The Alchemist’s Dream registering page


Which is a good start. I’m trying a three-pronged approach on this project. The first prong is to hold play-testing sessions, either for groups or on a one-to-one basis, the second is to sell a small volume of game sets to discerning buyers, and the third to gather enough evidence of playability and demand to pique the interest of a games manufacturer.


I’ve a formal session booked for Eastercon, and I’ll be taking all four extant sets with me for that. Even though I’ve only one 1-hour slot, I’ll be available at other times (in the bar, most likely) for an informal game. But you’ll need to ask me, and not be shy about asking me. I’ll be trying to do other cons and events too. If you run one and would like me to bring the game, then drop me a line.

I’m also going to try and set up some games here in the NE of England. Again, if you’re interested – ask me.

All I’m going to ask in return is some written feedback – I’ll have a form – and some way of contacting you again.


If I haven’t put you off yet, then read on.

I’ve been spending some time, going over the pricing for _The Alchemist’s Dream_ game, working out where I can realistically save money on the parts, yet still deliver a decent quality set. I want all the game pieces, tiles and board to remain wood/laser cut mdf, still all hand painted, and the cloth carrying bags included, and also a box for tile storage.

I would also want to charge for labour (because even if I involve ‘child labour’, they still deserve a decent hourly rate).

Ultimately, if things work out, I’d want to sell the licence to a games company. But for now, I’m coming in at the £45 mark for the basic game, + around £5  for UK postage and packing. For this, you get a hand-made, hand-painted game, and you get to be the envy of all your friends too!


I’m not going to be taking any money now. I know that kickstarters are all the rage, but I do raise my eyebrows at the costing of some of the projects, and what you actually get for your pledges. I’m willing to actually invest my own money into producing The Alchemist’s Dream and seeing where it goes: outsourcing the risk while keeping the rewards seems to me how we ended up in this mess in the first place. So, no.

So here are two links:

Click here if you are interested in playtesting the game and want to book a session

Click here if you are interested in purchasing a copy of the game

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, then either leave a comment, or send me an email.