Counter-Surveillance Drill

Counter-Surveillance Drill

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Counter-Surveillance Drill
Designer: Kevan Davis
Players: 1+
Stuff required: None
Crew required: None
Preparation: None
Time required: Any
Place required: A town or city.
Activities: Sneaking.
This is a playable game - it's finished, tested and ready to play.
This game is made available under an Attribution-Noncommercial Creative Commons licence. (What does this mean?)

Third in the "Drill" series, after Urban Zombie Drill and Martian Attack Drill.


Benches and chairs with a single person sitting at them, and which have space for you to join them, are pick-up points. So is anybody standing by themselves as if waiting for someone. So are newspapers discarded on empty tables or chairs. Walking past such a location (you needn't actually sit down) gives you one Microfilm, and you can only carry one at a time.

Postboxes, empty phoneboxes and computer keyboards are drop-off points. If you're carrying a Microfilm and pass one, you lose the Microfilm and score a point.

Anybody you notice who is talking into their phone is an enemy Agent reporting your position. If you spot an Agent on a street, the entire length of that street is now Under Surveillance. If you spot them an Agent in a building, park or plaza, that entire location is now Under Surveillance. Areas stop being Under Surveillance if you are outside them for more than two minutes. You can't pick up or drop off a Microfilm in an area which is Under Surveillance.

If you are in an area which has fallen Under Surveillance and spot a second enemy Agent inside it, then the enemy has pinpointed your position and if you are carrying a Microfilm, it is removed from you and destroyed.

Play until you reach a pre-decided score, or see how many Microfilms you can drop off before a deadline of your choosing.


In a group, either play competitive solo games, or team up. When teaming up, decide who takes each Microfilm - other team members can safely scout nearby areas without being captured.


This really needs a rule about CCTV cameras, but I'm not sure what.