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The Quacks of Quedlinburg is a game designed by Wolfgang Warsch.


In this game, players are charlatans — or quack doctors — each making their own secret brew by adding ingredients one at a time. They must take care with what they 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. They must push their luck as far as they can, but if they add too many cherry bombs, the 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.