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Princes of the Dragon Throne is an area control and resource management board game that uses deck building as a driver for the other game elements. Players acquire citizen and dragon cards from a changing pool of available prospects to build their unique deck of recruits. Players use their recruits to gather resources and gain control of the various Guilds of the Kingdoms, earning special favors to advance their bid for the throne. The player with the highest prestige when the Parliament is full will win the Dragon Throne and rule over all the Kingdoms of Lo'en. 

You can download the PDT rulebook PDF file by clicking here. The file is 13.7mb in size. There are still a few rules to clarify with examples and illustrations, but it is otherwise complete.

Tim & Carmen Norris of Grey Elephant Gaming have prepared a How-To-Play video for Princes of the Dragon Throne. We hope you find it useful and we're sure they'd like to have you visit their blog.

Tom Vasel, from Dice Tower Videos, gives a tour of PDT with rules and game play highlights in this preview video.

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Tim and Carmen Norris of Grey Elephant Gaming have filmed a two-player game of Princes of the Dragon Throne and the video is presented below. The two-player rules use non-player colors to increase competition and opportunities. Non-player colors are not used in three and four-player games..

John Moller and Darrell Louder will be running a "Live Play" event on Sunday, June 2nd at 8pm Eastern Time. There will be a recording of the event on YouTube and we'll post a link when it's available.

All of the review copies we sent out used the Adventure Meeples PDT Pack (see KICKIN' IT OLD-SCHOOL below) game pieces and generic resource tokens, but the production game will come with all of the components shown below. 

For those that wonder, the Supporter and King's Guard minis are approximately 20mm tall on a 15mm base, the Dragon Lord minis are approximately 27mm tall on a 21mm base, and the Dragon Prince minis are approximately 40mm tall on a 28mm base. We are planning for "no assembly required" but the plastics manufacturer will have to be the final judge on that.

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Princes of the Dragon Throne is a huge game with over 550 components and tons of unique pieces of art; it will cost a lot to produce. Unfortunately, that means it will carry a high price-tag when it's released. We expect the game to retail for $125.00.  The pledge levels we're offering here, while still high, also reflect a 20% discount off the retail price of the game and a 33% discount at the 6-copy Dragon Prince level.

It seems illogical, but making custom wooden meeples standard for Princes of the Dragon Throne is NOT the less-expensive way to go. Because there are 216 figures in PDT and because wood is more labor intensive than moulded plastic, wooden meeples are actually MORE EXPENSIVE for PDT than plastic minis at anything over a 1,000 unit production run.

Still, we know some gamers prefer the more "Euro" appeal of wooden game bits. So, if you're someone who prefers wood components instead of plastic miniatures, you can choose the WOOD FOR PDT Pledge Level. You'll still get the plastic minis in the game box, but we'll also add an Adventure Meeples PDT Pack to your rewards. These 216 custom wooden meeples will make your copy of Princes of the Dragon Throne look like it's the latest import from Germany.

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All of the stretch goals shown below will be included in the production game to increase the value of your pledge without adding extra costs and to make the game more appealing and enjoyable to the gamers who purchase it at their friendly local game stores in the future.


The Dragon King has died. You, as an offspring of the king, a Dragon Prince, are attempting to make a successful claim to the now empty Dragon Throne.

You have a small band of Citizens and other Dragons who are willing to work for you. The problem is they are also willing to work for your siblings, the other Dragon Princes who lay claim to the Dragon Throne.

This band of rebels will help you gather resources, but since they will work for anybody and support no single Prince, they are not influential enough to gain you supporters in the Guilds. To do that you will need to recruit Citizens and Dragons who are willing to back your cause and no one else’s.

To recruit these prospects you will need to gather the resources necessary to convince them of your ability to lead the Dragon Kingdom, the heart of the Land of Lo’en.

What might convince a Dragon to take up your cause? Gold, of course. Dragons love gold and they’ll be happy to join your cause for it, but if you want them to actually do anything you’ll have to feed them too. And there’s nothing a Dragon loves to eat more than sheep. Feed them sheep and they’ll do whatever you want.

The Citizens of the Land do not require gold; they already have an abundance of it. No, they simply need a little coercing. And nothing is better at coercing than a Dragon. Whether a Citizen is convinced by a Dragon’s logic or by its, well, less subtle methods, is up to the Citizen, but only a Dragon can provide the influence necessary.

The Land of Lo’en is not only divided into separate Kingdoms, but each of these Kingdoms is also home to the Guilds that control the daily activities of the Land. Gaining control of these Guilds are vital to your cause. You will receive a Guild’s unique favor when you gain control of it, and it will also cause the Dragon Parliament to take notice of your efforts to claim the Throne.

To gain control of a Guild you need to send your influential recruits to the Guild to campaign on your behalf. Doing so will cause the Citizens of that Guild to become your supporters. Another way to gain control of a Guild is to send supporters you already have in one Guild to another one. When your supporters are the majority in a Guild you control that Guild.

Since the death of the Dragon King is such a recent occurrence, influence from his reign remains in the Land. Every Guild is home to a pair of King’s Guard, citizen-soldiers dedicated to keeping the King’s peace. Your supporters must outnumber the King’s Guard (as well as any other Prince's supporters) if you wish to control the Guild.

The King’s Guard are not opposed to any Prince’s attempt to claim the Throne, and can actually be quite helpful when convinced of your cause. This convincing, of course, can only be accomplished by a Dragon. When you send one of your influential Dragon recruits to the Guild one of the King’s Guard will leave the Guild to join your service if you should ever have need of any of his unique talents.

The Dragon Parliament, which tracks all the activities of every Prince, notices when you gain control of a Guild and award you Prestige. In addition, one Dragon Lord in the Parliament will now take up your cause hoping to convince the Dragon Clans of your right to claim the Throne.

When every seat in the Dragon Parliament, which is divided into six Clan Houses, has been filled, a final assessment of each Dragon Prince’s efforts is taken and a King is crowned.

We have a great time playing Princes of the Dragon Throne but we don't know if there are enough of you out there who would enjoy a game as dense as PDT or one that uses deck building in a new way. Kickstarter is the means of finding out those answers. Clever Mojo Games and Game Salute have never attempted to bring such a large product to market and the support of backers like you will mean everything in our attempt to make Princes of the Dragon Throne a reality.

The Springboard Seal of Quality is your assurance that a new game project is worth your time and attention. All titles approved for Springboard campaigns are vetted by the game professionals at Game Salute. During this comprehensive evaluation process, Game Salute play tests the game to make certain it is solid and fun, and examines all aspects of production plans to verify that you are getting the highest quality for your pledge dollars.

Rewards will be shipped from the USA. If you are an International backer, you will be responsible for any import fees, brokerage or delivery surcharges, or applicable taxes that may be levied after we have shipped your package. 

You can pledge through this campaign AND support your local store. Simply select your favorite local store when you complete your delivery survey and your pledge will benefit the store just as if you purchased the game through the store. You can check out the details here.

You can use GameStoreLocator.com to find a Game Salute Select Store near you. If your favorite store is not on the list, be sure to ask them to sign up today at GameSalute.com/SelectStoreSignUp.

If it funds, Princes of the Dragon Throne will be available worldwide through Game Salute Select Stores, a network of friendly local game stores, like yours. Game Salute Select Stores are listed in a searchable website at GameStoreLocator.com so that customs can find you quickly. If your store is not listed, please consider registering to become a Game Salute Select Store.

As a Game Salute Select Store, you can back Princes of the Dragon Throne at the PLEDGE POOL level to receive a FREE copy for your game store library and your regular full margin via our Springboard Local Support program. Let us know when you pledge and we'll list you here to encourage local backers to choose in-store delivery, earning you the full margin on those games just as if you had sold them yourself.

Subject to their approval, we are pleased to offer access to our game designers and creative team for podcast, blog, newspaper, or television interviews. Team members can also be present for conventions and event appearances with a timely invitation and appropriate travel and lodging expense allowances. Please contact David MacKenzie at David@GameSalute.com to discuss any of these media support opportunities.

There have been dozens and dozens of play testers over the last three years, and I appreciate each and every one of them. My special thanks go out to Evan Grim, Tom Hillman, Tory Niemann, and Patrick Nickell. Without their contributions, Princes of the Dragon Throne would not be the game it is today.

Special thanks also go out to all of the game reviewers who were kind enough to take a look at PDT and enthusiastic enough to help spread the word through tweets, blogs, podcasts, and video reviews.

A big thanks goes out to Don Aguillo, whose artistic talents brought this game to life in a way I could not have dreamed possible.

I would also like to thank Chris Kirkman for his unwavering support of my little game since its inception on his blog, DiceHateMe.com, and on his podcast, The State of Games.

Most importantly, I would like to thank my brother, David, without whose expert guidance this project simply would not have happened.

--Fred MacKenzie

Designer: Fred MacKenzie

Artist: Don Aguillo

Art Direction: Dann May

Graphic Design: Cody Jones, Darrell Louder, Dann May, Don Aguillo

Editor: Andrew Lupp

Executive Producer: W. David MacKenzie

Developer: Clever Mojo Games

Publisher: Game Salute

Risks and challenges

Publishing a board or card game is a cash intensive endeavor. Long before a game project appears on Kickstarter, the designers and developers will have spent hundred of hours on play testing the game and thousands of dollars on art and design to get the project to a state where you will take it seriously. In the case of small developers like Clever Mojo Games and small publishers like Game Salute, this money is all paid up front from a VERY limited budget. Princes of the Dragon Throne, with more than 550 components, including 216 plastic miniatures is a HUGE project and it can't be made without your help.

Princes of the Dragon Throne is near the end of its preparations and we expect the send the files to the printer within 6 weeks of the project's close. While we feel confident that we can deliver PDT on schedule in the first quarter of 2014, we know that every game project is subject to potential production delays. We will do our best to avoid as many delays as possible.

The final challenge is getting the game and rewards out to the backers. Game Salute is well versed in Kickstarter reward fulfillment and we are prepared to meet this challenge for Princes of the Dragon Throne.

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    MINIS OF THE DRAGON THRONE

    One complete set of 216 miniatures from Princes of the Dragon Throne. The four unique sculpts form a set of: 72 Dwarven King's Guards, 80 Human Supporters, 60 Dragon Lords, and 4 Dragon Princes.

    As we achieve more stretch goals, we'll introduce more unique sculpts to diversify the set of 216 minis for this pledge level AND the minis included in the PDT game at the higher pledge levels.

    In Phase 1, we'll diversify with sculpts for a Troll Supporter, a Vu'ur Dragon Lord, and a Ma'ji Dragon Prince.

    In Phase 2, we'll diversify further with sculpts for a Goblin Supporter, a Ze'me Dragon Lord, and a Ka'yu Dragon Prince.

    In Phase 3, we'll continue the diversify with sculpts for an Elven Supporter, a Ma'ji Dragon Lord, and a Vu'ur Dragon Prince.

    With sufficient funding, there will be 13 unique sculpts and the complete set of 216 miniatures will look like this: 20 Human Supporters, 20 Troll Supporters, 20 Goblin Supporters, 20 Elven Supporters, 15 Ka'yu Dragon Lords, 15 Vu'ur Dragon Lords, 15 Ze'me Dragon Lords, 15 Ma'ji Dragon Lords, 1 Ze'me Dragon Prince, 1 Ka'yu Dragon Prince, 1 Vu'ur Dragon Prince, 1 Ma'ji Dragon Prince and the 72 Dwarven King's Guards.

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    One copy of Princes of the Dragon Throne, a 2 to 4-player area control and resource management board game powered by a deck building engine.

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    One copy of Princes of the Dragon Throne, a 2 to 4-player area control and resource management board game powered by a deck building engine.

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    One copy of Princes of the Dragon Throne, a 2 to 4-player area control and resource management board game powered by a deck building engine.

    Plus one copy of a very limited and very special PDT Prototype. We created 8 prototypes with custom wood components, professionally printed cards, and a hand-assembled game board. These prototypes were then sent out across the USA and UK for game reviewers to try out. Each reviewer then autographed inside the box-top of the copy they played and, where possible, sent it on to another reviewer in the chain. Most of these prototypes are still circulating but they'll be coming home soon. If you pledge at this level, we'll send you one of these special reviewer-autographed prototypes ASAP after the project is successfully funded and concluded. You'll be playing PDT months before every other backer!

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    Six copies of Princes of the Dragon Throne, a 2 to 4-player area control and resource management board game powered by a deck building engine.

    This is the perfect level for Pledge Pools, groups of local backers who are combining their cash to get PDT at the lowest price possible, less than $84 each in the USA.

    Retail Stores will also find this to be the perfect pledge level to show support for Princes of the Dragon Throne. Thanks to Springboard Local Support your standard retailer margin is guaranteed. http://bit.ly/106dCXT

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