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No. of players: 2
Amount of time to play: 30-45 min
Age requirements: 14+
Set-up time: minimal
Mage Wars Academy gets two new wizards, the Warlord and the Forcemaster. These expansions also add more creatures and spells to the series.
The Warlord and Forcemaster expansions give you more options so you can choose a mage that matches your play style. If you have not played Mage Wars Academy, read my overview and review. This post will be about the new elements in the Warlord and Forcemaster expansions.
The Warlord is a commander of soldiers and casts War magic. He summons a force of warriors to defend and fight for him. He can also cast formation enchantments that grant his soldier creatures bonuses to melee or armor. He can summon equipment that allows him to take advantage of these formations and cast many of his spells for one less mana.
The Forcemaster uses Mind magic and Dsjer-Tet spells to win in the arena. She summons creatures of force that dissipate over time. She can even speed that dissipation process up in order to give the disappearing creature +2 Melee. Many of her creatures have the Aegis keyword. Since they are not solid living beings they subtract from an attacker’s dice against them. Her enchantments let her mess with her opponent and their creatures. She might make everyone fearful to attack, drop equipment, or attack each other.
As I have said before I am a fan of the Mage Wars games. I like Academy’s quick play time and how easy it is to teach. The Warlord and Forcemaster add new ways to play the game. Between new spells and schools of magic, they enable you to really customize and of your spell books.
These new mages have distinct play styles. The Warlord summons soldiers to the battle and then can stand and fight with them. The Forcemaster has smaller creatures that are hard to hit and disappear over time. But she can mess with your opponent’s plan and creatures.
The components in these expansions are in line with the rest of the series. And the sorted card packs and rules will have you playing in minutes.
If you are a Mage Wars Academy fan, the Warlord and Forcemaster expansions just add to the fun. More spells and mages mean more options and customization for your games.
Score and synopsis: (Click here for an explanation of these review categories.)
Strategy 4 out of 6
Luck 4 out of 6
Player Interaction 6 out of 6
Replay Value 4 out of 6
Complexity 3 out of 6
Fun 5 out of 6
Overall 5 out of 6