About this project
Guaranteed By Game Salute is our promise that Princes of the Dragon Throne will be produced with quality components and that you will enjoy the time you spend with the game. If you're not satisfied with Princes of the Dragon Throne, just return it to our warehouse in New Hampshire USA within 30 days of receiving it, and we'll refund your pledge. That's our money-back guarantee...no questions asked.
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 12.5mb 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.
If you live outside the USA, Canada, UK, and EU, it may be best for you to participate in a PLEDGE POOL. A Pledge Pool allows a group of gamers living in the same city to pledge just once at the Dragon Prince level and get the same price/game as the KING'S GUARD pledge level.
As a Game Salute Select Store, you can back PDT at the FLGS BASIC or FLGS DELUXE levels to receive your regular full margin via our Local Support By Game Salute program on five copies of PDT and get a FREE 6th copy for your game store library.
Princes of the Dragon Throne is a huge game with 560 components and tons of unique pieces of art. We expect the game to retail for $99.00. The pledge levels reflect a 20% discount off the retail price of the game.
If you pledge at the Dragon Lord, Prototype, or Dragon Throne levels, you'll be getting a Limited Edition copy of PDT with the basic tokens replaced by a 216-piece set of Adventure Meeples made specifically for Princes of the Dragon Throne. We're only making enough of this Limited Edition to fill the pledges we receive here.
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 from Unpub.net ran a "Live Play" event on Sunday, June 2nd and the YouTube video is below.
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.
Rewards going to backers in the USA, Canada, and the EU will be shipped from within those territorial boundaries.
Rewards going to any other country will be shipped from Shenzhen China. These rewards will only be shipped in case-lots to pledge pool captains. You can register for a pledge pool by clicking here.
All International backers will be responsible for any import fees, brokerage or delivery surcharges, or applicable taxes that may be levied on your rewards after they have been shipped.
With Local Support By Game Salute, 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.
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.
Let us know when you pledge at a retailer level and we'll list your store here to encourage local backers to choose in-store delivery, earning you the full margin on those games, too, 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.
Designer: Fred MacKenzie
Artist: Don Aguillo
Art Direction: Dann May
Graphic Design: Cody Jones, Darrell Louder, Dann May, Don Aguillo
Editor: Andrew Lupp
Game Shepherd: W. David MacKenzie
Developer: Clever Mojo Games
Publisher: Game Salute
Risks and challenges
We stumbled in the first launch for Princes of the Dragon Throne. We wanted to put out an AMAZING version of the game, but in doing so we learned that unlike peanut butter and chocolate, Euro-style games and American-style minis are not better together. The high price was a stumbling block and we found that backers were confused...is this a minis game or a Euro game? Confusion is not good, so we cancelled the original project and are now offering the fully-Euro version of PDT in this project. We hope to find a wider audience and one that now knows exactly what to expect from our game.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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