Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Board Game of English Magic Review – with Tom Vasel

Tom Vasel takes a look at a game about magic & magicians!

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19 thoughts on “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Board Game of English Magic Review – with Tom Vasel”

  1. I read half that book… and I finally gave up on it. Boring characters, long convoluted plot, and the book is REALLY long and slow paced.

  2. There's only one book, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. It's as long as a series of books, I guess. We've been enjoying the game, but I do think you have to bring ALL of the theme to the game yourself, or rather, you have to know exactly what you're looking for to see it. As it is, this game attempts to capture important aspects of the book: the search for societal connections in Georgian England, collection of books of magic, increase in magical skills, and performing very public feats of magic in order to increase your personal renown. I can see where you're coming from, but we do like it. It's got the tone of the book down rather pat. As to reading the book, it's very good, but it's quite possible you will also find it 'much ado about nothing', because it is as meandering, convoluted and in ways ambiguous as this board game.

    We know we are in the minority opinion on this game, but we like it and it will stay in our collection. 🙂

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