New: Osprey’s “Black Ops”

Black Ops – Tactical Espionage Wargaming, Osprey Wargames 10

Author: Guy Bowers
Illustrator: Johan Egerkrans, Dmitry Burmak
Pages: 64


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Black Ops is a skirmish wargame of tactical espionage combat that recreates the tension and excitement of modern action-thrillers such as the Bond and Bourne films. The fast-play rules keep all the players in the thick of the action, while the mission generator provides a wide range of options for scenarios – from stealthy extraction or surveillance missions to more overt raids and assaults.

Stealth, combat, and technical expertise all have a role to play, and players may recruit a number of different operative types – spies, mercenaries, criminals, hackers, special forces, and many more – to recruit the best possible team for the job. Players may also choose to join a faction – powerful organizations, intelligence agencies, criminal syndicates, militaries, or rebel groups, each with a stake in international affairs. By doing so, their team may receive certain benefits, but may also find itself limited at a crucial time. With the variety offered by the characters, factions, and scenarios, no two games of Black Ops should ever be the same!

Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • The Rules
  • Characters
  • Factions
  • Scenarios
  • Quick Reference Sheet

Biographical Note

Guy Bowers has been gaming from an early age, making up boardgames to keep his sisters amused at the age of 8, and getting into roleplaying and wargaming by 13. In 2002 he started playtesting books for Warhammer Ancient Battles, before eventually writing his own – Siege and Conquest. He has contributed articles to many wargaming magazines, including Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy, for which he has also served as the editor since 2009.

Johan Egerkrans is a Swedissh illustrator who has been drawing monsters since he was able to pick up a pencil. He has worked as a professional illustrator for more than 15 years, providing illustrations and concept art for games, comics, films, fashion and books. In 2013 he wrote and illustrated Nordiska Vaesen, a book about creatures in Scandinavian folklore, which has sold more than 30,000 copies in Sweden alone. Johan lives and works in Stockholm

Dmitry Burmak is a freelance artist from Moscow, Russia. After graduating as an engineer, he decided to change his career plans and took another degree in Fine Art. Dmitry started as an artist in the video games industry and now works as a freelance illustrator with his wife Kate, who is also an artist. Dmitry specializes in fantasy and sci-fi art for roleplaying games, card games and video games.

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