Guardians of the City II - The Total Defence Strategy Card Game


"Guardians of the City II" (GOTC) is a Total Defence strategy card game designed to help youths develop a deeper understanding of Singapore’s security threats and the part we play in keeping Singapore safe and secure.

GOTC II

The latest version in the GOTC line – GOTC II was launched in February 2019. The game has been refreshed with a brand new game mechanics. It also has a new suite of national crises for players to overcome.

In a pack, there are a total of 108 cards, consisting of 2 decks of 54 cards. In each deck, there are 2 Rule Cards, 6 Crisis Cards, 30 Defence Cards, 12 Events Cards and 4 Community Support Cards. The game can be played by two players (1 versus 1) or 4 players (2 versus 2).

Each Secondary 2 student will be provided with a personal set of GOTC II in 2019. Schools are encouraged to organise a GOTC cohort experience for their students during the Total Defence month, or enlist Uniformed Group students to lead game sessions for their peers where opportunities arise during the year. Blank Defence cards can also be downloaded here for players to customise and colour their own cards to showcase how they can put Total Defence in action in their everyday lives.


GOTC II can also be used by Uniformed Group students to attain the Bronze and Silver badges under the Total Defence Programme for Uniformed Groups. Schools have been provided additional sets of GOTC II, as a unit resource.

Follow us on Instagram at @Guardiansofthecity, where we will periodically roll out new GOTC cards to educate the public about new initiatives that keeps Singapore strong. Players can take part in simple activities to win these GOTC cards which they could then use in the Total Defence Programme for Uniformed Groups and GOTC tournaments. Do look out for the national-level tournament in June 2019!

The GOTC experience comprises a 10-min introduction, 20-min game play and 30-min reflection (total: 60 min). Supporting resources for the game are as follows:
  • How to Play GOTC II: Watch a short video to learn how to play GOTC II here.
  • Post-game Reflection: Download a set of PowerPoint slides. that can be used for post-game reflection sessions.
  • (Coming Soon)Game Resource Kit: The game resource kit provides a detailed plan on introducing GOTC and case studies and additional reading materials to discuss how each of us can play our part in Total Defence. This will be available in March 2019.
  • Gameplay Infographic: The gameplay infographic will instruct players on the mechanisms behind the game. Players can refer to the infographic for a step-by-step guide to play the game.
  • Breakdown of Deck: Refer to the Breakdown of Deck document, for an in-depth breakdown of the cards found in a GOTC II deck.

To find out more about GOTC, you may contact us at nexus@defence.gov.sg.