With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just around the corner, it’s getting really hard to contain the anticipation. One coping technique is to play games that bring magic into the real world. If you’re looking for a game to cast Tabletopus Awesomenum for the days leading up (and even after) the movie’s release, check out these awesome games!
Released at GenCon and designed by Diana Jones Winner, Eric Lang, and Kevin Wilson; this game is a fantastic engine-building game that feels like the last home stretch of assignments just before you have to write your OWLs. You are a student of a magical school competing with other students to get your assignments complete, with some assignments (or as I put them, OWL practical exams) allowing you to sabotage your fellow students along the way. The first player to complete all assignments needed is the winner. It plays quickly, is easy to learn, and is extremely accessible (given the family-friendly nature of this game).
If you wished you could have been in Snape’s potions class or would have been the most likely student playing Bedazzled or Candy Crush on your phone during his class, this fantastic game is totally for you. Players must build potions by collecting ingredients (colored marbles) dispensed in a way where marbles roll down. When two ingredients of the same color clash against each other, a potion explosion occurs and the cascade reaction allows players to collect additional ingredients for their potions. Players get points for completing potions, and players can drink a potion of their creation, giving them additional advantages. It’s fun, the components are extremely appealing, and it’s an easy way to get people off their phone games on gaming night, which is magic in and of itself.
The perfect party game for an after-movie afterparty (with or without the drinking of plane-altering libations), Ta-Da! is a fast and furious dice rolling game where players have to build spells by rolling out the components for the spell and locking them down (by placing the die and no longer rolling it) spellcards until all slots are complete. The game doesn’t make rolling dice and putting them on cards easy though. Every round there are also physical or mental challenges involved in order to lock your dice onto a spellcard. You may be forced only to have to give a pirate-y “Arrrrr!” each time you lock a dice, or you may have to roll and lock your dice with our head on the table.
It’s fast, fun and totally a fun party game in the spirit of the wizarding world. This is the perfect game if you’ve got some boggarts to banish, as this game is the perfect tabletop manifestation of the RIDDIKULUS spell.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
This cooperative deckbuilding game is the perfect way to spend a few hours with up to 3 other friends, where you first have to fight with each other on which of you gets to play the BAMF Neville Longbottom and which of the rest of you will be taking on the roles of Harry, Hermoine, and Ron. As it’s a properly licensed game, not only art the art and components completely awesome and in-universe, which just adds to the immersive experience.
Players work together to defeat the Villains before they can take control of the locations. Echoing the books, there are seven increasingly difficult adventures. Additionally, even if you’re not an avid tabletop gamer, the first adventures help players to get a grasp of the game itself, akin to tutorial levels of videogames. It really allows for players to get a firm grasp of the game’s mechanics, which is a brilliant help for novice tabletop gaming Potter fans and significantly improves the overall enjoyment of the game for any Potter fan.
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Teri Litorco is a Ravenclaw who loves tabletop games, so much that she studied them and wrote a gamer’s survival guide: The Civilized Guide To Tabletop Gaming – Rules Every Gamer Must Live By. She also posts pictures of her games and her cats on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and talks about them on YouTube.