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16 December 2021
Michael Coe

🥔Small Fries Games W/ Dragon Land! 🥔

Ingredients for an epic adventure: dragons, unicorns, gems, and magic rings. Dragon Land has them all and more! @gamelyngames gifted me a copy of Dragon Land for review. It’s a beautiful set collection, roll and move game that’s fun for the whole family!
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In Dragon Land, each player takes on the role of 3 adventurers (in red, blue, and green) in the hope of collecting the most sets of treasure (1 egg and 1 gem in each of the 3 colours). On their turn, the player moves 2 of their adventurers – ideally towards volcanoes. If they land on 1, they may take all the gems in the active adventurer’s colour, 1 wild gem, or 1 egg (and special token). Sometimes there are special options too – like flying on a dragon or collecting a magic ring (rings are needed for gems to count at the end). There are also special tokens for cool abilities – like traveling along rivers or taking a gem of any colour. The game ends when the last egg is collected – the player with the most points wins!
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Dragon Land is suitable for 2-4 players aged 9+. My 6-year-old loves this game, so experienced younger gamers can definitely play this. (Bear in mind that it’s unlikely to have been safety tested for younger than 9.) It takes a while to set up and play (though you could force the end by focusing on eggs). Even though this is a roll and move, it’s certainly more strategy-based than luck. The dice only go as high as 4 so there isn’t much variation in rolls. I really like the sense of surprise you get when you reveal a token at a volcano. I also love the components, especially the dice tower, gems, and rings but I do find the board ambiguous – it’s not obvious which spaces lead to volcanoes. If you are looking for a family game that is fun for kids and adults, this is a great one to check out! (I even enjoy playing it without kids!)
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