In the Year of the Dragon
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Stefan Feld's 3rd game by Alea is Im Jahr des Drachen (In the Year of the Dragon).
Players take on the role of Chinese rulers around the year 1000. The game plays out in twelve rounds, with each round representing one month in a year that seems to go from bad to worse. Disease, drought, and attacks from the Mongols may claim lives, but make sure you have enough money to offer a tribute to the Emperor.
The game play is easier than it may appear. Every player has a set of "person" cards. Each round, you choose one action (most of which call on your workers' abilities) help you prepare for the months ahead. Then you play one person card, recruiting that person and placing him into one of your palaces. Each person brings different skills and abilities to help you ride out the year. (Farmers help you gain rice to survive a drought month, Tax Collectors raise money, etc.) At the end of each round, that month's event is triggered, which may cost you some of your workers, some money, or give you points.
Careful planning is the key to surviving "the year of the dragon," but survival alone may not win you the game.
Im Jahr des Drachen is number 12 in the Alea Big Box Series. Illustrations by Michael Menzel (Boxcover) and Harald Lieske. Playing time: 50-100 minutes, depending on the number of players.
- 2008: Spiel des Jahres Recommendation.
- http://www.mabiweb.com (turn based)
- http://www.silvermask.co.uk/dragon2.swf (Against AI's)
- Board Game Arena (real-time)
Category: Economic, Medieval
Time: 75 minutes
Designer: Stefan Feld
Artist: Harald Lieske, Michael Menzel
Family: Alea Big Box, Asian Theme, Country: China
Mechanics: Hand Management
Ages: 12 and up
Publisher: alea, Filosofia Édition, Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH, Rio Grande Games