Dragon & Pearl is a game of Chinese history (200 AD - 1300 AD) designed by Thom Richardson. It uses mechanics similar to those of the old Gibson's game "Britannia". Differences include; scoring every turn and the same for all peoples, no special armies (cavalry/Romans), capitals which function as immobile armies and a steppe terrain type which grows population as upland but allows normal movement.
It can be purchased from "Spirit Games", cost is £19.99.
Details of the game are as follows;
Playing time is about 4 hours (3 for the short scenario) we intend to develop additional scenarios and make them available for download via this page at a later date.
There are scenarios for 4 (standard and 3 hour short), 5 and 3 players.
Game components are as follows;
Approximately 200 plastic counters (15mm diameter) in 4 colours with stickers designating people/empire.
Full colour map on heavy paper with turn record, population track, etc on it.
A4 Rules booklet, 2 pages of rules plus 2 of historical background.
Cardboard tube for storage.
The following queries were sent in by John Graham Leigh.  Answers are in bold.
Aside from the corrections noted above there is one significant change to the rules in the 2nd edition.  When there are counters of a different people in a povince in which reinforcements are arriving the existing counters are destroyed, wheras in the 1st edition they were converted to counters of the arriving people.
Below are some pictures of the game
The 3 hour short scenario (4 player) was not included in the first edition of the game.   To download a copy of this scenario
We are experimenting with an ultra short 1 hour scenario which may appear here later.  Another possible add on is a map extension to include Japan in the game.
Hou Han Shu - Translation of a chinese description of the kingdoms along the silk road and further west.
Chinaknowledge - An extensive site with good info on chinese history.
Stats - (average scores for peoples and by colour)
4 player game
Red 99.7 , Jin 44.1 , Turks 21.3 , Japanese 3.0 , Nan Zhao 10.4 , Khitan 21.0
Yellow 112.2 , Xiongnu 28.7 , Shan 24.5 , Uighurs 23.5 , Song 35.5
Blue 106.9 , Koreans 21.9 , Tibetans 35.8 , Xia 12.5 , Mongols 36.6
Green 94.9 , Xianbei 13.8 , Toba 19.5 , Tang 54.3, Jurchen 7.3
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