Game Buzz: Yamataï

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Today’s preview covers a game that should be coming out in May called

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Yamataï is a new game by designers Bruno Cathala and Marc Paquien that is going to be published by Days of Wonder.  It’s for 2-4 players and takes between 40 and 80 minutes to complete.  Every builder in the kingdom of Yamataï has been charged by Queen Himiko to build up the kingdom into the jewel of the archipelago.  Your goal is to be the best builder.

The game comes with a board, four player mats, six turn order meeples, 80 wooden boats, 10 fleet tiles, 28 building tiles, 7 mountain tiles, 34 culture tokens, 8 sacred ground tiles, 73 coins, 24 prestige point tokens, and 18 specialist tiles.  To set up, five specialist tiles are revealed, as well as five fleet tiles.  Culture tokens are randomly distributed across the board…

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Upcoming digital releases

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A fresh announcement from Days of Wonder indicating that they are partnering up with Space Cowboys to bring the 2014 SdJ nominee (amongst other prizes), Splendor to iOS, Android, and Steam !

For those who don’t know the game here is a brief game summary:

  • A game for 2-4 players that plays in about 30 minutes. The material is of good quality; 90 cards (40 cards of level 1, 30 cards of level 2, 20 cards of level 3) and also heavy (poker format) coins. About 35 gem stones are also in the box.
  • The game background is about players being wealthy Renaissance merchants, acquire mines and transportation, hire artisans and woo the nobility. Create the most fantastic jewelry to become the best-known merchant of them all! Players will acquire precious stones to trade them for development cards. Use development cards to acquire more gem stones. Use your gems and gold to create the most fantastic jewelry, and appeal to the nobles to gain the prestige you need to win.

A while back, Days of Wonder opened a Beta Testing form on their website under their customer support page. So this means the game is probably already developed. We know that DoW has already proven they can rock it on tablets with Ticket to Ride and Small World 2. Now we need to wait for the release normally scheduled this summer.

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