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Board GameLegacy of Dragonholt Review
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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Legacy of Dragonholt is a tabletop role-play game in the style of Dungeons & Dragons. Here though, things are approachable and less reading and no-one (game master) who has to run the game. With up to six friends, you quickly build unique heroes explore a central village hub-world and embark on choose-your-own-adventure narrative. The twist is that which choices you can make depends on your characters, and the variety of branching paths are huge.

Play is a mix of D&D and choose-your-own-adventure. Your aim is not to win or beat other players, but to create a compelling story together. Once you have chosen one of the six races (humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, gnomes, and catfolk), a class and other traits you set out on your journey.

As you progress there are two forms of play: exploring the village and developing your characters, and setting out on one of the six quests. As you go you encounter colourful characters with ongoing stories and learn about the living breathing world.

You work through the quests by reading the scenario and making choices about how to progress and interact with the story. The number of options available at each point is really high. Which ones you can take will depend on your abilities and character traits. The eventually leads you to the village where things become more expansive.

The village has a map to explore with shops, inns and inhabitants. The things you decide to do take time, and move the game clock forward. As days progress you are moved on to new entries in the book. For instance, a bakery may only be open early in the day, and the baker themselves may take a shine to you if you’ve already met their cousin, or if they’ve heard of the great deeds you’ve accomplished earlier in your stay in the village. This means you won't see everything the first time you play it.

As you progress there are a variety of overarching mysteries and stories that you can try and solve. For example, the letter you receive at the start of the game only starts to really make sense as you play on through the world. There's a murder to solve and items to find that offer rewards.

The result is an approachable D&D style adventure that does all the heavy-lifting elements for you. For families it offers an easy way into these games, and a good step on from the choose-your-own-adventure books. If you've ever wanted to try a game like this but have been put off by the impenetrable complexity, this is a perfect solution.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-6

Genres: Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 34 features

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Developer: FF Games (@FFGames)

 

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DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. If you haven't played a D&D game before you do need to take some time to familiarise yourself with how these games work and creating a character. This reading up is on the context and set-up, there are no complex rules to learn as the game takes you through that as you go.

The first time you play you can opt to use one of the pre-made characters from the game website rather than create your own.

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 4 hours to complete. The nature of the game means the duration varies for each play through.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room. It's a flexible game that works surprisingly well for a single player because it is an enjoyable read in its own right.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 12+ years-olds. The game includes fantasy themes of goblins, thrilling dangers, dark crypts, spells and undead creatures. This is largely depicted as text with some hand-drawn pictures.

CostsCosts

No cost data.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Legacy of Dragonholt Accessibility Report documents 34 accessibility features:
The assumption here is that you aren't playing the game solo - support from another player will be required to get the fully physical and visual accessible experience. For players without hearing it will help to pass the book around, or use an additional digital/physical copy.

You get a character sheet to help keep track of progress with your character and the game, rather than a detailed reference sheet.

The game is largely run from a book that has a range of text sizes. Although this is reasonably clear, it takes effort to identify primary/instructional and secondary/flavour text. Text size and contrast is quite small and varies. Some elements have handwriting style fonts and ornamented backgrounds that don't help readability..

Report informed by Meeple Like Us assessment which offers an extended review.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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