Czech Games Edition Alchemists

Czech Games Edition Alchemists

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Mandrake root and scorpion tail; spongy mushroom and warty toad — these are the foundations of the alchemist's livelihood, science, and art.

But what arcane secrets do these strange ingredients hide? Now it is time to find out. Mix them into potions and drink them to determine their effects — or play it safe and test the concoction on a helpful assistant! Gain riches selling potions to wandering adventurers and invest these riches in powerful artifacts. As your knowledge grows, so will your reputation, as you publish your theories for all to see. Knowledge, wealth, and fame can all be found in the murky depths of the alchemist's cauldron.

In Alchemists, two to four budding alchemists compete to discover the secrets of their mystical art. Points can be earned in various ways, but most points are earned by publishing theories – correct theories, that is — and therein lies the problem.

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.

During play, players' reputations will go up and down. After six rounds and a final exhibition, reputation will be converted into points. Points will also be scored for artifacts and grants. Then the secrets of alchemy are revealed and players score points or lose points based on whether their theories were correct. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.

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One of the best games of 2015. Great design and game play. The app works really well. Collect ingredients and test potions either on yourself or students before comparing and publishing your results before the other players. Works really well with 2 or 4 players and the components are great quality

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A beautifully presented, heavily thematic worker placement game with puzzly deductive elements.

Mix potions in your lab by combining different alchemical ingredients, decide whether to take the potion yourself to discover the results, or better yet, have one of your students try it for you... they may suffer some adverse effects after all. Once you know the alchemical makeup of an ingredient, publish a theory and become famous. Alternatively, go around pretending you know everything and just hope nobody debunk's your theories and shows you up for the fraud you really are!

The artwork is beautiful, components are great, and the gameplay solid. There is a lot going on though which might put some off. But like with all good worker placement games, the choices are many and you will not be able to acomplish everything you would like to each turn.

A big deal was made about the intergration of the App at the time of release, but it is totally well suited to this game and merely takes out the need for a single player having to spend the whole game manually tracking everybodies experimentation results (it is totally possible to play like this without the app, but really, who would want to do that?!)