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Argent: The Consortium: Core Set

Second Edition


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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 60-150 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Trey Chambers

Manufacturer(s): Level 99 Games

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Product Description

The time has come for the selection of a new Chancellor at Argent University of Magic, and you are among the likely candidates for the job. Gather your apprentices, ready your spellbook, and build your influence, while secretly discovering and competing over the votes of a limited Consortium of influential board members. Only the one who is able to fulfill the most criteria will be claim the title of most influential mage in the World of Indines!

Argent: The Consortium is a cutthroat worker-placement/engine-building game of manipulation and secrecy in which the criteria for victory are secret and the capabilities of your opponents are constantly changing. You'll need to outwit the other candidates, use your spells at the right moment, and choose the correct apprentices to manage your plan.

Argent: The Consortium is a European-style game that minimizes luck and focuses on player interaction and strong core mechanisms that allow new strategies to emerge each time you play

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Trey Chambers

  • Manufacturer(s): Level 99 Games

  • Year: 2018

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 60 - 150 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 700 grams (estimated)

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My favorite game is not for everyone
January 12, 2018
Argent is a game with set collection, worker placement, special powers, spells, levelling up, effective action point management, with a strong dose of "take that" thrown in for good measure. In this battle for the Chancellorship of the Wizard University of Argent, the deans (your avatar in the game) will go to no ends to please the board members. Of course, the real twist in this game comes at the end ... you don't know which board members are going to vote. Of course there are ways to sneak some information back to the deans with your students combing the rooms of the university for influence, spells, gold, treasures, mana, wisdom, knowledge, supporters, and special sealed envelopes (marks). Using them wisely will help you figure out who's voting and what they care most about in a new chancellor. For what is, at it's core, a worker placement game, Argent breaks the mold in making the interaction between players vibrant and alive. There is more than just holding spots that others can't go to ... there's casting fireballs to hit the students out of the room (and straight to the infirmary) or finding passages in the different planes to shadow students or casting other dean's spells or ... the list goes on. Argent is a beautiful blend between Euro-style mechanics and American-style theme and interaction. A strong strategy will help you succeed beyond your wildest dreams, but the tactics of another player can interfere with your plans forcing you to find new ways around the university options. For players looking for a medium-heavy weight game crammed to the sorting hat with options and important choices, there are very few contenders out there. Especially if you enjoy the party-esque atmosphere it creates (with lots of table laughter and groans). On the other hand, you will need a large table (and maybe additional TV trays) to house this beast. Kingmaking on particular votes is a very real thing in this game also. Those prone to AP will see the great amount of choices available and slow the game down to a crawl. I've also heard on BGG that there are particular strategies that work better than others (I find the different paths a little more balanced than those posters). In any case, this is still my favorite game for the fun, for the puzzles, for the interaction, and the theme.
Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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