The game takes place 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. Note that Apotheca is not a memory game - we've included indicators on the potion card backs to show who placed them, so you can peek at them again at any time!
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!