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Name Res Arcana (2019)
Complexity 2.6161
BGG Rank 122
Player Count 2 - 4
Mechanism(s) Hand Management, Open Drafting, Race, Score-and-Reset Game, Take That, Turn Order: Pass Order, Variable Player Powers

Prepare Your Place of Power!

In a high tower, an Alchemist prepares potions, using vials filled with otherworldly fluids. In a sacred grove, a Druid grinds herbs for a mystical ritual. In the catacombs, a Necromancer summons a bone dragon... Welcome to the world of Res Arcana!

In it, Life, Death, Elan, Calm, and Gold are the essences that fuel the art of magic. Choose your mage, gather essences, craft unique artifacts, and use them to summon dragons, conquer places of power, and achieve victory!

A game typically lasts 4-6 rounds. In each round, players do these steps:

Collect essences: performs any Collect abilities, and may take essences from components.

Do actions, 1 per turn, clockwise from the First Player: place an artifact, claim a monument or Place of Power, discard a card for 1 Gold or any 2 other essences, use a power on a straightened component, or pass: exchange magic items and draw 1 card. Play continues until all players have passed.

Pass procedure: If you are first to pass, take the First Player token, swap your magic item for a different magic item, draw 1 card.

Check victory points (10+ VPs). If no one has won: straighten all turned components, and begin the next round.

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Lists with this game

Organization Year Ranker Rank List
The Boardgame Mechanics 2019 Jason 99 2019 Boardgame Mechanics Top 100
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Anthony 10 Top 10 2019
The Dice Tower 2021 Tom Vassell 95 2021 Top 100
The Dice Tower 2021 Zee Garcia 13 2021 Top 100