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Subject: great tile-laying/puzzle game with beautiful artwork rss

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Apotheca is an amazingly simple game that combines several different classic board game mechanics into a very well-done game in itself. It reminded me of playing Connect 4 mixed with chess. If that sounds intriguing to you, read on! In Apotheca, you are an apprentice trying to join the secret potion society! Well-established apothecaries already in the society have decided to use apprentices to do their battles for them! In the course of trying to join the society, as an apprentice, you must uncover and determine how to combine ingredients together in order to create potions. The first apprentice to create three potions becomes the next new member of the secret society!

Gameplay: The game starts with all players knowing what four of the colored ingredients are and two that are unknown to everyone. On a turn, a player can choose to flip a tile revealing what that ingredient is, choose to add ingredients face down to the marketplace, or use his apothecary's power to move an ingredient around the market. Your goal is to reveal three of the same ingredients in a row in order to create a potion. Once you finish three potions, you win!

One of the cool things about Apotheca is the assortment of ways that the different apothecaries in your control can manipulate the marketplace. Each apothecary has a unique way of moving ingredients around, so it keeps the game interesting. It's a bit chess-like this way only instead of moving pieces, you can shift ingredients around! Use your apothecary to put yourself in a winning position or to thwart your opponents attempts to win! It's all fair game when you are trying to join the secret potion society!

Pick up Apotheca if you:
Like tile placement games
Like great artwork
Like light strategy with some randomness
Like short games (one game of Apotheca takes about 30 minutes)

ALSO: If anyone was interested in sleeving their apothecary cards, Tarot-sized sleeves fit perfectly.
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