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How to Play: Arcane Academy
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How to Play: Arcane Academy

This week, Becca is showing you how to play Arcane Academy from IDW Games! Designed by Kevin Wilson and Eric Lang, this is an engine-building game based on the comic Finding Gossamyr. This is an accessible game that has a satisfying strategy element in it, as players are rewarded for building optimized engines on their game tableau. G&S Writer Christina Aimerito did a full overview of the game earlier this year, and we’ve excerpted some of her comments from that article below.

Arcane Academy‘s rules of play are fairly straightforward. Each player takes on the role of a student of magic with the goal of being the best in class. Using their slate and the action tiles they place upon it, students will gain will power and shards so that they can complete assignments. Linked tiles give the player more bang for their buck, as exhausting one tile also activates the ones it is directly linked to. Players may use a turn to rest (clear their slate of exhaustion tokens).

Completed assignments are either spells or items, each respectively with their own flair and prestige points to boot. A player can purchase a card from the public hand of 4 cards or their own private hand of 3 cards. The first student to complete 8 assignments activates the Pencils Down card, leaving each player with one final chance to bulk up their prestige points before the final scores are tallied.

The most addictive part of the game is inarguably the linking mechanism. Once your slate is a happening place with linked tiles galore, each turn can unleash a cascade of events. Arcane Academy is easy to learn with enough random elements that make it tricky to master. It looks to be a sweet little game, with endearing artwork and fun components but truly it is an evenly paced battle of wits that escalates intensity as one builds their slate. It’s a simple tile-laying game where the stakes are raised because MAGIC YOU GUYS. So, check it out if magic and puzzles are your jam.

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