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Gabriel Lim
New Zealand
Tauranga
Bay of Plenty
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10
Feb 2007*
So many ways to achieve victory in this game. All of our sessions played have been right down to the wire. A must-have for anyone's collection. You won't regret playing this.
2007-02-03*
Owned
Mike Marshall
United States
Sudlersville
Maryland
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10
Dec 2006*
This is a great game! Interesting use of dice. Lots of ways to score. Plays quickly. Another winner!!
2006-12-16*
Owned
Doobermite
United States
East Fallowfield
Pennsylvania
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10
Jan 2007*
The most "fun" of all Ystari games. There isn't any "heaviness" to it. The mechanics are smooth as silk and everything just makes sense. I love all of their games and this new one is a real winner!
2010-03-29
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Ryan M.
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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10
Feb 2007*
Now with many plays under my belt, this game has officially climbed into my 10 rating category. This is the perfect balance of strategy, luck, and interaction for me.
2009-07-07
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Ed Paz
United States
Utah
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10
Aug 2008*
Nice Board Game - Bright and Colorfull . My kids really like this game
2008-05-04*
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Neil Gordon
Australia
Sydney
NSW
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10
Apr 2007*
Fantastic game. Good duration, good amount of thinking yet doesn't leave you burnt out. Very cool dice mechanism to determine the resources that enter the game. Cool interaction of mechanics where things can be used both in your favour and then used by others to work against you. Like the Supervisor and caravan, the rules for the cube placement into the souks or the buildings you choose to build.

The luck adds even more to this in my opinion. The dice can be lucky for you, delivering a very rewarding "Yes!" moment, then they can take that a way with an "Oh Sh*t!" moment. It's never something that leaves you feeling like you lost (or won) the whole game from the dice, maybe just took a wee hit on the way. Who wants to play a game where you can work out exactly how to win before you play anyway......

This is very addictive. There are strategies to try and different ways to win, the dice (and how others play) may just cause you to evolve from what you were doing to something new. Each game is different and I think this will add to the longevity of this game as a favourite.

Plays well with 2, using the official variant.

Very enjoyable with 4, different dynamics completely.

I think this game will get a lot of table time with my wife and I and our friends. This would be harder to explain to non-gamers.

The WestparkGamers PC version is great to play. Beats me almost every time and still I return for more floggings..... Such is Yspahan.
2007-04-30*
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Mark Herreras
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10
Dec 2009*
Perfect for the "We just have 50 minutes but want to play an excellent game". Very addictive.
2007-04-25*
Owned
Steve Perucca
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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10
Jun 2007*
One of my favorite medium games. Right balance of luck, strategy, and planning.
2007-06-04*
Owned
Jan Ostmann
Germany
München (Munich)
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10
Jun 2007*
(2-4) - 75 Min.
2007-06-12*
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Matthias Herthmann
Switzerland
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10
Jul 2007*
Excellent game. Very clever mechanics. The use of the dice is innovative and refreshing.....
2007-07-08*
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Brett Christensen
United States
Dickinson
North Dakota
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10
Aug 2014
The dice mechanism just makes this game really fun to play. I must have somewhere around 200 plays against the AI and I still enjoy it. Addicting game play. I wish my group liked it more since I don't get to play it f2f enough. I do have a soft spot for these types of dice driven games. Outstanding with 3.
2013-02-21
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Edvina Knoll
Germany
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10
Jul 2007*
One of my favourite games of all time.
2007-07-29*
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Roy Colver
United States
Ephrata
Washington
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10
Aug 2007*
Short play, quick turns, easy to understand. Wonderful game.
2007-08-31*
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Steve Cates
United States
Visalia
California
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10
Jun 2013
Really enjoy this game. The dice add just enough chaos to make it possible for new players to win 1 in 5 games, which is about my sweet spot.
2007-09-07*
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Shao Hong
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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10
Oct 2007*
This is a very unique game.
2007-10-27*
Terry Egan
United States
Waltham
MA
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10
May 2009*
I'm very impressed ... to the point where I'm wondering if Yspahan might be inching toward the very select few games I rate a 10. This now has proven to have held up to repeated play and hasn't lost it's appeal one bit. Does have a healthy dollop of luck, as the use of dice would imply, but there's plenty of room for strategy and the luck factor is very much mitigated by the extremely quick play time. This one packs a lot of punch for a game that can be played in 20 minutes by an experienced group. So ... in my book Ystari Games continue to roll! Update: Yspahan still hits a sweet spot and hits the table often three years after being published. Upgraged to the elite ranks of the very few games rated a "10" in my collection. Note: I still rate Yspahan a 10, but only as a three-player game, where it really shines. With four players, balance issues emerge and the fourth player is, in my experience, at a pretty big disadvantage.
2014-02-18
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David Grietens
Belgium
Leuven
Vlaams Brabant
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10
Oct 2013
Honest and elegant game fun, without being shallow.

Plays quick although you have a lot of options. Playing is easy but winning isn't. Elegant 2-player variant available. Colorful material makes this game also appealing to sporadic players.

First game in history that proved that a game with dice doesn't have to be stupid and still can be quite fun. 

After 22 plays, and 7 years this game stays a remarkably fast, light and deep game. That is a unique combination. The game stays fresh and doesn't get boring.
2014-05-02
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Ketty
Chile
Santiago
RM
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10
Jun 2009*
[ESP] Un juego realmente entretenido y fácil de jugar.
Los jugadores representan a comerciantes árabes que pueden ganar puntos de 3 maneras:
1.- Dominando la mayor cantidad de locales en las 4 zonas de la ciudad.
2.- Fortaleciendo su estructura de comercio personal.
3.- Enviando caravanas de bienes.

Diciembre 2010:
Lo repito: un gran juego que se juega en muy poco tiempo. Lo recomiendo 100%
2010-11-12
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Anthony Yuen
Canada
Alberta
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10
Jun 2008*
I love throwing fistful of dice and this game delivers in spades.
2008-06-14*
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"Kurosawa"
Belgium
Antwerp
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10
Dec 2011
Ystari has done it again!
Fantastic how this designer managed to find an original way to utilize dice. On top of that this game is addictive, plays fast and is lots of fun. Therefore full marks, this deserves to be in BGG's top 100!
2008-11-23*
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Mark Stanoch
United States
Bradenton
Florida
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10
Jun 2009*
Great family game. Replayability is quite high. High quality components and nicely integrated theme make this one of our favorites!
2009-06-23
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Hobbit DM
Ukraine
Chernivtsi
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10
Sep 2011
The only drawback is its 2-player variant rules.
2014-10-24
Phil Clouse
United States
Indiana
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10
Jan 2015
Not for sell or trade
2015-01-09
Owned
Dimitris Xanthos
Greece
TINOS
KYKLADES
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10
May 2013
I changed my 9.5 into a 10. !!!
After 2 years everyone calls for Yspahan for the end of the weekly session. never bored !!!
(we play with a little tweak we decided)
2013-05-23
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Sean Han
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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10
Feb 2015
Love the tightness of the game. Limited actions within limited turns. Easy rules and very fun to play!!
2015-06-18
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Jahnie Dez
United States
KATY
Texas
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9.8
Mar 2015
I am a huge fan of this game! The only reason why I cant give it a full 10 star rating is because the box art is not very appealing and the artwork may be too "muddy" for some players. I honestly cant say that the artwork is bad- i thinks its actually very appealing. Although, i cant speak for my peers- who initially wanted to pass up this game because of the art direction of the game. All in all, one of my favorites!
2012-10-05
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Rüdiger Dorn
Germany
Nürnberg
Unspecified
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9.5
Jul 2013
nice game with an innovative dice-system
2006-12-14*
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Marc Edmondson
United States
Missouri
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9.5
Nov 2007*
My #47.
2007-11-12*
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Pee di Moor
Netherlands
Rotterdam
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9.5
Sep 2011
Yspahan manages to combine 'relaxed, quick' play, with still having interesting decicions and a feeling of accomplishment at the end. Furthermore, games are usually very close.

A supergame for 2, 3 and 4 players.

Note that the indicated playing time is on the very long side. A 2-player can be done in 30 minute. I still have to see 60+ games, even with 4.
2009-09-20
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Bill Paradise
United States
Glassboro
New Jersey
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9.5
Mar 2011
I have got to say that this probably my all time favorite game. There are so many different strategies to be used that can change in each game. The components are very well made and look beautiful. This game reminds me of yahtzee on crack and steroids at the same time. Probably due only to the dice and the way that you lay them out on the tower.

The game plays fairly quick and I am always wanting to play another and another. I have played this game many times solo on the computer and I haven't yet become tired of this terrific game. The mechanics in this game and the way they all flow together just make for an amazingly fun experience. I highly recommend this game to everyone to at least try before you buy. This is truely an amazing game.
2009-07-25
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rizkar
United States
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9.5
Jul 2010
Unique, quick, dice-rolling game that is incredibly fun but with some strategizing too.
2010-08-03
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David Mernin
United States
California
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9.5
Apr 2012
[Dice Rolling]
2012-05-03
Owned
Els
Belgium
Welle
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9.5
Aug 2015
Toppertje
2014-07-22
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Eric Hymowitz
United States
Elkridge
Maryland
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9.3
Apr 2007*
Much more of a decision-making game than a pure strategy game. And the camels are really cute.
2007-04-27*
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Jordan Easley
United States
Illinois
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9.3
Nov 2007*
The camels.
2007-11-26*
james isner
United States
Colorado
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9.3
Feb 2009*
I like the dice mechanic a lot, very original. Game play changes based on players strategies which is cool too.
2009-02-13*
jim pearson
United States
canonsburg
Pennsylvania
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9.25
Mar 2007*
Great game. Mixes in some luck with the roll of the dice, but add stratagy through numerous decisions.
2007-03-11*
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Jim Sutherland
United Kingdom
(just) West of London
Middlesex
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9.2
Sep 2013
After many games with the freely available multi-player AI I was tempted to move this game up a notch. Still an excellent game, but there is a strong winning strategy (especially against the AI).

OCT 2008 Up a 1/2 point - not quite a 9 for me yet but still a favourite game.

MAR 2009. Has to be a 9 - I've played over 1,000 game against the PC (but still lose from time to time).

DEC 2012. The expansion improves the game by a) removing the easy win situation (cards/caravan) and b) introducing other new rules (take 2 cards, keep 1) and new cards. Improves game IMO. Up .2 (oh no, another (almost) 10)
2013-11-30
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Dimitris Vasiadis
Greece
Vari
Attiki GREECE
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9.2
Feb 2015
A great simple euro with nice components. Resembles pickomino considering the dice group mechanism. Lots of hidden strategies inside this little diamond!
2012-10-08
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George Falconer
Canada
Winnipeg
Manitoba
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9.1
Oct 2012
This is a beautiful, clever, fun and fast game. One of the smoothest introductions of a new game I can recall. The rules are writen very well, one smooth read and no confusion at all.
2012-10-21
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Arno van Mark

Düsseldorf
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9.1
Aug 2015
13€ ebay
2015-05-12
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Hank Drew
United States
Los Altos
CA
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9
Oct 2006*
Very quick and fun game. The dice are less random that you might think and are easily mitigated by using gold to buy extra dice. Nice over all package. Probably my favorite Ystari game at the moment.

Should be fun for gamers and casual gamers alike.
2006-10-23*
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Nick Fisk
United Kingdom
Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire
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9
Aug 2008*
Another excellent game from Ystari.

The two player game is also great, and lasts less than 30 minutes

2007-02-20*
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Russell Moll
United States
Cayuga
New York
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9
Oct 2006*
My best of Essen 2006.
2006-10-23*
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Jim Ginn
United States
Fishers
Indiana
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9
Dec 2010
Fast-playing game with good amount of tactical choices. Great use of dice in a board game.
2010-11-28
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Philippe Beaudoin
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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9
Jun 2007*
A lot of dice rolling, but a reasonable amount of luck. That's how I would sum up this game in one sentence. Naturally, you could get a lucky roll and score an insane amount of points, but this is usually rare. There are a number of strategic avenues and it's difficult to figure out the best path to victory so there is some replay value in there. It's always fun to roll a truckload of dice and this game makes you do that quite a bit. A keeper.
2007-06-19*
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Andrew Agard
United States
Ashland
Ohio
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9
Dec 2007*
I enjoy rolling handfuls of dice. This is a well designed game that is fun to play, doesn't last too long, and offers many choices.
2007-12-11*
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Daniel Szukalow
Canada
Burnaby
British Columbia
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9
Mar 2007*
11/28/06 - Ystari's games have all been hits for me so far. Essen games order.

The 2er game is very very good.
2007-03-05*
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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9
Dec 2006*
When my boys give a thumbs up to a game, its got to be a winner. Ystari strikes again!
2006-12-16*
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Tim Thomas
United States
Oceanside
California
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9
Jul 2007*
One of the best new games I have played in a while. The use of the dice for selecting actions produces just the right amount of randomness to keep the game from becoming too dry. It's easy to learn, plays quickly, and presents some tantalizing options on each turn. Update: can't get enough of it! Contemplating giving out my first ten in a while.
2007-07-21*
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