Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg

The Quedlinburg Quacks are not the east German town’s hockey team. Neither are the Quacks of Quedlinburg a family of celebrity ducks living in the area. I would love if they were, though. No, The Quacks of Quedlinburg (original title: Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg, no official English title yet) is one of Wolfgang Warsch’s games on this year’s Spiel des Jahres shortlists. We already reviewed the others (Ganz Schön Clever and The Mind), so today we’ll talk about quacks and snake oil salesmen.

The players in Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg are charlatans selling their potions and tinctures at the annual fair in Quedlinburg. At least, they will sell them if they manage to make them without blowing up their kettle. Spoiler: they won’t. Not reliably. The possibility of your kettle exploding is the fun. And the best part: when it does explode you have no one to blame but yourself.

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The Mind

This is probably our shortest review ever. At least I can’t think of a game that would have an even shorter one. The Mind is one of Wolfgang Warsch’s games nominated in the Spiel des Jahres awards this year (the others being Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg and Ganz Schön Clever, both nominated for Kennerspiel). I hope you’ll enjoy our very brief video review!

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Kickstarter Preview: Evil Corp

To many, they are our modern day legendary heroes: the founders, or maybe even serial founders, of giant Internet corporations. Multi-billionaires with power over and a vision for the future of mankind. But are they heroes? We only have their word that they aren’t evil. And even that not anymore after Google removed “Don’t be Evil” from their mission statement recently. For all we know they might as well be villains, ready to force their vision of the future on us whether we want it or not. Fortunately, their visions for the future are not all that compatible. Before anyone forces anything on us we’ll have to wait and see who will be the last man standing.

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