Access Denied


Access Denied is a computer hacking card game for 3 to 6 players.  Each player controls and defends one sector of the internet while attempting to gain access to other sectors.  You don't need a computer to play Access Denied!

There are 63 cards, each with an action and a code.  You can play a card for its action or use its code to try to hack into a sector.  Each sector has 3 access levels: User, Oper, and Root.  As you gain more and higher access levels, you can draw and hold more cards and take more actions.  The first player to attain Root access to 3 different sectors wins the game.

May 28, 2014


The old, 2001 version of Access Denied has been replaced by a new, more streamlined version.  We think you'll like it a whole lot more.


  • Construction: 1-2 hours
  • Number of Players: 2-6
  • Complexity: Medium
  • Playing Time: 1-2 hours
  • Age Group: 13+
  • Skill vs. Luck: 67% skill
  • Parts Needed: Everything you need is in the file.



Access Denied is available in Portable Document Format (PDF.)  The file size is 0.5MB.

Pages Content
1 - 8 Rules
9 - 16 Cards
17 - 20 Sector & Help Cards
21 Checklist - print copies as needed
22 Access Markers



If you would like a hard copy of Access Denied you may be able to find one gathering dust at your local game store.  Or you can buy it from one of these online retailers:



Kai Otte created a German language translation of Access Denied called Zugang Verweigert.  The translation comes complete with rules, cards, and markers.  Danke Kai!

Pages Content
1 - 6 Rules
1 - 6 Regeln
7 - 8 Sektoren
9 - 16 Karten
17 Zugriffs Marker


Adam Waskiewicz on Nowa Gildia
"...tym dużym plusem gry jest jej dynamika..."
Andrew Tullsen on Board Game Geek
"The game is fairly fast to lean and the turns play quickly with almost no downtime as the players are interacting constantly with each other's sectors."
Fair Play Games
"Grows on you, but it needs several playings.  Many good, unique ideas."
John Kaufeld in Games Unplugged Magazine #20
"...a lively game with cool mechanics, good player interaction, and high replay value."
Board Game Geek
Visit the Access Denied page on the geek.
Two Player Variant
Now two can play thanks to this variant posted by Andrew Tullsen.
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Updated: 2015-AUG-30

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