Become The Best Magician In New Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Game

November 9, 2018 by cassn

“It is curious and we magicians collect curiosities, you know.” - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a 2005 novel by Susanna Clarke surrounding an alternative 19th Century England full of magic and wonder. Set around the time of the Napoleonic Wars the novel tells the story of two men, Jonathan Strange & Gilbert Norrell, and he magical powers which they imbue within the English landscape.

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The novel was longlisted for the Man Booker prize, and in 2015 was adapted into a hit BBC television series. Now, a new board game adaptation by Osprey Games will see up to four players take on magical roles within this alternative universe:

In Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Board Game of English Magic, players take on the role of four principle characters from the novel — Jonathan Strange, Mr. Norrell, Miss Redruth, or John Segundus — and travel around England and Europe, attending social engagements and performing feats of magic in the hope of becoming the most celebrated magician of the age.

Players will have the opportunity to interact with other characters from the novel, such as Mr Honeyfoot, Lady Pole, Stephan Black and Lord Portishead. Players will build up their magical ability, always keeping note of the mysterious gentleman with the thistle-down hair who weaves magical spells in the background. Only by stopping this gentleman can these magicians become truly celebrated for their craft.

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Board Game of English Magic has been created by designers Marco Maggi and Francesco Nepitello (War of the Ring 2nd edition), so there are high hopes for the quality of this adaptation. The game won't be released until June 2019 sadly, but interested magicians can keep their third eye on the Osprey website.

What book would you most like to see adapted into a board game? Tell us in the comments!

"Players take on the role of four principle characters from the novel — Jonathan Strange, Mr. Norrell, Miss Redruth, or John Segundus!"

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