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If your card numbers and types are public knowledge, does that mean you place them face up on the table, and other players know which ones you are experimenting on when you pick them?

And what does it mean when you make potions on your public board? I can't see anything in the rules about making potions, except for abstractly when you sell one to the adventurer. What are those potion spaces at the top of the public info board for?
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Mathias Heilmann
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Only the card backs are public knowledge. So people will know that you have e.g. 2 Favors and 4 Ingredients, but not what those are.

When you create a potion, regardless of during an experiment or during a sell action, the other players get to know what you produced, but not what ingredients you used. The potion spaces on your player board are then used as a reminder to show what potions you have brewed in the past.
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The spaces on your player board are so other players can see what spells you have made in the past. They may use this information when determining how much of discount to offer the traveler or what potion they should demonstrate first in the final round. Other than that, they don't know what ingredients you are using to make those spells.
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Ahhhhh! OK I see it all now. Thanks!
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Cameron McKenzie
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The potion markers are also handy for inferring things based on what opponents publish.

If my opponent brews a green minus and blue plus, then publishes a theory using these, there is a good bet that he was right on these and hedged on red (or maybe he's relying on your assumption so that you don't try to debunk it before he gets the chance himself!)
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Martin Söderberg
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The types of potions you have already made, your grants, your artifacts, your number of gold pieces, and the number and types of cards in your hand are always public knowledge.


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The types of ingredients and favor cards in your hand, the types of seals you play, the ingredients in your experiments, and your deductions from results are always kept secret from the other players. This information can be hidden behind your laboratory screen.

Wait, what?
So do you keep your ingredients and favors behind the screen or not?
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Kurt Schweiger
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Public: the number and types of cards
Private: The types of ingredients and favor cards

Best option IMO: Hold them in your hand, so anyone can see how many ingredients and how many favor cards you have but not what ingredients nor what favors.

Also suitable what someone said in another thread: you keep favor and ingredients behind your scree, but anyone may ask you how many of them you have and you have to answer the truth
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My initial confusion resolved thus: The backs of your cards are public knowledge, the fronts of your cards are private.
 
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