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Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula

LOVE this game!

As soon as I sat down to this game at Essen Spiel last month (OCT 2019), I was in love. The artwork and graphic design conjure up images of puttering about in a dusty laboratory in some ancient, far-off land.  Shuffling back and forth between old desks and tables… carrying texts and tomes. Sweeeeeeeet!

Overall vibe

The whole feel of this game is on point! As I already gushed about above… the artwork and the game play oozes theme. As a bonus, the game manages to add tension’y goodness to everything you do!  No decisions comes easily… and time is limited.

Granted… there is a good bit of crunchiness in this game box!

The first game will likely find you not sure of what avenue to take until the middle of round 2 – ouch! But, don’t worry… everyone else at the table for game #1 will be in exactly the same situation ? This game definitely needs a GOOD teach to make it worthwhile… so whoever is teaching on your game night needs to pour a strong cup of coffee and dig IN!

Three rounds are all you get to transmute materials into gold, perform experiments, and craft artifacts on your way to VICTORY… so you’d better not make any poor choices. Zoinks! I can feel that positive anxiety rumbling around in my brain just thinking about it!  Ha!

Dice drafting!

I won’t get into the nitty-gritty of game play (again, because I need to load up a bunch of new material and I am in a massive time crunch!), but the dice drafting mechanic in this game is awesome!

At the start of each round you roll all the dice and then group them by their alchemical type.  This “type” determines how the die can be used and what essence it may provide.

The color of the die, however, determines which transmutative properties it has.

And then finally, the pip-count on the die indicates how much “power” is available in a given die. Essentially how many actions you’ll get out of it.

So, perhaps you really need a specific essence to craft your artifact… but on this roll there is only one die of the correct alchemical type… but it’s a value of one. Ugh!

Do you take that die and sacrifice a few actions in order to get the desired essence? Or do you forego taking the die and then risk it not appearing in the next round? I mean… after all, you only roll the dice three times in the entire game!  Wahhhhhhhh!

Video interface

In my continuing effort to provide as much information about a game as I can right here on this site (smile), please check out the videos below if you’d like a more “hands-on” sense of the game!

Rhado’s Run through is here:

Tom Vasel Review is here:

(yes… he likes the game!)

Summary notes

SOLID theme! Crunchy as heck! Tension’y goodness abounds! SWEET dice drafting triple threat! Go!


Ages: 14+
Players: 1 – 4
Play Time: 90 – 120 minutes
Publisher: Board&Dice
SKU: Board and Dice 001
Selling between $42 – $45 on most sites…
This one went to full retail. Yikes!
Our Price: $33.50
Link to BGG:


So sorry... this game is SOLD OUT 😢


Trismegistus finalTrismegistus: The Ultimate Formula by the SOLID team at Board and Dice (NSKN). LOVE IT! ??

You are an adept of the mysterious art of alchemy, seeking a way to become the successor of the greatest alchemist ever living — Hermes Trismegistus. In order to do so you will be transmuting mere metals into pure gold, performing experiments, and inventing artifacts to finally achieve everlasting greatness.

Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula is played over three rounds during which you will draft exactly three dice. By expertly utilizing the potency of your drafted die, you will be able to transmute precious materials, collect alchemical essences, purchase and activate artifacts, and perform experiments that will progress you along four mastery tracks. You will also build a secret hand of publication cards which — together with the value of your experiments, the completed formulas of your Philosopher’s Stone, and your collected gold — will determine your final score in victory points and, perhaps, make you the greatest alchemist, someone able to rival Hermes Trismegistus himself!

The game features custom dice, the sides of which represent alchemical materials. At the beginning of each round, the dice are rolled and grouped by their respective types. On your turn, you must either draft a new die or utilize the untapped potency of a previously drafted die. Based on the material associated with your chosen die, you will be able to collect certain essences in addition to the material to which the die is keyed. Additionally, the color of the die will determine which types of transmutations you can perform, refining raw materials and increasing your mastery of the elements.

Acquire precious artifacts in order to maximize the effects of your transmutations. Conduct experiments. Increase your knowledge and expertise and discover the ultimate formula!

The game includes a solo mode by Dávid Turczi and Nick Shaw.

—description from the publisher

Additional information
Weight 6.4 lbs
Dimensions 11.5 × 11.5 × 3 in

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