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M Jenkins
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So I keep wanting to check out Hanabi because it looks interesting, people seem to like it, and it's fairly inexpensive. I've also seen that a deluxe version of Hanabi exists. Do you think it's worth the extra money or should I just stick with the card version? Thanks!
 
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Paul DeStefano
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I like holding the cards.
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Michael Berg
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I have the card version and it works great. The tiles look nice, and it is a bit easier to "mark" a tile as you can change the position/side it is laying on, versus trying to hold cards every which way. From what I've seen the tiles show wear just as much as cards do, which is a potential problem with Hanabi if you are playing it a lot. There are also some visibility issues with the tiles, whereas the cards are easy to read.

IMO, unless you like the tactile experience of tiles, theres no reason to spend the extra money.
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I really dislike playing this game with cards. I like the feeling of the tiles.
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I love both of these games and have both copies. If I had to recommend one, I would, without reservation, say you should get the card verson of the game. If you sleeve your copy of the card version you are pretty much set. I got the deluxe version because I love the game, but we have played so many games with the cards that we are actually a little worse at it with the tiles. We have discussed this and thing that, for us, it is something to do with *holding* the cards. The physical connection helps us or something. Sure you develop a sweet claw hand when you are holding your cards so that you can keep everything straight, but it works perfectly fine. The cheaper price point is also a fancy bonus. If you are unsure if you will like the game, it is a great way to get a copy.

The tile version is fantastic, I have a couple small complaints about it, but nothing that should disuade you from getting it.

Get the card version, if you love it and want to upgrade to deluxe, give your card version to someone so they can love the game too. Or do what I did and keep both so that one version stays at home and one travels with me.
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Cards:
+ Portable
- Often forget to draw 'away' from you

Tiles:
+ Tactile Feeling
- Still has that "brand new smell" (not a compliment)
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I'm another one who has both versions, and I prefer the tiles for the ease of play. I find it is easier to note information by shifting the tiles than it is using cards in hand, but I admit sometimes it is fun to see the crazy card contortions lol.

Short list/comparison -
* I find both are OK as far as visibility.
* The card version may show wear a little faster, but the tile version will show wear after a while as well. Not enough for us to really notice, but after a long time, might be worse. I'm probably around 50 or so plays with the tiles and 1 has a scratch that if you look at it juuusssst right, you can see it. meh.
* msrp $10 vs msrp $50. If you want to try it out and aren't sure about the game, cards are a great way to decide if you like the concept.
* The card version wins on portability, though the tiles aren't a pain to transport. However, few things can beat a small deck of cards for literally being pocket sized.

The odd thing I've noticed is that while I've not had people say they disliked the game, some folks who were lukewarm when we played the card version raved about the tile one when I got them to try it again.

I'm with Chris, I've got both and love 'em but go with the card version first. It's a super cheap option to start and you can decide if you want to go bigger later.
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I'll start out by saying I don't care for this game so my comment is only in regards to the mahjong style tiles vs cards.

A group of people where I work love this game and play often during lunch with the deluxe version. I think one of the main advantages of the tiles for them is they can play outside, windy or not, using one hand while eating wit the other. I personally love those style tiles and have Lectio mostly to use as other games when I can. So in conclusion if you don't plan on playing outside, don't care if you need both hands and don't covet the awesome tiles you may as well go with the cards. Personally if I liked the game and had the extra cash to spend I would go with the tiles just because I love those types of tiles for the feel, as eye candy and for the functionality.
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The deluxe version cost more and has that forever smell to it. In terms of playing though, Deluxe version >>> card version.
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I have played both. While the Deluxe version costs considerably more, I feel it plays a lot better. The cards feel awkward to use (not looking at them and trying to show everyone else), while lining up the tiles feels more natural.
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Pieces free-up a hand to play with my phone
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Dave K
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I'd go for the R&R deluxe version. The tiles in it aren't engraved, or so I hear, but they are much brighter than the German deluxe edition. The price for it online is quite affordable too.

The cards are fine but are likely to bend after a few plays if anyone has sweaty hands, as you have to hold them for long periods in big games.
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I have both, as this is one of my favorite games. I vastly prefer the tiles, but wind up playing with the cards most of the time--they are just more portable and easier to break out and set up. So I would probably recommend starting with the cards to make sure you like the game. The tiles are better IMHO, but the cards work perfectly well.
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I have found that Hanabi deluxe to be easier to play and looks alot better on the table. Enjoy
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If you can afford it and expect to like the game I'd go with the deluxe version. Less awkward to play, easier to keep track of what people told you, nice tactile sensation, more attractive...

I have the card game already and don't really play it but I'm still tempted by the deluxe version on occasion.
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Rahul Chandra
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I like shuffling cards a lot more than shuffling tiles, and the small size of the card version means it's always in my game bag.
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Thanks for the input everyone!
 
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I only have the card game, but I will just offer an opinion on the game.... I don't think it has much replay value. We played 2 games so far, and I don't think we will play again for at least a few months. I could see it getting very stale quickly.

But for $10, I guess it is fine.
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