Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Joy of Gaming: Women Game Designers - The Village Crone

Women's History Month: 

A Joy of Gaming Tribute to 

Women Game Designers


In The Village Crone, from designer Anne-Marie De Witt, players are witches manipulating the lives of the residents of their small village, making them fall in love, turning troublesome ones into toads, drawing them to and from locations to make certain events occur. The witches send out their familiars to gather ingredients for their spells and try to fulfill "scheme" cards.

It's fundamentally a light game with a simple charm. Players are suppose to cast their spells through little rhyming chants as flavor and while the witches are clearly troublemakers and can deal out some wicked punishment to villagers they apparently have beef with, your goal is more to stake your claim as The Village Crone -- or the witch the villagers want kept around!

Anne-Marie De Witt is the sole credit on The Village Crone. She is also credited with a couple other games (Bloodsuckers and the Munchkin edition of Castle Panic appropriately titled Munchkin Panic). Sole credit or not, she does still have a fellow designer as her husband: Justin De Witt, designer of the original Castle Panic and several of its other iterations.

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