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Giles Pritchard
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Draco and Co.

Draco and Co is a redesign of a Michael Schacht (Coloretto, China and many more) game by Bruno Faidutti (Citadels, Warrior Knights and many more) and Michael Schacht. This is one game designed with drinking and fun in mind, a great party game that may be light on tactics, but is strong on theme and entertainment.

Each player controls two members of Draco’s gang. The key to success is to make sure your gang members are on Draco’s good side, and that your opponent’s members are on Draco’s bad side. Whenever a toast to Draco is proposed the brigand leader becomes generous to those on his good side – giving them money, and forces those on his bad side to pay up.

In order to move the gang members about you play one of your hand of action cards, these could get you some extra money, move a gang member closer to Draco’s good side, or move a gang member closer to Draco’s bad side. In addition to Draco and the player’s gang members there are three hilarious ‘neutral’ gang members, Aunt Sarah – a mysterious lady with who can assist those sitting next to her, Brother John – a man there for the food and drink only, who passes any money on to the gang member next to him, and Zork – a miserly misfit who leeches off whoever has the most money.

As well as playing and picking up cards you may have the opportunity to propose a toast to Draco, and either receive money or have to pay money – depending on whether you have gang members on Draco’s good side or on his bad side.

One of the things I admire most about this game is the way it’s authors have involved the players, when you play you are not simply moving pieces around a board, you are not simply placing cards or playing cards, you are asked to physically form a part of the game mechanism – at different times you may throw coins, flip cards and so on – and this is what makes playing Draco and Co such a fun, and funny, experience.
Draco and Co is not a game that will provoke deep thought, it is not a game that will require a brilliant strategy, but it is not meant to be. Draco and Co is a game that will always inspire laughter, a game that is fun to play when your gaming group is looking for a good way to unwind, or an amusing game to play while a few drinks are imbibed.
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bestia immonda
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I agree with your review.... I find the end game a little disappointing, apart from the fact that if the first two are tied for the first place the THORD wins!
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Stephen Groves
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Totally agree with the above. The rule of ties being ignored and the next scorer winning is the clever part of the game and the only thing to think about. The chaos can be frustrating for control freaks so it is best to imbibe and just get into the spirit of the thing.
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