This is delightfully easy to learn. Rules explanation should only take a few minutes. Arcane Academy is a tile laying and engine building game for 2-4 players that takes about 30 minutes to play. Arcane Academy plays well at any player count.
The goal in Arcane Academy is to acquire the most victory points. Players accomplish this by casting spells and crafting magical items. During the game players will be playing tiles onto their slate, which will determine what actions can be taken. With clever tile placement, players will be allowed to chain actions together, giving them more efficient turns. The spells and items cast will also give players special abilities to aid them in their quest at being the top student.