Alchemists

Alchemists

Product #CGE00027

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Regular Price: $59.95

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Manufacturer: Czech Games Edition


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.


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.

Contents:
Double-sided Game Board
Theory Board
Exhibition 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
Gamemaster Board
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
Rulebook


Ages: 13+
Players: 2-4
Game Length: 120 minutes



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Fasinating game
A good game with a lot going on. Some people can suffer a bit from analysis paralysis with this one... Not a game I would recommend for people that don't enjoy complicated games.
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Review by Mark on 10/16/2015
One Of My Favorites
Alchemists is a game that truly makes your feel like an Alchemist! It has a lot of thinking involved and it is not too hard to learn. Also, if you are good at or like Sudoku then this game is a must! Components are made with good quality material and the artwork is fantastic! Definitely worth picking up!
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Review by Luffy on 10/2/2015
Concoction Perfectum
Alchemists is one of the few games you legitimately feel smarter after playing. The game focuses more on the scientific approach to alchemy as opposed to mythical; by combining ingredients you are attempting to find out their chemical compounds. You want to deduce this information so you can not only reliably create potions of various types to sell to would-be heroes and assassins, but also so you can publish your findings in the university. Of course, you can always make an educated guess but there are those that would debunk your theories!

The game play is rich and the app randomly generates the breakdown of the alchemical elements to keep the play fresh and new each game. There is a market filled with powerful items that you will want to amass gold to obtain but your actions are limited; make each and every one count.

Alchemists is one of CGE's finest and should not be missed by anyone that is a fan of brain burning euros. The game got high praises on Gaming Nonsense Uncensored Podcast # 20 and I can see why. It is a very worthy game and deserves time at many gamers' tables!
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Review by daniel on 9/27/2015
heavy game that needs an app
Well it doesn't really need an app but you need a full time moderator without one, which is a tedious job. That aside this is a heavy game that needs several plays before you can get the hang of everything.

A few people I played this with, especially the first time we played, found the game boring so it isn't for everyone and it is a brain burner.

The app works well and is a good use of technology in a board game.
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Review by Alex on 9/23/2015
Let the app do the managing
This game is fantastic in gameplay! The mix of worker placement and a trial and error system of elimination create an environment where deduction is necessary to avoid undesirable consequences. You will definitely want to use the tablet or phone app during play and I recommend using a multiple devices with larger groups (app will use codes for different scenarios). The game has a high replayability with the app setting up the scenarios. I did dock a star on gameplay due the heavy reliance on the app for a fast and smooth gameplay and the fact that the app may one day be removed.
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Review by Jakob on 9/20/2015
Medium-Heavy Euro with a twist
I first heard of this game from seeing Tom Vasel's rave review of the game. The idea of mixing herbs to make alchemical mixtures was intriguing to me (I'm a pharmacist), and my kids like most any game that has something to make it unique or cool.

First, let me say that the game is very well made. The counters, cards, etc. are all very sturdy and durable. If you get it, however, that little ridge towards the top of the player screen is NOT supposed to come off. I know a few people who tore them off, only to realize later that they are little ledges for your cards to sit on.

The game has several mechanics that mesh together to make a fairly heavy game. You have to bid for turn order, then there is worker placement, a type of set collection (you have to have an available card of a given ingredient to use it - either for testing or for sale).

Every resource in this game is relatively scarce. You have to carefully balance your supply of ingredients and money, because you never know when that really useful item will appear, or that ingredient you've been trying to harvest for 2 rounds. The decisions are tough, because everything is important, and there is much more to do than there is time to do it.

The thing that makes this game unique, however, is the not-required-but-extremely-helpful companion app. It technically isn't required - but then one person has to be the game master instead of playing the game. There is a chart that the GM can fill out to make the reaction table, but it's SO much easier to use the app. The app is available for iOS and Android, or you can use the one on the manufacturer's website. If you're using the app on a device with a camera, you simply scan your cards, and the app tells you what you've done. From the website - or a tablet without camera - you choose the ingredients manually, and then get the same information.

Overall, my family likes the game, but our games are always very low-scoring affairs, because there is just so much to do and so few rounds in which to do it. You really have to press your luck if you want to be able to get maximum information - which you need in order to publish theories and sell potions. If you like medium-heavy euros that press you to get everything done, give Alchemists a try.
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Review by Michael on 9/14/2015