You can't save in the browser playable demo/first chapter (above), but there is a save code at the end to allow you to keep your progress in the complete version.

Vous ne pouvez pas sauvegarder dans la démo jouable dans le navigateur (ci-dessus), mais il y a un code de sauvegarde à la fin pour vous permettre de conserver votre progression dans la version complète.

(Français en-dessous)

Play the role of an apprentice alchemist on the road in a merchant caravan. During the journey you will discover many things, including love?

The Alchemist is a gay medieval fantasy visual novel. You play as an apprentice alchemist on a journey in a merchant caravan. There, you will meet colorful characters, discover their way of seeing the world and maybe experience an intense romance... The Alchemist is a story focused game with meaningful choices. You will get caught in the middle of hostilities between two neighboring kingdoms. The choices you make will influence the outcome of the conflict as well as your future.

Warning : This game has censurable nsfw content (nudity and explicit sexual content). The censored version is not suitable to people under 12 according to UE laws and the uncensored version is not suitable to people under 18. The demo doesn't have nsfw content.

Features

Wordcount - 65K~ in the full game, 4.5K~ in the demo

Estimated duration - 2h30-3h/route, 9h for the overall in the full game, 25min for the demo

Endings - 15 love endings, 6 professions ending, 3 world events endings

CGs /Illustrations - 18

This game is finally out! But I'm ready to improve it as much as possible, so I created a discord for you to give me feedback, express suggestions or just hang out!

You can also consider to support my work via Ko-fi ! A walkthrough is also available on discord for ko-fi members.

        ko-fi

Incarnez un apprenti alchimiste sur la route, au sein d'une caravane de marchants. Pendant le voyage vous allez découvrir beaucoup de choses, dont l'amour ?

"The Alchemist" est un roman visuel interactif gay médiéval fantasy. Vous incarnez un apprenti alchimiste au cours d'un voyage initiatique au sein d'une caravane marchande. Là, vous rencontrerez des personnages hauts en couleur, découvrirez leur façon de voir le monde et pourrez vivre une romance intense... The Alchemist est un jeu axé sur l'histoire, avec des choix importants. Vous allez vous retrouver malgré vous au cœur des hostilités entre deux royaumes voisins, et les choix que vous ferez influenceront l’issue du conflit ainsi que votre futur.

Avertissement : Ce jeu a un contenu érotique censurable  (nudité et contenu sexuel explicite). La version censurée ne convient pas aux personnes de moins de 12 ans selon les lois de l'UE et la version non censurée ne convient pas aux personnes de moins de 18 ans. La démo ne contient pas de contenu érotique.

Caractéristiques :

Nombre de mots - 65K~ dans le jeu complet, 4.5K~ dans la démo

Durée estimée - 2h30-3h/route, 9h pour le tout dans le jeu complet, 25min pour la démo.

Fins possibles - 15 fins de romances, 6 métiers possibles, 3 alternatives possibles pour les événements mondiaux.

CGs /Illustrations - 18

Le jeu est enfin sorti ! Mais je suis prêt à l'améliorer autant que possible, donc j'ai créé un discord pour que vous puissiez me donner votre avis, exprimer des suggestions ou simplement passer du temps ensemble !

Vous pouvez également envisager de soutenir mon travail via Ko-fi! Un guide (soluce) est également disponible sur discord pour les membres de ko-fi.


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Purchase

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $9.90 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

TheAlchemist-1.06-pc.zip 297 MB
TheAlchemist-1.06-mac.zip 263 MB
TheAlchemist-1.06-android.apk 283 MB

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TheAlchemist-Demo-1.25-pc.zip 191 MB
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TheAlchemist-Demo-1.25-mac.zip 156 MB
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TheAlchemist-Demo-1.25-android.apk 173 MB

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Just wondering if there was a walkthrough available?  Only really just started and already feels like loads of options to choose from.

Hello ScotBear !
There is indeed a walkthrough.  First, I first made it for Kickstarter backers, but then I also made it available for monthly backers on ko-fi (among sides stories in The Alchemist universe).

Here : https://ko-fi.com/post/Walkthrough-avaible-Soluce-disponible-Y8Y1BC8AG

Cheers,

Azephir

Not visually erotic at all...

Hey Johnny !

I'm sorry you didn't find the CGs and the sprites appealing -_-'...

I hope you still had a great experience though.

Cheers,

Azephir

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Hey how's it going! I really liked your game so far, and I was really excited to see that it's available in French too since I‘m trying to improve my French.

I assume English isn't your first language since it feels a lil off sometimes (dont worry English isnt my native language either, its kinda overrated tbh lol), so it serves kinda as a push for me to read it in French, and I'm so glad I'm able to do so! Thank you so much, its really hard to find French content sometimes.


Btw are you from Quebec? I hope you are cuz it'd be so cool if I can actually notice that lol, but idk.

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Hey JibaLover!

I'm fine, I'm working on my next game, The Magic Mediator. I'm glad you liked the game ;-) 

It was indeed written first in French, since it's my native language, and then translated into English. Sorry if some sentences sound strange -_-'...

I'm glad I helped you practice your French! There are other games in French (at least translated), you can ask me on discord or use this link (in itch) : https://itch.io/games/lang-fr/tag-bara 

The link list all the games that are avaiable in French (and have the "bara" tag, but you can change to another tag if you want).

And no sorry, I'm not from Quebec, I'm from France (I live in the Alps) :-)

Cheers, 

Azephir

Thanks for the reply and the game suggestions! 

Well I think I saw a question like "T'es-tu..." and I thought well isn't that how Quebecois ask a question with like an extra tu? I hope I wasn't tripping lol.

But anyways, thank you so much and good luck on the new game!

Is there any chance walkthrough will be availible through other means like gumroad or one time purchase on itch? Can't really access kofi.

Hi Floofydoge!

Sorry, but for now it's not what it is planned... It would be unfair for kickstarter and ko-fi backers ;-)

You could still come and ask question on Discord ^^

Salut ! Je rejoins complètement le plébiscite unanime sur cette petite pépite. On découvre de très belles histoires qu'on prend plaisir à explorer et où romance et fantasy rappelant l'univers D&D (ou Elders Scrolls peut-être? ;-) ) sont mêlées avec talent et imagination. Les ambiances musicales sont folles, les scènes érotiques sont très bien écrites aussi (spéciale mention pour Duran, mais Will n'est pas en reste non plus, mais ça c'est mon côté druide IRL) ! Quelques coquilles dans les dialogues, mais franchement on les oublie vite ;-) 

C'est génial de trouver un contenu de fantasy gay aussi bien réalisé (et en français !), bravo et merci Azephir ! Hâte de voir tes prochaines créations !

Willow

Salut Willow !
Merci pour ce super commentaire ;-)
Je suis vraiment content que tu aies apprécié mon jeu ^^ Effectivement, je suis en gros lecteur/joueur de fantasy (et de romance!), j'ai donc pioché mon inspiration un peu partout haha !
Pour la musique, le travail de Adrian Von Ziegler est juste incroyable...
https://adrianvonziegler.bandcamp.com/

Désolé pour les coquilles, je pensais les avoir toutes débusquées, mais visiblement certaines m'ont échappées !
Merci encore pour ton message, ça m'a fait plaisir ;-)

Azephir

Bought this game, earlier today. Visually and textually erotic than explicit (no genitalia in the game) as the Main Character meets 4 beautiful men. Somehow the MC has a tush-fest with each one. Thank you, French Dev!

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Haha! I'm glad you liked my game ;-)

Had anything had trouble open iNg the APK file?

Hi!

Thanks for the feedback!

There was indeed a bug in the APK file now fixed. Everything should work fine.

Sorry for the inconvenience :-)

Azephir

thanks! I found a work around, but others will be glad you caught it!

Hi!
First of all, thank you for this beautiful game. I have been thoroughly enjoying it ever since purchase. But I am having a bit trouble with Duran arc (I am very bad at resource management haha) as I cannot seem to find a way to talk to him after the talk with Rania.

I talked with Duran on day 5, 8, and day 11; after that he is always busy or absent and I can't proceed with his storyline. 

I don't have this problem with other characters like Will though...

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Hi Yáng!

Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you liked the game!

Yes, Duran is one of the toughest one to romance (but not to get laid with).

If you are not able to spend the evening 14 with him after talking to Rania before, then it means that your relationship with him is too weak... The most likely reason is that you let a lot of mercenaries die (he really doesn't like when you are not able to save them).

But here is a shortcut: he will really love the leather bracelet you can buy in Halmont's jewelry shop (he will also like the amulet of protection but a bit less).

I hope this helps ^^

Otherwise, a detailed walkthrough is available for ko-fi members ;-).

Cheers,

Azephir

Un excellent jeu que je recommande vraiment, principalement grâce à une écriture de qualité, plus originale que je ne l’imaginais au début, et des personnages très attachants au delà de leur indéniable côté sexy. Car chaque route est touchante, réellement, avec beaucoup de nuances.

Bravo et merci Azephir !

Salut R3o !

Je suis content que tu aies apprécié les différentes routes !

Merci pour ton commentaire ;-)

Le jeu est vraiment génial  !

On s'y prend, on vit une aventure médiévale, on s'accroche aux personnages et on passe des moments hots ;)

Je recommande !

Steve

Salut Steve ! 

Merci pour ton commentaire, ça fait plaisir !

Je suis vraiment content que le jeu t'ai plu ;-)

Azephir

Salut, 

J'ai acheté la version PC/MAC que je souhaite installer sur mon Mac mais je ne trouve aucun fichier exécutable pour Mac (uniquement le .exe Windows).

Où puis-je avoir un support ?

Merci

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Salut Reghead, 

Tu peux te connecter au discord pour discuter plus directement de cela avec moi, si tu veux.

Sinon, quand tu as acheté le jeu, toutes les versions te sont accessibles. Celle qu'il te faut s'appelle : "TheAlchemist-1.03-mac.zip"

Normalement, cela devrait marcher en extrayant cette version.

Note que c'est bien pour Mac et non pour IOS (je n'ai pas fait de version IOS pour l'instant) ;-)

Azephir

Merci pour ta réponse...

En fait je me suis fié aux icônes "Windows" et "Apple" en téléchargeant la version PC !

Alors que la version pour MAC a un logo "Linux" ;)

Oups... J'ai peut-être été un peu rapide dans mon dernier upload.  Je ferais plus attention la prochaine fois. 

En tout cas, problème résolu !  Merci de me l'avoir pointé ;-)

Désolé pour le désagrément occasionné :-s

Ok, tant mieux alors 😉

Salut a quand une version iOS ?

Salut Ptiot55.

J'ai bien réfléchi à la question.

Il m'est possible de créer une version iOS sans trop de difficulté (comme la version Android). Le problème vient des politiques concernant le contenu pour adulte de l'Apple store. Mon jeu ne respecte pas ces règles, je ne peux donc pas le publier sur l'Apple store (comme sur le Google play d'ailleurs, seule la démo y est publiée). Mais là où sur Android, il est possible d'installer relativement facilement une application tiers (fichiers .apk), ce n'est pas le cas sur iOS. Il est donc très difficile d'installer une application sur iOS qui ne provienne pas du Apple store, et je ne peux pas mettre mon jeu complet sur le store. Je suis donc bloqué concernant la publication d'une version iOS...

La seule solution restante est la création d'une version totalement censurée et la publication de cette version sur l'Apple Store. Mais je ne suis pas sûr que le jeu en vaille la chandelle.

Qu'en penses-tu ?

Azephir 

c’est sûr compliqué , faudra que je trouve moyen de découvrir ton jeu du coup vu que je n’ai que mon iPhone 

J'adore ! 

L'histoire, les dialogues, les dessins, etc. de la fantasy romantique gay ! Une petite pépite, merci beaucoup ! 

On voit le temps passé à la création. A quand une suite ou un version encore moins censurée ? :p

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Salut Eiko,

Merci pour ton gentil commentaire, je suis content que le jeu t'ait plu !

Pour la suite, c'est encore un peu tôt, mais je songe sérieusement à ajouter un nouveau personnage. Probablement cet été, car je vais d'abord profiter du jam Nanoreno pour commencer à créer un nouveau jeu (urban fantasy).

Pour une version moins censurée... Disons que ça n'arrivera pas dans The Alchemist, mais que mon prochain jeu sera sans doute différent sur ce point ;-)

I think this was a game with a lot of potential, but it falls short because of two things in my opinion 

1. In so many instances it tells us characters do things rather than showing. For instance it'll say " they had a long conversation that went into the night where they grew closer as friends" but we never actually get to see that conversation. I'm not saying everything is handled this way, but it happens so often especially near the beginning of the game that it was a challenge to honestly get invested. I almost left before it got to something good.


2. The sex scenes were....less than appealing. I get that the art style is the art style. But the way they were illustrated...it didn't look sexy, actually a lot of the sex scenes visually looked less than attractive. I can forgive the soft and respectful way they refer to dicks or butts, even though it got old after a while, but the actual images made the characters (characters I thought looked sexy and nice) suddenly look oily and uncomfortably placed. 


With that being said, I think the amount of choices available in this game was awesome. Characters actually got some good development even if it took time to happen. And there was a bet of suspense and tension I enjoyed. There's a lot here to love, but those two things I pointed out are holding me back from that. I'd give this game a 5 out of 5. it could have been extra special but too many short cuts taken in the writing, and the porn parts left too much to be desired.

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Hi !

Thank you for your honest comment.

I'm happy you globally liked my writing, the story, the plot and the characters ;-)

I'm sorry the sex scene illustrations didn't fit your taste... And I chose to elude some parts not to bore players ^^

But I've noted your points for future improvements or for my next game.

And I feel in your comment that I didn't do so bad for a first game!

I hope you'll like my next game even more!

Cheers,

Azephir

Really nice and engaging game!

I have completed 2 routes so far (Will and Duran), both had me hooked :)

Keep up the good work!

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Thank you for your nice comment! 

I will 😊!

Salut,
Je viens de faire la démo et le jeu m'interesse mais je me demandais si il existait un autre moyen de paiement que paypal ?

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Salut !

Je suis content que la démo t'ai plu !

Petit oubli de ma part dans les réglages d'itch : je viens de le corriger.

Tu peux maintenant payer par carte 😉

Bon jeu !

Et voila, plus qu'a jouer maintenant :D

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cannot get the game to download without failing 10% of the way in...not sure if this is a domain issue with Itch.io but i've tried everything.

Hey !

This is strange... Maybe try tomorrow, if it's a trouble with itch ? 

If it doesn't work contact me via discord, I'll help you ☺️

All set, i think this is a website issue that happens with itch hosting the downloads directly from time to time which is why quite a few developers post a google drive or secondary site link. Thank you for your work on this project it was super fun :)

I'm happy you liked the game 😁

Good game.  I'm having a bunch of fun with it.  Any chance there will be guide or walk-through at any point?  Highly doubt I'll be able to find all the endings.

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I'm happy you're enjoying the game 😊

I'll make a walk-through for Kickstarter backers (it was a reward) in January. I hadn't planned to release it for others but I'll think about it. In the meantime, you can still go to the discord and ask for help. The other players and me will be happy to help you! 😁

hello ! Game tested on iMac (Big Sur) in the French version. No technical issue. This game is very interesting, the story is rich and with many events, you have to choose carefully what you want to achieve (if you want to have all romances together you will probably get nothing... and there is far more in this game than only romances !).

You may die (I did on the first test).

But you can also have a good ending.

Even a perfect ending if you choose properly your answers !

I got one on my third trial, with Will, and now I want to check if this is also possible with the other ones, at least some of them...

The music fits perfectly to the action. The backgrounds are nice and there are a lot of different ones. This game is a very good one. Congrats !

Georges

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Thank you for you sweet comment !
I'm glad you like it !
Little hint : all "good" endings with a character have a CG ;-)

I'm enjoying the finished game. The map is a nice addition. I like the continuation of the story although I haven't had a good ending yet.

I almost feel like the women in this game need their own story that intersects with the Alchemist's Apprentice using some of the same assets.

Hello, thank you for your comment, I'm happy you like the game 😊

It's true that the game gives a lot of space to romanceable characters !

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I loved it, can't wait for the next update!!!

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Thanks 😊! The next update will probably be directly v1, in December (according to my planning).

This is fantastic!  The music is great, and the journey is absorbing. Duran is so hot! Really looking forward to the update.

Aww, thanks !

It's nice to hear that between writing sessions ;-)

I loved this demo! Is there any way I can follow the development process of the full version?

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Thank you!

I've been on other projects for a while now, but I'm now fully on the development of this game.

I have mostly scripting to do, even though the story is set, a lot of detailed scenes need to be written.

I might be able to release a full version by the last quarter of 2021.

That's fantastic!! Thank you for the reply!

hello ! Intéressant, bien fait. Plusieurs personnages différents et aux personnalités très différentes (à première vue que je qualifierai de taciturne, timide, introverti et extraverti pour les quatre principaux, mais la suite peut faire évoluer cette première impression), des façons variées de les aborder, un peu de mystère et de danger, l'histoire démarre d'une bonne façon. Les personnages sont sympas, et le guerrier est carrément séduisant et entreprenant (mais c'est fait exprès, évidemment). 

Autre info : j'ai testé sous Mac, cela fonctionne parfaitement bien.  Je suis intéressé par la suite, si c'est toujours d'actualité de la réaliser. 

La musique est douce et ne gêne pas le jeu, elle met dans une ambiance sympa (du moins, tant que la situation est plutôt calme, cette musique convient).

Hello ! Merci pour ton commentaire détaillé ! La suite est prévue !

de rien ! Si cela peut t'aider, je peux le rejouer en anglais, je ne suis pas bilingue mais je ne suis pas mauvais, si cela t'intéresse pour la traduction (si tu as déjà quelqu'un de bon en anglais qui t'aide, ce sera sans doute peu utile).

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I'm In love with the game and where it's going. The beginning is thrilling, really excited for the scene with Duran. Really looking for future updates. Thanks for creating the game

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Thanks for your kind comment, it helps motivate me to create more!

Will there be a Android build

I'd love to !

I really enjoyed it! A great start.

Thank you 😊 ! I'm glad you liked it !

The beginning is a bit slow, but everything else (especially Duran) is great so far. Keep it up! 

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Thank you for your feedback ☺️

I've planned to integrate a bit more choices in the begining (especially in the city).

Duran is the most polished character because it is the last I made ! (But the first I have imagined)

Bravo ! Beau travail !

Merci pour ton commentaire !

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It was quite enjoyable.  The music is great, and I liked the characters.

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Thank you for your comment 😊