The Alchemists is an expansion of the 2018 Kennerspiel des Jahres winner ' The Quacks of Quedlinburg' including The Alchemists of Quedlinburg, who are as famous as they are notorious.
In this latest expansion, distil essences to free the citizens of Quedlinburg from -sometimes extremely exotic - afflictions and receive valuable bonuses to become the number one alchemist.
A copy of The Quacks of Quedlinburg is required to play.
You start the game by choosing a patient to treat. Each patient needs a special essence as a remedy. You must create this essence in your alchemist flask and will receive special bonuses for it.
You follow the usual Quacks rules but there is now an additional phase to play once all players have finished the “Preparation Phase”. This happens before the scoring and is called “The Essence Phase”.
During this phase, you distil an additional essence from your potion.
You complete the following three steps one after the other:
- Count how many different ingredients (colours) are in your cauldron (Except white chips!). Then place your essence marker on the appropriate space in the alchemist’s flask.
- Add up the white chips in your cauldron and if the sum is exactly 7, move your essence marker forward an additional space in the flask.
- If the cauldron of the player to your left or right explodes, you move your essence marker forward an extra space. If the cauldrons of both your immediate neighbours explode, you move your essence marker forward an extra 2 spaces.
In the last round, there is a final “Essence Phase”. However, you don't earn any of the bonuses, rat tails, or points shown on the essence. Instead, you gain 1 point per space that you advance on the alchemist’s flask.
- Second Expansion - The Alchemists is an expansion of the 2018 Kennerspiel des Jahres winner ' The Quacks of Quedlinburg'.
- As Famous As They Are Notorious - People come from far and wide seeking the help of the Alchemists for their - sometimes extremely exotic - afflictions.
- Distil Essences - Free the citizens of Quedlinburg from these afflictions and receive valuable bonuses to become the number one alchemist.
Time: 45 mins
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