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Harry Potter – Death Eaters Rising

Game summary:

A game for 2-4 players

Play time around 45 – 60 Min

Designer: Patrick Marino, Andrew Wolf

Artist: N/A

Publisher: USAopoly


This wizard box, got the following components in it:

1 Custom-sculpted Lord Voldemort 

44 Character Cards

1 location board made of 3 interlocking pieces

6 Headquarter Cards (2 for each of the 3 affliction)

1 Large Villain Card

6 Mission Cards

6 Place Cards

14 Wizard Dice

1 Voldemort Die (8-sided)

24 Spell Tokens

60 Damage Counters

15 Corruption Counters

1 Rulebook

Let’s get it to the table

We start with setting up the game board. 

First, each player chooses a headquarters (Hogwarts, Order of the Phoenix or Dumbledore’s Army) this may and can be the same headquarters (there are only 3 different ones). Next you choose the corresponding character and mission token.

Connect the 3 locations and place Lord Voldemort in the center of the board. 

Then place the location cards on the appropriate place on the board. You may do this randomly. 
Put the Spell Tokens on the table so everyone can reach it, of course flipped over. Also place the Damage (red stones) and Corruption (black stones) counters near all players. 

Shuffle all the character cards including the characters that have not been chosen and make 1 pile of them, before placing them on the table, place the card of Lord Voldemort in the middle of the pile of cards. Finally, at each location, place 3 cards face up from the pile of cards. Place the large card (Villain card) with Lord Voldemort on the table with space on both sides to place cards next to it.

You can put the dice on the table, anyone can use them and at the end of your turn you put them back together again.

After this is done, you’re ready to play!

Actions on a Player’s turn

1. Travel to a location.

2. Roll the Lord Voldemort die and resolve Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters actions .

3. Roll and Assign and resolve Wizard dice.

4. End turn.

1. Travel to a location; The active player chooses where to send his team to this mission, you place your Mission token on one of the 3 locations. 

2. Roll the Lord Voldemort die; First roll the Lord Voldemort die and resolve its effects. Lord Voldemort can turn left, right or activate ALL the Death Eaters not in this location. When he turns left or right, he activates the Death Eaters on that location but he also attacks all the Wizards in that location. When this is also your location then Lord Voldemort also attacks the Wizards on the active players team!

3. Roll and Assign and resolve Wizard dice; The active player collects all the dice he is allowed to play with. Look not only at the dice on your headquarter but also at the dice (if any) on your team’s cards! After you’ve collected them, throw all the dice at the same time (the more the more fun the dice become).  

After your throw, you can choose which card you want to go for in that specific location. This can be a Death Eater that you want to attack (this can be done once per turn per Death Eater) but you can also choose to expand your team. You must assign at least one die per roll, if this is not possible you must put a die aside.

Once you have rolled the required dice, you can choose to continue. Of course only if this is possible. 

– If you have gone for a wizard, you can add him to your team. 

– If you attacked a Death Eater, you place a damage counter on this Death Eater. If everything is full, you have defeated this Death Eater.

– As a last possibility you may also have used a special ability at one of your wizards.

If one or more cards have been removed from the locations, you replace them with a new card from the deck of cards. There must always be 9 cards before it is a new player’s turn!

4. End turn; Put all the dice back together, take your mission token and put it back at your headquarter.

After your done, the next player will start his or her turn.

A Death Eater with 2 damage counters, so this Death Eater has been beaten

Hermione has got 5 Damage counters, you still can resque her. But when the 6th Damage counters has been added then she’s defeated. You don’t want that to happen

Game ends

There’s only one way to win and that’s to defeat Lord Voldemort, but before you can attack Lord Voldemort you first have to defeat at least 4 Death Eaters. But when you’ve played it more or when you want a more difficult game you can increase this number. But you have to agree this before you start playing.

You’re defeated when:

– When too many wizards are defeated (8 wizards at a 2 player game, 10 wizards at a 3 player game and 12 wizards at a 4 player game)

– 4 (or more) places are corrupted

– Any one location is corrupted, so the 2 location cards and the base location itself (printed on the board).

Here you see an example how you have to place the wizards that has been defeated, corrupted locations and also the defeated Death Eaters around Lord Voldemort.

Just take a look at this awesome design on the cover of the box! You can see a lot in this box, is it just a Wizard’s hat or see you also Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort in it?

Final Conclusion & rating:

Weight: 2/ 5

Quality components: 8, components are really great! The cards feel very sturdy, Lord Voldemort looks scary but really great! The dice feel good and throw very nice, the quality will stay good for a long time because they are engraved.
Replayability: 7, this is definitely a game with a high replayability, every game will be different because you don’t know what cards will be drawn. But you can also change the difficulty of the game.
My rating: 🎲🎲🎲🎲🎲🎲🎲🎲

We really enjoyed playing the game, even though one of the players wasn’t a Harry Potter fan (yes, he’s a Muggle). With this I also want to show that this is a game for both Harry Potter fans and non-Harry Potter fans (unfortunately they exist…. ;-)).

About the game, as I said, it is a very nice game. Basically it is quite similar to Star Wars – Dark Side Rising but there are big differences! For example the different locations that can now be destroyed, fortunately there are plenty of locations available but it can be quite a challenge not to have too many locations destroyed.

Destroying Lord Voldemort is also quite a challenge, depending on the level of difficulty you have to defeat at least 4 Death Eaters to be able to attack Lord Voldemort. If you want to increase the difficulty, you can increase the number of Death Eaters to defeat Lord Voldemort to for example 6 or more.

What I really like?

– Very great quality of the components;
– Beautiful graphics, they have used pictures from the movies making it very recognizable who you play with or who you want to defeat;
– High replayability

What could be better?

– Different headquarters, you now have only 3, which makes it less fun to play with 4 players. With 4 players you will always have someone who has the same location.
– I want to play this one solo, it’s coming so I’m waiting for this.

I want to thank Ross Thompson from The OP Games for letting me review this game! Take a look at their website for more awesome (Harry Potter) games! 

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