While the primary goal of a game should always be connection and fun, we enjoy a good learning game, too. That's why I thought this game called Mystic Market looked really great! It's a fast-paced strategy game that has the look and feel of Harry Potter. You get to work with potions, you learn all kinds of skills pertaining to math and economics and--my personal favorite--you can play right away. I love learning new games, but when setup takes forever, it can kind of ruin the mood!
The potion vials and coins are so adorable that I recommend cosplaying while you enjoy this game. It belongs in a Ren Faire, it looks so cute. The concept is easy: buy and sell ingredients while you make potions to impede your opponent's progress. Make the most and you win! It's for 2 to 4 players, so lots of people can get in on the game.
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