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Monday, February 29, 2016

Dragonriders of Pern: The Book Game (1984)

Dragonriders of Pern: The Book Game (1984)

Ratings

5.05789 out of 10 with 38 ratings
Board Game Rank: 12199

Description

A picture book game similar to Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series.

Each player has a book that contains many different 1st person perspective views from the back of a dragon flying high above ground. You and your wingmate must destroy 'threads' as they fall without injuring each other. Best of seven threads makes for a good introductory game.

The rules are split into three different sets: Introductory (basic moves and how to score), Role-playing (adds different dragon types and rider statistics), and Campaign (links multiple flights and awards bonus stats to player characters).

Book mechanic also featured in:

Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series
Bounty Hunter: Shootout at the Saloon
Star Wars: Starfighter Battle Books




  • Designer: Lee Enderlin, Alfred Leonardi
  • Artist: Arne Starr, Michael Whelan
  • Publisher: Gallimard, Nova Game Designs
  • Year Published: 1984
  • Number of Players: 2 - 2
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 10
  • Playing Time: 30
  • Category: Fantasy, Novel-based
  • Mechanic: Co-operative Play, Simultaneous Action Selection
  • Family: Animals: Dragons, Picture Book Games
  • Alternate Names: Dragonriders of Pern: The Book Game, Les Maitres des Dragons

Reviews

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Nova Games 1984 Edition! Very Good Conditions!

5 out of 10
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A great picture book game requiring cooperation to beat the game system.

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Another favorite of my wife

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Ace of Aces with a dragon fighting theme.

5 out of 10
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My first and only Aces of Aces game, picked up via eBay. I'm a huge Pern fan (and so is my daughter), so we are starting up a household campaign with the books.

6 out of 10
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From Fine Games - decent Used copy, though a bit expensive. Not quite as challenging as Ace of Aces, but still a decent game. Gift for my daughter, the #2 Pern fan.

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Co-op.

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Would need to play it (again?) to rate it.

4 out of 10
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Better than the Dragonriders of Pern boardgame, although that's not saying much! I never played Ace of Aces but rather enjoyed the book-style game mechanics :-)

5 out of 10
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Some people like planes others like dragons. I am glad I own one entry in the ace of aces series. I have tried this game twice now. The first time my father and I got in a loop where we could go back to the same page flaming a thread each time... that left a sour taste in my mouth. Tried it again with a friend and the method will take some figuring out to determine the best option each turn. Not sure if I enjoyed it enough to try it again... but we'll see?

5 out of 10
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+co-op+

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Case 8 - Shelf 5

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Interesting mechanic.

4 out of 10
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Variant of the Lost Worlds/Ace of Aces. The mechanics just don't really make sense here, especially not in a cooperative setting. Some neat ideas like having different dragon types and a campaign just can't save that basic problem. +co-op+ variant

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Science Fiction > Air Combat Air Warfare
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