Thrift Treasure: Techno Witches

Thrift Treasure: Techno Witches

There’s a game type we haven’t focused on too much at all. It’s not because we don’t like them, it’s more because we don’t have too many in our collection. Generally known as programming games, they require strategic planning a number of moves ahead of time.

The closest things we’ve featured in the past were two puzzle-type games from ThinkFun, Robot Turtles and Code Master. Both required you to plan out your path by selecting tiles that programmed your turtle or robot to perform various actions once the program was completed. Each game also had various challenges that got harder and harder as you progressed. This week we are highlighting a true programming game we found at a Chicago-area Savers, Techno Witches by Rio Grande Games & Kosmos Games.

Programming games are something that should be in every game library. We found this copy of Techno Witches by Rio Grande Games & Kosmos Games at Savers! - SahmReviews.com

Techno Witches is unique in that there is no official game board, only pieces that you randomly place on your playing table. There are a few placement rules you must adhere to, but the layout will accommodate anywhere from two to four players! And like the ThinkFun examples, this game includes different scenarios of varying difficulty. The difference being is you are not challenged to complete a puzzle, just to outperform your opponents who are trying to accomplish the same task.

Programming games are something that should be in every game library. We found this copy of Techno Witches by Rio Grande Games & Kosmos Games at Savers! - SahmReviews.com

Each player takes control of a jet broom and magic book. On your turn you will select a curve from a pool of twenty. Place that piece (in the exact orientation you intend on using later) on the lowest number in your magic book.

Programming games are something that should be in every game library. We found this copy of Techno Witches by Rio Grande Games & Kosmos Games at Savers! - SahmReviews.com

At any time, instead of drawing a new curve, you may elect to move your witch. In order from lowest to highest, lay the curves out, touching your previously-placed flight tail and place your broom at the new location. Then return all the curves to the pool and move your tail up to your broom.

Programming games are something that should be in every game library. We found this copy of Techno Witches by Rio Grande Games & Kosmos Games at Savers! - SahmReviews.com

If at any time during movement you touch anything else (a castle, another player or their tail), your turn ends. Place the broom at the furthest legal point and return all curves to the pool, used or not. In the introductory game, the first person to navigate through the maze of castles and capture the cat (by touching or passing over it) wins.

Programming games are something that should be in every game library. We found this copy of Techno Witches by Rio Grande Games & Kosmos Games at Savers! - SahmReviews.com

In the same box are instructions for the Bumblebee Flight, which tasks you with racing out and around the furthest castle and successfully landing on your starting hut. The Hunt with the Cat version is a keep-away game where you catch the cat and then try to avoid other players who will try to ‘tag’ you and take the cat for themselves. The longer you keep the cat, the more points you score with the first person reaching 5 winning the game.

Programming games are something that should be in every game library. We found this copy of Techno Witches by Rio Grande Games & Kosmos Games at Savers! - SahmReviews.com

The modular style of Techno Witches allows you to easily create your own scenarios and share them with others on sites like BoardGameGeek. Programming games like this one teach players very valuable planning skills along with a need to visualize their movements without actually placing the tiles (checking to see if they fit before selecting is forbidden). Every game-player should have a programming game in their library.

Programming games are something that should be in every game library. We found this copy of Techno Witches by Rio Grande Games & Kosmos Games at Savers! - SahmReviews.com

You can find copies of Techno Witches rather cheaply on Amazon, usually under $10. If the odd theme doesn’t appeal to you, peruse the Action / Movement Programming section on BGG. I’m sure you’ll find at least one you’ll love!

Scott

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

9 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Techno Witches»

  1. Sparks says:

    Looks like a fun game. I like the look of the components and different ways to play really improves it. My girls would have fun zooming the witches around. Good find.

  2. This looks pretty cool and different.

  3. Jamie says:

    I always love finding fun and different games at Thrift stores. It’s one of the first places I look when I go thrift shopping. This game looks like a lot of fun.

  4. Chastity says:

    This looks fun and unlike any games we have. I’ll have to share with my brother, because his family has weekly game night and I know they would enjoy this one.

  5. Thrift treasure techno witches sounds really fun! I’m really glad that your family always had fun in every game! It such an great bonding to your family too.

  6. Nikki says:

    This game looks like fun! I like that it has the potential to be different every time you play.

  7. Benjamin K. says:

    This game is brilliant! My friend has this game and it makes. A great Halloween themed game. I love the planning ahead aspect (and then the inevitable frustration as my path is foiled).

  8. Ryan D Baker says:

    I just found ticket to ride Europe for 8 bucks at Goodwill!

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