A little mandrake root, a little raven's feather. Toss them in the cauldron and see what they make. Should you drink it? Maybe not. After all, that's what students are for.
Welcome to the world of Alchemists! Perform experiments to discover the magical properties of your ingredients. Demonstrate your knowledge by selling potions. Use the money to buy artifacts that further your research. Publish, publish, publish! Earn grants. And expose the fallacies published by those fools who think they can be your rivals.
Alchemists is a game of strategy, risk assessment, and deduction. Do you experiment to get more knowledge or do you publish now to get more points? Pay to endorse the latest theory of toads or save your money for an artifact? And should you really be selling that potion to the large axe-wielding barbarian when you aren't quite sure of its effects? The choices you make will prove whether you are the world's greatest alchemist.
The game is played in six rounds. At the beginning of the round, players choose their play order. Those who choose to play later get more rewards.
Players declare all their actions by placing cubes on the various action spaces, then each action space is evaluated in order. Players gain knowledge by mixing ingredients and testing the results using a smartphone app (iOS, Android, and also Windows) that randomizes the rules of alchemy for each new game. And if the alchemists are longing for something even more special, they can always buy magical artifacts to get an extra push. There are 9 of them (different for each game) and they are not only very powerful, but also very expensive. But money means nothing, when there's academic pride at stake! And the possession of these artifacts will definitely earn you some reputation too. Players can also earn money by selling potions of questionable quality to adventurers, but money is just a means to an end. The alchemists don't want riches, after all. They want respect, and respect usually comes from publishing theories.
This game is designed to be played using an app that turns your tablet or smartphone into an ingredient card reader. The app is available for free. Supported operating systems are: iOS, Android, Windows. If, for whatever reason, you don't want to use the mobile app, you can still use the web-based version or play with one player acting as the game master.
double-sided game board
4 laboratory screens
4 results triangles
4 player boards
6 adventurer tiles
2 conference tiles
5 grant tiles
8 alchemical tokens
104 result tokens
36 gold piece tokens
44 seal of approval tokens (set of 11 in each color)
6 conflict tokens
starting player token
8 ingredient tiles
40 ingredient cards
22 favor cards
18 artifact cards
16 bid cards
8 plastic beaker figures (2 in each color)
24 plastic cubes (6 in each color)
pad of deduction grids
containers for tokens
Author: Matúš Kotry
Time: 120 mins
Theme: Potion mixing, selling potions to adventurers, publishing theories
Mechanics: Making deductions, worker placement, scanning with smart device
It may not be possible to ship very heavy items outside of the Mainland UK.
Released: 03 February 2015