Today, Days of Wonder announced Yamataï, a new board game, located in the legendary far eastern kingdom governed by the majestic Queen Himiko.
In Yamataï, players have to complete a delicate mission: build the most prestigious city of the kingdom! To accomplish this ambitious task, players transport various resources through the islands of the archipelago and collect Culture Tokens or raise buildings and monuments. Recruiting specialists and using their powers will constitute a decisive strategy for each builder to ultimately obtain Queen Himiko’s favors.
With straightforward rules and easy to learn gameplay, Yamataï will challenge players with critical tactical choices that complement an overall strategy. Choosing the right Fleet Tile in due time will be decisive to obtain resources and useful powers to surpass the other builders. The paths leading to victory are numerous and players will have to carefully observe each other’s actions to become the Master Builder of Yamataï.
“I greatly enjoyed working again on a game of the Five Tribes caliber,” says Bruno Cathala, co-author of the game with Marc Paquien. “For my first publication, I am particularly proud of the game we have achieved. Yamataï is very immersive and its tactical depth will surprise even experienced players.”
Yamataï is a game for 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up. A game lasts from 40 to 80 minutes. The box includes 1 lavishly illustrated game board, 4 player mats with meeples, 80 wooden boats carrying resources (bamboo, wood, stone, clay, gold), 10 Fleet Tiles, 28 Building Tiles (21 Standard Buildings and 7 Prestige Buildings, each represented with wooden figures), 7 Mountain Tiles, 34 Culture Tokens, 8 Sacred Ground tokens, 73 Coins, 24 Prestige Point Tokens, and 18 Specialist Tiles.