Overall Rating: 10/10
GLAM Age Range: 8-Adult
Number of Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 20-30 min
Available At: Amazon.com
Quick Take: Follow-up to the very popular game Dragonwood, we were very excited to try out this game. Instead of collecting creatures, you're competing with other players in order to collect location cards. You still have special powers you can use and there are treasure stealing goblins to watch out for! Dragonrealm preserves many of the elements that made the original so fun while incorporating more advanced and strategic gameplay. This came along at just the right time for our child who was obsessed with Dragonwood last year and is now ready for more complex games. He's a big fan and so are we - this is a great choice for a family game night with older kids or for a game night with adults.
How to Play: Collect the most coins to win the game. You do this by having your adventurer meeples collect adventurer cards which they use to roll dice and then claim spots on location cards. If your roll fails, you send a meeple to Adventurer Academy and they can be used as an extra point on a future dice roll. There is a 1st and 2nd place coin prize on each location card for whoever fills in the most spots on the card. But you have to watch out for goblin cards, which are placed within the adventurer deck and when one is flipped up a goblin character takes a spot designated by its card. The game ends when the dragon location spot is filled. There is a five coin bonus for whoever has collected the most dragonstones, which are pictured on the bottom of location cards. Count up your coins and see who has won the game! The game itself is quite simple, there are intricacies of play including enhancement cards and the specifics of how coins are awarded which are discussed in detail in the video above.
Variations: The main variant in gameplay is flipping over the Adventurer Academy card and instead of using the meeples that land there for a bonus point on future dice rolls, they can be used to purchase additional enhancement cards.