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The Quacks of Quedlinburg Review

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19 Jun 2020 01:00 #311220 by oliverkinne
Here is a game that has received a lot of...

"Carefully now," you mumble as your hand reaches into the bag of ingredients. "That's it," you mutter as you pull out another pumpkin piece and add it to your bubbling pot. "One more, just one more," you say to yourself as you pray that the next ingredient won't be another cherry bomb. It would be disastrous. You have plenty of toadstools, pumpkins, crow skulls and emerald spiders in your bag, so you should be all right. "Come on, come on," you pray as you slowly withdraw your hand and reveal the ingredient you hold. "Oh no!" It's a cherry bomb of course and with a loud bang, your pot explodes. Now you have no chance of competing with the other Quacks of Quedlinburg by Schmidt Spiele.

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19 Jun 2020 04:01 #311221 by Matt Thrower
The biggest issue I had with Quacks is that some of the book combinations are much less interesting than others. Including, bizarrely, the suggested "beginner" setup which is one of the very worst offenders.

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19 Jun 2020 08:20 #311223 by Ah_Pook
Love this game. The expansion is great too. It adds a catch-up mechanism that actually works, more variability, the ability to keep pushing your luck if you reach the end of the track, and the witch powers that are really fun.

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19 Jun 2020 10:20 #311225 by Sagrilarus
The bag problem can be corrected by purchasing four bottles of Crown Royal. New problems may arise, but you won't care very much until the following morning.

My buddies and I have been playing Can't Stop on boardgamearena while we wait for everyone to show up, and frankly, it's about as simple as a game gets. But it clearly punches a couple of happy-buttons in our brains, because we immediately restart once a game finishes. There are times when you don't need the game to be the center of attention, when it serves better as a mild distraction. We catch up on what's going on and the state of things while the game more or less plays itself.

There's a place for this, a fairly large one.

Thanks for the review. My "kids" (23, 20, 17 and 17) might like this one. They're playing more and more games these days.
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19 Jun 2020 15:51 #311231 by ubarose
I like this game, but I suck at it.

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24 Jun 2020 08:08 #311350 by oliverkinne
Thank you for all of your comments. I think Quacks is a bit of a mixed bag, if you excuse the pun. It's a lot of fun, easy to teach and learn, but for me it gets a bit repetitive after a while - yet, once I've not played it for a bit, I want to play it again.

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