After wrapping our heads around what the cards did, the game came off as charming. You rebuild a city for payment of crystals and hope there is a dragon present (or if not, try and summon one) to get repaid in a "golden scale." You then insert these crystals into the town's obelisk. The most of these insertions (6 out of 11 for a 2 player game) wins.
The real joy of this game is that even if you partially build a building, you get dividends once completed anyway. Sure, you come in second place and don't get as much, but you get some crystals, even from the surrounding completed buidings. This results in you working hard to build a building while at the same time being mindful in not giving your opponent, on the other side of the city, free crystals for doing nothing, and vice versa. Ingenious little mechanic for a fantasy game.
|Blue Moon City at the beginning of the game, mostly unbuilt.|
|The Obelisk. Here, I have filled in 4 slots. Jim in grey completed 3.|