Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Space Cowboys Announces New Strategy Title ‘Spellbook’ Set For GenCon Debut

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Space Cowboys and Asmodee have announced their next release: SpellBook, a game that “invites the most courageous players to the Grand Annual Rite of Magicians.” This new title by Phil Walker-Harding (Imhotep, Silver & Gold) is “full of surprises and endless strategic possibilities.”

Spellbook box art

In SpellBook, players step into a Vortex of magic, where tactical and strategic cunning will be paramount to compete with opponents. Each player, accompanied by a familiar, possesses a grimoire, and collects Materia to master spells and feed their familiar. The game ends as soon as a Magician’s grimoire is complete or a familiar is fully fed. The player with the most points wins. Simple? Not quite…

SpellBook is the result of my fascination with rummy combinations. Learning spells turned out to be the perfect theme, and the game came to life thanks to the extraordinary work of Space Cowboys. I hope players will enjoy learning some magic tricks!” says designer Phil Walker-Harding.

The game provides pre-drawn spell sets for early rounds, but it expands when players start drawing spells randomly, or when they create their own combinations, common to all players. Each spell combination gives an effect that lasts the rest of the game, and the more complex the combination, the more powerful the effect. From then on, rounds progress, one after another, and are different each time.

The more players experience SpellBook, the more obvious the game’s depth and intricacies become. Strategies will never be the same from one game to the next. This richness of mechanics and almost endless spell combinations ensure tons of replayability and a constant challenge for players of all levels.

Spellbook game contents

SpellBook also offers a solo game variant that closely reflects the multiplayer experience, allowing players to play the game at their own pace and to hone their skills.

SpellBook will be demoed for the first time at Gen Con 2023, with a few early boxes available for sale. The game will be released on September 29, at an MSRP of $44.99.

Images via Space Cowboys & Asmodee

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  • Dan Arndt

    Fiction writer, board game fanatic, DM. Has an MFA and isn't quite sure what to do now. If you have a dog, I'd very much like to pet it. Operating out of Indianapolis.

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