Four Dragons (Dia de los Muertos)
Average rating 7.25 BGG average rating 6.56
Last played 24-Oct-2004 Players 3 - 4
Total plays 1 Designer Frank Branham; Sandi West
Weight 3 Year 0
Playing Time 30 mins BGG Entry BoardGameGeek

Player # plays # wins Average rating Last played
Andy 1 0 7.00 24-Oct-2004
Oggie 1 1 8.00 24-Oct-2004
Paul 1 0 8.00 24-Oct-2004
Tel 1 1 6.00 24-Oct-2004

 
From the designer Frank Branham: A 4 player partnership trick taking game themed around the Mexican Day of the Dead. (A particular favorite holiday of ours, as Sandi and I were married on that day in Marietta Confederate Cemetery.) It is short (about 30 minutes), and rather brain bending.br/br/Dia De Los Muertos (Days Of The Dead) is played over three days as you send animals, then children, then adults on to the afterlife. It is a basic trick taking game, except that most cards have an action with them. You play as a partnership, and if your side wins scoring cards (the dead or food), you exchange a card with your opponent. Other cards allow swaps between partners, asking a question, cancelling other cards and so on.br/br/The first time you play, there's a lot of checking the rules, checking the crib sheet, remembering if you exchange cards. You spend more time figuring the game than playing the tricks. But after a couple of hands, it makes sense and you switch to game-playing mode. And here's where it pays. If you enjoy Bridge, can figure out what you partner signals when they swap a card, can read the deck based on what's been played, you will really enjoy Dia De Loa Muertos. If you don't like Bridge, or can't figure trick-taking games anyway, steer well clear. Rather brain-bending it is.br/br/The original game has nice native graphics of the dead abroad and has a variant for 3 players. The re-issue as Four Dragons has an oriental theme.br/br/Not to be confused with:br/br/ Dia de los Muertos (2007)br/br/br/br/br/