Enchanters Game (Deluxe Box) Overview

Enchanters Game (Deluxe Box) Overview

Each year I read no less than 500 game rulebooks. I also keep up to date on the hobby game world by subscribing to almost every publisher’s newsletter. I religiously read ICV2 for breaking news, lurk the /r/boardgames subreddit on Reddit and subscribe to no less than three printed industry publications. If a game is being published, here or abroad, I usually know about it. And yet somehow, I completely missed the 2016 release of Enchanters.

Maybe it’s because it was originally a Kickstarter campaign that didn’t get wide release in the Midwest. Possibly, I looked at backing it but decided it looked like just another 1v1 fighting game. Whatever the reason, I am regretting not digging deeper or searching for a local copy to play. Fortunately, at this year’s Gen Con convention I discovered a brand new Deluxe Edition by Mythic Games which not only updated the original game, but it also included all the expansions published in the past five years!

Since I’m also five years late to the Enchanters party, pardon me for treating it like it’s a brand new game. If you are already familiar with it, scroll down a bit to where I talk about the features of the Deluxe Edition and why you may want to consider an upgrade. If Enchanters is also new to you, let’s take a quick look at the game and what all the fuss is about.

We glossed over Enchanters in 2016 to our chagrin. Now it's out again in deluxe form and we're happy to have another chance to acquire it! - SahmReviews.com

First things first – Enchanters is NOT a 1v1 fighting game, which I erroneously assumed. It is a card-drafting, engine-building card game. Much like a couple of our other favorites, Star Realms or Dominion. However, this game, in our opinion, blows them away. To say we are huge fans would be an understatement. Our regret is not knowing about Enchanters earlier.

Much like Hues and Cues, the entire ruleset fits on one page. As you’ll soon see, this is unheard of in a game with so much variability and depth. The premise is also quite different from other fantasy games. You are not playing a particular character type or race. Instead, everyone begins the game with the same weapon and enchantment and it is those you will be upgrading during the game instead of character stats.

We glossed over Enchanters in 2016 to our chagrin. Now it's out again in deluxe form and we're happy to have another chance to acquire it! - SahmReviews.com

And it isn’t a matter of just acquiring new cards that replace your old ones. Each time you add a card to your item or enchantment pile, some of the statistics from the prior card carry over and add to the abilities of the active one. This is the engine-building part of the game where you’re trying to fabricate a more powerful and versatile weapon to defeat increasingly difficult monsters, which earn you victory points.

We glossed over Enchanters in 2016 to our chagrin. Now it's out again in deluxe form and we're happy to have another chance to acquire it! - SahmReviews.com

Setup is quick as well. All players begin the game with five crystals and the previously mentioned starting item and enchantment cards. A Kingdom deck of new items, enchantments and monsters is compiled by shuffling together four of the included faction decks. Six are dealt out in a line next to the deck, creating a “marketplace” of sorts. A location is also chosen, which will determine the active bonuses and abilities for all players.

We glossed over Enchanters in 2016 to our chagrin. Now it's out again in deluxe form and we're happy to have another chance to acquire it! - SahmReviews.com

On a turn a player will either buy a card from the track or skip their turn to take a rest and possible earn additional crystals or heal wounds. To buy a card, pay the amount shown below each card in crystals and take the card into your inventory. When taking a new item or enchantment, immediately perform any action with a down-facing arrow on the card. Side-facing arrows indicate a new ability that lets you pay for the item on the right side of the arrow with whatever is shown on the left.

You can also pay to fight a monster in the track. Not only must you sacrifice several crystals for the opportunity, you must also have built up enough power (signified by the sword symbol on your item and enchantment cards) to meet or exceed the amount of health of the monster. Monsters will also fight back, doing damage to you in the amount of their attack (claws) less your defense (shields). Don’t worry, you cannot die in Enchanters. Each point of health you are required to lose is represented by wound tokens. These are negative victory points at the end of the game. Put your acquired monster card into your tableau and immediately take any rewards noted. The number inside the wreath symbol is the number of victory points awarded at the game’s end.

We glossed over Enchanters in 2016 to our chagrin. Now it's out again in deluxe form and we're happy to have another chance to acquire it! - SahmReviews.com

After every turn, the cards in the marketplace are moved to the left and the line filled with new ones from the deck. Players take turns in clockwise order until all cards are removed from both the deck and the marketplace. Count the number of earned victory points printed on the cards and subtract wounds still held. The person with the highest final total wins!

Even this introductory game of Enchanters is very enjoyable. While a competitive game, you are not fighting each other (except over cards). Dozens of locations and numerous factions ensure no two games will play exactly alike. You can also play a more advanced version featuring Overlords who must also be defeated. And that’s not even considering the mounds of content provided by the inclusion of all the expansions in the Deluxe Edition of Enchanters!

We glossed over Enchanters in 2016 to our chagrin. Now it's out again in deluxe form and we're happy to have another chance to acquire it! - SahmReviews.com

The base game includes eight factions. The entire Deluxe Edition features over three dozen! It also adds things like a Wounds deck, which must be drawn when a player amasses more than ten wound tokens. Event cards can be added to the deck which trigger once revealed. Banners and Classes add variability to the setup while the Quest deck gives each player a minor action which can be performed on their turn.

We glossed over Enchanters in 2016 to our chagrin. Now it's out again in deluxe form and we're happy to have another chance to acquire it! - SahmReviews.com

You’ll also be rewarded with upgraded components in the Enchanters Deluxe Edition. The base pieces are present and must be punched out of cardboard. But we’re sure you’ll prefer the faceted crystals and plastic tokens. The tokens are screaming to be painted and customized – something you might see in a future article!

We glossed over Enchanters in 2016 to our chagrin. Now it's out again in deluxe form and we're happy to have another chance to acquire it! - SahmReviews.com

And if that isn’t enough, there is also an Automa Deck for single-player games and a complete ruleset for playing in cooperative mode. I’d also be remiss for not mentioning the beautifully illustrated neoprene game mats for both the main playing board and individual players. All of this, as well as a custom organizing tray, is included in this edition!

You can find both the base and Deluxe Editions of Enchanters at your favorite local game store. If you’re quick, you can still pick up copies of the Ultimate Pledge Edition direct from Mythic Games on their website! If you’re curious about what might be in the works and don’t want to miss out like we did, follow Mythic Games on Facebook or Instagram. You’ll even find information about their next project, Rise of the Necromancers, which will be launching in January!

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Scott Brady

About Scott Brady

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an award-winning board game designer with notable titles such as Hues and Cues and boop.

34 comments on «Enchanters Game (Deluxe Box) Overview»

  1. Michael B. says:

    it has been added to the xmas wish list, thank you !

    however, as much as i enjoy reading your reviews (with limited time, i chose yours over bgg, etc), as i find them more inline with my preferences.*** so my question is, and its not “enchanters delux” related, can you release a trade secret, namely what game related magazines you read ? right now i am a regular reader of “tabletop gaming” (UK), spielbox (Germany), and “casual game insider” (US). GameNite Magazine used to be on the list, but alas it is no longer being produced.

    yes, i know another source of new boardgames will annoy my wife, i might have to buy her a new pony. she is a retired veterinarian, so this ploy should work…

    *** we too ,have been “blessed” (ahem) with two daughters, big on family-friendly pastimes, games also have to pass the “church/grandmother” rule: they must be games we feel comfortable playing around our grandmothers, or with people from our (worship) community. if it fails that simple check, the game does NOT get in the door. note: the grandmother rule started as the rule for what is permitted in the way of ANY communication (email, social media, notes, online forums, reviews, etc)

    1. Scott says:

      In addition to the ones you mentioned, I also read Around the Table, which is a GAMA publication, Meeple Monthly, and Game Trade Magazine (GTM). Also I check ICV2.com almost daily for breaking news.

      I totally get the “grandmother rule” and used something similar when our girls were younger. Now that they’re college age, the “cool” thing to do seems to be playing Cards Against Humanity (yuck). Thanks for being such a long time reader!

      1. Wendy Johnson says:

        I’m in it to win it all!!!! I hope! Lol

  2. Frankie Pinnix says:

    I think I must run out today and get this game! It sounds fun and I like the fantasy twists!

  3. Jessica Peeling says:

    This looks like a lot of fun! I can’t believe the rules all fit on one page, it looks like you get a lot from this game!

  4. Sue E says:

    This game sounded fun. I really don’t think I would bring it out as a party game, especially if I didn’t play it first. This is the Deluxe Version so it would be a thorough full version of the game.

  5. william gossage says:

    It sounds like it be a fun game and pretty easy to play

  6. Darren Green says:

    A game that I was surprised with how easy it is to play was Fantastic Factories. We had never played that style of game before and the way it is made was really simple. Plus the playmat that I got with it made set up a breeze.

  7. Donna says:

    This sounds like a lot of of fun and very unique from other games I’ve played. The rules seem easy to learn too. Definitely a game my family would enjoy!

  8. Mia Rose says:

    This looks like there is enough complexity to keep the game interesting and new without having an overwhelming amount of rules to learn.

  9. Joaquim Semeano says:

    Dice Forge.

    1. Rachael+DeBates says:

      I’ve never played it but it looks kinda hard to me

  10. Tony Platz says:

    It looks like a lot of fun and may be easy to play .

  11. Michael Shea says:

    Ticket to Ride

  12. Jordan Binkerd says:

    I’ve not played this one, but now I want to!

  13. Lisa P. says:

    I wasn’t familiar with this game until I read your review. I like that the entire ruleset fits on one page. I really haven’t been interested in role playing type games, but if this one isn’t too complicated, it might be fun to try. It’s neat that there’s an Automa Deck for single-player games.

  14. Breean says:

    It sounds interesting and easy to play.

  15. Jodi W says:

    Sounds like an interesting game

  16. Theodoros G. says:

    Interesting to know that for you this one is better than dominion. I have never played it. I have only played dominion and I like the digital application.

  17. Lauryn R says:

    This looks like a really fun game! I think my kids would enjoy it too. I was surprised by how easy it seems to play.

  18. Kristy Reid says:

    I like that the rules fit on one page. I usually play with younger kids or teens so if the rules are too complex, I lose their interest. This sounds like a game I should get for my classroom. Many of my students love fantasy games.

  19. Audrey says:

    The game looks like it has a little bit of variable strategy for a little card game, and I’d hope that the game is as easy as it sounds. I do like heavier games, but easier games get to the table for more often.

  20. Dana Matthews says:

    This sounds like a fun, entertaining game. The rules sounds fairly easy.

  21. Jason T says:

    Dice Forge

  22. Blaze says:

    This game seems like it has nice components, artwork, and the all important well organized box insert!

  23. StrPap says:

    I haven’t played it yet but it certainly seems like an interesting and fun game. Looks like it is easy to understand how to play it but it has quite some strategic depth

  24. Pamela Coveney says:

    I have never seen this game looks very interesting

  25. Letisha Williams says:

    Very Informative

  26. Pavlos says:

    I like the looks of it. I would have fun playing this.

  27. Tina says:

    Looks interesting

  28. drank says:

    I am shocked that a game that appears to have so much replayability and depth has only 1 sheet of rules. Love games like that! Games are not judged (by me at least) on how thick their rulebook is.

  29. Edward says:

    Looks fun

  30. James says:

    I like all of the colors in this game. I was surprised how easy Wildlands was to learn and play

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