Last fall during the postponed Gen Con convention, I joined a handful of other content creators to check out some upcoming releases from Alderac Entertainment Group. We weren’t able to sit and play full games, but we did get the opportunity to learn about future releases. One of those was Whirling Witchcraft and my first impression was admiring the table presence. Watching others play a quick round made me think it was going to be a game about quick thinking and speed, but I was completely incorrect. It’s far better than that and that’s what I’m here to explain how to play Whirling Witchcraft!
In Whirling Witchcraft, you’re playing recipe cards, inputting available ingredients to create a brew that you send to an opposing witch. Between two and five people can play. Begin by giving each witch a board, cauldron, reference card and arcana tokens. Sort the ingredient cubes into piles and place within reach of all players. Shuffle the ingredient cards, deal four to each player and set the remainder alongside the general supply of ingredients.
The game takes place over several rounds that are played exactly the same. Select a recipe from a hand of cards then play it. Most recipes have a specific direction they work. Input one set of ingredients and the result when brewed is something else. In some instances, the recipe cards can be reversed when played. You’ll know whether it’s a one-directional or reversible recipe by looking at the center of the card. It will show either an arrow or a squiggly icon.
When I first saw people passing the cauldrons, I immediately thought it was going to be a game about who can tackle their tasks the fastest. Fortunately, it’s all simultaneous play by round so nobody is overwhelmed by cauldrons piling up next to them. It’s actually a very quick-playing game since everyone is only having to choose one recipe then spend the items from their own workbench. The box claims to be ages 14+, but the concept is not that difficult to grasp and certainly could be enjoyed by younger players. Ask your local game store about availability or pick up a copy online (Amazon, direct from AEG). They’ve been working their magic and have a lot of great products on their workbench. Keep an eye on their social channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for details on other upcoming releases.
Are you more likely to focus on keeping your own workbench clean or messing up someone else’s?