I love a good heavy board game, Gaia Project, Agricola , Terraforming Mars, you name it I would love to play it, but there is something about The Quacks of Quedlinburg that really draws me in and keeps me coming back.
I bought Quacks right before a family vacation to the mountains with the hope that it would be a hit with them, and this little guy really did the trick! When I set up the game and started explaining, I looked around and could see that everyone was kind of overwhelmed. There really are a lot of components to the game, BUT everything is very intuitive and it is very easy to hold peoples hand through the first couple of turns. I reassured them of this, my wife also did (I used her as a guinea pig before we left to practice my teaching ability) and we went for it. Over the course of the week in our cabin, we played a lot of games, but none more than Quacks! We played 5 if not 6 times and people were asking to play it more than we had time for. This made my pocket book happy that I made a good purchase! Since that trip we have played with other friends and just as a couple and it has been a hit everywhere we go. There is something fun about a push your luck game that really does have a bit of a gambling vibe to it.
This is no brain burner at all, but the point of board games to me is to bring people that you love together to have a shared experience and this does an excellent job at that! I laugh at people who blow up their potion, they laugh at me when I blow up, they laugh at me again when I was leading the whole game and eventually lose because I always do...
All in all, highly recommend checking this one out if you like a game with very light strategy, heavy on the luck, but heavy on the fun!