Some background: I am currently living in Chongqing, China. Around China, the most popular board game with the younger generation is Legends of the Three Kingdoms (SGS) - a game that mercilessly copied the popular game BANG!. When I say that SGS is popular, I mean that you see kids playing this game everywhere. I've seen college kids playing it in Chengdu tea houses, and middle school kids playing it in playground parks. As is normal in China, the game has been copied, cloned and re-themed countless times. For a better understanding of the situation, you can read a recent thread I posted in the Chinese forum section.
Anyway, the point is that recently a lot of other popular games have been copied in China. I have pictures of a game I discovered that I suspect of being a copy, although I can't put my finger on what game it copies in particular. Here are some photos I took while trying to avoid the security guard (using cameras in stores to take pictures of products is highly discouraged here):
The game is called "The Chronicles of Dragon Wing" （龙翼编年史）
Anyone recognize the board on the back as belonging to another game?
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the two tracks down the sides remind me of Arabian Nights goal tracks, but everything else looks like Runebound style. Not sure Martin wants to go through another IP court, so I think if it is a Runebound ripoff, it won't have any trouble as long as it stays in the East.
Also, even if it is derivative of Runebound, it doesn't look like a straight copy, so probably not actionable (I am not a lawyer). Most of the true knockoffs I've seen are exact copies of the art with just text subbed out.
Board games have really taken off in China in the last few years, problem is they all play bootlegs -_- You can buy them really cheap even in vendor stalls set outside. I've seen Agricola, Le Havre, Yomi, Carcassonne, Kakerlaken Poker, The Resistance, Citadels, etc. in the Ladies Market in Hong Kong (last week). The card games can be had for $2-$3.
I also found some chinese derivatives of real games, for example 铁老大, is a rip-off of Ticket to Ride, with a map of China.
The components in that one actually look better than the real one lol!