nealkfrank

Quacks is AMAZING

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!

4 points by nealkfrank - updated 7 days ago | 8 comments | report

Skyw3rd 7 days ago | 1 point

It's interesting to hear your thoughts on this. Have you looked at Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal at all? I feel like it will be Quacks taken to the next level or complexity. Maybe not for the family, but in that similar vein.

nealkfrank 7 days ago | 1 point

I have not even seen or heard of this! I think the appeal for me with Quacks has been how accessible it has been for as many different groups it has been. My in-laws who have really only played card games loved it, friends who play heavier games enjoyed it, etc. It is accessible, which is a big strength, BUT I will for sure do some more research on Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal

bgqtony 8 days ago | 1 point

It's a solid game, but I wish the rat tail catch up mechanic worked a little better. I've yet to see it help someone falling behind catch up. 

nealkfrank 8 days ago | 1 point

I actually played the other night and was winning the entire time, like from round 1. Round 9 rolls around and my wife gets to something like space 31 and I was a wuss and didn't push it. She won because of the rat tails. It for sure helps people at least stay in it, or feel like they are in it...or actually win.

What would you have liked to have seen different with that mechanism?

philryuh 9 days ago | 1 point

I invited my co-worker to a game night tonight and we'll likely play Quacks so I'm excited!

Skurvy5 9 days ago | 1 point

This game is on my short list to add to my collection next. I think it looks so fun!

Skurvy5 9 days ago | 1 point

This game is on my short list to add to my collection next. I think it looks so fun!

trentellingsen 9 days ago | 1 point

I've been playing it a bunch since last week and totally agree! It's the kind of game that's real easy to teach and everyone wants to play another round immediately after. Those moments make me feel like I've done a good job with making sure people have fun.