What: A fantasy FedEx of potion-delivering witches that’s actually all about gazumping your friends
Time: 30-45 minutes
People: Great for friends looking to try something a little deeper, but still full of social elements
Available: Support Best Play and get Broom Service here from Amazon
Why we recommend it
Do you like manufacturing and delivering? Yeah sure, like Amazon.
Well what if there was a game about brave delivery people or their cowardly producers?
Ok sorry. That does sound really boring. Let’s try again.
Imagine a game about brave witches zooming around the sky delivering potions crafted by druids…oh and a weather fairy is in there somewhere. That sounds a bit more like it right?
But really it isn’t about any of that, it’s a game about looking your friends in the eyes and saying, “I know what you’re up to” before you realise you certainly don’t. Because Broom Service is about taking risks at the right moment; without some calculated gamble, you just won’t win.
You are constantly fighting against your limited resources and every misstep you take further upsets your plans. You see, there is this “lovely” map of the world (more on the art later) and you have to deliver potions all across it, but that means you keep having to make more potions to fuel your fantasy FedEx.
To do that you have these guys – a group of witches, druids and the like all with their own specialisms.
You’ll notice though, they can all be cowardly or brave. When you recruit one of these potion pals for your turn you and do the ‘cowardly’ move, you can do whatever it says on the card right away: move your witch, create one potion or deliver it. Being a coward won’t get you far though, because that’s a lot of effort to just deliver one measly potion.
Or you can choose to be brave, and look at how alluring those brave moves are. The witch can move AND deliver a potion! The druid can cook up a whole batch, keeping you stocked up for multiple turns. Yes, I fancy me some brave mountain druid-ery.
So off you go: “I’m the Brave Mountain Druid”. The next person shakes their head, “nope I’m not the brave Mountain Druid”. The same for the next. But then Joel looks back at you, “No I’m the brave Mountain Druid!” and you are left with nothing, because the last brave one wins – being brave really is zero-sum here.
So it isn’t enough just to plan out your super brave move of mega cooking and delivering. You have to make some educated guesses about what everyone else wants to do, and the order you’re going to have to reveal your plans. If you plan it all just right, you’ll gazump everyone else and slip in some safe brave moves to become a potion prodigy.
Or you can use it to ruin someone else’s day. A Best Play game of Broom Service was down to the final round and just a few points separated myself and Joel from victory. I figured out how I could deliver the most potions and win, but what if Joel spotted my plan? I couldn’t do it all as a coward. It was then I noticed something else: I didn’t need to deliver a single potion. All I had to do was guess what he was going to pick and gazump him, which I did. Like a FedEx truck crashing into the side of a Royal Mail van, I had him beat and no one got what they wanted.
I’d be remiss, though, not to mention the art of this game. There’s nothing wrong with it on its own – some of it might look quite nice up on your wall, but for readability it is a right old pain. When we first opened the board, we began to argue over where a tower quite was, as it’s not always clear what is where and the board is so colourful and busy you can miss the important details on what you need to do.
If you can look past that though, you’re in for a treat of a strategic social game that let’s you bravely smash your friends’ broomsticks.
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