MERC is a strategy game where each player hires and controls a team of mercenaries. One player takes the role of the evil dictator, the rest work together to defeat the dictator.
Tenagra is a wealthy country full of industries. Taking control of those industries will finance your efforts. Along the way you'll pick up equipment and hire MERCs. You'll need to train militia to fortify and hold territory after you've taken it.
There are 50 unique MERCs for you to hire, each with their own personalities, special abilities, skills, and weaknesses. The right combination of MERCs will lead you to victory, but you'll have to compete to hire them against the other players who are also drawing from the same talent pool, including the dictator!
MERCs would be nothing without their equipment. The game offers more than 40 different types of equipment. There are various types of weapons; everything from a simple 9mm handgun, all the way up to a shoulder mounted assault weapon (SMAW). There are various types of armor and accessories. And you can even get vehicles like tanks and helicopters to assist in your conquest.
Every game of MERC is unique, because the map deck allows you to reconfigure the island of Tenagra so many ways. Plus, sometimes the best MERCs are killed in the first couple days on the island, so you have to fight your way to victory with their lesser counterparts. All of these variables ensure that you'll have endless amounts of fun playing MERC.
Perhaps best of all, MERC is a complex strategy game you can play in just over an hour. It's not like other military-themed games that can take several hours to play.
NOTE: MERC is an evolving game. People email us questions all the time, and as they do we update the rules to provide further clarifications. You should make sure you have the latest version of the rules by comparing the Edition number with the number at the bottom of each page of your rules. Before version 3.1, rules did not include this edition number.
This game contains a premium upgrade called UV Coating that makes the printed components more durable.
This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.