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Justin
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$45 is a little overwhelming but i really like the look and the reviews are good. can anybody convince me it's worth it?
 
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I've only dabbled in the game since I got it a couple weeks ago. I won't make a formal review until I've played quite a bit more.

The game is very interesting. I bought it almost on first sight just from the way it looks. The rules are fairly well done (see my comments on BGG Ys page for my changes to black gem rules), but the rulebook itself should have been layed out differently. The board is nice quality, except for the scoring track. The wooden pieces are not bad, but considering that they must be indistinguishable during play (if face down), they really needed to be painted better (same problem as Columbia block games). The ceramic gems, although better than average pieces, were disappointing to me. They are dirty and scratched on 1 side, and not all the same shape and thickness. Lastly, the box has no insert, so all the stuff just gets dumped in there (see Mayfair's T&E).

Positives: The game is good. If you want to play it and support a promising new company, go ahead. Read the online rules to see how the game plays.

Negatives: The game is not physically worth the cost. From a large publisher, it might only be $35 with an insert.
 
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If you like bluffing or blind bidding games, this is a pretty good one. It has an interesting bidding mech, in that half of your bigging information is known, the other half is hidden(bluff). It's a solid game, where you can take several paths to victory. It is very math intensive, and can lead to a bit of analysis paralysis with the wrong people. All progression of each player is open, so you can see where you stand, which sometimes makes AP even worse in games. I liked it, the components are good, it's a limited run, a brain burner, and it's fun.

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William (Andy) Anderson
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Save a few bucks...
I've played Y's and it's a darn good game. Looking at your games owned list I see you don't have Princes of Florence, Power Grid and Maharaja which all cost about half of what Y's costs, and are just as good if not better. Take care.
 
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i enjoy power grid but don't feel the need to buy it because a friend owns it. played princes of florence and didn't really like it, amun-re does for me what i get out of that game much better. maharaja is a little on the ugly side so i haven't looked to deeply into picking it up. maybe i'll look more into that one.
 
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I was initially interested in Ys, but decided to go with Aladdin's Dragons instead. It's substantially cheaper, with a similar mechanic and better integrated theme. I know they aren't exactly the same, but they have quite a few similarities. Just read the AD page and see if it sounds interesting to you.

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Me too
I am in the same boat, but now I am thinking about picking up WoTR instead sauron
 
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I am in the same boat, but now I am thinking about picking up WoTR instead sauron



WoTR and Ys are on opposite ends of the spectrum of gaming there, two entirely different games.
 
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J C Lawrence
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While not a bad game, Ys certainly isn't a great game. The blind bidding is semi-informed. which is at least better than straight blind bidding, but it _is_ still blind bidding if you don't like that sort of thing (and I don't). The game is also a bit under-developed. In particular the gem value market mechanic tends to (an is easy to) degenerate, especially in a three player game, thus moving all the real activity to the city and making the blind bidding problem even worse.

Ys is a credible first publication from a new designer and develoment team. That doesn't make it worth the premium prices currently being charged for it. If you're interested in small print run new designer games City & Guilds (released at Essen 2004) is a cheaper and more interesting choice.
 
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I guess Aladdin's Dragons is also published by a US based firm. Due to the current exchange rate (and the fact that Aladdin's Dragons goes OOP in at least the Netherlands), makes that Ys is substantially more expensive in the US. In Europe Ys and Aladdin's Dragons go for €31 and €34 respectively, although Aladdin's Dragons can currently be bought for €20 or less.
 
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Nate Sandall
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I took a pass on Ys because I have and love Aladdin's Dragons and basically decided that from what I read I didn't want a game that works much the same but not quite as well.
 
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