Tricky Druids by Pegasus Spiele – Review


Tricky Druids uses a strange mechanic where you have to offer to give away your dice roll before you have a chance to use it yourself. That took a while to figure out, but once it was understood it actually became a really fun way to play a game. There was lots of strategy involved.

John Doe



Theme and What is it?


The most important thing in life is to create the best potions you can make. That is the ideal life of a druid…to collect ingredients, to mix and brew and finally taste. Yes, that is perfection. 

The only problem is that you are way too nice of a druid to keep all these ingredients to yourself. You feel duty bound to offer everything you collect to your fellow druids before you take any ingredients for yourself. You would never keep anything for yourself before offering it to others. Never.  

Tricky Druid is a set collection game for 2-4 players where each player is trying to complete a certain number of potions first.

Gameplay Mechanics


The whole premise behind Tricky Druids is being super thoughtful and overly nice. You want to be the most pleasant little druid in the neighborhood, but you also have to complete your potions or it is all pointless.

Each player selects a screen to hide behind their current potion and their waste basket. To complete a potion, players must fill up six slots with any combination of the three ingredients shown on the top of the potion. Any ingredients that the player receives that they cannot use, are placed on their waste basket. Be careful because if the waste basket overflows, it spills into your potion and ruins it and you will have to start a new one.

Let’s talk about how you get ingredients for your potions. On a player’s turn, they roll dice that have all the ingredients on them. The dice will show what ingredients the player can choose. The player may take any of these ingredients from the supply but must first offer them to the other player(s). The other player(s) then has the choice to accept the offering and place it on their potions and waste basket, or they may (kindly) reject the offering. If rejected, the offering player must place the ingredients on their own potion card and waste basket.

Play continues until one player has successfully completed the set number of potions based on player count. 

Initial Impressions


I had to stop and reread the instructions for the section that tells how to offer the ingredients once a player has selected them. It was very strange to make an offering first and then either hand over the ingredients or get rejected and be able to use them on my own potion. That was a totally new concept for me.

Other than that, the game is extremely easy to learn. We had a game up and running almost as quickly as it took to punch out the cardboard ingredient tokens.

It did take a few turns to get used to the offering and how to try and make it effective. You can mess your potion up very quickly if you just offer everything the dice show. It takes thought to really figure out what is best to offer based on what you need and what you think your opponent needs.

But once everyone understood how the game worked, it was fun and moved at a great pace. Plus, watching everyone be overly kind to one another was hilarious.

Game Build Quality


There are not too many components involved with Tricky Druids. What is there is well made and should hold up to lots of plays. Kids should love this game and I wouldn’t have any problems with kids interacting with the game because the components are nice. 

Artistic Direction


The artwork has a strong cartoon flavor and that helps kids connect with it. The art on the screens are all unique and let each player have their own character. The graphics on the potions and waste baskets are varied and have you do not see a great deal of repetition on them.

The artwork ties the game and the theme together very well and is very bright and eye catching.

Fun Factor


Two things I really, really enjoyed about Tricky Druids. 1. Everyone acting too nice to each other. It was so funny to watch this and in the back of your head you know it was all pretend and people were really out to get each other. Which leads me to 2. You can actually be pretty mean to each other if you can determine what the other players are trying to collect. You can withhold items they need and also offer an item or two that they need along with items that they have to trash. So, the juxtaposition of acting super kind with the underlying meanness is wonderful to behold.

Age Range & Weight


The recommended age it 6+. That should be a very safe age for this game. Kids should enjoy this game because it is a bit silly but is also a very easy game to play. I would say that this game does lean toward younger players but experienced players may enjoy it too because there is a certain art to the offering process that kids will not figure out. 

I can see this being a fun party game, but it does not have a party game player count. Maybe a couples’ game night would be the way to go.

Tricky Druids uses a strange mechanic where you have to offer to give away your dice roll before you have a chance to use it yourself. That took a while to figure out, but once it was understood it actually became a really fun way to play a game. There was lots of strategy involved.

I am not sure how well kids will pick up on this strategy, but I don’t think they will care. They will love the art and will love making people overflow their waste baskets and ruin their potions. 

Tricky Druids was a fun little surprise. It seemed strange at first but that strangeness ended up being what made me like the game.