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Price was $39.99. Bought this for my fiancee, as she's a huge harry potter fan, but not nearly as much into board games as i am, and i thought the co-operative, increasing difficulty might be a good hook for her. . I was right. The game slowly eases into its rhythm, with seven different modules, each of which introduces new villains and attacks, as well as new spells with which to fend them off. There are new mechanics, too, with each of the four main heroes (ron, harry, hermoine, neville) "growing up" and getting personalized abilities in game three, and then learning proficiencies from their o. W. L. Exams as of game six. Voldemort starts showing up as a rival around game five, and the number of villains and dark arts to contend with at once keeps increasing. . Throughout all of this, the production design is outstanding, from the way the instruction booklet has slots to accommodate the "new" rules for each new "year" (game), to the actual tokens, from the ones that mark petrified foes and the weighty iron baubles that show how much of a locale enemies control. Movie fans will also appreciate that the familiar likenesses of these characters have been used for the art. . The one issue i have with all of this, and where i have to dock a point, is with regards to the balancing of the game. It's meant for two to four players, but doesn't really scale: some of the cards and proficiencies that have effects applying to all characters seem underwhelming in a two-player game, and some of the enemy attacks are too powerful in a four-player game, in which you may constantly get stunned before getting a chance to take a turn. Randomness is a point of games like these, but certain enemy combinations are particularly frustrating (say, dealing with lucius's ability to heal each time a location is attacked along with pettigrew's odds of hitting a location). Moreover, with only six cards visible at once, all of which may be maddeningly out or your price range, you simply might not be able to ever mount a plausible defense. The game is largely nail-biting when it works, which is good, but you might need to add a few mulligan-like house rules of your own to keep things playable, especially with younger children. . All in all, though, there's at least twenty hours of replay value in this box, and kudos to the developers for making it so easy to pack back up, with individual slots for the dice and dividers for each of the different types of cards. And while the deck building might be a bit frustrating (there's no way to get rid of outdated cards so as to streamline your deck for the endgame), and the meta-game might be a little cheap (leave the least harmful enemies in play all the way to the end), it's a great primer for newcomers, and a terrific opportunity for experts to share their passions in an enjoyable harry potter environment.

-N. Bullock

Potter Hogwarts Battle Cooperative Building (Usaopoly) A Cooperative Deck-building Game That Is Progressive, Allowing Rich Game Play Experiences To Unfold With Varying Levels Of Difficulty. Ages 11+ Players 2-4. Toys And Games

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This makes a great "my first deckbuilder". It's a lot more fun for experienced players if you skip to the last books. Best Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle A Cooperative Deck Building Game as-of ( Oct 2021 ) | Usaopoly-Toys And Games Review Featured Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle A Cooperative Deck Building Game Rich content and game play. Cooperative and easy to learn. Includes 7 sequential games that build on their level of difficulty .

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My wife and i are big harry potter fans which is why originally bought the game, even though we've never played anything similar. I enjoyed it from the start but it took my wife a few games before she started enjoying. We've been playing it nightly for about 3 weeks now, with each of us controlling 2 different character cards (could even be played solo if wanted to play all 4). It's broken into 7 rounds (one for each book), each adding additional gameplay elements and/or cards with all cards marked so can play the desired version anytime. -Y. Cageen

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Toy(700304047700:Toys And Games), Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle A Cooperative Deck Building Game (0700304047700:Usaopoly), A cooperative deck-building game that is progressive, allowing rich game play experiences to unfold with varying levels of difficulty. ages 11+ players 2-4..

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Definitely a great buy - really fun interactive game. Even better if you're watching the movies with it!

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Click to see NoticeHarry Potter Hogwarts Battle A Cooperative Deck Building Game (Usaopoly)"I hesitated to buy this game because i've been disappointed in harry potter games in the past. They seemed to rely on the hp theme and didn't put enough effort into actual game play. I'm happy to say that usaopoly and forrest-pruzan creative have knocked it out of the park! or "castle, " if you want to go there. . This is a cooperative deck building game that has 7 games that build on each other. Kind of a neat concept. (i'm not talking about expansions you have to purchase - everything is included in the box. ) you and the other players play as harry, ron, hermione, and nevile. The object is to defeat the villians (draco, quirrel, lucius, etc. ) before the villians take over all your locations. That's the object of the first 2 games, at least. Because, just like the novels, this game builds on itself 7 times. Game 1 is complete in and of itself, but adding the material of another game box will change it in certain ways. One of the game boxes add dice. To a deck building game that starts with no dice. I can't wait to get there! . . The board, cards, and tokens are all very good quality. Nothing is flimsy or wanting. The dark mark tokens are stellar. Molded in metal, they have a heavy weight and definitely add to the "wow! " factor with this game. After you play each game box, the cards can be separated out again, or left together by type. (game 1 has 2 villians, game 2 adds 3 more, etc. ) the game developers thought ahead and even gave us organizer cards if you want to keep everything all mixed together (all the villians together, all the dark art events together, etc. ) once you've cracked the box and moved up the game ladder. . Because of the game 1-7 add-on feature, this is an excellent intro to eurogames. It starts off really simple but ramps up after you get used to the mechanics. One of the great perks is that if you have kids just now reading the books, you can play this game with them up to and including the game box for the corresponding book. That way it's completely relevant to them and nothing is given away for the later books. . Harry potter is very special to me for personal reasons that go back to 1997. I was an original fan. My hat is off to the developers for creating a solid, enjoyable game for diehard fans!"

Harry Potter Triwizard Maze Game

Muggles and wizards alike will be enchanted by this magical game. Up to four players can race around the triwizard maze, trying to make it back to their start. But beware! there are traps along the way that may hurt - or help your journey thorough the maze. For 2 to 4 players.

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  • Perfect for the harry potter super fan
  • For 2-4 players
  • Classic game play with a twist
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Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

In deception: murder in hong kong, players find themselves in a scenario of intrigue and murder, deduction and deception. One player is the murderer, secretly choosing their weapon and the evidence they leave behind. Another is the forensic scientist who holds the key to convicting the criminal but is only able to express their knowledge through analysis of the scene. The rest are investigators, interpreting the clues to solve the crime and the killer is among them.

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  • For 4-12 players
  • Ages 12 and up
  • 15-20 minute playing time
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Bloodborne: The Card Game

Players will enter the chalice dungeon together as a team, striving to destroy the monstrous denizens within, but eventually all partnerships come to an end. In blood borne: the card game, 3 to 5 hunters work together to get through the dungeon and collect yharnam's blood before facing off against the horrible final boss. Hunters engage in battle with monsters, secretly selecting an action card to play simultaneously. Discussion is allowed, even encouraged, but players aren't bound by any promise they make. As they advance deeper into the dungeon, they will collect the blood of their fallen opponents. If the team can survive the final boss, the hunter with the most trophies will be named the victor.

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  • For 3-5 players
  • Players upgrade and strengthen their hunters as they delve deeper into the chalice dungeon
  • Multiple bosses and randomly generated dungeons offer tons of replay ability
  • Set in the world of the fan-favorite blood borne video game on playstation 4 and designed by the acclaimed eric m. lang
  • 30-45 minute playing time
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Five Tribes

Crossing into the land of 1001 nights, your caravan arrives at the fabled sultanate of naqala. The old sultan just died and control of naqala is up for grabs! the oracles foretold of strangers who would maneuver the five tribes to gain influence over the legendary city-state. Will you fulfill the prophecy?  invoke the old djinns, move the tribes into position at the right time and the sultanate may become yours!   designed by bruno cathala, five tribes is a bit more of a "gamers' game" than days of wonder's standard fare.  the game builds on a long tradition of german games with wooden maples in a unique twist on the worker placement game genre. While the rules are quite easy to learn and understand, implementing a winning strategy will take a calculated approach.  in this worker displacement game, you score by carefully maneuvering the five tribes of maples over the tiles that make up the ancient city-state of the sultanate of naqala. You need to look ahead to determine what moves will not only position you to score well, but put your opponents at a disadvantage. It's when, how and where you dis-place the five tribes of assassins, elders, builders, merchants & viziers that will determine your victory or failure!   included are: 30 game tiles depicting the sultanate of naqala; a bag of 90 wooden maples with yellow viziers, red assassins, green merchants, blue builders and white elders; palm trees, palaces and camels; 22 jinn cards; 54 resource cards, plus 5 djinns, victory coins, scoring pad summary sheets and rules booklet.

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Weight :    2.00 pounds
  • Takes 40-80 minutes to play
  • Gamer game that's fun for all
  • For 2-4 players
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Star Wars: Rebellion Board Game

"star wars: rebellion is a board game of epic conflict between the galactic empire and rebel alliance for two to four players! experience the galactic civil war like never before. In rebellion, you control the entire galactic empire or the fledgling rebel alliance. You must command starships, account for troop movements, and rally systems to your cause. Featuring more than 150 plastic miniatures and two game boards that account for thirty-two of the star wars galaxy's most notable systems, rebellion features a scope that is as large and sweeping as any star wars game before it. Yet for all its grandiosity, rebellion remains intensely personal, cinematic, and heroic. As much as your success depends upon the strength of your starships, vehicles, and troops, it depends upon the individual efforts of such notable characters as leia organa, mon mothma, grand moff tarkin, and emperor palpatine. As civil war spreads throughout the galaxy, these leaders are invaluable to your efforts, and the secret missions they attempt will evoke many of the most inspiring moments from the classic trilogy. You might send luke skywalker to receive jedi training on dagobah or have darth vader spring a trap that freezes han solo in carbonite! contents include: 1 game board (split in 2 halves), 170 plastic miniatures, 25 leaders (with stands), 10 custom dice, over 170 cards, 1 learn to play booklet, 1 rules reference".

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  • A board game of epic conflict between the galactic empire and rebel alliance for 2 - 4 players "
  • Contains more than 150 plastic miniatures to represent your military forces
  • A classic star wars experience, in which the actions of a few heroes (or villains) decide the fate of the galaxy "
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Legendary Encounters A Firefly Deck Building Game

Legendary encounters: a firefly deck building game is a cooperative game set in the firefly verse. Players will take on the roles of the crew of the serenity as they try to complete episodes from the acclaimed tv series. Steal from the alliance, avoid being capture the gram readers, do what you have to do to keep fly in'. Players will also have to protect and upgrade the serenity this time around if they are going to have a chance of success. Lose the ship, lose the game. This is legendary encounters: firefly.

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  • Each core set comes with over 500 playable cards featuring all original art and will feature some of firefly's greatest protagonists, including patience, niska, saphron and the evil alliance.
  • Once players complete an episode, everything resets to start anew!
  • Legendary encounters is back with an all new firefly core set!
  • Play as the crew of the serenity and work with each other to complete each episode that players choose.
  • Upgrade your ship to gain an advantage, but be careful that serenity does not get enough strikes to end the game.
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Burgle your way to adventure in clank! , the new deck-building board game. Sneak into an angry dragon's mountain lair to steal precious artifacts. Delve deeper to find more valuable loot. Acquire cards for your deck and watch your thievish abilities grow. Be quick and be quiet. One false-step and - clank! each careless sound draws the attention of the dragon, and each artifact stolen increases its rage. You can only enjoy your plunder if you make it out of the depths alive! contents summary: double-sided game board 182 game cards (+4 rules summary cards) cloth "dragon bag" 4 thief meeples 120 player clank! cubes 1 dragon rage meeple 24 dragon cubes 32 gold piece tokens 11 major secret tokens 18 minor secret tokens 7 artifact tokens 3 crown tokens 2 backpack tokens 2 master key tokens 3 monkey idol tokens 4 mastery tokens 1 rulebook.


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Brand :    renegade game studios
  • Number of players: 2-4
  • Push your luck to collect more treasure but watch out for the dragon!
  • For ages: 13+
  • A perfect melding of map exploration and deck-building in one game!
  • A fast and intense dungeon delving experience!
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Hobbit Deck Building Game

What's included? (1) the hobbit an unexpected journey, deck-building game specs: manufacturer: cryptozoic title: the hobbit: an unexpected journey type: deck-building card game genre: fantasy adventure players: 2 - 4 recommended age: 15+ overall cosmetic condition: brand new

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Weight :    1.75 pounds
  • Play as bilbo baggins, gandalf, thorin oakenshield, or others. features over 200 cards, each with images from the hit movie!
  • An epic deck-building card game for 2-5 players, ages 15+, with easy to learn rules, and a 45 minute playing time.
  • Collect epic loot cards by defeating archenemies. sting, orcrist, and glamdring are yours if you dare!
  • When a new archenemy arrives, it hits all players with a dangerous group attack. defend yourself!
  • Each hero has a unique special ability that will open up different strategies to the player.
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Potion Explosion Board Game

It's senior year at horribilarum sorcery academy for witty witches and wizards. All the hard work and studying comes down to this: the final exams! under the helpful, tutelage of the headmaster, players have learned how to handle volatile ingredients and turn them into fantastical potions! by pulling ingredients like unicorn tears and fairy dandruff, represented by marbles, out of the potion dispenser, the higher up ingredients slide down to fill in the gap. Players try to make the same ingredients smash together causing explosions and big turn combinations. Once all the necessary ingredients have been collected, players complete the potion for points and a special ability. The player with the most points graduates head of the class!

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  • Amazing components and artwork totally immerse players in the theme of a magical classroom
  • For 2-4 players
  • Dynamic combinations can make for big scouring rounds sure to please fans of match-making puzzle games
  • 30-60 minute playing time
  • Cool and unique slide dispenser mechanic creates interesting decision making and game play

Blood Rage

In blood rage, each player controls their own viking clanÍs warriors, leader, and ship. Ragnar k has come, and itÍs the end of the world! itÍs the vikingsÍ last chance to go down in a blaze of glory and secure their place in valhalla at odinÍs side! for a viking there are many pathways to glory. You can invade and pillage the land for its rewards, crush your opponents in epic battles, fulfill quests, increase your clan's stats, or even die gloriously either in battle or from ragnar k, the ultimate inescapable doom. Most player strategies are guided by the cards drafted at the beginning of each of the three game rounds (or ages). These ñgodsÍ giftsî grant you numerous boons for your clan including: increased viking strength and devious battle strategies, upgrades to your clan, or even the aid of legendary creatures from norse mythology. They may also include various quests, from dominating specific provinces, to having lots of your vikings sent to valhalla. Most of these cards are aligned with one of the norse gods, hinting at the kind of strategy they support. For example, thor gives more glory for victory in battle, heimdall grants you foresight and surprises, tyr strengthens you in battle, while the trickster loki actually rewards you for losing battles, or punishes the winner. Players must choose their strategies carefully during the draft phase, but also be ready to adapt and react to their opponentsÍ strategies as the action phase unfolds. Battles are decided not only by the strength of the figures involved, but also by cards played in secret. By observing your opponentÍs actions and allegiances to specific gods, you may predict what card they are likely to play, and plan accordingly. Winning battles is not always the best course of action, as the right card can get you even more rewards by being crushed. The only losing strategy in blood rage is to shy away from battle and a glorious death!

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  • Strategy game contains 49 pre-assembled miniatures
  • 60-90 minute playing time
  • For 2-4 players
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Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle A Cooperative Deck Building Game (Usaopoly) Price : 28.83, was : 35.84 as 2017-02-14
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Fun, beautifully designed game and works well for two people. It is super easy until game 6 and then it becomes pretty challenging.

A number of questions have been asked here.


(0) Question: Is the rule book posted online anywhere? i tend to read the rules before deciding on purchasing a game.

(1) Question: Is there any replay value after you've played through all the levels once?

(2) Question: Is this game supposed to have dice? i have had 2 delivered now no dice in either

(3) Question: My son is seven, but he's been playing 'difficult' games like munchkin since he was four. do you think he could learn this?

(4) Question: I read on bgg that some versions have missing stupefy cards and instead have extra confundus cards. have any of you received a correct copy?

(5) Question: Does the game contain any "spoilers" if you haven't read all the books? not sure if we should finish the series before playing (we've read 5 books).

(6) Question: Is this comparable to the dc deck building games?

(7) Question: Can this game be easily dominated by one player since its cooperative?

(8) Question: Can this game be played solo? will there be a solo variant?

(note) Question: where/how to get Usaopoly (manufacturer's brand) accessories & similiar Usaopoly's products


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I bought this game for my daughter (11) this christmas. She is a huge fan of harry potter and as a family we all love strategy games (think dominion, stone age, puerto rico, machi koro, etc). I knew she would love the game, because anything harry potter is great in her book. But i wasn't sure if the adults in the family would enjoy it as much, given the level of strategy game we are used to. We have now played all the levels. And for awhile i was thinking the game, while enjoyable was a little easy. In the first 6 levels we lost once to the villains early on, but then won every other game by a large margin. But when we reached the 7th year i was actually glad to find that we lost horribly to the villains (i like it when a game is a bit challenging) so i think we will have many more games before we actually triumph on the 7th level. Even when we were winning easily the game was fun and enjoyable (although a little repetitive). I enjoy the cooperative aspect of the game, and the deck building. It is nice that it isn't as confusing as some strategy games and it didn't take too long to learn. I feel like this is a legit board game, not just something to entice harry potter fanatics.

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Update. Online store sent a replacement and this game had all the cards. Had fun playing the first game. Very well made. Just make sure all the cards and pieces are in the game first. . The game was a christmas present. We were very excited to play except after reading the instructions several times and watching "how to play" on youtube we finally realized cards were missing in the "game 1" card deck. It had only 1 of 2 location cards and no hero cards in the game 1 deck of cards. We have not played the game so we can't say if it's worth the big expense but it is very complicated to learn how to play and impossible to play if cards are missing. Online store is shipping a replacement so we will cross our fingers and hope all the cards for the 7 decks arrive this time. For a game this expensive all the items for the game should be included.

C. Broyles, Herefordshire

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S. Taylor, Arkansas says

The game is a musthave for potter-heads and boardgame fans alike, which comboed pretty nicely with my group of friends and have cumulated in hours of gaming already (got the game a week ago). Each year brings something new to the table and increases the difficulty either through new villain cards, dark event cards, or just general stuff like adding more villains to the table. We have completed games 1-5 and have to agree that games 1-3 is the easiest, with game 4 and 5 being much harder than the preceding games. . Our only complaint is that the hogwarts cards (the cards on your hand) seem to be made from the same quality of cheap playing cards and thus might not last long unless you put them in sleeves, but the box comes with ample space so sleeving them is no problem with storage

O. Valdez, Rutland

My 10-year-old son got this game for christmas and we have all been playing it non-stop ever since. Even his teenage sisters are enjoying it. My son says it is his most favorite gift of the many he received. . What i really love is that this game is cooperative, meaning all the players are basically on the same team, working together against the villains. This has been so refreshing, as sometimes my kids get competitive against each other and fight while playing games. Seeing them work together is great. . None of us have played "deck-building" games before, so at first, learning to play seemed daunting, especially as we all sat there trying to figure it out. I panicked slightly at first, thinking oh my goodness, what did we get ourselves into, this looks really complicated. Really, it's not hard, but i must say it will be a lot easier to get started if just one person reads the directions and maybe watches a sample game play on youtube. Once we did that, it was easy peasy. . We really like how you work through harry's different school years, which means you are enhancing the game at each level. My son was beside himself with glee, peeking in the next year's box. We play each level for a while and then move up. Right now, we are up to year 5. We have not lost to the villains once, which has prompted us to give the villains a head start to make the game more challenging. . The game itself is really well made, nice quality. We love harry potter, but you can play this even if you aren't familiar with the stories. If you are familiar with the stories, you will enjoy it even more.

T. Rebecca, Nova Scotia says

This game is surprisingly really fun. And the higher the grade, the most stressful beating the bad guys are! i haven't played with more than 2 people, but it's fun for just 2 players.

J. Zelda, Mississippi

Only played 2 decks and the game play and themeing is awesome, i can't wait to see how it grows. Isn't near the set up of legends. Absolutely love it so far!

E. Mathis, Schleswig-Holstein says

A great intro to deck building games, learn as you go. Great idea to have each year in a separate box with a gentle difficulty curve, adding in new villains, allies and dice into the mix. Now there's a fantastic beasts expansion announced, awesome.

I. Wade, Croydon

Great game! lots of fun to have 7 versions built into one game and also the randomness of a deck builder game allows replays to still have value.

T. Connie, Bourgogne says

Highly recommend this game! any harry potter fan that enjoys board games / card games is sure to enjoy this game. The gameplay is fun, the packaging is amazing (best organization i've seen for game storage), the artwork is terrific, and the themes for the cards really fit well. The game is highly variable in difficulty - there are basically 7 base-game difficulties, with options that you can use to make them even harder if you want. Games 1 and 2 are great introductory levels for folks that aren't experienced at deckbuilding games. Game 3 is where it really starts to pick up and adds more gameplay elements that the seasoned folks will enjoy. The only negative thing i experienced - upon receiving the game and reviewing the contents - the villains from game 1 were missing, and i had 2 copies of the game 2 villains. I went to the manufacturer's website, and they were very quick to send me replacements for the missing cards. Here's a link to their missing piece form if that unfortunate packaging error happens to you: . . Great manufacturer customer service, and a very fun game!

F. Campbell, South Australia

I bought this game for my daughter (11) this christmas. She is a huge fan of harry potter and as a family we all love strategy games (think dominion, stone age, puerto rico, machi koro, etc). I knew she would love the game, because anything harry potter is great in her book. But i wasn't sure if the adults in the family would enjoy it as much, given the level of strategy game we are used to. We have now played all the levels. And for awhile i was thinking the game, while enjoyable was a little easy. In the first 6 levels we lost once to the villains early on, but then won every other game by a large margin. But when we reached the 7th year i was actually glad to find that we lost horribly to the villains (i like it when a game is a bit challenging) so i think we will have many more games before we actually triumph on the 7th level. Even when we were winning easily the game was fun and enjoyable (although a little repetitive). I enjoy the cooperative aspect of the game, and the deck building. It is nice that it isn't as confusing as some strategy games and it didn't take too long to learn. I feel like this is a legit board game, not just something to entice harry potter fanatics.

I. Shirley, Gateshead says

I love love love this game. It's a classic deck-building game, meaning that you start out with, essentially, "money" in your hand, and use that to purchase more powerful cards to add to your deck as the game progresses. You then use these cards to heal you and your teammates, attack enemies, and purchase even more powerful cards. If you're familiar with deck building games like dominion and star realms, you'll likely be able to pick this up pretty quickly. The great thing is that it's fully cooperative, so it's you and the other players working together to defeat the game instead of fighting each other, so it's not difficult to lead new players through it. I just wouldn't recommend this for your grade-schooler. It says "harry potter, " but it's pretty involved and get steadily more complicated and difficult as the game progresses, though you could probably add some house rules and adjust some things to make it better for younger kids. . You'll play seven rounds in total, starting with year 1 and ending with year 7 (assuming you miraculously win each round on the first go). It's not difficult to stop between rounds, and you'll probably have to, unless you're willing to play until the wee hours of the morning. And honestly, it's so fun, you might. I know we have! if i had to guess, i'd wager it took us about 9 hours to play all the way through, including re-playing years until we beat each one (which i think added three or four rounds to the seven). . Each player takes on the role of either harry, ron, hermione, or neville, and while you can definitely play however you want no matter who you are, each character has special powers that can really be the difference between winning and losing if you play to their strengths. Year one starts simply, and each year adds a few more villains to defeat, new spells you can learn, new allies and items to gain. By year 7, you're also fighting to destroy the horcruxes in addition to defeating a veritable hoard of villains. You'll find that you start to develop some strategies as you learn the ins and outs of the game, and by the end, you'll almost have to do so, or otherwise be obliterated. And sometimes you'll be obliterated no matter what you do. . The only thing i don't like about the game really has nothing to do with the game itself. I just hate all these cardboard tokens you have to use. You'll find that the location markers are these cool little metal pieces, but the attack, health, and influence tokens are cardboard. So it true harry potter nerd fashion, i'm replacing all the pieces with cooler metal and glass ones ones. ; )

U. Colleen, Kansas

*important notice for people purchasing the early first runs of this game. There was a printing error which lead to 4 copies of a card called confundus being put into the box (2 in box 5 and 2 in box 6 i think). The two confundus! cards in box 5 were supposed to be two copies of stupefy! which are missing from some peoples game, including my own. You can contact usaopoly customer service to get replacement cards:. . Usaopoly. Com/game-care-customer-service-inquiry. . This is a highly entertaining game that was well worth the purchase and should be enjoyed for some time to come. I've played with just two and multiple games in groups of four and it's entertaining with both. . As a quick summary - i enjoy deck builders and this is a solid addition to our collection. If you like deck builders, particularly co-operative ones like legendary encounters: aliens, and enjoy harry potter this seems like an inevitable purchase. It also works as an easy way to introduce people to deck building mechanics which should work nicely for families, just be wary of small spoilers for children that haven't read through the books yet. . For a more detailed breakdown of my thoughts so far:. . -the game evolves as you play through the chapters/games. The game has a built in tutorial for the first few games where it introduces you to the general mechanics of deck builders and the basics of this particular game. As you progress through each chapter you essentially continue to add more villains, more purchasable cards and more dark arts events. If you're familiar with deck builders or are a savvy bunch you could easily start on game 4 or 5. The cards are all marked for which game they belong to so that if, at any point, you want to reset the game back you can easily do so. Game 7 represents the ultimate full form of the game with the full complement of villains, dark arts events cards and the couple other unique features introduced throughout the entire series including game 7. . -the game will get longer as you progress through chapters. You continue to add in villains with each chapter meaning the number of villains that you need to defeat is also increased. People have suggested on board game geek that it plateaus out at about 1. 5-1. 75 hours with the very first game maybe being half an hour. . -it both does and does not follow the events of the books and movies. As you progress through chapters it will introduce villains and dark arts events from the harry potter series. However the game doesn't really try to tell a story and most of the villains don't come up in order. As a result it doesn't really give away major pieces of the plot. Regardless if you have a child that is reading through the books currently the best suggestion would be to only play through the games that they have read up to (game 1 matching roughly to book 1) mainly so they can relate to the villains and events that occur. If you want to play beyond that point you can also look through the cards and maybe just remove those cards that you think might give too much away. . -the game tends to be a bit harder with 4 people than with 2. Some of the events and villains affect all characters simultaneously which makes the game slightly harder for a full group. I think overall it balances well for two players still since you also have less hero powers to make use of. It may not be the most difficult co-operative game out there, but make no mistake, the game can kick your butt pretty well depending on the villain order. You need to carefully balance damage output, heals and removing villain influence. . -there is no player elimination. I don't like player elimination, especially for semi-long games. This game handles that aspect nicely, there are still health pools to track for the characters but when you hit zero you aren't eliminated. Instead you discard some cards for that turn and it helps the villains, but you are not eliminated. You bounce back to full health for the next turn. If everyone keeps getting stunned every other turn, however, you will lose. So you still need to be careful. . -production quality is quite good. The pieces are all well done. The theme flows through all the cards and pieces. Overall the game mechanics, theme and cards just simply work. Very nice box and board. It feels like the designers are true fan of the series. . -several groups of friends already want to play this game just from seeing a picture posted online. It has that excitement factor just looking at the game, which i think is a huge plus. . -setup and game play is quick. You can set up a game in under 10 minutes and get going. Turns tend to be straightforward and are quick to resolve. . The game is easy to teach. The rules are easy to understand and everything is basically explained on the cards themselves. This helps immensely with teaching the game and being able to just play rather than making sure you have all the rules just right before each turn. This is a fantastic gateway game since you can modify the difficulty level while still introducing some major designer game concepts (like deck building) to a group. The co-operative nature of the game means you can actually help other players without ruining the game. . So should you buy it? . . If you already own a ton of designer board games (think like 20+ especially deck builders or maybe cooperative games). You may not get a ton out of this particular game unless you want/need the harry potter theme or if the game mechanics are drastically different from anything you already own. I think this game does what it does well, but nothing is especially groundbreaking. For these people that already own a lot of games i'd suggest waiting to see online plays or for reviews to come out from your favorite reviewers before purchasing. Rahdo has a nice run through of this game and dice tower has also covered it just to name a couple. . For those that have more limited designer game collections. Are you looking to try out (or think you might like) cooperative board games? are you looking for a good introduction to deck building games? do you love the harry potter universe or have family members that do? if you answer yes to all of these it's an obvious purchase. If you answer yes to even one it's also probably a great purchase. . I bought it because i love cooperative games and there are limited cooperative deckbuilders. For me and my relatively small collection of games it ranks right up there along with my other cooperatives like pandemic and ghost stories in terms of fun. It probably doesn't have the huge replay value of a game like pandemic, but it also doesn't need to. I'm exceedingly happy with my purchase and the significant other is too, and that's all i really care about.

H. Mable, Champagne-Ardenne says

We have had a lot of fun playing this game together. I really like the cooperative aspect. Harry potter fans will love this.

L. Rhonda, Michigan

Excellent game even for beginners to the deck-building genre. . One of my favorite things about this game, especially as a hp fan, is that it contains 7 separate decks for each of the books/years. This grants excellent replay-ability at various difficulties and lets you feel in some way like you are progressing through the books again yourself. It has excellent-quality materials for all of the pieces - so you know it wont wear out quickly. . This has become one of my favorite games to play with my family and friends, and it's really accessible even for non-hp fans. A cool thing is that by being a deck-building game it also allows you to play your own style; one game i was building more offensively and trying to take out as many villans as i could, and the next i ended up playing more of a support character, granting allies attacks and extra money and healing others - and i did it with the same character, which means roles aren't imposed if you want to be a non-combative harry. The balance is quite good too, and there is a very satisfying jump in difficulty once you pass the "tutorial years" (book 1/2). . I've only successfully finished year 3 so far after 1 day, so i'll update my review later once i complete all the decks :), but honestly a must buy if you are a hp fan, and a great game even if you don't know anything about the hp universe.

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