Ys: Merchant Princes Board Game
Pursue wealth and fame beyond the city walls of the City of Ys! Will you send your men to hunt the misty quays for those precious black gems? Or you may wish to seek the favours of the mighty who live in their high places? Will you use your network of brokers to speculate at the market, or in the shops of the City? The choice is yours, but the City is ruthless! (from the back of the box)
In Ys, the players are merchant princes. Each turn ships with gems land in the city's ports. Through shrewd placement of their brokers, players gain the ability to influence market prices, draw cards, and acquire gems. The object of the game is to obtain the largest amount of gold at the end and become the wealthiest merchant prince.
Ys is a game of bidding, wits, and double guessing that is tense and highly interactive. In order to win, you will have to be constantly thinking and out-bluffing your opponents. Think you have what it takes to be a merchant prince?
Ys comes with 56 cards (character, ship, and order cards), 1 map board depicting the City of Ys and its neighborhoods, 56 broker pieces (14 wooden cylinders of each color), 5 wooden markers (one of each color and a turn marker), 145 wooden cubes (representing gemstones / 30 of each color, 20 black, and 5 white), 4 screens, 56 stickers, and a rulebook.
Ys is a game for 2 to 4 players ages 12 and up. It plays in 45 to 90 minutes on the average.