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Witchful Thinking Kickstarter Spotlight


Designer: Matthew Killeen
Artist: Jackson Gee
Publisher: Variable Outcomes
Year Published: 2019
No. of Players: 2-4
Age: 8+


Some people make and sell bread for a living, while other people make and sell shoes. You, on the other hand, are a witch and you make and sell potions with other witches. You and the other witches are competing against each other to be the first to make each potion. Each potion requires a specific balance of ingredients. All you have to do is add in the right final ingredient to make the potion, and the potion is yours! Whoever has the most potions when the game is over wins.

Witchful Thinking is a mathematics-based card game of mixing ingredients of different numerical values in a cauldron to produce a potion of equal value. Each Ingredient card has a number ranging from -5 to +5 and each Potion card has a number ranging from -19 to +18. Players race to adjust the formula in the cauldron by adding ingredients until the correct potion is made. Players are able to make their selected potion when the combined value of the ingredients equals the value of the potion.





Witchful Thinking is also a great educational resource to familiarize children with numeracy and to strengthen their mental math ability in both addition and subtraction. It’s challenging for adults too! 

If learners are looking for an extra challenge, include the Wild Ingredient cards into the deck. When a Wild card enters play, players must assign a number to that card ranging from -5 to +5. These Wild cards serve as an introduction to algebra.

Witchful Thinking is live on KICKSTARTER between now and October 31, 2018 and has a funding goal of $4,617.




Witchful Thinking Kickstarter Spotlight Witchful Thinking Kickstarter Spotlight Reviewed by Dane Trimble on October 16, 2018 Rating: 5

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