Enchanters: Deluxe Box Review

Enchanters - Mythic Games - $60+

Game title: Enchanters

Game description: Enchanters is a 1-4 players card-drafting fantasy game in which you shuffle any Kingdom Decks, then forge unique Artifacts to fight Monsters and compete to become the Hero of the Village.

Overall
3.3
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Originally published by Gindi and now in the hands of Mythic Games, Enchanters is once again on Kickstarter with East Quest. Of course, there’s already a wealth of content for the game as seen in the Enchanters: Deluxe Box. This box includes just about everything released for the game: The Base Set, Overlords, Odyssey, the Event Deck, and the Wound Deck.

Pros

  • MANY combinations between current expansions
  • Simple rules with tons of depth of play
  • Optional modules expand play experience

Cons

  • Storage is a real pain
  • Rules are vague and not in-depth

Full Enchanters: Deluxe Box Review

Originally published by Gindi and now in the hands of Mythic Games, Enchanters is once again on Kickstarter with East Quest. Of course, there’s already a wealth of content for the game as seen in the Enchanters: Deluxe Box. This box includes just about everything released for the game: The Base Set, Overlords, Odyssey, the Event Deck, and the Wound Deck.

At its core, Enchanters is a game about powering up Items with Enchantments and then defeating enemies with your newly crafted attack and defense. A player will have only one of each type of card at a time, stacking new cards above their previous ones. Certain cards only provide attack/defense values when they’re active but others still provide bonuses even after they’ve been stacked upon. Players use crystals to purchase new cards, rest to recover crystals or wounds and attack enemies until an Adventure Deck runs out. A random Village card tosses extra conditions/actions into the mix. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Items and Enchantments stack as you play them

The basic rules are incredibly simple, though they aren’t laid out very well. With a bit of tweaking the game could easily be learned in two minutes. As of this writing, it took a bit longer just because the initial page layout was a bit confusing. Once you get a grasp of how the game works, it’s smooth sailing.

Enchanters: Overlords and Odyssey not only add new Kingdom decks to the game but additional rules and depth. Overlords add Overlord characters for players to battle. These foes are more dangerous than your standard enemy, buffing other monsters and taking special actions. Odyssey adds a Co-op Deck, as well as different starting Races and Classes that replace the standard starting Fist and Enhancement cards.

Overlords and Odyssey add more depth to the game

The Wound and Event decks add even more flavor to the game by tossing a bit more into the arena like lasting effects if a player gains more than 10 wounds and special actions that take place each round of the game. When combined with all of the above there are almost infinite combinations of cards to play a game with, all without adding a ton of complexity to the game. Toss in a bunch of vinyl play mats and you’ve got one hell of a Deluxe Edition of Enchanters.

There is one caveat to all this. The box isn’t very good at storing all the cards. Everything technically fits, but there’s not really enough space to fit all the cards the way the box intends. Add in the oversized Village and Overlord cards, the mats, and the rules and it’s kind of a mess. Thankfully the new Kickstarter campaign means to fix this with a better Deluxe Box.

Enchanters is a wonderful game with tons of content that can entertain for a long time. With over 700 cards and more on the way, it’s a game a player can go down the rabbit hole with. It’s also simple enough for casual, gateway-level play. All in all it’s something everyone should play at least once, and probably have on their shelves as well

A copy of the Enchanters Deluxe Box was provided free for review by Mythic Games

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