Mage Knight board game
Mage Knight board game

Mage Knight

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Overall Rank: #76 | Trending Rank: #110

The Mage Knight Board Game throws you and up to three other Mage Knights into the sprawling and ever-changing world of the Atlantean Empire, a land that is but a distant memory since your transformation into a mysterious Mage Knight. Build your armies, defeat bands of marauding enemies, and eventually conquer cities in the name of the mysterious Void Council.

As a Mage Knight you must control your reputation and walk the line - or embrace the role of benevolent leader or brutal dictator. Accumulate Fame and experience to acquire powerful Spells and abilities, then use your power to influence units to join your ranks. Featuring a variety of campaign options allowing you to play both competitively or cooperatively.

240 Cards
8 Intricately Painted Miniatures
196 Tokens
20 Map Tiles
54 Mana Crystals
7 Mana Dice
2 Game Mats
2 Rulebooks

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  • I can see why people like this game solo, but at this point I might just as well play a video game. I guess a more streamline, star realm-esque version without tiles while retaining crystal system would be more approachable
  • Even though I loved this game and originally rated a 10 it just was a beast to remember the rules played best at 1 or 2 players And would love to see a digital version. sadly this one had to leave the collection because anytime I wanted to play it I would realize I needed to spend 40 mins remembering the rules. Masterpiece of a game.
  • The rulebook has tiiiny print which is a real turn off when you're learning it for the first time, but you quickly realise that it is written very well, and in a natural style. And whilst there is a lot going on, the game is not overwhelming. At least, not nearly as much as its reputation would have you believe.So much has been said about Mage Knight, it’s difficult to think of anything new to say, but I would say that the perfect information puzzle aspect is done really well, and makes me think of Leaving Earth oddly, which by contrast feels pretty dry. Actions are planned before you execute anything in MK, just as Missions are planned in LE. Once you know your plan, you go through the motions from A-B, with almost no surprises along the way. That takes a bit of getting used to, but once you shed any expectations of typical RPG type games, it all starts to gel.The model of Arythea is a sad offering. I actually threw it in the bin. So terrible...better off using literally anything else to replace it. I just couldn't take that plastic blob seriously, lol. And the backs of the map tiles and Units to the Lost Legion expansion are not quite the same colour. But apart from that, the card art is great, and the whole thing looks very nice on the table. I will be investing in the Broken Token insert. I never thought I'd spend my money on one of those, but this game sort of requires it. And I'll probably proxy all the figures too one day...
  • --Dec2011-- Very appealing fantasy adventure game, in the detailed-and-incompletely-random tradition of Magic Realm. After playing twice, I'm quite amused. Definite possibility of an improvement in rating with more play.
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Thanks for sharing.  I'm not familiar with either game and have only recently heard of #Mage Knight.  I'll have to look into them as your description of ST:F sounds like something I might be interested in, and I've always been a fan of ST.

Last time I did my list it was surpassed by #Star Trek: Frontiers.

I'm primarily a solo gamer, and I would never want to play ST:F multiplayer. But as a solo game or is a big, heavy, meaty, and compelling movement puzzle. It combines deck building, hand management, movement, and a number of other mechanics in a very satisfying package. I don't how familiar you are with #Mage Knight  but STF is a retheme of MK. 

So, I was seeing it at $85-$100

I haven't done thist yet, but, I will probably buy #Gloomhaven at some point. This is in spite of not liking the theme. But, that will cost a minimum of $100.

I think most Splotters are worth it, even though I wish they would redo the cover of #Roads & Boats: 20th Anniversary Edition.

I went with #Star Trek: Frontiers instead of #Mage Knight. But, I will say that I think that #Mage Knight: Ultimate Edition is easily worth the money. If they made something like that for ST:F I would jump on it.

I don't have that much money in very many games. I think I have $85 in #Pax Pamir (Second Edition). That is partly because of the fact that I got the metal coins with it, though when you add shipping.... I am up to $95. I would say that was well worth it.

#High Frontier 4 All, I went all in on gameplay matter for this. I think I have around $100 in it, but that is because it includes:

  1. #High Frontier 4 All: Module 1 – Terawatt
  2. #High Frontier 4 All: Module 2 – Colonization
  3. #High Frontier 4 All: Module 3 – Conflict



I should! I was considering throwing on that and#Mage Knight for my Santa purposes. The exchange closes tonight so I still have time

You don't need a Y chromosome to be into geeky hobbies!

But that sounds great that it walks you through how to play. I'm sure it's dry but necessary for a noob like me. Just discovered #Mage Knight thanks to some users on here so maybe I'll go for that instead.

Very curious though as it sounds amazing! Thanks for the info!

My biggest surpise was #Star Trek: Frontiers. This is a retheme of #Mage Knight. On BGG it is a 4.32 on the weight scale. Up to that point the heaviest game I had played was in the mid 3s. I was scared to death. I thought it was going to be a big heavy experience that I was going to be barely able to wade through. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It clearly is NOT a light game. But, I could learn it. I loved it. And, this is what convinced me that I like, nay love, heavy games. I now have purchased 8-10 games that that are 4 or higher on the BGG weight scale. There are a bunch of good light/medium weight game.These were the games I used to prefer, and I still love them. But, I honestly didn't think I would like the really heavy stuff.