Reviewed by Eric Brosius
ABRACA…..what?? (Korea Boardgames Co., Ltd./Z-Man Games, 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 20-30 minutes; $34.99)
In Abraca…what? (or, in some editions, “Abracada…what?”,) players are apprentice magicians who engage in magical battles with each other. As fantasy fiction fans know, the lure of such battles is irresistible to young mages, despite their teachers’ warnings. And there are risks! The apprentices aren’t sure which spells they know and which they don’t—and trying to cast a spell you don’t know damages yourself. To succeed, you must cast spells you know and avoid spells you don’t know, and this involves deduction. Deduction is critical in Abraca…what?, though the goal is not deduction, but to win magical battles.