Matthias Staber wrote:
That's how I understand the rules. P. 10, right column, "Dragonfire level": "The Dragonfire level is equal to the number of cards in the Dragonfire discard..."
So in order to bring the game to Dragonlevel 3 at the start of the game, you have to discard 3 cards without them taking effect.
The only thing I'd add is that the game clearly also allows for an abstractification of this by having it start at a negative when you have 2 or 3 players, so it doesn't always equal the number of cards in the discard. The game also provides +1/-1 tokens, which we use when playing 2 player, for this reason. That said, I don't see any reason to interpret the rule any way other than you have.