Thursday, May 17, 2012

Drakon Board Game Review


I am a big fan of Runebound.  So, any game that is based in the Terrinoth universe (and has models that can be used in Runebound) tends to catch my attention.  This has been on my radar for a long time for a few reasons:

1. It has the models from Descent, which I owned once and then sold.
2. I had printed cards for the models to be used in Runebound - they can be found here
3. It is playable for 2 - 6 players
4. It is quick (30 min)
5. It is simple

The object of the game is for players to explore the Drakon's dungeon and be the first to find 10 gold. The Gold coins are of different values, 1, 2 & 3 and are drawn randomly.
The gameplay is simple with a turn consisting of laying a tile or moving your character one space.  What makes it interesting is that each of the tiles have varying entrance/exits and special rules that change the play every time.  As well, one the first 'dragon moves' tile is drawn, the Dragon enters the dungeon and is moved on following turns by the players to block or steal coins from the other players.
It doesn't take long to figure out that there is a lot of depth in this half hour game.  Enough to say this is better than your typical filler and when you add in the additional special rules for characters, this can be pretty tactical.

I am very happy with this little game and look forward to many plays as it is quick and fun.  There are some backstabby elements that may not work well with every group and the fantasy theme may not suit.  But, the tactical depth is surprising and the ever changing environment of the dungeon make this a real hit.

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