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Specimen Board Game - Print and Play edition

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Deep Space – Echo Quadrant 3H-8 – The fully loaded commercial freighter T.C.S. Brown, its seven-member crew in suspended animation, is making the return run to Earth. In the cargo hold lies Dr. Viktor, also in suspended animation, and the mysterious specimen containers that came on board with him.

Awoken from their slumber to repair the damage caused by a meteor collision, the crew discover to their horror that Dr. Viktor has been killed and one of the mysterious specimens has been let loose as a result of the damage…and it is a life form that will stop at nothing to survive. The seven astronauts have only the tools and resources onboard to subdue and kill an organism never before encountered–an organism that evolves quickly into a nearly-unstoppable predator. Now, a simple repair job becomes a desperate struggle for survival.

In addition to trying to kill the crew, the Specimen is also actively trying to destroy the ship. If the crew doesn't stay on top of repairs, the ship will blow up!

SPECIMEN is a card-driven two-player strategy board game. Each turn comprises four action rounds, where each player can perform one of several possible game actions. The Specimen’s movements are hidden from the Crew player behind a game screen, and the Specimen’s location is only revealed when the Specimen attacks…or if the crew is lucky (or unlucky) enough to find it!

As the Crew:

• Search the ship to find the monster
• Construct weapons to fight the monster
• Repair the damaged ship
• Form teams to work more efficiently

As the Specimen:

• Choose from 25 different offensive, defensive and special attributes
• Move in secret through the ship
• Stalk the crew and attack out of the shadows
• Destroy the ship by damaging it section by section

Specimen's artwork includes an impressively detailed top-down ship map, as well as event card images that evoke a live-action sci-fi movie.

This Print and Play edition comes packaged as a single zip file with everything you need to play except for dice. The zip file contains PDF documents for:

• Seven character cards

• Seven character pawns and one Specimen pawn

• 90 strategy cards with cinematic images (one unique 45-card deck per player)

• 25 specimen attribute cards

• 99 game counters

• Segmented game board/ship map (for standard 8.5x11 printers)

• Full 22"x34" game board/ship map (for large-format printers)

• 3-panel game screen with all the game charts players need

• 43-page rulebook


Specimen requires eleven 6-sided dice to play. Character pawns stand up nicely in plastic stands, available at game stores.

Don't want to cut out all those cards? You can get all 122 cards printed and shipped to you! Click here to go to the Specimen print-on-demand page.

Pre-publication review from, Sept. 2012: 3 out of 5 stars.

Gamer Geeks, this game is going to rip you a new one, in a good way! It is very challenging, engaging, and without mercy. The game play is not at all straightforward at first and the game has a steep learning curve. Once you figure out how to play it, however, the game still doesnt become easy. The many different things a player can do, be they the nasty space creature or the hapless crew, is simply mind-boggling at times. The game does an outstanding job of challenging you and feels very rewarding when the game concludes, although you will feel winded. Indeed, the Gamer Geeks had to walk away several times from the table to just collect their thoughts as the game progressed. For those most elite of Gamer Geeks who enjoy a challenging 2-player experience, this game is sure to please.

If you are looking for a horror Sci-Fi themed game for 2 players, where survival is based on cunning, strategy, and tactics (regardless if you are part of the crew or the creature hunting them), then do get your hands on Specimen.

Our Players Comment:

Overall, this game is just phenomenal. It brings a fresh type to the table top and hours of replayability. I cannot wait to be playing the finished product in my living room. Demo Player Richard Nava

 “Im not a game player in general and I was surprised how much I got into (Specimen), playing the first time. I was PISSED when my flamethrower was going to be used against me. PISSED. And I was thrilled for the player next to me when she went for a move that was balls out ballsythese guys are the real dealFUN STUFF, FOLKS! Demo Player Rebecca L


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Lonnie H January 14, 2016 5:18 pm UTC
Bought this direct as a print-n-play from the publisher's website a couple of years ago immediately after their Kickstarter failed. Fun game. Uses traditional wargame tools - counters, six sided dice, wargamer's ruleset layout. Two player game. A ton of strategy that doesn't reveal itself without repeated play. Can get very tense very quickly, and has the feel of a traditional bug hunt movie, complete with large numbers of the cast dying. The mix and match of Specimen abilities allows for a variety of playstyles, from sneaky ambush types to bloodthirsty ragers. Recommended. I'd add a review in the correct place if I bought a second copy anytime soon.
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