Alchemists / base game

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Overview
Author: Matúš Kotry
Language: English
Year: 2014
Players: 2–4
Age: 14+
Time: 120 min
Theme: potion mixing, selling potions to adventurers, publishing theories
Mechanics: making deductions, worker placement, scanning with smart device
Expansion: The King's Golem
Awards: 2014 Dice Tower Gaming Awards: Best New Designer Winner 2015 Essener Feder Best Written Rules Winner

What could my colleagues be doing? For weeks they have been shut up in their laboratories, emerging only for clandestine visits to the palace library. Could it be that they are also working on the king's puzzle?

The fools! The formulas they research in the royal encyclopedia were written by me! I am the one who knows the true nature of mandrake root, and I shall be the one who animates the king's golem!

This expansion actually consists of 4 independent modules:

In Startup Funding, players get a chance to customize the initial resources in their laboratories.
The Busy Days expansion makes each round different by offering new rewards (and new costs!) on the order spaces.
The Royal Encyclopedia is an entirely new venue for publishing your research.
And in The Golem Project, players have the challenge of animating a creature made from magic and clay.
The expansions are presented in order of complexity. Startup Funding and Busy Days will be just fine for beginners. The Royal Encyclopedia is for players accustomed to the logic puzzle of the base game. The Golem Project is for advanced players who want a new deduction challenge.

Components
1 rulebook
1 pad of new deduction grids
12 book tokens
Startup Funding
20 startup cards
1 Replicator artifact card
Busy Days
18 order space boards
The Royal Encyclopedia
1 encyclopedia board
1 encyclopedia grant tile
16 ingredient tokens
8 seals (2 in each color)
The Golem Project
1 extension board
1 under-the-counter artifact board
1 golem research board
1 scoring reminder board
1 progress report tile
3 conference tiles
8 king’s mood tiles
4 Courtier favor cards
1 Royal Signet artifact card
1 Mahogany Bookcase artifact card
16 approval tokens
24 report tokens (6 in each color)
4 plastic beaker figures (1 in each color)


expansion available for this game: ALCHEMISTS: THE KING'S GOLEM EXPANSION