Dia de los Muertos (2000)

Average Rating: 6.66/10
Board Game Rank: 2181
Abstract Game Rank: 111
Strategy Game Rank: 864
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Year Published
2000
# of Players
3 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
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10 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Dia de los Muertos
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4 Dragons
Four Dragons
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From the designer Frank Branham: A 4 player partnership trick taking game themed around the Mexican Day of the Dead. (A particular favorite holiday of ours, as Sandi and I were married on that day in Marietta Confederate Cemetery.) It is short (about 30 minutes), and rather brain bending.

Dia De Los Muertos (Days Of The Dead) is played over three days as you send animals, then children, then adults on to the afterlife. It is a basic trick taking game, except that most cards have an action with them. You play as a partnership, and if your side wins scoring cards (the dead or food), you exchange a card with your opponent. Other cards allow swaps between partners, asking a question, cancelling other cards and so on.

The first time you play, there's a lot of checking the rules, checking the crib sheet, remembering if you exchange cards. You spend more time figuring the game than playing the tricks. But after a couple of hands, it makes sense and you switch to game-playing mode. And here's where it pays. If you enjoy Bridge, can figure out what you partner signals when they swap a card, can read the deck based on what's been played, you will really enjoy Dia De Loa Muertos. If you don't like Bridge, or can't figure trick-taking games anyway, steer well clear. Rather brain-bending it is.

The original game has nice native graphics of the dead abroad and has a variant for 3 players. The re-issue as Four Dragons has an oriental theme.

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Four Dragons
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Jolly Roger edition
Publisher: Jolly Roger Games
Artist: Jacob Elijah Walker
Year: 2004
Product Code: JOL 201
Size: 5.30 x 7.30 x 1.80 inches
0.50 pounds
English, German
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Sacred Chao edition
Publisher: Sacred Chao Games
Artist: Sandi West
Year: 2000
Size: 2-deck card box (e.g. Coloretto)
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0 Dia de los Muertos Korean Rulebook
Dia de los Muertos rules in Korean.
Korean
2010-09-24
0 4 Dragons Cartas Ayuda Español.jpg
2 cartas ayuda grandes - 2 aid cards big size x Manolo Vila
2006-06-06
1 Four Dragons Español.pdf
Reglas en Español - Spanish Rules x Manolo Vila
2006-06-04
2 Four Dragon.doc
Rule summary for new players-print one per player
2005-05-01
1 Four Dragon.doc
Rule summary for new players-print one per player
2005-05-01
0 Dia_de_Los_Muertos_Rules_BIG5.txt
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2004-11-15
3 muertos.pdf
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0 Muertosdeu.pdf
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Board Game Rank: 2181
Abstract Game Rank: 111
Strategy Game Rank: 864
Num Ratings: 366
Average Rating: 6.66
Standard Deviation: 1.35
Num Views: 55397
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.4
Fans: 2
Personal Comments: 221
Users Owning: 645
Users Wanting: 41
Users Trading: 38 [find trade matches]
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