Dragonflies are a very important aspect in "A Frog's Banquet" as the point of the game is to score points by catching them.
Let's look at how Dragonflies influence the game.
How do they enter play?
Dragonflies enter the play board through the event run. Players on their turn may choose to place either a Danger directly onto the board OR may place any number of cards face down on the event run (depending on the number of players).
Players can place these cards strategically to gain advantages such as initiative or just knowing where the dragonflies will appear.
At the start of the round (or if there are no dragonflies in play) cards on the event run are flipped until a dragonfly colour is repeated. The cards dicatate where the dragonflies appear on the board (and where they move to on each successive turn) using grid coordinates.
You can see a sample card below:
Anatomy of a Dragonfly Card
You can see the colour of the Dragonfly by looking at its name banner (this one is Purple)
The small blue box with the numbers 4/4/4 indicate the point value of the dragonfly on each of the turns it is on the board. Some dragonflies are worth more if left for a couple of turns, and others need to be caught quickly.
Some of the strategy in the game is placing these in the run so that your frog is in the right place at the right time.
The arrows indicate which set of grid coordinates are used (for horizontal boards or vertical boards)
The grid coordinates show the location of the dragonfly on each of its turns. (For the horizontal board - G1 when it first appears, G7 on its second turn, E12 on its third turn and on its fourth turn it is removed from the board. This can happen sooner if it is caught)
The die face shows that the card may be discarded from your hand to replace one of your player’s dice when moving your frog. This card can be discarded to change one of your dice to a 4.
Using them to determine Initiative
Initiative is also determined through the Dragonfly cards. Whichever colour is first in the event run, that frog has the initiative. If that colour doesn’t belong to a frog, initiative moves to the next card along or the player to the left of the previous initiative holder.
So there you have it - a brief rundown of how dragonflies are used in the game. I hope you enjoyed it. If people are interested I can continue to post these brief rundowns of aspects of the game.