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Alan Kwan
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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10
Feb 2013
While this is a simple pick-up-and-collect-things game, it is a well-calculated Knizia design. The game is simple and straightforward, but Dr. Knizia has calculated everything well so that even adults will find plenty of interesting decisions in the game. The faces on the two dice, the path lengths and the rivers between the volcanoes, the number of diamonds vs. other gems and eggs, the types and numbers of the tokens (with a random token secretly discarded during set-up), ... everything goes together well to make this a substantial game despite the apparent simplicity; everything is not randomly thrown-in but rather optimized to give us a good Knizia game. Do I take a diamond, two colored gems, or the egg plus the token? Do I sit on a perimeter volcano and collect treasures there, or do I move on and try to get to the richer center volcanoes sooner? Do I get the rings first to end all worries, or do I race for the gems first and hope to get the rings before the game ends? (The gems are first-come-first-get, while the rings are essential but always available at the specified volcanoes.) Give the same concepts to any other designer, and you'll probably have a children's-only game which is boring for adults, but Knizia has made a game which is interesting for both adults and children. I have played this game many times, and am still willing to play again any time. The only drawback, if we may call it such, is that, for a family game, the adult or skilled player/gamer may win too often!
2005-05-03*
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Carol Jones
United States
Maryland
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10
Mar 2008*
It plays equally well with kids and adults, and can be quite the brain-burner if you take it seriously. The set up is random, so the play changes every game. Beautiful game board and bits. No reading necessary, but in order to appreciate it, probably should be elementary school aged and above.
2013-02-05
Owned
ROBIN O.
United States
New York
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Jun 2012
Owned
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10
Aug 2013
Fun.
2013-07-04
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CrazyCatLady
United States
Pennsylvania
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May 2015
Owned
Ronald Carlson
United States
Austin
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9.5
May 2015
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Robert Patton
United States
Manassas
Virginia
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9
Jul 2002*
We have the English Rio Grande "Dragonland" version. What a wonderful game. Simple enough for the kids to play, and yet can be complex if adults play the game. The kiddy dragon theme may leave some to take this game lightly, but it is not so. The depth of strategy and the number of choices available each turn, the player screens that hide what each player has collected and the special use tokens make for more complex play than at first glance. This one should not be ignored if you like competitive "set collection" games. Definite replay value.
2002-07-27*
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howl hollow howl
United States
Hillsboro
Oregon
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9
May 2005*
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old bag
United States
Unspecified
North Carolina
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9
Jun 2005*
We love the game, so does 5.5yr old ds!! He prefers the 2 player game as it's his turn quicker
2005-06-30*
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R.S. Ahlstrom
United States
South Jordan
Utah
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9
Oct 2005*
Excellent, excellent game. I was worried about getting it because of the theme and wondering if it was too kiddish. But this game is great.

I enjoy controlling the concept of the three color pieces and having to use all of them to pick up different gems and complete your sets. Lots of fun with two.
2005-10-30*
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David Brafman
United States
Boca Raton
Florida
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9
Jan 2007*
Great game with grade school age kids, I'd even be happy to play it without kids.
2007-01-11*
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Gláucio Reis
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
RJ
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9
Nov 2011
I really like the theme, the strategy, even the balanced random elements. It may be despised by gamers for the roll-and-move mechanic and being marketed as a children's game. But it has the usual solid design from Knizia and the luck factor is much smaller than it may seem at first sight.
2011-11-24
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matthew kaczanowski
United States
Michigan
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Jun 2010
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D. Quinn Nix
United States
Arvada
Colorado
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9
Aug 2011
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Dimitris Xanthos
Greece
TINOS
KYKLADES
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8.8
Dec 2014
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Greg Bowers
United States
sparks
Nevada
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8.5
Sep 2004*
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Stacy Whiteman
United States
San Jose
California
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Dec 2004*
Lots of interesting strategies possible. Attractive game and kids love the theme.
2004-12-31*
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myles
United States
Mustang
Oklahoma
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8.5
Aug 2009*
If I have to play a roll and move, this will be it. Fun little game with the right people, families, or kids. Plays quick, nice components, bargain priced, Tower of Destiny is awesome, so much to like at a value price.
2009-09-28
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Scott Cherry
United States
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8.5
Jan 2010*
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Cara Moses
United States
Tennessee
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8.5
Dec 2012
Owned
United States
Surprise
Arizona
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8.5
Aug 2014
One of those special games that I'm proud to have in my collection.
2014-08-15
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susie holton
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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Sep 2002*
Played the game for the second time and still really enjoyed it. Both times we played, someone went out and bought it. Some reviewers say it is to childish a game, but it is what it is, which is a light, fun game. Move around and try to get as many diamond gems that are wild or eggs and colored gems. You also should move around the volcanos to get your rings first, as soon as all tiles turned up, because you don't score pts. for any gems of the color that doesn't have a ring on game piece. Get this game; you won't be disappointed. None of us have been. Easy directions and easy to teach. Not a long game either. Have Fun!
2002-09-13*
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Dave OConnor
United States
San Diego
California
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Aug 2003*
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Peter Marchlewitz
Canada
Unspecified
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May 2003*
This is a very good family game. I am surprised at the relatively low average score for this. This has elements of Das Amulett, and other collection games.
Although we wouldn't pull this one out wiht a hard core bunch of adult gamers, it is a nice light diversion which still offers plenty of choices and strategy. Don't let the dice turn you off. Although they let chance into the picture, there is enough to do with two out of three pawns to make each roll worthwhile to some degree. I like Emerald too, but to me this is even better. A good family game! Would be even better if you could play up to five.
2003-05-27*
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J Montney
United States
Unspecified
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Jan 2004*
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Rebecca Terry
United Kingdom
Unspecified
Unspecified
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Mar 2004*
Brilliant game - a must play. Very good quality components, the small plastic gems in different colours and dicetower are excellent!
2004-03-13*
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Ray Jankowski
United States
Overland Park
Kansas
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8
Mar 2004*
Very underrated game.
2004-03-18*
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Truong Le
United States
Houston
Texas
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Apr 2004*
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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8
May 2004*
dragons, volcanoes, dinosaur eggs, and gems all wrapped up in one game
2004-05-13*
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Brent Easton
Australia
Berry
NSW
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8
Jul 2004*
A clever little game. Good tactics will win every time.
2004-07-07*
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Jill
United States
Redmond
Washington
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8
Apr 2013
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Doug Saxon
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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8
Dec 2004*
This game is great because it has enough strategy to keep the hardcore gamer interested but it is also straightforward enough to keep the non-gamer's attention. It also makes a great family game. The setup can be a little tedious, but the dice tower is a nice touch.
2004-12-18*
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Robert Jones
United States
Germantown
Maryland
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8
Feb 2005*
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I L
Finland
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8
Aug 2010
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Roger Smith
Australia
Cheltenham
Victoria
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8
May 2005*
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Kane Klenko
United States
Ridgeway
Wisconsin
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8
Nov 2008*
This certainly doesn't feel like a roll-n-move game when you're playing it. There's a lot to think about and the non-standard dice really reduce the dice rolling luck factor. Oh, I'm sorry, they're not dice...they're Destiny Cubes.

This is my 7 year old son's favorite game.
2010-03-15
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Jennifer Stone
United States
Sedro-Woolley
Washington
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8
Sep 2006*
Very pretty set-collection game. May be too light for some adults, but a comfortable game to play for families, and I rated it as such.
2006-09-11*
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Will (JR) Todd
United States
Clearwater
Florida
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Aug 2005*
The more I play this, the more I see a growing list of interesting decisions to be made.
2005-08-24*
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Katie Harris
United States
Colorado
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Nov 2005*
We play this with 2 adults. It seems excellent for families, although is probably too complicated for young kids. It builds on the familiar idea of roll and move, but also offers quite a few choices.
2005-11-13*
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S. P. Harris
United States
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Nov 2005*
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Bart Miller
United States
Sioux City
Iowa
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Apr 2007*
Different than other stuff I own...plus the neat little tower!
2007-04-05*
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Alan Kaiser
United States
Aurora
Colorado
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8
Jul 2011
Roll and move set collection game with a dragon theme. Probably the best roll and move game I've played. All about making the most efficient movement choices on each turn and making sure you get a majority of the eggs. Seems simplistic but there are plenty of twists and choices to be made along the way. Has more depth than you might think but still a fairly light game. Nice family game. My two daughters really like this one. Also, the only game I know of that comes with a standard dice tower in the box. Nice components.
2010-08-02
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Sharron Smith
United States
Fitchburg
Massachusetts
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Feb 2006*
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Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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8
Mar 2006*
This is a great light racing game with some tough logistical choices mixed with a classically screwy Knizia scoring system. Just because this is simple doesn't mean that ther isn't anything to it. I always found myself wanting to do more each turn, but felt like I still could work toward something worthwhile.

This certainly isn't a must have game, but I rather like it and find it one of the more intriging Knizia games.
2006-03-12*
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P.L.A.
Spain
LA BAÑEZA
(LÉON)
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8
May 2008*
Also you may play with all the disks face-up (with two persons).
2008-05-12*
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Joakim Elgh
Sweden
Uppsala
Unspecified
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8
Jun 2006*
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Bryan Kornele
United States
Derwood
Maryland
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Sep 2006*
Wy wife and son like this game. Good set collecting game. After playing a few more times this one grows on me.
2006-09-14*
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Brian Mullin
United States
Budd Lake
New Jersey
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8
Dec 2009*
Great family game. Probably the best game that can be played with both kids and adults. There are genuine strategic and tactical decisions here with a minor luck element from the dice.
2009-10-11
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Jeff Boschmann
United States
Montana
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Oct 2006*
My son's favorite - something about riding dragons...
2006-10-25*
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Steve Oliver
United States
Alameda
California
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Jan 2007*
Dice tower & screens included!! And it's a fine racing game as well.
2007-01-20*
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