Dragons appear in the legends and folklore of cultures around the world, and the hero’s journey to kill a dragon is widespread. In Western cultures, dragons are most often depicted as gigantic and monstrous creatures, having horns, four legs, wings, and the ability to breathe fire.
Thanks to the many stories from modern literature from Tolkein’s The Hobbit, LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea, McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern, and even Pratchett’s Discworld series, we have a shared and common vision of what makes up a dragon—and what makes up a dragon also makes up an interesting board game.
Here is a sampling of games that feature dragons as essential parts of the game.
You and your fellow dragons will collect all sorts of goodies in this card-based, set collection game by Bruno Faidutti.
Defenders of the Realm
A co-operative game where players take on the roles of heroes trying to defend the lands against Orcs, the Undead, Demons, and, of course, Dragons.
One of the first collectable card games to follow Magic: The Gathering, Wyvern sees opponents trying to eliminate your opponent’s battlefield of all terrain and dragons.
A two-player game where you’re trying to control three types of dragon pieces to eliminate your opponent from the board.
A card drafting game where collecting the right sets of cards moves your dragons further down the track.
Players perform blind bidding to cast spells, steal treasure from dragons, and purchase artifacts.