The Dragon Castle -the most ancient and important center of power in the Realm- is in decline. Its power and influence have been fading for decades, but now that it has lost the favor of the mighty Eldest Dragon, the people are abandoning the city in search of a new home where they can live a long and prosperous life. And you, the lords of the nearby realms, are more than eager to welcome them!
Dragon Castle is a game for 2 to 4 players by Lorenzo Silva (Dungeon Fighter, Steam Park, Potion Explosion), Hjalmar Hach (Hall of Fame, Photosynthesis) and Luca Ricci (The Vampire, the Elf and the Cthulhu), and illustrated by Cinyee Chiu. It is freely inspired by the traditional Chinese game, Mahjong. During your turn, you will take a pair of identical tiles from the central 'castle' (known as the Dragon Castle) and place them on your own Realm board to build your own castle.
Every time you create a set of tiles of the same kind, you will consolidate them: i.e., flip them face down. This will earn you Victory Points; the bigger the set, the more points you'll obtain. When you Consolidate a set, you may also build Shrines on top of the Consolidated tiles: Shrines allow you to score more points, but they also limit your building options.
You may also take advantage of the available Spirit card and its game-changing powers but this will cost you tiles or Shrines! Finally, don't forget to check the Dragon card in play, and to follow its building requirements to score bonus points. When the Dragon Castle has been reduced to only one floor, the end of the game is triggered. After one final round, the player with the most points is the lord of the new Dragon Castle and the winner of the game!
Mechanics in this beautiful game include pattern building and recognition and tile placement. Perfect for family or game night - Dragon Castle is sure to be a group favorite!
Recommended Age: 8+
Playtime in minutes: 45