The Quacks of Quedlinburg review

The Quacks of Quedlinburg Board Game Review


Game Title: The Quacks of Quedlinburg

BGG Weight: 1.95 / 5 

Year Published: 2018

Publisher: Schmidt Spiele

Designer: Wolfgang Warsch

Number of Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 45 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Strategy, Push Your Luck, Potion Brewing

Mechanics: Bag Building, Dice Rolling, Variable Player Powers, Catch the Leader, Delayed Purchase, Dice Rolling, Events, Market, Push Your Luck



Strategy: 7.2

Complexity: 4.5

Player Interaction: 6.8

Replayability: 8.6

Game Rating: 8.1

Cost: 5.0



Weight Rating: = 11.7

Playability Rating: = 19

Play Rating Score: = 61.4

Value Rating: = 12.28

Final Score Rating: = 73.68



The Quacks of Quedlinburg is a fun and engaging game that combines elements of bag building, push your luck, and potion brewing to create a unique and enjoyable experience. Players take on the roles of competing potion makers, each with their own unique set of powers, as they attempt to brew the best potions and win the game. The gameplay is simple to learn, but there is a lot of depth and strategy involved in deciding which ingredients to add to your pot, how far to push your luck, and when to stop adding ingredients and sell your potion for points. The game also has a lot of replayability, as the ingredients available for purchase change each game and the game’s variable player powers ensure that each playthrough feels fresh and unique.

One downside to the game is that it can be a bit luck-dependent at times, as the outcome of your potion is determined by the random draw of ingredients from your bag. However, the game does offer some opportunities to mitigate this luck through the use of special powers and abilities. Another potential downside is that the game can be a bit overwhelming for new players, as there are a lot of different components and mechanics to keep track of. But once players get the hang of things, the game flows smoothly and is a lot of fun.

The Quacks of Quedlinburg is a competitive game, but it does not offer a solo or cooperative mode of play. However, it is a great game to play with friends or family members who enjoy strategy games with a bit of luck involved.


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