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Store:  Ding & Dent, Family Games
Genre:  Connection
Format:  Board Games

Dragon Delta

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Product Awards:  
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2001

Ages Play Time Players
8+ 45 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Roberto Fraga

Manufacturer(s): Eurogames Descartes USA

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Product Description

Each year on the delta of the Dragon River, there is a great competition among the bravest and strongest youths of the kingdom. They attempt to cross the river on fragile bridges built from planks and stones in order to reach a village on the opposite side. The first player to cross the delta is the victor, and wins a golden dragon statue from the King. However, in order to get across, contestants must carefully calculate their moves, negotiate past the maneuvers of their opponents, and avoid the dangerous obstacles presented by the dragons living in the water that give the delta its name.

On each turn, the players each choose 5 action cards from their hand. The cards are placed face down in front of them. Then, one by one, the cards are revealed simultaneously. Players then perform the actions (Place one or more stones, place one or more planks, move their pawn, remove a stone or plank). One of their 5 cards may be a dragon, which blocks the move of an opponent. The object is to be the first player to move their pawn to the village on the opposite shore.

Dragon Delta is a simple tactical game, that the whole family can enjoy. Its quick and easy rules require players to anticipate their opponents' moves and attempt to see through their bluffs. Fortunes in the game change dramatically, as player build and alter bridges, and cause fearsome dragons to slow down their opponents. More experienced players will be charmed by the beautiful components, and surprised by the depth and subtlety of the game.

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2001

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.4 in 7 reviews

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The gameplay is well balanced, people in last can still win
December 03, 2004

I've played this game about 15 times and I really enjoy it.

First, there is no dice roll. The only aspect of chance comes from the plays that your opponents make. As another reviewer pointed out, this game is not "strategic" in that you can't plan out five moves ahead as the board configuration will change greatly based upon the moves other players make.

The secret of a great evening is to subtly use the work of other players in accomplishing your goal.

In one game, we had a timid foreign student playing with us. For most the game she was dead last, but still won!

A Little Bit Disappointed
September 03, 2002

I played 'Drachen Delta' a few times because I translated the rules from German to Dutch. Well, I just couldn't get the hang of it. I first thought it could be compared to ROBO RALLY, but boy was I wrong! While the latter is a fine and fun game (I never got tired of it), the former is only a not very well succeeded replica of it. I personally think that it lacks a sort of enthusiasm. No one in our gaming group would give it another try. Perhaps because, like someone of our friends stated, it lacks a certain 'fluency'.

No to me it only gets three stars, and perhaps that's still half a star too much.

Simple And Fun
January 21, 2002

Dragon Delta is an enjoyable game as long as you don't take it too seriously. There is so much chaos built into the game, that when you win, it's really only because someone didn't plan to play a particular card at a particular step to thwart one of your moves.

The only strategic decision-making in the game is the pre-arranging of five action cards every round. But to call this 'strategic' is stretching it a little. Yes, you try to arrange the cards to avoid conflicts (or to deliberately interfere) with your opponents, but the arrangement is pretty much guesswork, especially with lots of players in the game.

On your turn you make tactical decisions about where to place stones or planks, which size plank to use, where to move your piece, or which stone/plank to remove, but the available options are limited and the best choice is often very clear.

This is not to say Dragon Delta is a bad game. On the contrary, it's great fun to play! You just need to accept the chaotic nature of the game and resign yourself to having a good time.

Even though it's mostly guesswork, pre-arranging your five action cards is lots of fun and gives you the opportunity to get sneaky on your opponents. The subsequent rolling out of the cards, one at a time, is also an exciting part of the game. On top of that, the components are very attractive, and the rules are so simple, that just about anyone can pick it up and play in a matter of minutes. Definitely recommended.

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