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Ravensburger Broom Service Board Game

4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Round after round, choose 4 of 10 role cards
  • Shrewdly choose the brave or cowardly action
  • brave actions are riskier, but more profitable
  • The winner is the player with the most victory points after seven rounds.
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Technical Details
Item Weight1.1 Kg
Product Dimensions22.2 x 31.1 x 7 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:3 years and up
Item model number81083
Main Language(s)French
Number of Game Players1 to 4
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
Remote Control Included?No
  
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ASINB00YZ89HYI
Best Sellers Rank 46,147 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 Kg
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Date First Available11 Aug. 2015
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

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Players become witches, druids and gatherers, producing powerful potions and delivering them by Broom Service throughout the magical realm. Round after round, enchanted rivals choose four of ten role cards. Each card has a brave and cowardly action.

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I had a chance to play this at Essen Spiel 2015 and it was an instant hit for me. My friends and I are usually into the harder-core end of games, but this little gem is accessible and intriguing and offers all sorts of strategic depth behind the relatively simple rules.

We even enjoyed playing it two-player, which was surprising given that a large part of the usual game's tension comes when playing in a larger group and waiting to see if somebody else "trumps" your move. Brave or cowardly - that's your choice - but it's intriguing because it doesn't always pay to be brave, nor to be cowardly... you need to think ahead a little and try to judge what your opponents are likely to do.

And I guess that's why it won the 2015 Spiel Des Jahres (Game of the Year) prize!
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The packaging is a bit confusing as it looks a bit like a kids game, but believe me - its not! Takes a while to get the hang of the rules but ones you do, hours of fun&strategizing. Features a brilliant&original mechanic of Cowardly vs Brave way of playing each action.
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Nice new family board game!
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I did not enjoy playing this game one little bit. To start with, the presentation puts me off. The character cards feature a weather fairy plus a collection of witches and druids. The board is attractive but in a rather twee way. So this is going to be a nice little game for children? Wrong. It is basically a gambling game: either you play your brave prairie witch/root gatherer with the hope of a large bonus, or the cowardly one with a certain small one. Rather like stock market gambling really.
So after some unsuccessful punts I'm left with one herb potion and definitely the back marker. Unfortunately it turns out that it's the sort of game where if you mess up early you can never pull it back. So l just had to sit it out and hope for the game to end as soon as possible. Avoid.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 31 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique combination of push your luck and strategy 30 July 2015
By A. Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
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OVERVIEW: A quirky resource delivery game that runs on a push your luck variable/programmable role system. Players attempt to generate and delivery potions to positions on a map for victory while whisking away storm clouds with magic wands that will contribute to end of game scoring. Every action taken in the game is driven from a series of role cards. Players choose 4 role cards from their deck of 10 (every player has access to the same cards) and go around in a cirlce revealing their role. Each role has two identities, Cowardly or Brave, and only one player can be the Brave identity. Playing cowardly allows you to take a safe but not very efficient action. Taking the risk to declare yourself the Brave version means that if another player declares the Brave identity after you, you get no action that turn. Ultimatelyt he brave player is rewarded with a much better version of the action on the card. This goes around for 7 rounds with a different event card being flipped each round until the player with the most victory points wins. The game includes components for "advanced" variations that add more scoring and bonus opportunities. The game also has rules for scaling the game based on the number of players so it plays down to 2 people.

PROS: The Brave/Cowardly push your luck mechanism is the real heart of the gameplay and generates genuine fun and frustration. Because you choose your potential actions before you start the round, the order in which other players may lead the turn, or whether you actually get to play the action at all can have dastardly effects on whether your master plan comes to fruition. There is a lot of strategy in role selection, order of operations, and when to play Brave. I think what makes this game work so well is the "push your luck" aspect is not against a random deck of cards but rather your ability to size up your opponents position which keeps the whole thing from feeling too random for more serious gamers.

CONS: Thematically very kiddy and not a big fan of the art. Seems outdated compared to modern board game standards and in the advanced version, 7 rounds isn't enough time to accomplish much when you throw all the other factors in the game.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't sure if I would like Broom Service 30 July 2016
By Tolopka - Published on Amazon.com
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I wasn't sure if I would like Broom Service. And even now I can't put my finger on what I like about this game. But I do really like it. Gameplay is interesting with players playing cards and taking brave or cowardly actions, moving witches, receiving potions, or cashing in potions. The interesting twist is that if another player takes a brave actions after you do, you don't get to take any action, but if you take a cowardly one and no one else has that card you will be cursing that you didn't play it bravely. All of that is great and makes for a pretty good game. But what really puts it over the top is the special cards that affect each round. Some rounds maybe you could discard a card for points in lieu of the action or maybe you get negative points for winding up on the prairies or mountains. These special round actions are randomized for every game and the timing of their arrival and this randomization really makes the game new and interesting every time. Highly recommend this game and definitely worth a try or buy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still no exorcism required after multiple plays 18 Sept. 2016
By N. Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Broom Service is a resource-delivery game with role selection that succeeds at being family-friendly while requiring midweight strategy. The cards have witches, druids and fairies. The advanced game has pentacles on the board that you can travel to. If you win three games in a row, a talking goat shows up in a circle of flames and invites you to consort with the prince of darkness.

Just kidding about the last one. Now that people who weren't going to buy it anyway because of the theme have stopped reading, I'll offer some reasons to play Broom Service.
-It's pretty quick, maybe 15 minutes per player.
-It scales well with any number of players thanks to a mechanism that makes certain cards more expensive to play in each round, based on the number of players.
-Everyone is engaged on everyone's turn, thanks to role-following and the risk/reward dynamic of choosing whether or not to play Brave.
-With 3 ways to score (maybe 4 with event cards) in the basic game, there a few different strategies that can pay off. Granted, this could be a negative if you want more from your point-salad games.
-Everyone starts with the exact same cards and resources, and it's completely a matter of choice among the players that determines the outcome. No dice to roll, or cards to draw at random. Again, possibly a negative if you want all of your turns decided by luck.

The art is fun and colorful on the board and cards, however, I wish the board would have been just a little larger, to make it easier to see the point values for towers and costs for cloud removal. It's not enough for me to reduce my rating, but the box was big enough to fit a bigger board, and if I am to nitpick any aspect of Broom Service, that would be it. Sometimes I like a smaller table-footprint, but not here.

To my knowledge, no demons have possessed anyone who has played Broom Service, so if you're not worried about a board game leading you into hedonism and depravity, I highly recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Family Game! After playing it at the Dice Tower Con I had to have it. 23 Jan. 2017
By Lori Archer - Published on Amazon.com
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Great family game that is not too complicated in the easy mode, so easy to learn. Can be played in a more complicated mode once you've learned how to play. You are a fairy delivering potions, but you must decide whether to be brave or cowardly. Only 1 brave fairy of each type can deliver each round, so if someone playing after you has that fairy to play and you were trying to be brave you won't get to play her.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 7 Jun. 2016
By Sleeper1961 - Published on Amazon.com
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Kind of hard to imagine that the same game company that put out Castles of Burgundy put out this whimsical of a game. Really a lot of fun, and you don't have to think as much as you do with Castles of Burgundy (which I also love). Very whimsical with some strategy thrown in for good measure.
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