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Anatoli15 Jan 2015 9:27 a.m. PST

The year has just begun but I already think I've found "game of the year" candidate. While taking a trip to the hobby store for me to purchase "the Witcher: Adventure game" my girlfriend picked up "Alchemists".

Alchemists is released by CGE (Czech Games Edition) which is the publisher of another favorite of mine (and Caroline's favorite game) "DungeonLords". The artwork style and colors are similar to that game as well, so are a few other mechanics such as worker placement/resource gathering.

The game has each player take on the role of an alchemist trying to gather the most reputation at the university, outdoing his scholarly colleagues by unlocking the secret alchemical formula that make up the 8 different ingredients in the game and then publish their findings to earn scholarly acknowledgement. Just like Dungeon Lords this game plays 2-4 players, however you don't use "AI players" to fill up the seats if you play below the maximum number of players. Having played the game some 12 times since we bought it (a week ago!) I can say that it works very well for 2 players.

Check my blog for a full review and a rundown of the game rules:

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