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In the Year of the Dragon: 10th Anniversary Edition

In the Year of the Dragon: 10th Anniversary Edition

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In the Year of the Dragon: 10th Anniversary Edition includes In the Year of the Dragon base game plus the The Great Wall of China and The Super Events expansions that first appeared in the alea Treasure Chest.

In the Year of the Dragon, each player takes on the role of a Chinese prince, seeking to maximize the prosperity and prestige of his province in the ancient China of approximately 1,000 A.D. To assist in these endeavors, the princes must call upon the diverse talents of their courtiers, from scholars and monks to warriors and craftsmen. These loyal subjects will lend their expertise to the struggle to shield their rulers from the often disastrous consequences of the myriad untoward events that plague the populace from month to month. Be it drought, contagion or Mongol invasion, only foresight and planning will spare the princes and their subjects from these fates. The better a player can manage his province and withstand the seemingly unending onslaught of hazardous events, the more honor and victory points he will have to show for it in the end.

Game Play

The game play is easier than it may appear. Every player has a set of "person" cards. Each round, you choose one action (most of which call on your workers' abilities) to help you prepare for the months ahead. Then you play one person card, recruiting that person and placing them into one of your palaces. Each person brings different skills and abilities to help you ride out the year. (Farmers help you gain rice to survive a drought month, tax collectors raise money, etc.) At the end of each round, that month's event is triggered, which may cost you some of your workers, some money, or give you points.

Careful planning is the key to surviving "the year of the dragon", but survival alone may not win you the game.


In the Year of the Dragon: 10th Anniversary Edition includes The Great Wall of China and The Super Events expansions previously only available in the alea Treasure Chest.

When you add The Great Wall of China expansion to the game, every player takes the six Great Wall tiles in their color. When you take the "build Great Wall" action, you may choose one of your remaining Great Wall tiles and receive the good matching the symbol shown on it from the supply. You then place the Great Wall tile under the first event tile. Great Wall tiles provide: 1 rice, 1 rocket, 2 yuan, 1 palace level, 3 VP, and 3 spaces on the order track.

To use The Super Events expansion, simply shuffle the ten Super Event tiles face down, then randomly draw one of them and place it face up on the seventh event tile. It will be resolved after that event.

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Game Details

Suggested Ages: 12 and up
Number of Players:
2 to 5
Playing Time:
75 to 100 minutes

Designer: Feld, Stefan
Harald Lieske and Michael Menzel
Publisher: Ravensburger


hand management, variable phase order, economic, medieval, China, Stefan Feld, In the Year of the Dragon

Awards & Honors

2008 Golden Geek Best Gamer's Board Game Nominee
2008 International Gamers Awards - General Strategy; Multi-player Nominee
2008 Japan Boardgame Prize Voters' Selection Nominee
2008 JoTa Best Light Board Game Nominee
2008 Spiel des Jahres Recommended
2008 Tric Trac Nominee


1 game board, 60 Cards (per player: 11 Person Cards and 1 Game Overview), 190 tiles, 10 player markers, 5 dragons, 8 action cards, 66 palace floors, 36 coins, 1 rule booklet