Wizards Aren’t Gentlemen harks back to a bygone age where masters of magical might, their feckless apprentices and their wily minions play their part in stories of arcane rivalries and eldritch farce. Feud for control of an army of fiends and goblins, seek to be the first to wake the Nameless Tortoise of Peng, and visit other planes in your search for arcane might.
Wizards Aren’t Gentlemen is a storytelling card game designed to be played over the course of a single session, without needing any prior preparation. With the improvised storytelling of a roleplaying game and the pick-up-and-play nature of a card game, you can jump right into things and tell a great story together over the space of a few hours.
The deck includes 5 characters: the naive and heroic Apprentice, the wily and demonic Bound Servant, the ancient and wise Hermit, the hardened and perceptive Inquisitor, and the reckless and dangerous Fringe Occultist. Players each pick a character and customise them by choosing ability cards, relationships with the other characters, and cosmetic details (name, appearance, personality etc). Then the group drafts Goals and Assets for each character – these are the objectives they’re trying to achieve, and the resources they have to try to do that.
Play then starts, with each player taking a turn to play through a short scene of their character working towards their goal while the other characters help, interfere, or push their own agendas. Within scenes, characters can activate special abilities to do things like revealing an incredibly expensive possession, providing another character with a refreshing cocktail, or fixing someone with an imperious gaze that forces them to reveal their secrets. These are all paid for with a limited pool of tokens, meaning players must carefully plan when they use their abilities to guide the story in their preferred direction.
As characters make progress on their goals they accumulate special tokens they can cash in for an all-or-nothing attempt to complete the goal. Once someone has completed all their goals, the game wraps up with an epilogue showing how things worked out for each character.
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User Note: this game also has a board game entry: Wizards Aren't Gentlemen