In Alchemists, two to four budding alchemists compete to discover the secrets of their mystical art.

  • English
  • from 13 years
  • 1 to 2h
  • 2 to 4 player(s)

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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.

Flavor text:
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.

Theme(s) MedievalFantastic
Language(s) English
Mechanism(s) AuctionWorkersDeductionAction Points
Author(s) Matúš Kotry
Artist David Cochard
Note globale 4.5
Editor Czech Games Editions / CGE

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  • 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

This game is recommended by 2 of our Bloggers

  • This game was played and recommanded by Gus & Co, here its opinion:

    Juste superbe! Un croisement entre jeu de déduction à la mastermind et jeu de placement d'ouvriers, avec incrustation d'une app smartphone pour réaliser ses potions. Superbe. Et riche. Réservé aux joueurs exigeants. Clairement l'un des meilleurs jeux de 2014.
  • This game was played and recommanded by Gamelove, here its opinion:

    Si l’on exclut le souci technique du plateau individuel, Alchemists réalise un sans-faute en termes de mécaniques et d’ambiance. Aussi agréable à 2 qu’à 4, aussi amusant que redoutable de par son aspect déduction, aussi contrôlable que hasardeux, aussi classique que novateur grâce à son application tablette/smartphone vraiment sympathique, ce jeu est une pure merveille d’équilibre réservée aux joueurs aguerris.

This game is recommended by 9 of our Customers

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Arnaud R. on 11/07/14 Verified purchase

Malin et agréable ! On s'y croit vraiment à mixer des ingrédients !

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Aaron D. on 11/13/14 Verified purchase

This game has been unplayable. It did not come with th right pieces.
  • on 12/08/16 Verified purchase

    Un de mes jeux préféré ! Il y a une part déduction et une part gestion et ils ne faut négliger aucune des deux. On est sans arrêt pressé par le temps, il faut publier vite qui à dire des choses... hem... presque testées. Le mode maître rajoute de la pression et je le conseille vivement dès qu'on a bien assimilé les règles logiques. C'est assez lourd et il faut rentrer dedans, mais si vous aimez les jeux de gestion plein de tension et le sudoku, c'est pour vous. Le hasard joue souvent sur pas mal de points, mais ne gâche rien au plaisir du jeu. Ma critique complète sur mon blog : http://lemoulinacritiques.blogspot.fr/2015/08/alchimistes-de-matus-kautry.html
  • on 04/06/16 Verified purchase

    Great speed and shipping
  • on 08/21/15 Verified purchase

    Le jeu est agréable. MAIS! La règle n'est pas pour les débutants.
  • on 08/12/15 Verified purchase

  • on 01/24/15 Verified purchase

    Un jeu unique par son déroulement.. beaucoup de réflexion à mi chemin entre le sudoku et le cluedo version médiévale... il faut bien gérer ses actions car la réflexion ne fait pas tout.. je recommande vivement ce jeu. En plus il existe maintenant en français...
  • on 01/24/15 Verified purchase

    Unique game that foretells things to come in board gaming. App is very well integrated into the gameplay and I find it that enhances the experience.
  • on 11/13/14 Verified purchase

    This game has been unplayable. It did not come with th right pieces.
  • on 11/10/14 Verified purchase

    An extremely unique and enjoyable game in the world of alchemy academics. The app integrates perfectly and the experience is involving and absorbing. Great with 2 players.
  • on 11/07/14 Verified purchase

    Malin et agréable ! On s'y croit vraiment à mixer des ingrédients !

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