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Ta Yü
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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Ta Yü
Theme:  Oriental
Genre:  Connection
Format:  Board Games, Placement / Tile-Laying Games

Ta Yü

English language edition

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Product Awards:  
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 1999

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 30-45 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Nicolas Neuwahl

Manufacturer(s): Kosmos, Rio Grande Games

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Product Description

Ta Y is a legendary Chinese hero who saved the Realm of the Middle from a flood by creating a multiplicity of channels and diverting the torrent to a distant sea. In this game, the players strive to channel water from their lands by skillful placement of water stones that represent channels for the water. The winner is the player who creates the most effective network of channels connecting both his sides of the board to the distant sea, thus diverting more water from his lands than the other player.

The game plays naturally with two or with four as two partnerships. With three, one player takes the role of the torrent, working to keep the others from creating sufficient channels to divert the deluge and save their lands.

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 1999

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Nicolas Neuwahl

  • Manufacturer(s): Kosmos, Rio Grande Games

  • Artist(s): Claus Stephan

  • Year: 1999

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 30 - 45 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 1,650 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.


  • 1 game board
  • 112 playing pieces
  • 1 cloth bag
  • rules

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 5 in 1 review

by Wendy
A solid five star game!
September 08, 2004

I was recently lucky to find an english version of this gorgeous game for $48 and it was money well spent.

The game board is attractive with it's dragon art work on the fringe of the play area and the oblong shaped tiles are of excellent quality in heavy smooth plastic.

The game plays well for two players. I have not played with anymore and by reading the rules, I don't think the 4 player version would appeal to me because it's basically a partnership game so if your partner doesn't see the best move for the two of you, you're hooped along with him and there's no table talk! (Hate it when that happens, don't play 4 player Sequence for that issue).

This is the most unique tile laying game I've ever played, yet it's so simple, it becomes addictive. One game leads to more and more. The winner is usually not evident until the last tile is played and after a lot of tension is built up between opponents.

If you're a fan of this genre of game, find this one and get it, if you can. Pleasure awaits!

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