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Counter Attack will feature a total of 200 players. Let’s have a look at some of them…

I collected 150 prototypes from my brilliant local printer and I’ll show some of them off to you in this article. Why only 150? Because these 150 represent the remainder of the cards in the Counter Attack ‘universe’. The other 50 come with the Classic Set (i.e. the base game), and I already have those printed out.

I took the opportunity to test-run a print job of these additional cards in order to spot errors and it turns out I had made a few. Like this one with a missing flag:

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Also, all of the England and Northern Ireland flags looked crap because they had a thin stroke around the flag. These things have been amended and are now ready to be sent to the manufacturer.

We’ve made a bunch of players from Africa. Here’s a selection:


And here is a random assortment I’ve plucked from the set. Piskov has the best name, surely? Albihn and Meloni are friends of mine who helped playtest the game in the early days, so they made the cut! Argentina is in need of quality players these days in real life, so I hope Meloni can make a difference:

Now to the question on every football fan’s lips: where are the Scottish players? Don’t worry – there are plenty! These players are ready to dominate world football, er just like in real life:


I know I haven’t shown you any real superstars in the photos here – with the notable exception of Piskov – but that’s because you’ll have to discover them for yourselves!A handful of legends come with the Classic Set and there are many more lurking in the additional player packs.

You can purchase additional player packs from our shop, but we are still finalising how that works. Ultimately we will produce 5 sets of 30 cards, so you should never get a duplicate card in your set.

So…once you have yourself a squad of players, where on earth do you play them on the pitch? That’s up to you in Counter Attack! Players do not come with preferred positions – you will need to work out where and how to best utilise everyone in your squad. Position your players to suit your preferred playing style, or to counter your opponent’s strategy.

And finally, does 200 player cards represent the total sum that will ever be made for Counter Attack? That remains to be seen, but I guess there is no good reason why we should stop producing players if the game keeps growing…

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