OBJECTIVE OF SEVEN DRAGONS: The objective of Seven Dragons is to build a chain of seven dragons that match the color of the dragon on the goal card before any other player.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 5 Players
MATERIALS: 5 Goal Cards, 1 Silver Dragon Card, 51 Dragon Cards, 15 Action Cards, and Instructions
TYPE OF GAME: Hand Management Card Game
AUDIENCE: Ages 6 and Up
OVERVIEW OF SEVEN DRAGONS
Seven Dragons is perfectly named, as each player must attempt to connect a chain of seven dragons of a matching color before the other players in order to win the game. Players will play dragon cards to their build or action cards which may give them the upper hand. They must watch their hands carefully, ensuring that they do not lose the card they need by simply overlooking it.
Firstly, players must be assigned their goal cards. The goal cards are shuffled by a random player, and one is dealt to each player. Players should ensure that their goal card stays secret. The silver dragon is then placed in the middle of the playing area, and it is never moved. The rest of the dragon cards are shuffled, with three cards being dealt to each player.
The main deck is then placed in the middle of the playing area, face up. Beside it, the discard pile will reside. The game is ready to begin.
The oldest player will begin the game. Players will take turns, going clockwise around the group. During their turn, a player will draw a card from the deck, adding it to their hand. They will then choose a card from their hand to use for a dragon or an action.
If the card is used for a dragon, they may play it as an addition to the chain that they have, ensuring that the connection rules are followed. In order for the card to be placed, it must have one panel that is positioned beside a panel with the matching dragon. The rainbow dragon may be played anywhere, and it acts as a wild card. The silver dragon is the beginning card, acting as a wild card at first, but changing to match the color of the dragon that is present on the action card on the top of the discard pile.
If a player wants to play an action, they must perform the action and then add the card to the discard pile. There are five actions available, and each of them are described on the card. Players will then continue to take turns playing to a dragon or action until a chain is completed.
END OF GAME
The game comes to an end when a player has a connected chain that consists of seven dragons that match the color of their goal card. This player is immediately declared the winner!