Solo Spotlight: Legacy of Dragonholt

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This week's solo spotlight is on the story-driven, narrative gem that either is or is not a game...Legacy of Dragonholt. This beauty resides in the murkey hinterlands between board game and roleplaying game, so read on to find out why it proudly sits on many solo board gamers Top 25 lists but doesn't crack a 7.5 on Board Game Geek. 

Legacy of Dragonholt is the kind of game that a player should know what they are getting into before they break into that shiny new shrink wrap. For those looking to move pieces on a board, manipulate some cards, develop long-term gaming strategy, or maybe flick a chip...this is not it. For the hard core roleplayers who have years of robust campaigning experiences, this game may seem to throttle them too much. However, for those who enjoy a light roleplaying experience without the need for a Game Master, happened to love "choose your own adventure" books growing up, and appreciate an excellent story in their gaming experience, then this might just find a spot on their table. Also, Legacy of Dragonholt seems to play better with fewer players; so solo or with a pair is a really good way to go. Intrigued? Why not take the journey to Dragonholt and find out what larger mystery is at the heart of it all?

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Legacy of Dragonholt

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1 – 6 Players, 60 – 999 Minutes playing time, Ages 14 and up. Choose your path as you progress through a fantasy RPG style adventure. Legacy of Dragonholt scores in the 7’s on Board Game Geek, but is a game that really requires some understanding before jumping into it. It is a light roleplaying, story driven and at its very core is similar to a choose your own adventure, but this one allows you to take more control over the outcome. It is very easy to play, essentially only requiring someone to read and a character sheet, and the story really has you invested in the characters and world. No dice rolls involved, just a combination of skills. Players who dislike the game generally complain that there is not much “game”, but for those who love Legacy of Dragonholt, that’s the draw. Also tends to play better with fewer players – perfect for solo or pairs. Manufacturer: Fantasy Flight Games. Categories: Adventure, Exploration, and Fantasy. Game Mechanics: Cooperative Game, Narrative Choice / Paragraph, Role Playing, and Storytelling.

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Gather your band of heroes and journey to Realms of Terrinoth in Legacy of Dragonholt! The first game to use the Oracle system, Legacy of Dragonholt captures the spirit of a roleplaying game without needing a game master. This narrative game for one to six players allows players to build their own unique hero and embark on six noble quests. Battle goblins, foil the plot of an evil lord, and add a new story to your tale! Prepare for Adventure Legacy of Dragonholt is a narrative adventure game that creates a unique experience by blending aspects of roleplaying and adventure games, open world concept video games, and even Choose Your Own Adventure books. Unlike many games, Legacy of Dragonholt is not about winning or losing, but rather about the act of creating a story. Without the need for a Game Master, this game ensures that every player has the opportunity to shape how their adventure plays out while its intuitive gameplay means that you waste little time before jumping into your tale. Before you first set out on your adventure, you must confront one of the most difficult questions in gaming: who will you become? Legacy of Dragonholt gives you the opportunity to play as one of six humanoid races that reside in Terrinoth: humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, gnomes, and catfolk. Next, you’ll select a class, before defining your physical and personality traits, and scribing a personal history. Each of these features creates a multifaceted character and defines the types of traits you possess, which in turn affect how you will approach obstacles throughout your journey and how you’ll contribute to your party. For an in-depth look at the character creation process, you may look at our previous article here. Once you’ve created your own unique character, you’re ready to dive in to a narrative adventure unlike any you’ve seen before. Explore The Realm Once your journey begins, Legacy of Dragonholt combines two forms of gameplay between the comprehensive Village Book and the six quest books that provide the plotlines of your tales. Within Dragonholt Village, you will encounter many colorful characters, each with their own stories that progress and interweave regardless of your involvement. The world is yours to explore, but it is not yours to control. Like a real community, the places you can explore vary depending on when you visit, and your encounters with the locals change depending on your traits and past experiences. 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. Outside the relative safety of the village, thrilling dangers and mysteries await that you can experience in six unique quests. You will investigate strange happenings within in the village and venture into the wilds beyond to journey through deep woods, delve into dark crypts, and confront creatures long thought dead. As you progress throughout the game you will find that, like your village experience, your quests also change based on your past experience, who you have or have not met, and how much time has passed. After all, if you learn that someone is in peril to the west of Dragonholt Village, they are not likely to wait patiently for three days while you explore in the east. Your actions have consequences, but ultimately the choice lies with you. You do not have to be a hero. This is your story, and it is yours to define.

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Weight 3.8 lbs
Dimensions 11.75 × 9.75 × 2.5 in

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  1. Anonymous

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    Haven’t played it yet but excited as a Christmas present!

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