In Operation F.A.U.S.T. (Fine Art Underground: Stolen Treasures), players take on roles of independent art patrons in occupied France during WWII. This was a period when Europe’s greatest treasures were at risk of being looted by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), a special unit of the Third Reich tasked with plundering cultural valuables. To win this highly interactive game, a player must take risks, use cunning misdirection, uncover and remember where valuable art resides, and employ strategies to acquire the most valuable collection more quickly than the competition.
Players execute one of multiple possible actions on each turn with the goal of gaining enough intelligence to recover at risk master works. Players may also use deception to advance their goals, but risk losing their intel if caught in a lie. When a player earns enough intel, they may acquire a piece of art that has a specific, but secret black market value. Art gained may be forged or considered “degenerate” making it more easily confiscated. The first player to reach $1,000,000 in black market art value immediately wins the game.
Gather intelligence, locate the most valuable works of art and recover them using your network or spies, double agents, and art dealers before your opponents can do the same!
30 minute play time
70 Intel tokens (in denominations of 1, 3 and 5)
26 Plot cards (11 French Resistance, 6 Spies, 4 Art Dealers, 3 Double Agents, 2 Allies)
21 Art cards (Art cards range in value from $0 to $500,000)
8 Forged Document cards
8 Player reference sheets