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Eugene van der Pijll
Netherlands
Den Haag
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10
Jun 2010
I was sceptical at first about Dominion: Alchemy at first, but it turns out to be an excellent addition to the Dominion family. Most of the cards are interesting, some are spectacular. However, Potions are annoying when they turn up in your hand with not enough coins or too many coins for the available alchemy cards; that is the downside of being able to buy Familiars, Golems, and Possessions. The only problem I have with Alchemy is the price: I paid EUR 30 for an imported box, which is the same price I paid for the other boxes with twice the number of cards. Of course, that I bought it means I think it's worth it...
2010-06-05
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joewtwins
United States
Ankeny
IA
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10
Jul 2011
Really like this. I was cautious at first, but the potion mechanic really doesn't hurt the game.
2010-04-21
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Benjamin Flanders
United States
Jenison
Michigan
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10
May 2010
brings up some nice questions. Should I forgo the quick fix of a 4 coin card for the potion. Sometimes this is risky sometimes this is needed.
2012-01-02
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Dan
United States
Burlington
Vermont
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May 2010
These cards are quite interesting. High in interaction and some are downright evil. I love it!
2010-05-24
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Jonathan Morton
Sweden
Spånga
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10
Jun 2013
My opinion of this has risen significantly since I started playing with only 1 or 2 of the cards at a time. It's a goofy set, but in small doses it can be fun goofiness.

It may be relevant that I've played this expansion almost exclusively online - some cards, most of all Philosopher's Stone, would be a pain in the butt in the physical world, slowing things down excessively.

Winners: Apothecary, Apprentice, Golem

Stinkers: None! I even enjoy Possession, not least for the angst it causes other people. I think it's useful to compare it to Outpost - no controversy with that card, and P-son costs a lot more.
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Toa Kopaka
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10
Jan 2010
It's Dominion.
2010-01-29
Jeff Wolfe
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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10
Jul 2010
It took a while for this to grow on me, but now I rate it about the same as all the other sets. I was lukewarm about it until after it came out (imagine how unhappy I was during playtesting). I think my bias came from playing an early game where Thief stole my first Potion and really hosed my game.
2010-07-30
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Chad Weaver
United States
Denver
Pennsylvania
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10
Apr 2013
Unique expansion
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2014-07-17
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Omar Germino
United States
Bartlett
Illinois
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10
Oct 2012
Though this set is oft-maligned, I'm a big fan of the Philosopher's Stone card.
2012-10-06
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Arne Thomi
Germany
Hamburg
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10
Aug 2010
"Ohhhhh, a new Dominion-expansion. Must have it, I'm a sucker for Dominion. Hold up - what's that price tag? No, no, I want that little one right there. The one with the box that says Der Alchemist on the cover. Ah, really? I see, you already got that. Well, like I said I'm a sucker for Dominion. Not a sucker."

Seriously, this is ridiculously overpriced. Maybe this expansion is good, but with this pricing I likely won't play it. And that's bad, thus the rating.

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After all I'm just a sucker. Bought it with the stash expansion at a more reasonable price. How could I miss out on further variety and variants for one of my most favorite games? Well, I just couldn't.


I have to admit, I'm a sucker. After having played it with the expansion I must admit, it seamlessly fits into the series and makes it even more interesting. Only issue I could think of is that the philosopher's stone and some other card combinations have potential for some drag, but I just don't care. I always want to play it. Just like all the other Dominion stuff. It is a one-of-a-kind game.
2010-08-30
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James Lansberry
United States
Peoria
Illinois
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10
Jun 2010
Hard not to play with this now. I really like the additions.
2010-06-17
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Andreas Burger
Italy
Bozen
Italy
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10
Jun 2010

Verry good expandsion
2010-06-21
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Andrew Tinnin
United States
Minnesota
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10
Jul 2010
If the devil was gonna take away all but one expansion id keep this one
2010-08-02
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Gil Anderson
United States
Madison
Alabama
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10
Feb 2011
Good expansion with a new treasure, Potion. Golem ties in well with Goons of the Prosperity expansion. I buy as many coppers as I need to naximzse the victory points provided by Goons on each purchase. Just completed a game where I had 87 points, 50 of which were due to Goons victory points. In one hand, I had 3 Goons in play (thanks to Golem finding them in my 80-card deck) and 6 buys, for a cool 18 victory point gain.
2011-02-06
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Bryan Doughty
United States
California
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10
Feb 2015
Great expansion. I'd probably rate this higher if it had been a larger expansion; perhaps combined with Cornucopia's cards.

Alchemy gets a bad rap from the Potion cost cards. I suspect this is because some folks don't manage the needs of a dual currency well; probably people who haven't played "enough" Magic multicolored decks. I think the three to five cards not-a-rule-but-a-suggestion in the rule book has also unfortunately contributed to this. Three to five is a good number for getting the "feel" of an expansion out of a set of kingdom cards in a supply with multiple expansions but it isn't necessary to effectively use the Alchemy cards.

Great cards in this expansion, and you are missing out on a lot of fun by not learning to use them.
2014-11-20
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Jeremy Owens
United States
Rochester
New York
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10
May 2011
What can I say? I love everything Dominion so more cards is just gravy.

Personally, I don't see why Alchemy gets so much less love than the other Dominion sets. Adding another angle to the game just increases the variety it has to offer which is the strength of Dominion.
2011-05-02
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Tim Thomas
United States
Oceanside
California
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10
Oct 2010
I like Dominion even more than pizza and beer. Each new set brings so many clever ideas to the table. Then you can mix all the sets. Wow. What a fantastic game concept!
2010-10-04
Dale B.
United States
Palm Springs
California
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10
Dec 2010
see Dominion
2010-12-02
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David Lupo
United States
atlanta
Georgia
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10
Mar 2011
Not as good as the base game, or Intrigue, but still worth a 10. Base game deserves an 11, and Intrigue a 12. Still worthy of the name Dominion.
2011-03-01
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Chad Shamrowicz
United States
Copley
Ohio
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10
Jul 2011
Thank god it's not a CCG!
2011-07-20
Owned
United States
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10
Jul 2011
Part of Dominion all rated 10
2011-09-26
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Robin Zigmond
United Kingdom
Durham
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10
Dec 2011
I do not share the general dislike for this expansion - in fact, to me it is one of the most intriguing of all the expansions, and is a strong contender for having the greatest proportion of game-changing cards. Although, I do dislike (and never use) the suggested rule of always including 3-5 Alchemy cards whenever you have one - to me, the Alchemy cards are so powerful and lead to such long action chains that any game with 4 or 5 alchemy cards will lead to most players' turns taking 2 or 3 minutes each! Just 1 or 2 Alchemy cards often gives a difficult decision of whether they are worth going for at all (given that most need you to spend time buying a potion first).

All in all, Alchemy is another outstanding set, like all the Dominion expansions - and certainly the most unique one.
2015-08-12
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Robert Hankins
United States
Princeton
NJ
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Oct 2011
It's awesome - I don't get why people don't like the potion mechanic. And Apprentice is one of the most fun cards.
2014-07-28
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Galghamon the Swift
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10
Dec 2011
I love this expansion.
2011-12-25
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Ed Hahn
United States
Minnesota
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10
Mar 2012
See Dominion.
2012-03-04
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Beatrix Schilke
Germany
Hilden
NRW
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10
Dec 2012
"Dominion: Die Alchemisten"
2012-09-17
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James Moline
United States
Tampa
Florida
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10
May 2013
This expansion seems to be universally considered to be the worst. I do see where those people who think so are coming from (potions could have been better implemented, and are useless if too few Alchemy cards are available). It's still pretty interesting, though, and if this one is the worst, it just reinforces how great the others are.
2013-06-01
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Argle Bargle
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May 2014
Without a doubt one of the best games I own, including the sister game and all add-ons. This game has a simple basic rule-set but the cards provide variety. While other games have variety from game to game, Dominion almost seems like a different game every time you play. Critical thinking skills are both demanded and exercised by this game. The wording on the cards is clear and precise and requires players to have similar thinking to play. I generally use this game as a litmus test to see if others can think precisely, cleverly and deviously (as opposed to thinking fuzzy and using language lazily).
2014-05-13
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Shane Gelven
Australia
Morphett Vale
South Australia
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Sep 2014
I like this expansion but it is not my favourite
2013-05-15
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Josh Brinkman
United States
Minnesota
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9.5
Oct 2010
This set appears to be either love it or hate it
2010-07-02
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Ville Inkiläinen
Finland
Helsinki
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9
May 2010
Adds potions as an alternate currency.
2013-12-03
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Børge N
Norway
Porsgrunn
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9
Jun 2010
153 pieces
2010-06-09
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Linda Stenström
Finland
Siuntio
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9
Nov 2012
Rated same as Dominion. Nice new cards and new aspects of the game.
2010-05-16
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Andrew Snyder
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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9
May 2010
least favorite Dominion variant so far- I perceive the cards requiting potions to be significantly more powerful by themselves than other early buys. My first few games with these cards were blowouts, and having a good hand taken away by possession is even more frustrating than other attacks cards.

having said that, it's like saying strawberry is my least favorite flavor in the box with chocolate and vanilla. I can have strawberry ice cream? Thank you very much!
2010-05-27
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Nick Wright
Scotland
Edinburgh
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9
Oct 2010
Good addition of Potions, I think. Often feels almost like a new game. Loadsamoney strategy doesn't work as effectively as it can with the base game.

The "Forbidden Arts' recommended Alchemy/Dominion selection is broken though - by far the two longest games of Dominion I've ever played, and not in a good way.
2010-05-31
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Joseph Sack
United States
Bellevue
Washington
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Apr 2012
Added cards with a potion in the cost.
2011-02-04
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Joshua So
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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9
May 2010
Very interesting cards, at least as good as Seaside!
2010-12-07
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Clemente "Gebhard Von Blücher" Durán
Chile
Santiago
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Jul 2010
THOUGH FUN AND INNOVATIVE IN SOME ASPECTS OF THE CORE MECHANICS, THIS EXPANSION SHOULD NOT BE TOO OVERRATED

Alchemy works perfectly as a small Dominion expansion: It introduces new cards, a new Treasure card, needed to buy some of the -very fun and interesting- new cards and a small box to put all of that together. Nice little package.

However, for gamers new to Dominion, Alchemy is an expansion way to overrated. There is a reason in my opinion, as to why Alchemy came out when it did: Before it came out, time was given to allow the players to explore and learn about the core set of Dominion a lot better with the “older” expansions and their own new card mechanics and additions, before introducing a new and exciting way to buy and use action cards.

In consequence, though extremely fun and different as it may be, Alchemy should not be played before Seaside and Intrigue, because of the new more specific mechanics introduced by the Potion treasure card and the combination needed between those Treasures and the old ones. But once the core sets and expansion are played thoroughly, Alchemy should be obviously the next step forward.

I. Criteria

Mechanics: d10-9
Design & Art: d10-0
Packaging & Presentation: d10-0
Theme: d10-8
BGG Factor: d10-8

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Abstract ____[5]_____ Themed: I’ll keep the same idea I had for the core set comment for Alchemy.

Simple ___[4]______ Complex: Alchemy raises the bar of complexity when added into the core sets of Dominion, but only a little bit, since it’s a small expansion sets and after a few games with most of the cards it in, learning how to use them is fairly simple.

Strategic _____[5]_____ Tactical: As much as with the core set, Alchemy is one of those games where strategic and tactical thinking are one in the same. Will you go with the most expensive cards, or the most cheap ones? Will you play the card which gives you more actions, money or buys or those that allow you to alter the very fabric of the game sequence?

Luck _______[8]__ Skill: Under the rules of Alchemy, building decks is a much finer activity, because the new kingdom cards allow players to search through their decks and use some cards in them. It is essential that the players build their decks under the idea that they could end up using cards not originally drawn in the last turn.

Fiddly ________[9]_ Elegant: I’ll keep the same idea I had for the core set comment for Alchemy, with a few minor “buts”, like those found for certain cards and how they work, but those “buts” are not big enough to change the slider.

Indirect interaction ____[5]_____ Direct interaction: I’ll keep the same idea I had for the core set comment for Alchemy.

Cutthroat ____[5]_____ Friendly: I’ll keep the same idea I had for the core set comment for Alchemy, changing some of the cards mentioned of course.

Heavy use of language _______[7]___ No language needed: Adding the Potion Treasure card and the particular effects of certain cards, language may be more complex for Alchemy than for any other expansions or core sets.

III. Number of players recommended: 3.

CHEERS!
2011-07-25
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Ryan Metzler
United States
Round Lake Beach
Illinois
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Sep 2011
Another brilliant take on the original concept. Adds in a specialized treasure, forcing the effort to combine deck stacking via actions and money draw to obtain specialized cards....a great addition.
2010-10-10
Alvin C
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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9
Aug 2011
The potion cards are really interesting and cards like Possession and Golem are a lot of fun.
2010-08-01
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Chris Seyer
United States
Angier
North Carolina
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9
Jan 2011
Some bad cards, but otherwise fun
2011-01-11
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Matt Walton
United Kingdom
Cannock
Staffordshire
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9
May 2010
Much maligned expansion. I like it. Adds some interesting cards and mechanics.

No Zombies.
2012-05-14
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James Sitz
United States
Illinois
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Aug 2014
I like the action-oriented theme. Individual turns might be longer more often, but overall game length has been about the same as before in my experience. Sea Hag is still the #1 game lengthener.
2010-05-23
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Big Guy
United States
Cary
North Carolina
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9
Apr 2010
I like the new potion treasure.
2010-04-15
Dan Cavaliere
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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9
May 2010
This expansion is best played with either one other expansion, the original set, or on its own.
2010-08-12
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Eric Foldenauer
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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9
May 2010
We play with these cards frequently in our decks, but have only played a few games that were just alchemy solo. These cards can easily double the time for a game of Dominion when in play, and if you want to cycle through your deck quickly, these cards are generally super fun. The biggest problem I have with this set is that the cards tend to work too well with each other. If there are any alchemy cards in play, chances are they will play well with each other and its a good idea to get any alchemy cards in the game.
2010-08-24
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Chris Weeks
United States
Clifton Park
New York
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9
May 2010
See Dominion
2010-05-28
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John Mellby
United States
Plano
Texas
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9
May 2010
An orthogonal expansion to Dominion
2010-05-18
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Boris
United States
New Jersey
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Nov 2010
Adds Potions to Dominion, which is basically a kind of currency used to purchase Alchemy cards. This expansion does a lot to freshen up the core game. Some folks didn't like it-- I enjoy it, but don't include it every time I play.

Update: Played a few more times, and it's now my favorite Dominion expansion. However, it is also the most complex, and definitely not recommended for players with no prior Dominion experience.
2010-07-30
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Len
United States
Austin
Texas
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May 2012
Nice addition with some fun cards that could add variety to the game. It does tend to make games run longer. I don;t think it is a problem, but don't pull this out if you want a "quick" game of dominion.

2011-07-06
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