Yokohama board game
Yokohama board game


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Once Yokohama was just a fishing village, but now at the beginning of the Meiji era it's becoming a harbor open to foreign countries and one of the leading trade cities of Japan. As a result, many Japanese products such as copper and raw silk are collected in Yokohama for export to other countries. At the same time, the city is starting to incorporate foreign technology and culture, with even the streets becoming more modernized. In the shadow of this development was the presence of many Yokohama merchants. In YOKOHAMA, each player is a merchant in the Meiji period, trying to gain fame from a successful business, and to do so they need to build a store, broaden their sales channels, learn a variety of techniques, and (of course) respond to trade orders from abroad.

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  • Gets better each time I play it.
  • A route optimization game in the vein of Istanbul. Planning a few steps ahead is always a good idea; You need to find your personal route engine and then exploit it as much as you can.
  • Rating based on 1st play.
  • April 2017. Kickstarted deluxe edition in July, 2016. Due March 2017. Unfortunately, won't have bilingual cards. ***Delivered in April 2017)

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I've only played #Tiny Towns once but it's a memorable one for sure, love the spatial puzzle of it. I'm just not sure how my wife or my parents would feel about it. #Yokohama at first seems like a LOT to take in!

Great topic! I played a few new games and some repeats.   None of these games are bad games and likely my ranking would fluctuate quite a bit over time.

  1. #Yokohama - One of my all time favourites.  It's been a while since we played it but it really clicked for me this time.  I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to our next game!
  2. #Lisboa - I play a lot of heavy games without issue but man this one has a lot going on.  I want to play it again soon because the rules investment is heavy so we should get a couple of plays out of it and I also felt that I didn't grasp the full view of the game until a few rounds in to it.  I can do better!  On the other hand I am not fully convinced that all of the complexity makes it a great game or just busy.  More plays will be required.  I think it ranks higher than the other 3 because of the intrigue to the game.  
  3. #Tiny Towns - Love this game!  I got the free promo cards for it so gave it a couple of solo runs.  Just a great game to toss on the table when you have a spare hour at the end of the night.
  4. #Villagers - Played this one online several times and I really enjoy it!  Another one you can rattle a game off under an hour once you learn the rules.  Tiny towns is a bit thinkier and I enjoy the spatial aspect which put it slightly over this one.
  5. #Vinhos - This one was a couple of weeks ago.  I enjoyed it as well but it didn't grab me as much as some of his other games.  Still good but time to fun ratio puts it a bit behind the others.

Interesting doing a comparison only among the 5 games rather than considering all games.  Sort of makes things a bit clearer to compare.

Just two games this week but two big ones:

  • #Yokohama (boardgamearena, multiplayer): I've played this one a few times before and own it physically, Great game!  Unfortunately this was in beta on their site and we hit a bug with 2 turns to go and couldn't quite finish the game. :(  It felt like my best game of Yokohama ever for me.  Still, I quite enjoyed it as always!
  • #Lisboa (Tabletopia, multiplayer): My first game of this one.  I think the instruction video I watched the day previously confused me more than the game itself.  There is a TON of stuff going on in this game.  It's an intriguing puzzle.  I'm not fully convinced that there isn't some complexity in there simply for complexities sake but we enjoyed it enough that we are going to play it again next weekend.  (That and the learning investment is pretty big so we wanted to capitalize on it now while we have it fresh in our heads!) 

Not as many games but still a lot of fun.


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