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Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160]
Michael Logan
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previously was #9
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#60

2014 Rank: N/A
2015 Rank: #6

In the Year of the Dragon sees a pretty big drop, but mostly because I haven't been playing it as much as I'd like to. I still really enjoy this game, as it is pretty unique as far as Euros go. The fact that this game remains out of print is pretty sad, as I think it stands up really well by today's standards. It's not a very complex game, rules-wise, but I like how the player interaction is facilitated here. You can't do well at everything, so you have to pick your spots and yank the rug from underneath your opponents when you can. A really fantastic experience.
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Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160]
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Title: Im Jahr des Drachen (2007)
Publisher: alea
Version: German edition
Language(s): German
Language dependency: Most would say "No necessary in-game text"
Presence at Essen: I can arrange for you to pickup on any day (Thursday to Sunday), preferred are Saturday or Sunday
Condition: New and in shrink
 
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Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160]
Eilif Svensson
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#28 In the Year of the Dragon

Change from 2015: +2

This is still the game you should play if you're tired of everything going great in games. Some games reward you with a personal sense of accomplishment (see Castles of Burgundy, below.) This game rewards you with a sense of having survived it. It feels harder than it is because remember, everyone is dealing with the same plagues and mongol hordes that you are. As an added bonus, this is one of those Feld games that has a real meaningful turn order track, making it even harder to do what you want without getting stuck in last place repeatedly as a result.
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Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160]
Karsten
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Titel: Im Jahr des Drachen (2007)
Verlag: alea
Version: German edition
Sprache(n): German
Sprachabhängigkeit: Die meisten sagen "Kein notwendiger Text"
Versand: Ich übernehme die vollen Versandkosten (in Höhe von ca. €5) in Deutschland
Zustand: New and in shrink
✔ Nichtraucherhaushalt
✔ tierfreier Haushalt
 
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Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160]
Justin
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Springfield
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If Antiquity is a struggle to stay above water, this game is a struggle to not get stomped on repeatedly. There is no randomness once the setup is established. In other words, the game tells you how you will get punished each and every turn.
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Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160]
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Max DuBoff
United States
Cherry Hill
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Rating: _7.5_

This game does a great job of giving players control over their strategies while still creating competing incentives. The result is a game that doesn't need too many rules but still has deep strategy. I particularly like the way the disasters are implemented because they mandate forethought in a way that game mechanics often don't bother to cover. I'd say this is one of Feld's better designs.
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Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160]
Roee Anuar
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In the Ear of the Dragon-
The emperor's dragon has an hearing problem.
Sacrifice your loyal citizens to build a giant cotton swab.
Beware of ear infections, and getting eaten by the dragon.
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Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160]
Matthias
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Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160]
Simon
Canada
Toronto
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Rio Grande English. Excellent condition.
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Karsten
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Titel: Im Jahr des Drachen (2007)
Verlag: alea
Version: German edition
Sprache(n): German
Sprachabhängigkeit: Die meisten sagen "Kein notwendiger Text"
Versand: Ich übernehme die vollen Versandkosten (in Höhe von ca. €5) in Deutschland
Zustand: New and in shrink.
✔ Nichtraucherhaushalt
✔ tierfreier Haushalt
 
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Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160]
Jeff Forman
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#9: In the Year of the Dragon

In the Year of the Dragon in another brilliant design. It's punishing and tense forcing players to combat mostly negative events throughout the game. Survival in this game is about mitigating those negative events otherwise, typically, you'll lose the citizens that help you throughout the game. At the same time, of course, you must maximize scoring opportunities.

Game play is very simple and straight forward. It's rated 3.13 on BGG's complexity score, so it's mid-weight. What's tough about this game is playing it well.

Here's a great review of In the Year of the Dragon:
/thread/274044/agri-what-best-gamers-game-come-out-awhile

What's so great about this game?

Typical Feld, all of the mechanics in this game just work so well together. The action groupings, action selection, the Person track, Person selection and variable event order all contribute to a very cohesive design. I really enjoy managing the trade offs between the Person selection and the Person track. It's important to get out in front of that Person track but at the same time, you want those productive Persons that cost you position on the Track. Really interesting. I'm a novice at this game but I can see there are a number of alternative paths to victory and I haven't yet experimented will all of those paths. So many more plays ahead for me!

Even better if?

I'm not a huge fan of the artwork - it's a little drab like some other Feld games. The board is functional though and the components are ok. This is one game where a "Deluxe" reprint would be awesome - for the characters and palace floors, and the artwork of course.

What do you need to do to win?

Again, I'm a beginner at this game. So I'll leave this section to those better suited to offer advice in the comments. I know the Privilege tokens are powerful to grab early and there's a whole book/research strategy that I haven't had the guts to try yet.

Player counts? Replayability?

This game scales really well. It's a great 2-player game and is also a ton of fun at higher player counts. Replayability is really strong as the events always happen in a different order which forces players to plan differently every game.

Final Thoughts?

Another outstanding game by Feld. This one has the potential to rise in my ranking as I continue to explore the various strategies and just get better at the game. It's not for everyone, but everyone should at least try it once and give it a shot!
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Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:160]
Evil Bob
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Edition: "L'Année du Dragon" (not "In the Year of the Dragon") edition.
Language: French

Condition: The box has heavy shelfware, with whitened corners, and has been repaired. The components are unpunched and in perfect condition.

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In the Year of the Dragon: The Great Wall of China & The Super Events

Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Edition: Alea Treasure Chest
Language: language independent
Condition unpunched

Comes from a smoke-free home.
 
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Draco Paladin
Canada
La Prairie
Quebec
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Edition : Filosofia 2007

Langue : Français

Condition : Boite et contenu vérifiés, très légères marques d'usure sur la boite et le livret de règles, matériel en très bonne condition et complet.
 
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El Rico Sanchez
Canada
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L'Année du Dragon VF Filo. Très Léger Blanchiment au dessous de la boite... Très bonne condition
 
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Eric Pullen

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My *current* Great White Buffalo...
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Berenice Benayoun
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I wants it!!!! Lucky enough to try it at a game con, but not willing to fork out 90 dollars for it... Amazing game!
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Tomasz Podstawny
Poland
Chorzów
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Stan gry: Bardzo Dobry, komplet.
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Kris Verbeeck
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Binned this for 30 euro from evelschnuck

Story behind this. I previously owned this and traded it sine someone asked for this in a trade proposition. I was okay with it since it is not my favourite.
My friends rarely asks to play a game but they asked for this.
We probably play it once and than it up for trade again.
 
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Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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In the Dragon of the Year

Each summer, a jury in faraway Germany selects the Dragon of the Year (DdJ). Have a look inside!
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