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Brew yourself out of debt in Potionomics, a potion shop sim

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VIDEO: Watch the Potionomics trailer from the PC Gaming Show above. Also on YouTube (opens in new tab).

As a hero you're no doubt used to stampeding into town between adventures, bursting into the local potion shop to fill up on healing tonics and invisibility brews, and then getting right back to killing skeletons or dragons or ghosts or whatever. You know, hero stuff.

But what about that shopkeeper who sold you those precious potions? What's her whole deal? Potionomics, developed by Voracious Games, wants to give you a look at life on the other side of the counter. Check out the charming and colorful Potionomics teaser above.

In Potionomics, which is part shopkeeping sim and part RPG, you play as Sylvia, a witch deep in debt and hoping to make some bank by running a potion shop. With the help of an economist (trapped in the body of an owl), you'll deal with heroes, creatures, and other troublesome customers while you brew and sell potions to turn a profit. You'll need to procure ingredients, haggle with other characters, manage your stress levels, and learn new skills and recipes if you want to brew yourself out of debt.

I am definitely interested in running my own potion shop, and the card-based system for winning over customers looks neat, too. Potionomics is "coming soon-ish," and in the meantime you can visit the official site and devblog (opens in new tab). See more exciting game trailers and news from The PC Gaming Show right here (opens in new tab).

Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.