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This game tells a fable of three Ladies who came upon the Ice Queen’s court and danced with four Lords, all in the pursuit of the One True Love that could yield happiness.

The conclusion of that fable is up to you.

A fantasy fable of dance and romantic tragedy at the Islands of Ash and Ice
by FGJ Games
in partnership with ndp design

The Dance and the Dawn is a romantic fairy tale game wherein you play Ladies as they attempt to discover their One True Love.

One player plays the part of the Narrator (and will control the Duke and Queen, as well as several Lords), and the other players will each control one of the Ladies. Each Lady is trying to determine the character of the various Lords, and must pick one as their One True Love at the end of the game.

The game is inspired by the imagery and symbolism of chess: each character is represented by a chess piece, and each piece has its own characteristics and implications. There’s a light setting with plenty of room and guidelines for you to fill in the rest; the text also includes some suggested settings and pre-created characters.

The flow of gameplay is structured: there are three dances (with duels being held as an interlude between the dances). Within each dance, the players move their Ladies and their chosen dance partners around the board. The Ladies exchange questions and answers with their partners, attempting to gain a Lord’s favor while understanding the past.

They will dance until dawn, when each Lady will select one Lord. If they select their True Love, they will find a happy ending. (If they select someone else, their outcome will be less pleasant.)

The Dance and the Dawn is suitable for 3-5 players of all ages. It plays in 1-2 hours. All materials necessary to play are included, though having an actual chessboard and pieces on hand is recommended.

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Jason C. [Featured Reviewer]
June 24th, 2010
The Dance and the Dawn combines two of my favorite things in gaming: roleplaying and chess. By using chess pieces to simulate the movements of an eerie, magical dance, the game uses miniatures in a new way, not to simulate tactical movement, but instea [...]
October 22nd, 2009
I'm always facinated with games that combine classic games like chess with other games. Dance and Dawn stood out. The concept may seem simple but has a lot of potential. I could see this being used as an addition to any RPG to create romantic and polit [...]
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