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nick fury
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Yamatia first play through


WHAT IS YAMATAI LIKE:

First thought, Gorgeous! The colors and components just catch the eye and pop. This is a game that when setup will catch the attention of those around, just simply beautiful.
Placing boats to create supply lines around the islands across the board is the main objective of the game. Each boat represents a good such as bamboo, wood, clay, stone and gold.

On your turn you choose one of the five fleet tiles at the bottom of the board and get the boats pictured on the tile you can also purchase on addition boar per round, cost per boat is shown the the player tile. Some fleet tiles will also give you special powers for that round as well as determine your turn order in the next round.
Boat placement is simple and there are only two rules to follow:
Your boat of any color can be placed on the port of entry on the left of the board

You can place any boat adjacent to another already placed boat as long as they are of the same color.
Once you have placed the boats you can construct buildings. Building is accomplished by using one of the available face up building tiles on the side of the board, which are purchased by having boats of the correct number and colors surrounding an empty island. You can also collect culture tokens instead of building a building. Culture tokens are spread through out the island and must be taken before a building can be built.
Culture tokens allow you to purchase specialist that will give you both prestige points toward victory and bonus abilities used during the game.
Those are the basic mechanics and I will not go into length on the rules to keep this short.

WHO IS THE GAME FOR:

This is a Euro style resource management and area control game.
Some luck is involved, mainly having to do with turn order and tiles available.

For Advanced strategy gamers, who like games with multiple paths of victory
can be cause to analysis paralysis
not for beginners

QUALITY OF COMPONENTS:

As expected from Days of wonder, components are high quality.
beautiful wood, heavy cardboard, nice card stock

PROS:

the components are top notch, all cardboard is made on thick cardboard stock and the tokens for the buildings and boats are made of wood, painted with a high lacquer paint.

CONS:

Player mats, made on very thin shiny paper. Not sure why they are not the same cardboard stock as the rest of the components and seems a odd choice for a game so well crafted.
Boat colors on the building cards. It is really hard to distinguish the color of the boats on the building tiles, especially the black and brown that look almost identical. This would be a problem for someone who is colorblind. It is still difficult for a non colorblind person to distinguish the two colors.

TIME: 40 - 80 MIN.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-4
AGE 13+

DIFFICULTY:

This is a medium weight turn order strategy game with several paths to victory, which can cause analysis paralysis. Rules are not difficult to learn, and are easy to teach.
You can plan several strategies ahead of your turn, especially later in the game. However, keep in mind that you will need to change strategies in response to opponents moves.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Yamatia is at its heart a resource management game area control game, with its deep strategy and multiple paths to victory this game should have infinite replayability as strategies will be changing from game to game.

The game rules are pretty straight forward and easy to learn and can be taught in about 10 to 15 minutes. I enjoyed playing this game as the strategist in me was engaged the entire time. Planing routes for your boats is fun but other opponents can disrupt your strategy, so quick thinking on your part for new routes is a must.
If you are into resource management, area control, setting up routes and strategy then this game is for you. However, analysis paralysis is of concern, especially for novice players, which I would not recommend this for them.

The boat colors on the the building cards is also of concern, especially for colorblind people, so this is not a good game choice for them. The bold colors of the game itself maybe off putting for some people, so keep that in mind

overall, Yamatia is a solid game that will get plenty of replay at our house
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The player mats are fine. I would not say it is very thin paper; it is actually thick for paper but thin for cardboard. It is the same stock used to print photos. The heavy gloss finish will keep them in good condition despite the thin (though high quality) stock. To be honest, the player mats are probably less prone to scuffing than thicker cardboard mats would be and will actually last longer. It is an odd thing that BGGers are so obsessed with thickness.

Also, if DoW had decided to use thick stock for the mats, it would have required a bigger box which I would not have been in favor of.
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Good Point David
 
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