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Carcassonne Expansion Set: The Princess and The Dragon
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- This is an expansion, you need the Carcassone game in order to use it
- Adds depth and complexity
- For 2-6 players
- You need to have Carcassonne in order to play with this expansion
- Recommended age range from 8 years and above
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The Dragon element can be fun and does make for some tense situations as you wait to see if a dragon tile is coming out of the bag, but I find it only really adds to game play of four or more players.
The secondary aspects offer limited enjoyment and really don't add much to game play aside from complicating strategy and making the game last longer.
Overall, I consider it to be one of the lesser Carcassonne expansions and don't play with if very often. It is best suited for a more experienced player looking to add something new to the game. For newer players, I recommend purchasing Inns & Cathedrals, Traders & Builders, and Abbey & Mayor before picking up Princess & Dragon.
The pieces for this game are hight quality and quite a bit of fun. They are a fairy and a dragon. The fairy gives you a point if she is on your follower at the begining of your turn and gives you a 3 point bonus if you finish a road or building and she is on it. She also protects you from being eaten.
The dragon appears when a volcano tile is placed and moved when a piece with a dragon on it appears. The dragon must move 6 spaces, with each player taking turns with it's movement. This part is the most fun! Trying to set up the movements so you trap a person into eating his own followers is great strategy but quite a bit unpredictable.
With just the right ammount of luck and strategy, this is our favorite expansion yet. Carcassonne is a great game that just gets better.
However, the rules to this one are a bit overly complex. There is a lot of "do this instead of what you would normally do" making a lot of things to think about and a lot more decisions to make every turn. That makes the game last longer, as each turn takes longer. The rules are also somewhat ambiguous on a few points, especially when mixing with some of the other Carcassone expansion.
I don't recommend combining this with the Tower expansion, in the same game. Our last one took over 2 hours for 3 players! Both expansions are fun on their own, though. I think I'll alternate a few games.
New game tiles include special tiles such as: volcano pieces (bring the dragon out), pieces that have a picture of the dragon (cause him to move 6 spaces), pieces with a knight on them (super-cool pieces that let you kick someone out of a city).
The most complicated part of this expansion is remembering to score your "fairy points" during game play but, as always, you can solve this by agreeing to not scoring ANY fairy points. The dragon moves 6 spaces when the indicated tiles are played, starting with the person who drew the tile. Each person then takes a turn moving the dragon one tile (up/down/right/left) until he has moved 6 spaces. The catch: he can NOT move to a tile that he has already landed on during that movement turn & if he runs out of places to go then he is done for this movement turn.
This expansion adds a new element of strategy to the game because you are constantly having to plan for someone kicking you out of a city & look for locations where the dragon could be deployed. I love the dragon but we have had to remove it from game play on most occasions because several regular player can't stand it. It is not for everyone & will probably be a love it or hate it expansion. If you enjoy the added strategy (or aren't sure but find it cheap) give it a shot. If nothing else you can use some of the extra game tiles because this is one expansion that you can use some parts while leaving out others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome product, we play this almost ever sat and Sunday and with the expansion packs its ever changing and every game is different.Published 9 months ago by Yakko
nice new addition to a gteat game that the kids love to play.Published 19 months ago by Judith R. Smith
While the dragon does add an interesting twist to the game, if playing two player (which is how I play most often), the dragon rarely hits anyone. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jordan Smith
I bought this to add to the small Carcassonne set we currently own. It is a fun little addition, but you do have to be on top of it with the way the dragon moves and the points. Read morePublished 21 months ago by SquirrelGirl
I love Carcassone and the Princess and the Dragon is one of my favorite expansions. My family and I love it.Published 24 months ago by Angry_unicorn
This expansions allows you to control a dragon and try to remove another players meeples from the board. It allows you to control end game points if you are lucky.Published 24 months ago by Justin Ruger
Having the dragon "eat" the high scoring players is a nice touch. Fun expansion that brings out the competitive spirit!Published 24 months ago by Leashy Lou
This really adds a new dimension to the game and allows you to "mix it up" so no one person gets the advantage and the winner can change at any time!Published 24 months ago by Zachary McQuain