The Potion Review

Rob Kalajian review, tabletop Leave a Comment

The Potion - Foxmind $11.95
The Potion Review - Cover

Game title: The Potion

Game description: An epic encounter between the world's savviest alchemists is drawing universal attention.Each alchemist starts with the same basic ingredients; rare mushrooms, secret liquid vials and poisonous beetles. In a match of wit and bluff they compete to get rid of their ingredients and control the final potion. Closely watching each other's move and expression, will you prevail in this unique and original game of deception?

Overall
3
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Take a chance and toss your ingredients into The Potion, a game in a bottle from Foxmind. Players all have rare mushrooms, secret liquid vials, and poisonous beetles that they’re trying to get rid of and gain dominance over a potion that’s being created. It’s a bluffing game where players need to outwit their opponents to successfully empty their hand of all but one type of ingredient.

Pros

Wonderfully produced

Light/Quick

 

Cons

Unclear rules

Rules don’t fit well in bottle

Full The Potion Review

Take a chance and toss your ingredients into The Potion, a game in a bottle from Foxmind. Players all have rare mushrooms, secret liquid vials, and poisonous beetles that they’re trying to get rid of and gain dominance over a potion that’s being created. It’s a bluffing game where players need to outwit their opponents to successfully empty their hand of all but one type of ingredient.

When The Potion starts each payer gets two Mushrooms, Beetles, and Vials with the goal of the game being to get rid of two ingredient types. Each round the game’s 3 dice are rolled, each either being blank, or having a number of ingredients on them. It’s up to the players to secretly choose one ingredient each in order to meet the criteria of one or more dice. If some players do, but at least one doesn’t, those players’ ingredients go into the bottle. If all the players choose a required ingredient but one, and no dice are resolved, the player with the incorrect ingredient gets to toss theirs into the bottle. Finally, if ALL players contribute and complete dice, no one can put their ingredient into the bottle.

Confused? Check out the game’s rules for examples.

The Potion Review - Components
A peek at what’s in the bottle

Speaking of the game’s rules, they’re not entirely clear on a few things, but they do the job. The game is so light and quick and some outlying questions can be ignored without diminishing the fun of play. The real problem with the rules is that they don’t fit into the bottle well. My own copy unrolled enough to get caught in the bottle and get mangled as I tried to get them back out.

The Potion is simple, quick, and pretty fun for what it is. The production quality of the game really brings it up a notch with it’s acrylic ingredient tokens and bottle packaging. At $12 it’s pretty inexpensive, too. It certainly fits well into mass market stores, where it’s primarily being pushed. I’d certainly recommend it as a portable family game, or as a very light filler to play between games or waiting for gamers to arrive on game night.

A copy of The Potion was provided free for review by Foxmind

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