the Year of the Dragon: 10th Anniversary consists of the In the Year of
the Dragon: 10th Anniversary base game and the The Great Wall of China
& The Super Events expansions that first appeared in the alea
In In the Year of the Dragon, players take on the role of Chinese
rulers around the year 1000. The game plays out in twelve rounds, with
each round representing one month in a year that seems to go from bad to
worse. Disease, drought, and attacks from the Mongols may claim lives,
but make sure you have enough money to offer a tribute to the Emperor.
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.
When you add The Great Wall of China expansion to the game, every
player takes the six Great Wall tiles in their color. When a player
choose the new action "build Great Wall", they choose one of their
remaining Great Wall tiles, receive from the supply the symbol shown on
the tile, then place this tile under the first event tile. The tiles
give 1 rice, 1 rocket, 2 yuan, 1 palace level, 3 VP, and 3 spaces on the
For The Super Events, 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 this event.