Nothing but Hogwarts has been on our table over the past week and a bit, specifically Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle and the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – The Monster Box of Monsters Expansion, and it looks as thought that is going to continue for a while. To put it bluntly, the final Box is proving to be difficult to beat.
Without giving too much away, if there is a flaw in this expansion it is possibly that a little too much is down to the luck of the draw, and that it is possible to get stuck at certain points of the game without actually doing very much that is wrong. We implemented a couple of house rules yesterday, gently and without warping the game too much, in an attempt not such much to make things easier as to make things fairer.
For the second time in as many days, we made it pretty much to He Whose Nomenclature Should Not Be Uttered, but he is tough to get to, let alone beat, even if we feel that we are inching closer as the plays go by. At least the journey is proving to be enjoyable, though, especially with the small tweaks we have added to level the playing field just a little against cruel and fickle fortune.
Those considering buying the expansion should be aware that it is considerably more difficult than the base box, much more a gamer's game, but those who like something that is going to offer a deep challenge will find much to dig into. It feels close to that Fantasy Flight level of making sure that everything is triggered, that each misstep could lead to disaster.
As with FF, you will also have to be ready to be totally done over by matters outside your control, and for some gamers that might be a little bit too brutal an education. For value for money and for entertainment, though, Hogwarts Battle is doing pretty well.