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Not a good Carcassonne expansion.
on 6 February 2011
This expansion rather disrupts the flow of the other Carcassonne expansions - most of which are excellent.
This review assumes you've played Carcassonne, and even some of the other expansions.
Quite often in Carcassonne, players play to strategically place their followers and build roads and cities around them. This expansion then adds a game mechanic (the dragon) which can then come along and kill (ie, return to player: no score) the followers, in a way that we have found to be rather chaotic and against the spirit of Carcassonne.
Unlike the other expansions, we played this one only once or twice, then gave it to a friend. The friend in question has two small children who enjoyed this expansion much more.
Verdict: bad for adults and those who like Carcassonne's original intent. Perhaps good for the more chaotically minded.
Recommendation: if you haven't already got the Inns and Cathedrals and Traders and Builders expansions, most definitely should start there! While boring-sounding (in comparison), they are MUCH more fun to actually play!