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Iron Dragon takes railroading games where they have never gone before -- to a land filled with elves, cat-people, trolls and magic. Genetically engineered dragons pull trains across dangerous and unexplored territory. Connect cities, fight off forest creatures, and explore the underground to build a railroad empire.
Based on the Empire Builder system, this fantasy game puts classic building strategy and money management tools in a new venue. Players use erasable crayons on a special board and operate a rail empire. Perfect for an evening of fun and adventure with family and friends.
Players take turns spending cash building railroad lines between cities in this fantasy world by drawing directly on the specially-coated board with special crayons (though I prefer dry-erase markers). The spots on the board (mileposts) can be of several types including desert, forest, jungle, mountain, and alpine, all of which have a different cost to build through depending on the race of your foreman. This is another nice feature over the other crayon games. Now players must decide whether to spend their money either building track, replacing their foreman, or upgrading to faster trains or ones with more carrying capacity. Players then move their trains on their tracks (or their opponents', for a price) to pick up cargo at one city and deliver it to another for the payoff on one of three demand cards. Interspersed with the deck of demand cards are some devilish random event cards such as floods that can wipe out portions of your track or cause you to lose the cargo on your train. The first player to connect to seven of the eight major cities and accumulate $250 wins.
Whether or not you are familiar with Mayfair's other RR crayon games (Empire Builder/Eurorails), this is the one to get, except maybe for younger players. The abundant terrain types, foremen, and special modes of transportation such as the underground, ship movement, and magical connections between cities greatly enhance the strategy of the system and set this game apart from the others.
I enjoy Iron dragon. it is a fun game ment for several players. You try to deliver the most cargo in the shortest route, while upgrading you locomotive and beating everyone else. this is a game that requires a lot of thought, but will pay off if done right. A good game night game.
I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about a 'fantasy' rail game, being one who usually keeps fantasy games at arms length.
However, I have found Iron Dragon to be a very chellenging crayon-rail game, with several more options, and hence, more decisions and a little more player interaction than other crayon-rails. The reviews below have captured these additions well, so I won't repeat them here.
But I do recommend Iron Dragon to all gamers who don't mind devoting 3-4 hours to game play, and especially railroading fans. Don't let the fantasy theme scare you off; this game is an excellent railroad game.
If you're a railroading fan, this game is 5-stars.