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One of the very best abstract strategy games
on April 19, 2011
Yinsh is an abstract strategy game in a series of games called the GIPF project. They were all designed by Kris Burm. The games in the series include Gipf,Zertz,Dvonn,Punct,Tzaar Board Game, and Tamsk. I personally own them all. By many estimations including mine and the website [...](a database of board games) this is considered the best in the group. What makes this stand out? It is an incredible game that has very simple rules. The object of the game is to achieve 3 lines of 5 in a row of your color before your opponent.
There are 2 types of playing pieces on a very geometrical board. One is a ring of which each player has 5 of their color. The other type is disks with black on one side and white on the other similar to Othello. The game begins by placing the rings on the board then during the game the disks are placed inside the ring with the player's color up. The ring is then moved along one of the lines on the game board. As the ring moves each disk that it passes over then is flipped regardless of what side is up. When 5 in a row is formed of either color that row of disks is removed from the board and the player whose color is removed also has to remove a ring. Thus as each side gets closer to winning the they also become weaker with fewer moves that they can make because they have fewer rings.
This is the game we break out when we want to think. The pieces are of very good quality bakelite and have a good weighted feel to them. The box is very sturdy as is the board.
The concept is spectacular and my wife and I have played this more times than we care to count. I find it extremely enjoyable and we can typically play a game in about 30 minutes. It is only a two player game.