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Designer: Manny Vega

Artist: Sandara Tang

Publisher: Cardboard  Alchemy

Year Published: 2022

No. of Players: 1-5

Ages: 10+

Playing Time: 60 minutes

Main Mechanic / Theme: Hand management, set collection, resource management, worker placement / Dragons

In a magical realm a village awakes, and artisan dragons make coffee and cakes!

Immerse yourself in a fantastical world where artisan dragons are hired to aid local shopkeepers in making their wares. In Flamecraft, work your way to become the best Flamekeeper by assigning dragons to local shops where they can use their specific skills to serve customers. Gain reputation by placing dragons, enchanting shops, or completing the goals of Fancy Dragons. This game utilizes resource management and worker placement with the game ending once the last card from the artisan or enchantment deck is revealed. The game is well-made with great organization and the game pieces and cards are good quality. Sandara Tang’s artwork is not only adorable but creates a cozy atmosphere. There is a fun comedic element with the naming conventions of the dragons and shops which are often puns like “Draco Bell ''. The rule booklet is simple and easy to read which makes the game easy to pick up and play.  You can enjoy this game with as much or as little strategy, making it approachable for most players.. Flamecraft feels like a warm cup of tea on a rainy day and is great for players who are ready for their next challenge. 

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About the Authors

Andrew and Kayla McLocklin are a young-ish couple hailing from Michigan who fully embrace their nerdiness! As a couple, they enjoy weekly ttrpg sessions online with their old college buddies. Their boardgame interests are diverse which makes life interesting. While Kayla enjoys cute artwork styles, resource management and deck building games, Andrew prefers horror themed games involving intensive strategy. This means family and friends are always kept on their toes waiting for what game will be played at the table that day. Their other interests include video games, books, cooking and spending time with their goldendoodle, Abbey.