The Quacks of Quedlinburg

The Quacks of Quedlinburg

Board Game
2-4 Players
About 45 Minutes
Grade 4 and Up
Game Schooler Recommendation

The Quacks of Quedlinburg packs plenty of push your luck action in a complete game experience. Each time a player decides to pull a chip and add it to their potion, they risk disaster. In The Quacks of Quedlinburg, students begin balancing probability with short and long-term benefits. Students will inevitably feel the sting of miscalculation, but the game pushes them forward. In addition, the delightful artwork and engaging theme keep the game entertaining no matter the end result.

Game Overview

In The Quacks of Quedlinburg, players are charlatans — or quack doctors — each making their own secret brew by adding ingredients one at a time. Take care with what you add, though, for a pinch too much of this or that will spoil the whole mixture!

Each player has their own bag of ingredient chips. During each round, they simultaneously draw chips from their bags and add them to their pots. The higher the face value of the drawn chip, the further it is placed in the pot's swirling pattern, increasing how much the potion will be worth. Push your luck as far as you can, but if you add too many cherry bombs, your pot will explode!

At the end of each round, players gain victory points and coins to spend on new ingredients, depending on how well they managed to fill up their pots. But players whose pots have exploded must choose points or coins — not both! The player with the most victory points at the end of nine rounds wins the game.

  • Competition Competition
    Develops healthy competitive habits as two or more parties compete for a goal that cannot be shared.
  • Risk Management Risk Management
    Players must identify, evaluate, and prioritize options to reduce the impact of unfortunate events or risks.
  • Strategic Thinking Strategic Thinking
    Encourages players to develop a process or long-term strategy for accomplishing a goal.
  • Tactical Thinking Tactical Thinking
    Challenges players to make decisions based on currently available information.
  • Resilience Resilience
    Teaches players how to quickly recover from and cope with difficulties.
Game Details
  • Type: Light Hobby Game
  • Category: Board Game
  • Designer(s): Wolfgang Warsch
  • Published: 2018
  • Game Length: About 45 Minutes
  • Players: 2-4 Players
  • 2020 Origins Awards Best Family Game Winner
  • 2018 Kennerspiel des Jahres Winner
  • 2018 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Winner
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