Description from the publisher:
The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game allows you to play Harry Dresden and his friends as they take on the cases from the novels in the ultimate what-if scenario: What if Harry was on the scene with allies who weren't there in the original story? The core game includes Harry, Murphy, Susan, Michael, and the Alphas and plays through the first five novels.
The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game (or DFCO) is a game where the players work together to solve cases from the bestselling Dresden Files novels in the ultimate what-if scenario! Play Harry, Murphy, Susan, Michael, and the Alphas in the first five novels, or take on Side Jobs in a random scenario generator based on the short story collection of the same name.
Play your hand, clear the board, and beat the odds in the final showdown at the end of the book. Use teamwork, strategy, and a wee bit of luck to win the day.
The game has plenty of in-jokes and references for Dresden fans (like the unreliable range of the Blue Beetle), but it’s accessible to people who haven’t read the books.
This is a tightly tuned, strategic, cooperative game that feels intense, vital, and a little bit risky (thanks to dice and other factors) throughout play. At 30 minutes per session, gameplay is fast-paced and down to the wire. In this game, players take on the role of Harry Dresden and his allies, investigating cases and taking on foes from the books. To accomplish this, you'll share a common pool of action points (called Fate points), and each player must choose between taking an action or generating Fate points each turn. Solve more cases than there are foes left standing to win!
In short, each player plays a character from the novels (one of them is always Harry), taking on a shuffled scenario deck based on one of the books in the series. Using a combination of cards, dice, and teamwork, players attack foes, investigate cases, take advantages, and overcome obstacles to make sure they have the best possible odds for a win in the final showdown at the end of the book! Like any good cooperative game, it's hard to win (no fun if there's no challenge!), but always rewarding to play, and scales smoothly from one to five players.
This version was released during the Kickstarter campaign and contains the Core game: 5 Characters (Harry Dresden, Karin Murray, Susan Rodriguez, Bulky & Georgia, and Michael Carpenter) and 6 "Book" Decks (Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Death Masks, Summer Knight, and Side Jobs).
The components are similar to the Published game, being full colour, but all the Book Decks share the same art for the four card types, and each Character Deck uses the same art for its four card types. In the production game each unique named card will have unique art.