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Master The Six Spheres Of Magic To Become The ‘Archmage’

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Jan 24 2018

A few magically talented individuals, their devoted followers in tow, have been drawn from their villages across the twisted wilderness to the Ruined City.

Archmage is a euro-thematic hybrid, where players take on the role of fledgling Mages, traveling the lands to recover ancient relics, gather followers, and train apprentices in six spheres of magic and beyond. As the power of their Order grows, they will pit apprentices against each other, and attain unheard of spells and magical powers, building their own Mage tower to watch over the lands and weave their magics.

The mythic races are the keepers of six very different spheres of magic, with very different abilities. It was only the power of the Archmage that long ago found ways to combine the spheres and gain higher and higher levels of magic. Now, much of the magic of the mythic races is lost, and the newcomers, having come so far, are told they must now travel the lands to reclaim lost relics sacred to the races. It seems the journey to absolute magical power has only just begun…


When the time of reckoning comes, a new Archmage will rule.

Each turn is formed of two phases:

The Journey: A Mage travels across the map (formed of hex tiles): discovering new locations; deploying followers to gather relics from Ruins, Libraries, Sacred Glades, and other locations sacred to each of the mythic races; and encountering and dealing with the followers of their opponents.

Journey’s End: A Mage will finish each Journey in a specific location where they can perform a specific action.

  • Ending a Journey on a Town will let the Mage call on their Followers to deliver the relics and resources they have gathered.
  • Ending in a Settlement (where the spurned descendants of the Mages fled after the Ending) will let a Mage recruit more Followers to their Order.
  • Ending with a Mythic Race will let the Mage train Followers as Apprentices specializing in the magic of that Mythic Race (at a cost of the Relics with which the magic must be weaved).
  • Ending in the Wilderness will let the Mage’s followers take more physical control over the area.
  • Ending in the Mage’s Tower (once it has been built), will let the Mage train and test their Apprentices. On the floor of the tower (player board) is a mandala in which the Apprentices stand. Moving apprentices on the mandala will change the sorts of spells the Order has access to. Testing apprentices sees one apprentice advance to a higher level and allows an Order to discover new spells and magics beyond what any of the Mythic Races could individually know, and to add to those magics to their spell library.

Spells provide Mages with a range of options for strategic and tactical play. Archmage has a modular spell system, with 18 spells included in the base game, and expansions planned to add more sets. Spells are used by expending a cost in Relics, the magical currency of the game that is unique to each mythic race. The game is played over a number of turns, depending on the player count. After the last turn, the Mage with the most powerful Order of Mages, is declared the new Archmage and power is restored to the lands… until the next time!

via Starling Games

Archmage$39 – Available Now At GameSalute

Archmage is a strategy board game where you build and lead an order of mages towards the epic destiny of becoming Archmage, a wizard that weaves all six spheres of magic into one.

You begin the game as a fledgling mage exploring a post-apocalyptic landscape, deploying loyal followers from your company to gather lost relics from various ruined locations. These magical relics can be traded to six mythic races to gain a fundamental knowledge of their magic. Once these basic spells are learned, you may then combine them into higher forms of magic and continue to grow your order, casting powerful spells to further your plan to become Archmage.

The game is a hybrid of euro-style and thematic board games, featuring exploration, resource gathering and management, area/map control, and a spell system where players shape a tableau of player powers over the course of the game.


  • 1 Ruined City tile
  • 42 Location tiles
  • 4 two-layer player boards
  • 4 Spellbook mantles
  • 4 Wooden Mage pieces
  • 4 Wooden Tower pieces
  • 100 Wooden Follower pieces
  • 24 Wooden Relic cubes
  • 24 Planet tokens
  • 72 Spell cards
  • 100+ Spell and Ward tokens
  • 1 Rulebook

Collector’s Edition also includes:

  • 4-fold game board
  • 4 cloth supply bags
  • 1 gold foiled slip case
  • 1 – 4 Players
  • 60 – 120 Minutes
  • Ages 14+

Will you master The Circle of Nature, Time, Will, Matter, Death or Blood?

Author: Matt Sall
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