Res Arcana expansion

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Res Arcana expansion "Lux et Tenebrae"

Posted on September 26th, 2019 by Jay
Card Game Expansion Fantasy Tom Lehman
Res Arcana expansion "Lux et Tenebrae"

An expansion for Thomas Lehmanns Res Arcana is in the works. It's called Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae and is due sometime later this year, probably arriving before Christmas.

We have some updates on the content:

4 new mages

Beastmaster, Bard, Demonologist, and Diviner, let's have a look at the first two, shall we.

Res Arcana: Bard
When you turn the bard, gain an essence (not gold). Turn the Bard and discard a demon, to gain 2 gold.
Res Arcana: Beastmaster
Turn the Beastmaster and spend one Life to place 3 Life on the card. Second ability; turn the Beastmaster and a creature to gain 2 essence (not gold).

4 new Monuments

Warrior's Hall, Dark Cathedral, Demon Workshop, and Alchemical Lab. Again, let's check out the first two of the lot:

Res Arcana: Warrior's Hall
First of, collect one Elan essence per round. Turn the card; EVERYONE collects one Elan. Worth 2 VP.
Res Arcana: Dark Cathedral
Collect 1 Death essence per turn, "React to checking Victory" > Turn this card and a demon. > +1 VP for this check. Also worth 2 VP. Puh.

4 new Places of Power

Crystal Keep, Temple of the Abyss, and Gate of Hell confirmed so far. Here's the Temple:

Res Arcana: Temple of the Abyss
6 Calm, 3 Death. Turn it and spend 2 Life -> ALL players straighten a demon. Spend 2 Calm and 2 Death to place 1 Calm on it. Turn a Demon to place 1 Calm on the Temple. It's worth 1 VP per Calm on the Card. Interesting!

12 new Artifacts

At least 7 new demons, 1 dragon, and 1 beast, The Golden Lion.Here's two of the Demons:

Res Arcana: Vortex of Destruction
Vortex of Destruction means business.
Res Arcana: Shadowy Figure
Shadowy Figure sure looks... Shadowy.

2 new Magic Items

Inscription and Illusion, looking forward to more information on these!


Scrolls are one-time usable items added to the game for better scalability.

Description from the publisher

Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae adds 4 new Places of Power, 12 artifacts, 4 mages, 4 monuments, and 2 magic items to Res Arcana. It also extends the game to five players, adds scaling rules for fewer players, and introduces two new things: scrolls and Demons.


You can preorder this at Gamenerdz below for about 16 bucks. Do it. Do it.