Played my 1st game tonite with my Dragons variant. My friend does his differently. he places all 3 Dragon Lords at the end and you have to beat all 3 at 1 time (36 Str and Craft ?). He also leaves all cards in the decks and still the Main board gets attacked by dragons, particularly the Temple, village, and castle. You also can draw Dragon Rage.
In my version I only have the 3 colored tokens to pull, there is no dragon rage, and no 3 dragon lords. Cards have been pulled out that deal with Dragon Rage (or most have), and pulled out the cards that attack those places. But I still ended up with dragons in the main board , cards that moved 5 Dragon cards to the top of the Adventure deck. But I felt this wasn't overly powerful and think I am leaving them in. My version is definitely tamer. As the end space of the extra Highlands board also has the Dragon King ending, instead of the Eagle King or the Dragon Lords.
This ending may give another player the win (roll a 3-4) or kill you if you don't have a Talisman (roll a 1-2).
I thought this brought a great balance. The Dragon board was tamer and easier to navigate, but the chance of winning smaller and chancier.
The game tonite was for my youngest son's sleep over, so played with three 13 year olds. And 2 of them were in the Dragon expansion on the run to the King. The one who made it to the King rolled a 4, and the King died by another's hand.
I liked how it played, in this version people were not afraid to explore it, as in my friend's version hardly anyone would go in.
Of coarse completists will dislike it, as cards and tokens are not being played with, but it makes for a more fun and less dangerous game play, without players hating or not wanting to play the expansion at all!
Of coarse I still had alternate endings stacked at the CoC if anyone wanted to try and win that way as well, no one did. I also want to note that cards that require the known King to have an effect, we rolled a d6 to determine that randomly. In my friend's variant, that last token pulled referred to the King.
Edited by DomaGB, 15 March 2014 - 12:21 AM.