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Design: Karla Hanón
Project Type: Student Project
School: Academy of Art University
Course: Package Design 3
Tutor: Christine George
Location: San Francisco
Packaging Contents: Board, Box, Dice, Playing Cards, Chips, Miniatures
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Metallic Silver Paper, Chipboard, Glass Bottles
Printing Process: Inkjet Printing

Alchemy board game set. The main goal is to reach for the philosopher’s stone through answering rightfully to questions in the cards. The players first have to obtain the seven basic metals, later the three archetypal celestial forces; Anima, Spiritus and Corpus (soul, spirit and body). Once all of these are collected, the player can get the philosopher’s stone.

Years ago, I read The Alchemist by Michael Scott, a fictional fantasy novel about the real historical Nicholas Flamel. This book sparked curiosity in me over alchemists and their studies. The game is inspired by this medieval science. The design features some sacred geometry constructions, such as the Tree of Life (featured in the board) and the Philosopher’s Stone symbol (featured in one of the chips) to create a more contemporary approach to the design. The colors are kept simple, referencing the period: a warm gray palette and red as an accent color. The playing pieces are small apothecary-like glass containers with different fantasy elements such as griffin feathers, phoenix ashes, dragon claws and fairy wings.

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