OBJECTIVE OF DRAGONHEART: The objective of Dragonheart is to be the player with the most points when the game comes to an end.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 Players
MATERIALS: 1 Gameboard, 1 Dragon Figurine, 100 Cards, and a Rulebook
TYPE OF GAME: Hand Management Card Game
AUDIENCE: Ages 13 and Up
OVERVIEW OF DRAGONHEART
In Dragonheart, players act as dragon hunters that are tracking down the majestic beasts as they search for the thing they love the most, gold. Players continue on their journey in this magical world made up of knights, trolls, princesses, dwarves, and various other fantastical creatures. The players accumulate points through different card moves, and the player with the most points, wins the game!
To begin setup, players will place the board game in the middle of the playing area. The dragon figurine is placed on its assigned space on the board. Each player will choose a deck that they want to represent them throughout the game, either the red or the green.
Once each player has chosen their decks, they will shuffle them and draw the top five cards, ensuring that they hide them from the other player. This forms each player’s starting hand. The rest of the cards are placed in front of them, creating the draw piles. The youngest player will choose the first player, and the game is ready to begin.
Players will take turns completing actions. During a player’s turn, they will play, collect, and draw cards, in that order. When playing cards, the player will choose to play at least one card to the board, face up. The cards must have the same picture as each other and as the space that they are being played on. Players must reveal point values as they play their cards, and at least one card must be played.
Each space on the board has a card requirement in order to activate its effect, but not all spaces have an effect associated with them. When a player has activated a space effect, then they can collect the cards that the space allows for. Once they have collected their cards, the player will enough cards to fill their hand to five cards.
The game continues in this manner until the third stack of ship cards is placed beside the other two stacks. At this point, the game will come to an end and scoring will occur.
END OF GAME
The game will come to an end when the 3rd stack of Ship cards is placed beside the gameboard. The player that placed the stack will finish their turn, and their opponent will complete one more turn. The game may also come to an end if a player is not able to draw cards from their deck, acting as their final turn.
The players will then tally their points, and the player with the most points wins the game!