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Great fun, and nicely different from the Ankh-Morpork game
on 9 October 2013
As lovers of the Ankh-Morpork game, we had high hopes for this one, and it has turned out to be quite justified. It is much fun to play, and does capture many of the classic parts of all the Pratchett witches stories. A fair amount of the references seem to be from the Tiffany Aching series, but that is no bad thing, those books showing a lot of the apprentice witching that this game emulates, and the variety of established witches and their politics.
It perhaps relies a little more on random chance than some complex games, but there is still a portion of strategy that can make the difference in the end. Rolling a double-cackle is always fun to see your opponents do and terrible when it happens to you, snake eyes would be gentle by comparison :). It's gameplay seems to me a little more in the style of battling card games than a typical board game, but A-M has a few of those themes too and they work well in both games.
The aesthetics of the tiles and cards are quite nice, although I have a minor niggle of green tiles placed on the largely green board being sometimes a little hard to see, that is probably just a sign of my poor eyesight :P. The graphics are quite detailed and fit the themes well. Great to see the characters we know in detail, good and evil. A little more variety on the easy tasks may have added an edge to it, but then being an apprentice of any sort means repetition of tasks, so that has verisimilitude :)
Not tried the solitaire or cooperative versions yet but that looks like it has potential for fun as well as the competitive mode.