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2012
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13 and up
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90 minutes
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Mage Wars Arena
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Mage Wars
Mage Wars: Das Duell der Magier
Войны Магов
法师战争
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What would it be like for Mages of vastly different schools and philosophies of magic to come together in an arena and fight to the death? How would an Illusionist battle a Druid? Or a Warlock fight a Beastmaster? Or a Priestess fare against a Wizard?

Mage Wars — redubbed Mage Wars Arena in 2015 to distinguish it from Mage Wars Academy — pits powerful Mages against each other in deadly arena combat. Each Mage uses his own fully-customizable book of spells to achieve total victory over his opponent. Summon mighty creatures to do battle in your name; cast powerful spells to attack your foe and thwart his every plan and strategy; use hidden enchantments to turn the tables and rule the day; adorn yourself with mighty weapons, armor, and arcane artifacts – all of this and more await you in the arena of Mage Wars!

Mage Wars is a tactical board game, a combination of a card game and miniatures game, combining the best elements from each genre. The game is played on an arena game board divided into square areas called "zones", which regulate movement and the placement of objects. Each Mage (player) starts in a corner of the arena, opposite his enemy.

Each player holds a spellbook, from which spell cards are pulled out as they are cast during the game. This has the feel of being a real Mage, turning the pages of your tome of magic, as you plan your strategy each turn. A point system allows you to choose spells for your spellbook, with more powerful spells and spells outside your schools of training costing more points. You have full access to cast any spell you want each turn, allowing for an unprecedented level of rich strategy and tactics. Many of these spells – such as creatures, equipment, and enchantments – are placed on the board and become objects in the game. Creatures can move around the arena, and attack each other and the enemy Mage. Attacks deal damage, as well as interesting special effects such as Burn, Corrode, Stun, Daze, Push, Cripple, Paralyze, etc. Creatures can be destroyed when they receive too much damage, or can be controlled by powerful curses and enchantments, or contained by walls and other creatures.

Every Mage comes from a different school of magic, each with unique spells and strategies:

  • The Beastmaster will try to rush and swarm the enemy with his hordes of animals, buffed by his nature enchantments.
  • The Warlock will go right for the throat, armed with his powerful Lash of Hellfire, Helm of Fear, and Demonhide Armor. Along the way to the enemy Mage, he'll use his curses and fire attacks to contain and destroy enemy creatures.
  • The Wizard is a trickster, a master of meta-magic: countering, stealing, redirecting, and destroying enemy spells and mana. He's also a master of teleportation and portals/gates.
  • The Priestess will defend with knights and angels and powerful healing and protection spells. She'll wear down the enemy, then overwhelm them in the end.

The base game comes with all you need to get started: spellbooks, extra spells to customize with the spellbooks, arena game board, dice, markers, etc.

New Mages will be released every few months to add new spells, powers, and variety to the game. The game is NOT collectible, but is fully customizable!

Extra copies of spells available with:

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Components

  • Arena Gameboard
  • 2 Spellbooks
  • 322 Spell Cards
  • 4 Mage Cards
  • 4 Mage Ability Cards
  • 2 Mage Status Boards
  • 8 Status Cubes
  • 20 Action Markers
  • 2 Quickcast Markers
  • 9 Attack Dice
  • 1 Effect Die (d12)
  • 24 Damage Counters
  • 8 or 12 Mana Counters
  • 7 Guard Markers
  • 6 Ready Markers
  • 20 Condition Markers
  • 3 Ability Markers
  • 1 Initiative Marker
  • Rulebook

All cards are 63.5x88 mm

Microbadges

mb - Mage Wars fan

mb - Mage Wars fan - Beastmaster

mb - Mage Wars fan - Warlord

mb - Mage Wars fan - Wizard

mb - Mage Wars fan - Warlock

mb - Mage Wars fan - Priestess

mb - Mage Wars fan - Forcemaster

Schools of Magic:
mb - Mage Wars school of magic - Air
mb - Mage Wars school of magic - Arcane
mb - Mage Wars school of magic - Dark
mb - Mage Wars school of magic - Earth
mb - Mage Wars school of magic - Fire
mb - Mage Wars school of magic - Holy
mb - Mage Wars school of magic - Mind
mb - Mage Wars school of magic - Nature
mb - Mage Wars school of magic - War
mb - Mage Wars school of magic - Water

Expansions

Conquest of Kumanjaro - Spell Tome Expansion
Druid vs. Necromancer
Forcemaster vs. Warlord
Forged in fire - Spell Tome Expansion

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Mage Wars Arena
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English second edition (4th printing)
Publisher: Arcane Wonders
Artist: Drew Baker, Tiziano Baracchi, Claire Beard, Leonardo Borazio, Jason Engle, Mariusz Gandzel, John Guytan, Diego Gisbert Llorens, Raven Mimura, Jim Pavelec, Roberto Pitturru, R. K. Post, Maichol Quinto, Chris Seaman, Craig J. Spearing, Ron Spencer, John Stanko, Christophe Swal, Peter Tikos, Darek Zabrockimore»
Year: 2015
Product Code: AWGMWCS2015
Size: 12.70 x 12.70 x 4.00 inches
7.00 pounds
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Release Date: Apr 29, 2015
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Size: 16.42 x 12.40 x 3.27 inches
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0 Apprentice Mode Player Aid - Condition Summary
This is a simplified Condition Summary chart to use as a player aid when playing Apprentice Mode from the 2015 Mage Wars Arena Core Set. It contains only those conditions that are possible from the spells included in each of the Apprentice spellbooks for the four core mages.
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2015-06-30
0 Apprentice Wizard Spellbook - Arena Core Set 2015
This is the Apprentice Mode spellbook for the Wizard from the 2015 Mage Wars Arena Core Set.
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0 Apprentice Warlock Spellbook - Arena Core Set 2015
This is the Apprentice Mode spellbook for the Warlock from the 2015 Mage Wars Arena Core Set.
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0 Apprentice Priestess Spellbook - Arena Core Set 2015
This is the Apprentice spellbook for the Priestess in the 2015 Mage Wars Arena Core Set.
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0 Apprentice Beastmaster Spellbook - Arena 2015
This is the Apprentice Spellbook for the Beastmaster in the 2015 Mage Wars Arena Core Set.
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5 Unofficial German Mage Wars Codex
This is the unofficial German Mage Wars Codex. This includes all expansions except for 'Forged in Fire' which is not available in German yet. If you would like to contribute send me a message.
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6 Spell Library v2
Fixed the spell "Brace Yourself" so that it is now correctly listed as an Enchantment.
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2015-02-11
3 Mage Wars Deckbuilder
This is a continuation of the original post placed by Per Landberger. I have corrected the reported faults and will keep the spreadsheet alive.
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2 MageWarsSoloVariantRulesv6(GermanTranslation)
Update of the version 6 rules with minor text edits only.
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1 Mage_Wars_Solo_MO_v1
First version of my MW solo rules variant. Tested with apprentice mode. Please post here any suggestions, ideas and comments.
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