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The feeling of the game differs with every number of players:

  • 2 player is the most cerebral and controlled

  • 3 player is the most chaotic, yet still within your grasp

  • 4 player is played in teams, offering neat collaborative gameplay

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    Players craft potions in a secret marketplace. Hide ingredients to deceive opponents, and use magical powers to mix concoctions. But beware - your opponents are brewing schemes of their own!

    Apotheca is played on a 4x4 grid. Players gain points by making matches of three potions of the same color in a row. The first player to make three matches wins. It's easily learned, but the combination of asymmetric powers and secret facedown potions make the game a delicious challenge.

    On each turn, players take 2 of 4 possible actions:

    • Reveal: Reveal a secret potion and gain a gem of that color
    • Restock: Draw, look at, and place secret potions on the board until there are exactly 3
    • Power: Use one of your active apothecary powers
    • Hire: Spend gems to hire new apothecaries

    Whenever a player makes a match, they must place it on one of their apothecaries. This removes that apothecary's power for the rest of the game, so it's important for players to keep revealing potions, collecting gems and hiring new apothecaries... all while keeping their opponents at bay!

    Deduction is key to Apotheca. Players trap each other with clever spatial moves, bluffing and misdirection. The action economy is very well balanced, so every turn offers an opportunity for strategy and tough decisions.

    Additional Info

    Additional Info

    Designer Andrew Federspiel
    Mfg Suggested Ages 13 and up
    # of Players 1-4 Players
    User Suggested # of Players Best with 2 players / Recommended with 1 - 4 players
    Year Published 2016
    Artist Eduardo Garcia Phillip Jenné
    User Suggested Ages 13 and up
    Subdomain Abstract
    Website No
    Publisher Knapsack Games Renegade Game Studios
    Playing Time 30 minutes
    Family Crowdfunding: Kickstarter
    Honors No
    Primary Name Apotheca
    Alternate Names
    Mechanic Action Point Allowance System Grid Movement Partnerships Variable Player Powers
    Game category Abstract Strategy Bluffing Deduction Puzzle
    Language Dependence Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
    Play time filter No


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