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"Bang!" meets "Settlers" in an epic tournament of magic! A card, dice, and token game - fun for casual or serious gamers.
"Bang!" meets "Settlers" in an epic tournament of magic! A card, dice, and token game - fun for casual or serious gamers.
"Bang!" meets "Settlers" in an epic tournament of magic! A card, dice, and token game - fun for casual or serious gamers.
178 backers pledged $9,655 to help bring this project to life.

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We have spent countless hours developing a game that is as fun, exciting, and addicting as those you have on your shelf at home.

We have a game and artwork figured out, but we can't afford the manufacturing on our own. This is where you come in. By pledging your support of the game, you show that there is a demand for it. If we are successful, you and gamers everywhere will get to enjoy Mages!

Thanks for checking out our page!

-Tom and Dallin

Mages is a card and dice game for recommended 2-5 players. The game length varies depending on the amount of active players, but an average game lasts 30-60 minutes. We recommend the minimum playing age to be 12 years old.

Here's what comes in the game box:

  • 146 cards (10 characters, 30 items, 1 treasure troll, 100 resources, and 5 quick information cards)
  • 5 player mats
  • 20 triangle skill level tokens
  • 20 heart tokens for life points
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 8 dice (2 four sided, 2 six sided, 2 eight sided, and 2 ten sided

This is your player mat. This is where you keep your character card, items, skill tokens, and heart tokens. The game includes 5!

Here is some of the artwork for the Character Cards.

(Credit: Alyssa Tallent, sketches below are concept art):

New Pledge Level! Get immortalized as the 11th character in Mages (The Mystery Mage)

Gameplay Video:

This list covers basic gameplay mechanics. Read the full rules at our site.

  • Draw for resources
  • Gather resources to buy spells to attack your opponents
  • Attack opponents with spells and roll the dice to decide who wins
  • Use resources to level up and strengthen your spells
  • Your strength level determines which dice you use (Level 0 = 4 sided dice, Level 1 = 6 sided, and so forth...)
  • Choose from 4 spells (Fireball, Counter, Heal, and Dark Magic)
  • Gather 10 types of resources (Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Black diamond, Pyro-orb, Apollo-orb, Zoe-orb, Necro-orb, 200 or 400 Fin, and the wild Miziko)
  • Capture the Treasure Troll, and he will collect more resources for you

You enter the game as one of Melgorn’s hopeful mage apprentices. Melgorn has once again taken on the task of training apprentices in order to help him defeat the evil Agrin. Agrin was Melgorn’s mighty apprentice, but after reaching the level of master mage, he demanded that Melgorn give him the eternity staff. When Melgorn denied Agrin’s request, he cursed Agrin with a mark and sent him away to the northern country of Undreg. Agrin vowed that he would again return to defeat Melgorn and take the eternity staff as his own and then destroy the land of Pauvle where Melgorn’s tower lies. The mark of Agrin’s curse has come to the land and Melgorn has no choice but to find a new apprentice to focus his training on. The list of potential apprentices was long, and so to narrow the list down to one, Melgorn devised a tournament to find the finest mage. 

You must battle against the other aspiring mages in order to become Melgorn’s new apprentice. Gather the orbs and jewels necessary to hone your magic skills to perfection. Improve your abilities with helpful items. Cast spells of attack, defense, healing, and dark magic. 

Either be the last mage standing, or the first to achieve the skill levels of a master mage. Then, and only then, can you take your rightful place at the side of Melgorn and help him defend the land from Agrin’s curse.

Many of you have asked us what life is like for a mage in this day and age. So we followed Jeremy Warner, a local mage, around for a day:

All Stretch Goals Will Be for Everyone Who Orders a Copy of Mages

$10,000 - Velvet Dice Bags (Locked)

$10,500 - New Character (Locked)

$11,500 - New Character (Locked)

More stretch goals will be unveiled once the $9,500 goal has been successfully reached!

If we unlock the new characters then we'll also open up pledges for them to be named as well.

Here are a couple comments from play-testers:

"I was fully engrossed. The varying advantages of each player were great.  I think that you guys really have something great here." -Seth R

"You took the best of Ticket to Ride, Killer Bunnies, Bang, and general role-playing games. It was well thought-out and creative. I would definitely play this again and would recommend it to my brother (an avid game player )" - Carrie E

Featured on the Board Game Family! Click the image to read the interview:

Check out detailed graphs of our progress here:

Keep checking this area for updates!

We appreciate your support!

Risks and challenges

Here at Normal Games Co. we are dedicated to create the best of products. There are however, many issues that are out of everyone's hands. There are projected dates, and these dates are dependent upon everything going well in the manufacturing of the game, shipping to us, and then the best part, shipping the game to you! We know that these risks and challenges are small and minor and we hope that you will trust us to deliver the best, because you're worth it!

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    We feel your love and support, thank you for the deepest part of our grateful hearts. We will put you, and anyone who backs this project on our website as a "backer" as a sign of our gratitude! and of course a sincere digital high-five.

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    5 X 7 inch matte finished print of 1 random mage from the game. The print will be signed by illustrator Alyssa Tallent. The print will be in full color.

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    Apprentice: A copy of the game is all yours! You are a true apprentice of the magic arts!

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    Initiate: A signed copy of the game Mages is all yours! It will be signed by co-founders Dallin Gunther, Tom Brinton, and illustrator Alyssa Tallent. We could also try forging Abraham Lincoln's signature if you would like that too. (We will have to unwrap your game to sign it)

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    Mages + Art: A copy of Mages AND a 5 X 7 inch matte finished print of a mage of your choice. The print will be signed by illustrator Alyssa Tallent and in full color.

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    Incanter: Two copies of Mages! This would be a great gift for a friend or enemy you would like to beat in a game! (if you would like them signed please add $5)

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    Mage: You are a true Mage and as such, you will be remembered for all time. Two copies of the game are all yours, AND your name will be printed in the instruction booklet of the game as a supporter.

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    Normal Games Co. Fan: That means a T-shirt, button, and a personal skype session from Tom and Dallin. 2 copies of Mages and name in the instruction booklet.

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    Mages + Art love: A copy of Mages AND all 10 characters on their own 5 X 7 inch matte finished prints, that means 10 characters on 10 prints! All prints will be signed by Illustrator Alyssa Tallent and in full color. Mages will also be signed, and you will be included in the instruction booklet as a special backer.

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    Red Mage 1 (Female): Do you like firepower? This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color. At this pledge level you will become the namesake of Red Mage #1. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    Red Mage 2 (male): Do you like firepower? This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color. At this pledge level you will become the Red Mage 2. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    Blue Mage 1 (male): Is defense your game? This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color. At this pledge level you will become the Blue Mage 1. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    Blue Mage 2 (male): Is defense your game? This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color. At this pledge level you will become the Blue Mage 2. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    Green Mage 1 (female): Become the Cleric! This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color. At this pledge level you will become the Green Mage 1. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    Green Mage 2 (male): Become the Cleric! This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color. At this pledge level you will become the Green Mage 2. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    Black Mage 1 (male): The Necromancer! This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color. At this pledge level you will become the Black Mage 1. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    Black Mage 2 (female): The Necromancer! This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color. At this pledge level you will become the Black Mage 2. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    White Mage 1 (male): Jack of all Trades! This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color. At this pledge level you will become the White Mage 1. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    White Mage 2 (male): Jack of all Trades! This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color. At this pledge level you will become the White Mage 2. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    Treasure Mage: The Treasure Troll Tamer! This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color or ability. At this pledge level you will become the Treasure Mage. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    Spell Mage: Be the first to strike! This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color or ability. At this pledge level you will become the Spell Mage. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    Resource Mage: What hand limit? This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color or ability. At this pledge level you will become the Resource Mage. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    Life Mage: An extra life at the beginning of the game! This is your chance to be immortalized in Mages forever! Currently all of the characters are just known by their color or ability. At this pledge level you will become the Life Mage. We will take your name and mage-ify it for the character. For example: Robert the White, or Sara the burninator, its up to you! Plus you will get a signed copy of the game!

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    The Boxer: At this pledge level YOUR NAME will be put on the back of the box as a special backer. Tom and Dallin will have a Skype session with you to thank you. 2 signed copies of Mages, and you will get the game BEFORE anyone else!

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    The Mystery Mage: Our artist, Alyssa Tallent will draw a character to look like you, or someone you love! Yes, this will be a professional portrait hand drawn and painted. We will send you a high quality digital print and of course, a signed copy of the game. Plus you get to choose the name of the Mystery Mage!

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    The Mystery Mage #2: Our artist, Alyssa Tallent will draw a character to look like you, or someone you love! Yes, this will be a professional portrait hand drawn and painted. We will send you a high quality digital print and of course, a signed copy of the game. Plus you get to choose the name of the Mystery Mage!

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    Normal Games Co. Developing team: Yes, its what it sounds like. You will join the team of NGC in our development of our next game. We're not talking small things, we mean you'll have access to all of our game testing, game development, and decision making. This also gets 2 signed copies of Mages, your name in the booklet, and all the prints of art. All NGC members get official NGC member T-shirts.

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    Melgorn's Feast: at this pledge level you will get an evening with Tom, Dallin and Alyssa. We will come to you and 5 friends to play Mages. You will get 3 signed copies of the game and a catered dinner (probably pizza). Plus, you'll get the game sooner than everyone else! This pledge is for residents who live within 150 miles of Salt Lake City, Utah.

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    Melgorn's Feast #2: at this pledge level you will get an evening with Tom, Dallin and Alyssa. We will come to you and 5 friends to play Mages. You will get 3 signed copies of the game and a catered dinner (probably pizza). Plus, you'll get the game sooner than everyone else! This pledge is for residents who live within 150 miles of Salt Lake City, Utah.

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    Co-Producer: Ever wanted to co-produce a game? Well, this is your chance. YOUR NAME will be along side Normal Games Company on the side of the box as a producer of the game! You will also get 5 signed copies of Mages AND a video chat discussing the game before we send off for manufacturing. This pledge level will also get you all of the prints of Mages artwork.

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Funding period

- (36 days)