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Clean sweep: a review of Broom Service

In Broom Service you play as a witch, making and delivering potions to wizards in towers across the lands. Points are scored for delivering potions, with harder to reach towers earning more points.

The joy of this game comes from the movement aspect. To get your witch travelling the lands, you have to sue cards that correspond to the area you want to move into. To enter a forest, you need the Forest Witch card, to enter mountains you need the Mountain Witch card, and so on.

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For each card, you can choose to be the brave witch or the cowardly witch. Brave witches can move to the terrain in question and then take and action; cowardly witches just move. To take on the role of the brave witch you reveal your card and announce if you are brave or cowardly.

“I’m the brave Forest witch!” you might say. This entitles you to move to an adjacent forest and take an action… unless one of the other players has the same card. That player can reveal their identical card and say “No – I’m the brave Forest witch!” You would then lose your chance and that player moves and takes an action instead.

If you don’t like the idea of losing your turn, you may instead announce yourself to be the cowardly Forest Witch. No one can stop you moving to the forest, but you cannot then take an action (like delivering a potion for points).

Each turn, you choose six from ten available action cards (forest witch, mountain witch etc.), and then try to work out whether your opponents will have chosen the same card as you. This will determine whether you announce yourself to be a brave or cowardly witch.

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Weather hazards are also present on the board, making moving around more difficult. Taking on the role of the Weather Fairy for a turn means you can remove these hazards for bonus points. Brave Weather Fairies get to move as well!

At the end of the game, the winner is the player who has collected the most points from delivering potions, dispelling storm clouds, and any bonus points acquired..

Once you have the hang of the brave/cowardly options of the cards, the game is entirely tactical, working out your optimum moves across the map to deliver potions for the maximum points, and carefully deciding when it is worth the risk of being brave.

The game plays best with four players. It’s a good game to play with younger gamers, although the sight of a table of men over 30 declaring themselves to be the brave Forest Witch provides entertainment all by itself.

4 comments on “Clean sweep: a review of Broom Service

  1. Bookstooge
    November 11, 2017

    Your last paragraph was great!

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  2. Ann
    November 14, 2017

    Yes, I could definitely see that too, lol. How old would you say the average younger player would need to be for this game to be a good fit?

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    • davekay
      November 14, 2017

      My 8 year old played it with no issues, being a reasonably experienced gamer. Otherwise 9-10 should be fine.

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