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December 24, 2014 / Jett

Yomi Kickstarter Unboxing

FullSizeRender(5)After months of anticipation, my Yomi Kickstarter package arrived in the mail just before Christmas! With the goodies enclosed being an expansion to a game I already love that won’t be available to the general public for months, and this being the first Kickstarter I’ve ever backed, my excitement levels are running pretty high right now. Let’s take a look at what’s in the box!

Just in case you’re wondering, I pledged at the $110 level of the Kickstarter campaign. Now that I have that out of the way, let’s look at the goods!

Yomi: Round 2The big box is Yomi: Round 2. Like Round 1, this is a starter set of sorts that comes with just enough to get you started.

Inside the box, you’ll get a rulebook, which I foolishly didn’t take a picture of. The big difference is that it features an updated rule change to how normal moves work, as well as instructions for new gameplay types, such as Triple Threat, 2v2 Tag Team, 2v1 Dramatic Battle or 1-player Training Mode.

Yomi Round 2Pictured above is the scoring board that comes with the set. It came as a bonus as part of the campaign meeting a stretch goal. Unlike the over-sized rubber playmats that came with complete 1st edition, this cardboard board is much smaller and there’s only one of them. On one hand, it’s a downgrade from the playmats, though they were admittedly overkill while adding a lot of size and cost to the box. Also, if you have the original playmats, they’re probably still in excellent condition and will still work going forward. This smaller board is about 5.5 x 8 inches, which still works for tracking health for two players while acting as a place to rest cards in play if you’re paranoid about your cards touching dirty tables.

FullSizeRender(7)Once you take out the board, you can see the four decks, scoring gems and the white knockdown token. In classic Yomi, there was no way of physically denoting when a player was knocked down, which did make that part of the game a bit confusing when players forgot that they were in that state. Having a special token designed to match the look of the game is a lot nicer than using a quarter or some other object to denote knockdown status. The token was also part of a stretch goal, which is another nice bonus.

FullSizeRender(8)Pictured here are the remaining six characters from the expansion. These characters currently aren’t available for sale, so I’m glad to have them early. In particular, I’m most excited to use Gwen Grayson, who is my favourite of the expansion characters to play as when I’m playing the PC game. She’s an offensive powerhouse, but she has low health and is constantly losing life after each turn, so you have to finish the fight fast when playing as her.

The trade-off here is that they come in individual packages and don’t fit into the Round 2 box. One of the higher levels of the Kickstarter did offer a new box that can house all 20 characters, though the price was too much for what I was willing to invest in at the time. Thankfully, you can buy the new box now off of the website, so I may do that later on. In the meantime, I may take out the plastic insert that holds everything together in the complete 1st edition so that I can keep all the cards in one box.

Yomi v2 cards and foil acesTo the left is a stack of revised cards from the original set. This part of the package was really important to me. Along the way, the original game got rebalanced, which meant some of the cards in the original set needed to be replaced to keep up with tournament play. However, I really can’t justify spending over $100 on buying new versions of the same 10 decks that I already own. Instead, this package includes new versions of the cards that got updates. I just need to swap these out with the old ones and I’m good.

On the right is another stretch goal bonus. These are limited edition foil ace cards that replace the standard ace cards in each of the 10 expansion decks. This is simply a cosmetic change, but boy they sure look pretty. I’d even consider purchasing the remaining foil aces just to complete the set.

Yomi Panda vs. G. PandaThe final piece of this package is Yomi: Panda vs. G.Panda. It comes with two decks of cards for battle that can also be used to fight the other characters. Panda is a stylistic redesign of Lum, who is a character from the original game. G.Panda, on the other hand, is an all-new character.

Yomi Panda vs. G.PandaAs you can see, these cards feature a very minimalist look. I personally prefer the traditional artwork of people doing karate moves, though it doesn’t functionally change how they work. Also, the card stock used is up to par with the others in the set, which means that these are on par with the highest quality playing cards I’ve ever used.

Yomi Full SetAdmittedly, there was a bit of a fumble in the shipping process between myself and the distributor. Thankfully, we were able to quickly sort things out and the customer service was excellent. I got everything I asked for, plus a bunch of sweet extras thanks to the stretch goals. As I’ve stated many times before, Yomi does an amazing job of translating the Street Fighter style of combat into a card game. There are other games in the board game space now that are also trying to emulate that experience, though I still think Yomi is hands-down the best one. Glad to have these goodies in my hands now and look forward to playing more Yomi!

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