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Game Components

  • 110 Card
  • Rules


From the set of 110 cards remove the 30 cards with the Expert Rules icon () in the bottom right corner of the card. Shuffle the remaining 80 cards and place the deck in the middle of the table where every player can reach it.

Object of the Game

Collect cards to score as many points as you can.

Game Play

The game proceeds in the following order:

  • Stage 1) 1st draft Stage 2) Play cards in hand
  • Stage 3) 2nd draft Stage 4) Play cards in hand
  • Stage 5) 3rd draft Stage 6) Play cards in hand
  • Stage 7) 4th draft Stage 8) Play cards in hand
  • Stage 9) Calculate points


Drafting follows these five steps:

  1. Deal five cards to each player face down from the draw pile.

  2. When the dealer gives the signal, each player picks up his or her cards and chooses one of them.

  3. Each player places the card they have chosen face down in front of them.

  4. Each player then passes the remaining cards in their hand to the player next to them. For Stages 1 and 5 pass to your left, and for Stages 3 and 7 pass to your right.

  5. Repeat steps 2) through 5) until no one has any more cards in hand. You are allowed to look at the cards you have chosen at any time.

Playing your cards

After the first draft is complete you will have 5 cards in front of you. You may play 3 of these, one at a time.

Play your cards in the following manner:

  1. Choose one card from your hand and place it on the table face down.

  2. Once all players have placed their chosen cards face down, everyone turns their chosen card face up.

  3. Look at the face up cards and apply any effects they might have. Effects are explained in Applying Effects below.

Repeat steps 1) through 3) three times. Each player should have three used cards in front of them and two unused cards still in their hand. Each player then places their two unused cards face down in the discard pile. Players are not allowed to look at the cards in the discard pile.

Every time you finish using the cards in your hand, you should have three more cards in front of you. So after Stage 2 you have 3 cards, after Stage 4 you have 6 cards, after Stage 6 you have 9 cards, and after Stage 8 you have 12 cards on the table in front of you.

Applying Effects

Some cards have effects that are generated when they are turned face up for the first time. In the Basic Rules these effects, and the order of applying them, are Unflip Flip.

  1. Who gets affected - YOU = the person who played the card, ALL = every player.

  2. Which effect - UNFLIP = turn a face down card face up, FLIP = turn a face up card face down.

  3. How many - UNFLIP or FLIP this many cards.

  4. Which cards - This shows you which faction is affected. Cards targeting specific factions are applied before cards targeting non-specific factions.

So in the example on the previous page, the person who played the card would have to flip one of their own face up Dragonvale cards face down.

Unflip and Flip affect the card that generates the effect as well.

Example: Player A plays a Dragon's Lair, which has the effect - YOU FLIP ONE DRAGONVALE CARD. Player A also has a Sky-Dance Dragon face up in front of him. Because Dragon's Lair and Sky-Dance Dragon are both Dragonvale cards Player A must choose which one to FLIP face down.

If multiple Unflip and Flip effects are revealed at the same time apply as many of them as possible doing all Unflip effects first then all Flip effects. In each application of effects, apply effects that target specific factions prior to those targeting non-specific factions.

If a player has no cards of the category that is affected, they can ignore the effect. You may look at any of the face down cards in front of you at any time, but not the face down cards of other players.

End of the game

When the 4th draft (Stage 7) is finished and all cards have been played (Stage 8), it is time to calculate points (Stage 9).

Each player adds up the points from their face up cards. Cards with variable values equal the number of designated cards in front of you.

Example 2: At the end of the game you have 4 Homesteaders cards in play. Since = the number of your Homesteaders cards, each is worth 4 points.

Some cards have the Friends icon shown at left. Cards that have the Friends icon will also have the name of the card it works in conjunction with.

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