Gaming can be used to teach a lot of useful skills. You can learn pattern recognition, critical thinking, problem solving, and many other useful things. So it’s no wonder that the CIA had developed a game for training their operatives. For a long time, the game was listed as classified. But it is no longer, and it has been turned into a game for you and me called CIA: Collect It All, and it’s up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a CIA operative? The CIA designed a classified card game which they use to train their analysts. They recently declassified it and we’re adapting the game so you can play it too.
CIA: Collect It All is a competitive card game based on the CIA game Collection Deck. Players take on the role of agents who are collecting intelligence and tackling security threats over multiple rounds.
Drawing from a deck of over 150 cards, players start each round with a hand full of intelligence tactics and must devise strategies to successfully defuse various crises. The tactics and crises all contain aspects – Political, Military, Economic, and Weapons – and players can only tackle crises if they have tactics with matching aspects. However, rival players also have “reality check” cards that they can play to complicate their opponents’ efforts.
The campaign is about halfway to its funding goal with still 28 days on the clock.