Four Dragons (Dia de los Muertos)
Average rating 7.25 BGG average rating 6.57
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 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 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 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 to be confused with:br/br/ Dia de los Muertos (2007)br/br/br/br/br/