Gold Choice Award Winner
Overall 9
Play Value 9
Cost Value 9
Design 9
Quality 9
Parent Appeal 9
Safety 9

Dragonwood™

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Age:8+
MSRP:$17.99 ca
$14.99 us
Model:Stock # 108
Editor's Review

Very popular with our testing families who loved the richly illustrated fantasy theme as much as the game play itself. Especially popular was the variety of choices players have to earn victory points, and in particular whether to go for lots of easy wins or build you deck to tackle the big challenges. It's very easy to achieve success in this game, which gives the game its broad play appeal as well as making it quicker to play. And the beauty is that as kids get older and want an edgier game, giving the mechanics a few house rule twists can make the game more challenging and extend the appeal of the game right through the teens. Here are a few suggestions that we've tried:

1. Instead of allowing players to keep all enhancements they win, limit both the ownership and use of enhancements to having a maximum of 2-3 per player at any one time, and using only one per attack.

2. Make the penalty for a failed attack losing all cards used for the attack, rather than just one...

Tester Reviews

KIDS:

I like that there are 3 different ways to attack the creatures and that the game has different combinations of cards to do different attacks. The game was easy for me to learn. I found it easier to get lots of little creatures then get the big dragons as it was hard to save up enough cards. I like when I get special stuff you can use to make your attacks stronger and I like the big dragons. I like the picture of the wizard on the cards. Kyle (M8)

This is the best game ever! I like it because you get to capture all the dragons. If you get all the good cards, you can easily win. I would rather win the purple cards (that have powers) than the others. Ezra (M7)

I love the dragon theme and the dice are a cool color, I like the name on the cards, like Wild boar, siggling goblin, I like the special cards like the charmed potion, and even if the box says only a max of 4 people can play, we played with 6 people and my brother was super aggravating, but I still won. Sebastien (M13)

It's really a fun family game, from 2-6 even though it says 2-4 on the box there is no reason not to play 6 people. The instructions seem a little more complicated than the acutal game, we quickly became addicted and we play a few games everyday. If we want the game to play a little longer we don't try to win over the dragon, unless I am winning, then I totally try to get the dragon! Genevieve (F15)

I like this game. Once we figured out the rules, it made more sense to me. It's a good math game, too. Makes you practice your math. Jason (M7)

It's really fun to play and my whole family can play together. I like that there are little cards that help you remember how the Stomp, Scream or Strike are, there are 2 of those little reminders and there is a big one with pictures, so my little brother who doesn't read [English] well can understand. I don't understand why certain cards have a game value of 2 points, but they need a higher score to win than another card with a value of 2 points. Mia (F12)

It's really fun to play, I like dragons and I like that the instrucitons are also pictures so I can easily remember when I need to win. I like that with the 3 different ways to attack I can try for the one with the least points. My favorite is the Stomp, you need less points. Kai (M11)

This game is good because there's a lot of strategy. You can play with 2-4 players. We tried playing with 5 players, but it wasn't so good because you don't get as many special powers. Shalom (M10)

I like this game because you have to count on luck but there's also a lot of strategy since you have to choose which attack. You can do a strike, a stomp or a scream. It's very easy to learn. Zachary (M11)

ADULTS:

I really liked this game. The game is easy to learn and fun for adults to play as well. I liked the different approaches on how you could win. It's educational to teach kids strategy and planning. The different options for how you can attack the creatures and the enhancement cards add a fun dimension to the game. We've seen winning through creature number or through focusing on getting the big dragons instead. The game was a good length and fun for grown ups and kids. We even enjoyed playing it with only adults. Allison Munro

With a retail price point under $20, this is going to be my new favourite birthday party gift. High production values - mature, but not too scary imagery, the boys (7 & 9) will be proud to give this game to a friend. Some strategy required, basic math, and fun probability challenges, there's also great play value here, with kids and adults alike enjoying this quick-to-play game. Note: When we started we played 3 rounds of this game before we realized that the dice only go to 4, not 6 (which makes a HUGE difference in outcomes!). After school today, I tried to get the kids to go outside & play in the sunshine, and they refused, wanting to play another round of Dragonwood... Tara Roy-DiClemente

This game has re-ignited our love of playing games as a family. It was easy to learn and the games are just short enough that we can play multiple games in one sitting. The whole family can play together and there is no advantage for any one. It is an even playing field anyone can win. I though I would win because I had 2 big scoring cards and Kai beat me by accumulating a lot of low score cards, he was some proud of winning that game! Marie-Lise Hache

It is a game that the whole family can play together and it is easy to learn. It is the right lenght of time to play, less than 20 min and the kids learn about probabilities when they have to calculate the score they need and who many dice they need to acheive this score. Daniel Hache

Our family enjoyed the game and the time we spend together playing it. It is interesting and involved. Fantasy and adventure themes appeal to my child's (F9) imagination which makes it even more enjoyable to play. The recommended age could be lowered as it is easy to play. The average time play was 20 minutes. We played a couple of times a day. You collect sets of cards to earn dice, which you then use to roll against your foes. Stomp on some ants, scream at a troll, or strike the orange dragon with a magical silver sword. You have to choose your strategy carefully because the landscape of Dragonwood is always changing. Only the bravest will overcome the odds to become victorious. The game comes in a neat little box with colorful set of adventure fa