Rating: 8.3 Very Good
Popularity:17
Difficulty:Medium
Year:2007
Players: 2-5 players
Playing time: 75-100 minutes
Age:12+

Created by: Stefan Feld, Harald Lieske, Michael Menzel

Published by: alea, Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH, Broadway Toys LTD

Alternate Names: L'Année du Dragon, En el Año del Dragón, Im Jahr des Drachen, W roku Smoka, 龍年

Description:

Stefan Feld's 3rd game by Alea is 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) to 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.

Prices:
Retail Price:$163
Amazon:$281
Expansions:
In the Year of the Dragon: The Great Wall of China & The Super Events
Treasure Chest
Awards:
Tric Trac Nominee 2008
Spiel des Jahres Recommended 2008
JoTa Best Light Board Game Nominee 2008
Japan Boardgame Prize Voters' Selection Nominee 2008
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