In a world where humans and dinosaurs coexisted for millenia you play as a tribal king who is leading an army to build a thriving kingdom. You decide if you can co-exist with other tribes to collect resources or start a war to plunder trophy, while also summon the dragon to attack the enemy's army — but do not forget that unraveling the mysteries of the Dragon Canyon is your ultimate goal.
The map tiles are placed out in a 4x4 grid randomly. Each player is giving 7 hero cards and a player board of their color. All hero decks contain the same cards and are numbered 0-6 with varied abilities. The goal of the game is to have the most victory points which you obtain from loot cards and building cards. You gather resources and map cards by placing your heroes on the board and keeping them hidden or revealing them to perform the varied actions on the card. You may also place a hero on dragon canyon to STOMP another opponent on the board which will prevent a player from using that hero. There is a lot going on through the five phases. If you're looking for a longer description of play I recommend this video.
The map tiles and resource tokens are nice and thick and I love the art style within the whole game. The character cards reminded me of 1980's anime style, while the map tiles reminded me of Machi Koro's are style.
On board game geek this game is given a weigh complexity rating of 2.00 and i have to tell you that's probably a little low. It's not that the game is complex to learn but there are so many decision you have to make that really effect your gameplay from turn to turn and depending on what your opponents do. For example, there is a bonus in the game if you are able to get 4 of your cards vertical, horizontal or diagonal. So on top of trying to balance your resources and build your buildings, attack and defend from opponents you also have this special bonus your trying to obtain but do it in such a way that your opponents don't prevent you from doing so. On BGG the game is uncategorized for good reason. The elements of the game may remind you of other games you have played, but it is definitely original and unlike any other game I have played before.
Find out more about the game here. Kickstarter Begins November 1st.
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