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A few weeks ago, I mentioned Tale of Dragons, an online game where you adopt dragon eggs and feed them by clicking. I’ve been playing steadily and now I’m back to report.

As I suspected, Tale of Dragons is not extremely exciting. But, it isn’t necessarily as slow moving as I had thought it would be. For one thing, my daughter Cora, who is 16, came into the room and saw my lair. That was it, she had to play, too. So she and I have been comparing dragons and strategies during summer break. That adds something special for me.

Thanks to Cora, I’ve discovered that some of the limitations in the rules I had read were incorrect. You aren’t bound to just 5 dragons per lair; I currently have 9 with no in-game notices telling me to expand my quarters. Cora must have 20 by now.

However, the rule that each dragon can only level up once per day seems firm. This must be intended to keep players from rushing through too fast. It hasn’t bothered me, but it could frustrate some players.

Of course, the more dragons you get, the longer it takes to feed and level them up. I suppose if you have too many dragons you could abandon some, or if they turn out to be a type that you didn’t want, you likewise can give them away. Cora has done this a few times, as she has certain themes going on. I haven’t abandoned one yet.

As with many online games, there are exclusive items (gold scales) that you have to buy with real money. Unlike most online games, they don’t flaunt the exclusive items or send spam e-mails urging you to buy more scales.

In sum, Tale of Dragons is low pressure and the baby dragons are cute. I’ll keep going a while longer.

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Tale of Dragons is an online game where you adopt dragon eggs and raise them to adulthood. You “feed” your dragon by clicking the egg. Once they are “fed” a certain amount of times, clicking will cause them to grow one level. First cracks appear, then a hatchling, and eventually your dragons will be all grown. Then you can breed them to create new types or if you have enough dragons you can sell or trade eggs with other players.

Because this is an online game, there’s a social aspect to it. Other players can feed your eggs in the Coin Lair and be rewarded with coins. You can also get coins by feeding dragons for other players. Since you don’t know whose eggs you are feeding in the Coin Lair, you can send messages and contact info asking other players to visit your lair. That way you know they’re actually feeding your dragons amongst the many.

Since it takes more and more clicks to grow a dragon, you can use your coins to buy food items in the bazaar that count for more clicks. For instance, a fish counts as ten clicks and a rat counts as 7. I’ve heard that you can buy potions to change how your dragon looks, and decorations to place in your lair. If you want to be sure you get a male or female dragon, there’s a nest for that.

As with many collecting games, there are dozens of different kinds of dragons, each with a (very little) bit of history and a geographic flair. The game operators have themed events where special eggs are available to buy. Each lair can only have 5 residents at a time, but you can put them into a kind of hibernation to make room. You can also “abandon” eggs, so that other players can adopt them.

For the sake of veracity, I’ve been giving Tale of Dragons a try. Thus far I’m finding it a quiet, slow-moving game. My dragon eggs are being clicked and cracks are appearing. I’m stockpiling food for when my hatchlings need more clicks to grow. And I’m waiting to see who my new dragon friends may be.

Those who want action-packed, pulse-pounding, non-stop excitement in your computer games will not enjoy this one. There’s no one shooting at you or trying to run you through here. And (a down side for me) the dragons seem to have zero personality. Nor is there any plot at all. But if you like a relaxing game where you can just dip in a few minutes a day and not miss anything vital, Tale of Dragons could be a good choice for you.

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