Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell: A Board Game of English Magic

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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell board game

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell has players compete to become the most acclaimed magician in 19th Century England, while also accumulating enough power to take on the mysterious gentleman with the thistledown hair. Players must balance social engagements, impressing peers with magical feats, collecting rare books, and developing their magical craft.

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panzerattack replied the topic: #284742 26 Oct 2018 05:18
Did you watch the BBC version of this from a couple of years ago?
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mc replied the topic: #284743 26 Oct 2018 05:25
Looks to he a sort of semi-coop. Don't let the bad guy win, but still be the best magician.

Osprey are doing good stuff. I dont think it will be a huge thematic immersion into the world of the novel, but I think the spirit of the thing will be in the right spot. Here's hoping anyway.
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ChristopherMD replied the topic: #284747 26 Oct 2018 08:23
I'm all for inclusion of different genders, but Miss Redruth? The 4th magician should have been Childermass, imo.
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the_jake_1973 replied the topic: #284748 26 Oct 2018 08:35

MattDP wrote: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read. So I was pretty excited to read this, although I have zero idea how they could really bring that world and those characters to life in a game. It seems a poor fit. Still, fingers crossed.

www.publishersweekly.com/pw/newsbrief/index.html?record=2059


They couldn't bring the characters to life in the television show, hopefully the book to board fares better.


Joe Abercrombie's universe would be better suited to adaptation.
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Matt Thrower replied the topic: #284753 26 Oct 2018 09:11

panzerattack wrote: Did you watch the BBC version of this from a couple of years ago?


I did. I saw it before I'd read the book. It was a bit of a slow burn but I enjoyed it enough to buy the novel which I enjoyed a great deal more.

ChristopherMD wrote: I'm all for inclusion of different genders, but Miss Redruth? The 4th magician should have been Childermass, imo.


Gender balance is important but I absolutely think Childermass should have been ahead of John Segundus. He's arguably the most interesting character in the book.
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ubarose replied the topic: #284795 26 Oct 2018 12:01

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell has players compete to become the most acclaimed magician in 19th Century England, while also accumulating enough power to take on the mysterious gentleman with the thistledown hair. Players must balance social engagements, impressing peers with magical feats, collecting rare books, and developing their magical craft.

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Shellhead replied the topic: #284775 26 Oct 2018 12:13
I watched the BBC series a couple of years ago or so. I gave up before the final episode, because I tired of very pompous characters pontificating about English magic. I watch a fair amount of BBC shows (but not Dr. Who), but this one grew intolerable. I don't think that the show seems like a good match for a board game, but maybe the book is better in that regard. We will probably get a thinly-themed procedural board game of unremarkable quality.
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Not Sure replied the topic: #284788 26 Oct 2018 13:07

Shellhead wrote: I watched the BBC series a couple of years ago or so. I gave up before the final episode, because I tired of very pompous characters pontificating about English magic. I watch a fair amount of BBC shows (but not Dr. Who), but this one grew intolerable.


You should stay away from the novel with great haste. It's all that, plus footnotes that rival or exceed Infinite Jest.

I thought the novel was excellent, and enjoyed the series quite a bit. I don't know that it will translate into a game very well.
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CranBerries replied the topic: #284796 26 Oct 2018 14:14
Ok, they have my attention. I hope it's a real game. They did War of the Rings and have an impressive pedigree.

boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/935/francesco-nepitello