Rules for Witches’ Brew (HABA contest entry)

The game plays with 4 cats, 3 green witches, 2 yellow witches, and a single red witch. Here I’m showing the back of one of each color to show the type of dice rolls expected.

It’s a little known fact that witches are not brewing potions and poisons in their enormous vats but root beer. Unfortunately, they’re not very good at it. Can you help? Brew up the best batch and win the witch as an enthusiastic fan of your great brew!

Objective: Attract the most witches to your yummy brews.

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HABA contest entry

Here’s an overview of the game I’m working on for my HABA contest entry. My goal was to make something simple that young children could easily understand but that kept adults interested as well. I also wanted to stick to using the existing pieces with as little additional components as possible. Here’s an overview of the internal pieces I used and what I added:

  • 6 witch meeples (3 green, 2 yellow, 1 red)
  • 4 orange cat meeples
  • 10 red frog meeples
  • 4 sets of 6 dice — one set for each player

The objective of the game is to lure witches (or the cats which are just witches in disguise) to your perfect root beer brews, using magic to help things out along the way. Here’s a list of game features:

  • Simultaneous turns — no waiting
  • Dice rolling with no paperwork
  • 100% language-free components so all you need is rules in each language
  • Fast 20 minute game play

Next post is my first pass at the rules!

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HABA contest

My HABA haul

The children’s toy and game company, HABA, has a game design contest. For $5.00, you buy a collection of leftover pieces and make a game from the ones that inspire you. It’s likely still sold out although they’ve promised to put more up for sale. Check it out for yourself.

Here’s the rules. The gist is you send back a working game and they award a winner with a bunch of HABA products with the chance that your game may be published someday. With such a vague commitment on their part, they ask for no commitment from you that the game be exclusive to them after the contest ends. For myself, I thought it would be a good exercise and something I could work on with my son.

You can see my selection of HABA pieces above. The quantity was impressive but I was hoping for some unique dice. Also, it felt like all my pieces skewed on the younger side of kids’ game pieces. I have some ideas so I’ll be posting my game updates soon.

Are you participating in the HABA contest? What are you working on?

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