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The Quacks of Quedlinburg

Play OverviewPlay Overview

The Quacks of Quedlinburg (2018) is a sequencing game where you are "quack" doctors making medicine brews by adding random ingredients to your pot. In push-your-luck style you have to be careful not to add too much otherwise it explodes. It's a game about the emotional journey of pulling things from a bag, which works well because every piece matters in your master plan to craft the best potion.

Each round everyone brews their medicine at the same time. You draw Ingredient tokens from your bag and place them on the spiral track on your pot. The higher the value, the further it is placed along the spiral and the more the potion is worth. Each ingredient behaves differently (being able to draw more chips, removing dangerous ingredients), depending on where it is placed and what else is in the pot.

You keep doing this as much as you want, but if you pull three of the white Cherry Bombs from the bag you have to stop as your pot has exploded. Once everyone has decided to stop adding ingredients (or has exploded their brew) you work out who has scored the most. This leads to a range of activities that add new ingredients to your bag, lets you buy chosen ingredients or move your start point forward for the next round.

The result is a game where the theme is matched cleverly by the mechanics. You start with a small bag of Ingredients tokens, but round-by-round can gain a cunning collection of tokens. Things start simple but steadily ramp up with fuller bags and new ingredients unlocked for everyone.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Quacks of Quedlinburg 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 10 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Sequencing game with Collecting and Push-Your-Luck elements. You can play with 2 to 3 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. The premise is simple, and placing ingredients on the pot spiral is soon understood. However, how the ingredients work together, how you gain more and how the game develops through the different stages is quite complex and needs time to understand.

Play Time: This game will take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

The game is about brewing magic potions with horrific ingredients including worms, mandrakes, spiders, moths and ghosts but this is kept light-hearted and the focus isn't heavy on the magical.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 2-3

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Collecting and Push-Your-Luck)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Developer: Wolfgang Warsch (@WolfgangWarsch)

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