The Game

The Game

 

DRAGON NOIR, the French adaptation of the original Dark Blades, is a game of fantastic adventure in four episodes: The Exile, The Challenge, The Conquest and The Return, of which only the first two have been published. Each episode, boxed separately, follows the story in chronological order. Each episode is independent and can thus be played on its own, or one followed by the next as the players wish. The rules give values to the capabilities of the main characters, with special provision for magical powers.

The game system, the characters and the maps are completely compatible with the games of the medieval series: CRY HAVOC, SIEGE, SAMOURAI (Samurai Blades), CROISADES (Outremer) and VIKINGS (Viking Raiders).

Box Contents:

> 2 surface maps;
> 2 underground maps;
> 2 sheets of die-cut counters representing the characters in the adventure;
> 3 sheets with magic terrain [and the black dragon] (to cut out);
> 1 rules booklet [also including rules for magic];
> 1 booklet with the background, characters and 7 scenarios;
> 2 spellcaster cards
> 1 card explaining how to use the characters of the game;
> 2 game aid cards with tables for missile-fire and combat;
> 2 small cards for dividing the characters into 4 groups [for the campaign];
> 1 ten-sided die
> 1 sheet with general introduction and background.

 

The Maps

Both Dark Blades and Dragon Noir 1 included the following surface maps: The Watermill and The Arena. Both underground maps (The Dragon's Lake and The Dwarves Cave) were only carried in the French version. The strategic map of the Isle of Labrynthia was only carried in Dark Blades.


> The Watermill

> A2 (60 x 40)
> TIFF - 3.6 Mb
 
>
BMP - 2.0 Mb


>
The Arena

> A2 (60 x 40)
> TIFF - 20.8 Mb
   
 
>
GIF - 5.2 Mb
   


>
The Dragon's Lake

> A3 (30 x 40)
> TIFF - 9.8 Mb
 
>
GIF - 1.2 Mb


> the Dwarves Cave

> A3 (30 x 40)
> TIFF -  9.5 Mb
 
>
GIF - 1.2 Mb

 


> Magic Terrain

> A4
> TIFF - 0.7 Mo
 
>
GIF - 0.2 Mo

 

   

The Counters

   
The playing pieces include trolls, orks, dwarves, goblins and elves. No two characters are alike, each has his own name, costume and combat values, bringing the period faithfully to life. 


> Rebels

> 23 counters
> TIFF - 1(2.1 Mb) - 2 (2.6 Mb) - 3 (2.2 Mb) - 4 (1.2 Mb) - 5 (0.6 Mb)
> GIF - 666 Kb -
  
July 13, 2005
 


> Creatures

> 6 counters
> TIFF - 5.7 Mb
 
> GIF - 362 Kb


> Trolls

> 3 counters
> TIFF - 1.3 Mb
 
> GIF - 46 Kb


> Orks

> 10 counters
> TIFF - 1.2 Mb
 
>
GIF - 1481 Kb


> Orks with
missile weapons

> 5 counters
> TIFF - 1.2 Mb
 
> GIF - 64 Kb


> Armored Orks

> 9 counters
> TIFF - 2.0 Mb
 
> GIF - 157 Kb


> Dwarves

> 8 counters
> TIFF - 2.1 Mb
 
> GIF - 98 Kb


> Goblins

> 7 counters
> TIFF - included with Dwarves
 
> GIF - 88 Kb


> Elves

> 4 counters
> TIFF - Included with Trolls
 
> GIF - 57 Kb


>
Dragon Noir (Black Dragon)

> 6 counters New!
> TIFF - 1.3 Mb
 
> GIF - 72 Kb

 

   

The Booklets

Download

2 booklets were included with the game: one for the rules, another one for the description of playing pieces and the scenarios. RTF (adaptation by Bob Gingell, hosted by Alex Henderson)
    > Rules - 303 Kb
    > Scenarios - 44 Kb
  German version (JPG)
    > Rules - 2.3 Mb
    > Cards & game aids - 2.3 Mb