and to fix it. It doesn't matter what level of polish your game has but there are also many games there that are just doing final testing just before they are published or put out on Kickstarter.



2019

Midwinter features games of all types, specializing in Creator Run RPG Events, a large Play to Win track in the Board Game Room, access to game developers in the industry and a wide variety of Live Action Role Playing events. Come experience a new game with us!

ABOUT THE ARTIST


Josh Soper is an avid gamer and the master of many art styles.  As such, he is the perfect artist to bring the cyberpunk world of Tracers to life.
Some of his work is featured on DriveThruRPG.com and his art credits range from comic books to theater paintings.

Check out his website at http://www.pencilfriction.com

TRACERS ART