Quintessential: The Fifth Element (quin•tes•sen•tial/ kwintə’ senCHəl/) 1. The fifth and highest element in ancient and medieval philosophy that permeates all nature and is the substance composing the celestial bodies 2. The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
In the ancient Greek world, the material world was comprised of four basic elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Aristotle spoke of a fifth element, also known as the quintessential, called Aether.
In the game of Quintessential: The Fifth Element, players are working with the four basic elements to create the fifth element and ultimately the Philosopher’s Stone. They accomplish this using their lab workers and element dice to build element pools through worker placement, engine building, and bidding mechanisms. The element dice consist of six types: earth (green), air (yellow), fire (red), water (blue), an anti-element, or wild (black), and the fifth element itself (white).
The game includes the following components:
- 1 Box
- 80 Six Sided Die – Each die represents an element. These are also used as a bidding tool in parts of the game (see The Rules)
- 10 Yellow = Air
- 10 Green = Earth
- 10 Red = Fire
- 10 Blue = Water
- 25 White = 5th Element
- 15 Black = Anti-Element
- 51 Cards – 31 Formula cards, 7 Claimable cards, 10 Personal Multi-Forge and Dismiss cards, 3 Biddable cards
- 25 Tokens to represent laboratory assistants in a players color 5 Red 5 Green 5 Yellow 5 Blue 5 Black
- 1 Starting Player Token
Quintessential is for 2-5 players and plays in 45 minutes. The primary funding goal for this Kickstarter project is $27,000, and approximately $5,000 has been raised currently. For more information or to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.