Manaforge is a dice-rolling resource management game of crafting magical equipment for 2 to 4 players. Each player plays a wizard that specializes in creating magic items. These wizards cater to rich adventurers looking to trade their hard-won spoils for magical gear to make themselves more powerful. Each wizard owns a magic shop in which they display the fruits of their labor for gold-laden adventurers to come in and purchase. However, the adventurers' funds are finite. The wizards are competing to make their shops the most famous so that the adventurers will stop there first. And the best way to make a shop famous is to have the most impressive selection of useful and powerful magical gear. Whichever player's store obtains the most Prestige (victory points) will attract the customers and make the sales. May the craftiest wizard win!
During their turns, players roll dice to obtain mana, then use that mana to obtain item cards from the center board. Some cards provide instant benefits, usually prestige, while others stay in play and provide additional mana or prestige each turn. The players are trying to build up their economy and assemble point-generating engines in a race against time to obtain the most prestige. At the end of nine rounds, the game ends and the player with the most prestige wins.