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June 28, 2020 1:56 am at 1:56 am #1876986
(This is not a critical or economic review of the game.)
Age: “7+” (I’d say older, and certainly if an adult isn’t going to be involved.)
Time: Not listed.
Number of players: Not listed. (Presumably 2-6, as 6 pawns are included.)
Price: $40 (technically 39.99) from the company’s website or most stores.
It’s based heavily on Monopoly, so I’ll just explain how it differs from it
(there are mechanical changes and an educational element is introduced).
You choose 1 of 4 victory conditions before each game. The winner is:
A:The last player not bankrupt.
B: The player with the most assets when any player goes bankrupt.
C: The player with most assets when the agreed-upon time limit is reached.
D: The first player to attain Reish Mesivta status (see below).
(The rules don’t mention bankruptcy anywhere but the section on winning,
which isn’t great.)
((First player is rolled for. I don’t know what the printed Monopoly rule is.))
Pass-Go income is doubled by landing directly on the Go equivalent
(this is not printed on the board, but it’s in the rules).
Players do not take another turn if they roll doubles.
If a player does not wish to buy a property, it is not auctioned.
You don’t need to own the full set a property belongs to before building on it.
Hotels follow 3 houses rather than 4.
The player whose turn it is can sell or trade their properties.
Properties do not need to be empty (no buildings) to transfer ownership.
Mortgaged buildings are redeemed for the same amount you get by
mortgaging them (not +10%).
There are multiple exchangeable currencies, as follows:
One moneh is 4 dinrei zahav / 100 dinrei kesef / 600 maah.
The latter 3 come in multiple denominations, resulting in a total of
about 13 bill types. An exchange rate table is provided in the rulebook.
(A 13-space money tray is not.) Prices can include multiple currencies.
The board is slightly smaller (36 spaces rather than 40).
There are 23 properties in various colors (with no railroad equivalents).
There are 2 “Go to Jail”-equivalent spaces along the sides.
One corner is the (new) Shuka (Marketplace), which forces you to auction one
of your properties*, and another is the (new-ish) Kupas Tamchin D’Oraysa,
where there is always at least 1 moneh which players can collect under certain
circumstances (such as passing it while having a very low asset total).
The 10%-or-flat-fee space equivalent is flat-fee-only, placed in KTD.
There is no Luxury Tax equivalent.
The Community Chest and Chance equivalents are “!” and “?” (3 of each).
! – Draw a ! card and resolve its effect. There are 40 ! cards. 26 of them send
the player to a particular space (usually with additional effects). Rent is not
paid if a player is sent to a property by a ! card.
? – Draw a ? card. These have an Aramaic word or phrase and 3 possible
translations. Guess the correct one (the Banker checks it in the rulebook).
If correct, gain 10 dinrei kesef; if not, lose 5. (There are 40 ? cards.)
The Jail equivalent is Yarchei Kallah (the implication is unfortunate, eh?).
If you land on either Zil Ul l’Yarchei Kallah space, go there and follow this
Next turn – Your turn is skipped.
The next turn – Draw a Yarchei Kallah card and attempt to answer the
multiple-choice question on it (the Banker checks it in the rulebook).
If correct, keep the card and take a normal turn; if not, put it under
the deck and skip this turn, but take your next turn normally.
(There are 25 YK cards. Eventually, your kids might know who the halacha
follows in a machlokes Rav v’Shmuel, where Rava was the Reish Mesivta, etc.,
as well as how the Gemara uses terms such as itmar, tanya, and l’olam.)
The Yarchei Kallah cards have a function.
If you have 2 YK cards and a Bei Knishta property, you gain Parnas status.
If you have 4 YK cards and 2 Yeshiva/Mesivta properties, you gain Reish
Mesivta status (as mentioned, this can be used as a victory condition).
There are reminder cards to take for your status, which list their benefits:
Parnas – Your pass-Go income increases to 3 dinrei zahav (from 50 dinrei
kesef, a 50% increase). You need only stay one turn in Yarchei Kallah.
RM: Your pass-Go income increases to 1 moneh. You do not pay rent for
Bei Knishta or Yeshiva/Mesivta properties. If you pass Kupas Tamchin
D’Oraysa, take whatever money is there.
Each colored region of the board (1-4 properties) is named for a place in
Bavel, and the properties are named for locations there (Sura includes
Yeshivas Sura, Shibvusei d’Rav, and Karna d’Ar’o.) Mechanically, this allows
for ! card effects such as “Pay X to each person in X.”
The region and property names are printed in Aramaic with English
translations for some. For example, regions and Yeshivas [Wherever]
aren’t translated, but Bei Vanei has “(Bathhouse)” after it. (The rulebook
also includes Aramaic terms, with a similar translation policy.)
Property cards list their Aggrasa, Agar Beisa, Agar diSrei Vatei,
D’mei Beisa, D’mei Ushpiza, etc.
The ! cards are often themed with halachos or circumstances found in the
Gemara, such as donating to Kimcha dePischa or your shor tam/mu’ad having
done damage. (Sources for 25 of them are listed in the back of the rulebook.)
It includes a felt-covered box insert with places for the different decks, the
pieces, and the money. (Scoop-edged wells in a non-hobby product? Nice.)
(You’ll probably have to mix some denominations for storage due to their
differing quantities.) The currency is paper, the cards are glossy, and the
box and board printed with something smooth that feels like my copy of
Charterstone (IIRC) but that I don’t know the name of.
The player pieces are plastic pawns. (Box says contains 8, should be 6.)
You can sign up for the “Bar Bei Rav” newsletter on the creators’ website
without buying the game.
*The starting price for a Shuka auction is the cost of the property and any
buildings on it. If no one bids for it, the owner keeps it. Some ! cards send
a player to the Shuka and force an auction a property of value X or higher.
I hope this has been useful or interesting.June 28, 2020 10:08 am at 10:08 am #1877318
I could not find a review anywhere. It seems to be more of a spoof, than an aid for gemara. Then I noticed it was published by Artscroll…………June 28, 2020 11:48 am at 11:48 am #1877339catch yourselfParticipant
I was curious about this game even though I never heard of it. Thanks!June 28, 2020 11:56 am at 11:56 am #1877354
Where do you usually go for reviews of Jewish games?
Are you sure it’s being published by ArtScroll and not just distributed by them?June 28, 2020 4:26 pm at 4:26 pm #1877458
I looked for reviews everywhere it is sold.
Good point. No info on who published it. Does it say anywhere on the package?June 28, 2020 5:14 pm at 5:14 pm #1877474DovidBTParticipant
This is apparently the game creator’s web site: bavli DOT orgJune 29, 2020 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm #1877681
So basically the comments sections of online Judaica stores…
Are those usually active (for any product)? I wouldn’t expect them to be.June 29, 2020 2:08 pm at 2:08 pm #1877710
Thank you, not a lot there. No reviews (yet) either.June 29, 2020 2:26 pm at 2:26 pm #1877715
Using Google, I found people asking about it with no answers. And a six word review on Amazon.
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