A unique digital boardgame with strategy and narrative elements, inspired by games like Pandemic, Arkham Horror, and Talisman. As a Heretic Operative, a secret mage sworn to oppose the Cult, you must harness the arcane without becoming lost in its power.
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Feb 18, 2019

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February 19

Getting Started with Heretic Operative

It's great to see people jumping into the game and battling against the Cult, but Heretic Operative can be a challenging and mechanically dense game with a lot to learn.

We'll be adding a few more in-game hints later this week, but in the meanwhile here are a few quick tips to get you started on the basics.

Selection & Movement

To select an Operative, left-click their portrait on the center bar or on the map.

To move a selected Operative, left-click a movement arrow (along the lines that show possible destinations) or right-click your destination.


The best way to get more resources is to recruit the right Townsfolk. You can recruit Townsfolk in any location where you have an Operative by clicking on their "scroll" in the bottom-left of the game UI and paying some influence.

Note that recruiting Townsfolk never takes an action, but many of them unlock special abilities you can spend an action point on.

There are many Townsfolk in the game, but here are a few important ones to not overlook, the ones that get you resource income every turn. Here are a couple to look for:

  • Farmstead - Blacksmith (Gold)
  • Copec's Tavern - Cell Leader (Influence), Informant (Rumors)

Getting more Lore and more Fate can be a little trickier, but the Museum District can be a great source for both.

Learning More

Almost everything in the game has a tooltip, and these tooltips are intended to make the game rules as transparent as possible.

There is also a Controls overview in the in-game ESC menu, and you can hit the "?" button in the bottom-middle of the screen for some additional help.


We hope these tips are helpful in getting started. Heretic Operative is intentionally not an easy game, but with some perseverance victory can be achieved very reliably. Good luck and have fun with the game!

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February 18

Launch day!

We are live! Heretic Operative will be -10% off for the first week as a launch discount.

Check out the game and please let us know what you think by leaving a review!

Come chat about the game here on our Discord server:


But of course we're not done with Heretic Operative at launch. We look forward to applying your feedback to the game on both balance and bug patches, as well as adding more new Adventures, Operatives, and more.
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About This Game

Magic is a sin. It corrupts everything it touches.

Those who use magic are branded as “Heretics” by the church, and heresy is punishable by death.

At the fringes of civilization, the mages of the Cultus Arcanum give themselves freely over to the Corruption – performing dark rituals to let loose untold nightmares upon the world.

It will take a powerful heretic to preserve the spark of magic against both the Church and the Cult.

You are that Heretic Operative.

  • Control a secret society dedicated to using magic for the benefit of the world, at a time when all mages are considered “heretics” to be hunted by the Templars.

  • Master over 50 different spells to overcome challenges in and out of combat. But be wary of the Corruption that accompanies magic. The more powerful you become, the greater the risk of losing control.

  • Fight enemy cultists, zealous templars, and ravenous monsters through a unique dice-based combat system. Employ mercenaries, devastating spells, and powerful artifacts to prevail.

  • Explore the Northern Reach, where the frayed edges of the Empire are under constant threat. From vast museums in the city of Ione, to the farms in the countryside, to ruined temples of ancient gods, to camps of raiding Orcs, every location offers unique challenges.

  • Make contact with other Heretic Operatives and recruit townsfolk to spread your Heretical influence and stop the diabolical Cultus Arcanum.

  • Encounter more than 270 different adventure cards, full of challenging decisions that change the way your story unfolds. Will you risk your life and mission to save innocents from a burning building or live with the stain on your soul from abandoning them? Will you stand your ground against the Orcs for honor’s sake or be more prudent and flee? Do you bother to learn all of the verses in the Elven Song of Greeting or is now the time to take a stand against ridiculous Elven ceremony?

  • More than 7 playable Operatives (and counting), 6 different story decks, and 4 enemy cults, means your story plays out differently each time. Use different strategies and wisely deploy your resources to defeat the most challenging combinations.

Heretic Operative intertwines deep gameplay with a dynamic story to create an innovative and original experience: a unique fusion of strategy, RPG, and board game mechanics.

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 or later (64-bit).
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (3.0 GHz) or AMD Athalon 64 X2 6400+ (3.2 GHz).
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 260, ATI Radeon HD 5670. (Does not support Intel integrated graphics cards.)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 300 MB available space

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