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In my other life, I’m a support staffer in public schools, and I often work with children who are somewhere in the Autism/Asperger’s Spectrum. I was thinking about creating a board game that would help the kids learn social skills, but decided to search first and see if such a think already existed. Am I glad that I did!

Ryuu is a card game that combines collectible cards with features of role-playing games to teach social skills. Players choose a dragon that they identify with based on their own situations. Through role-playing, they recognize Dark Forces that illustrate problematic behaviors, and try to rally Light Forces that embody coping strategies. They begin as eggs and can “evolve” their dragon by practicing social skills. Feel free to check it out here.

A few of the dragon characters include Remota, who feels like a stranger among her fellow dragons, and Oratar, who talks a lot but has a hard time listening. The Dark Forces include Rigidity and Indifference. These are countered by Light Forces of Flexibility and Empathy. Like all card games, there are many details and abilities for players to track, but they still can mix up the deck with different cards and try new things even if they usually play with a small group such as in a school Resource Room.

There are four versions of the Ryuu game, starting with Concentration-style matching of Light and Dark Forces and progressing to full-fledged role playing that demands a lot of preparation by Game Masters and cooperation from players. Thus the game is accessible for all ages, and players don’t have to be diagnosed with Autism/Asperger’s. For instance, an Oppositional/Defiant kid might identify with Xplotar, whose temper runs amok. Play is based on the kid’s behaviors rather than their diagnosis.

Price-wise, the cost is fairly reasonable. The starter set of two decks, rules, and a support CD comes in at $55.00, right in line with a starter Magic set. Booster packs are $20.00, with the actual quantity of cards not specified. However, because this is such a specialty product, you’re not likely to have the issues with price spikes on rare cards that you get with Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, or Pokemon.

So if you have a young family member with social-skill issues, or you work with such kids, Ryuu sounds like it could be a big winner.

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This is rare for me, but I’m reblogging from Princess of Dragons. I prefer to write my own stuff, but her card game, Dragon’s Hoard, sounds amazing. And who better to tell us than the creator? Enjoy!

Princess of Dragons

I don’t usually do reviews, but I recently did one as part of one of my gaming societies, so I thought that I would share it with you on here as well.

It’s about Dragon’s Hoard, which is a card game I kickstarted a while back and recently received in the post. Here’s the official website.


A card game for 2 to 4 players that I played for the first time with J and E (of course they have real names, but I’m not going to mention them). It was designed by Nathanael Mortensen & Illustrated by Jons Akerlund.

The rules were easy to read through and mostly straight forward to start to use in play, so from breaking the cards out of the packaging to playing only took ten minutes or so, and a good shuffle of the cards.

yellow-sheepThe main resource of the game are the various…

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