Spyfall was a hit at BGGcon. I played this social deduction party game dozens of times there. The asymmetrical game put everyone under suspicion, forced subtle word play, and always had wild accusations of “SPY!” thrown around. Tons of laughs and perfect for a quick party game.
Unfortunately, for those who wanted to buy the game its publisher, Hobby World, was negotiating its deal for U.S. distribution leaving people outside of Russia unable to purchase this wonderful game. They were kind enough to grant permission to make print-and-play (PnP) versions of the game as long as you did not duplicate the game’s (great) art.
Thankfully, it sounds like Cryptozoic picked up distribution rights for this game so you’ll be able to purchase the real deal (hopefully) in 2015. But personally, I didn’t want to wait to be able to play this game again!
Enter SPYFAUX. This is my simple, icon-based version of Spyfall. I used icons found online and created cards in Photoshop. I was going to call it “Faux Spyfall” but my pal, Patrick Hillier, on Twitter (@phillier937) helped coin the much better name “SPYFAUX.” This is a near replica of the game (locations and roles) with only minor changes to a few roles (i.e. “stewardess” became “flight attendant.”) The additional change I made is I added an additional card for every location upping the player count slightly. So now each location deck contains 8 location cards and 1 spy.
Full game rules and additional details can be found on the Spyfall BGG Page.
SPYFAUX cards are designed as mini-cards (1.75”×2.5” or 44.45mm×63.5mm.) I had playing card quality decks printed at Printers Studio but have created printable sheets (8.5″ x 11″) of the game you can print at home. You can purchase mini-card sleeves if you like sleeving your PnP cards – the “mini euro” size will fit – but will be a bit tall.
Please PLEASE PLEASE respect the publisher’s rights to this game. Do NOT attempt to sell these files or decks you make from the files. Print the game, have fun with it, and then pick up the snazzy version when it’s available at your FLGS.
You need both files for the complete game!
- I added a card back sheet but it is NOT designed to align to the card fronts for two-sided printing
- I created a “Location List” card each player can have as a reference sheet…especially helpful for new players who are not familiar with all the locations yet
- The card backs are also a hint system as they contain icons from all the locations
- There is a sheet of just “SPY” cards in case you want to try a variant that involves 2 spies in play for larger games
- I am not the spy.