In the Year of the Dragon game I just decided I wanted to learn since I play Samurai on mabiweb and read how cutthroat and competitive it is. Well hot dang this game seems pretty hard to teach let alone learn but hopefully I can point you in the right direction. First print out these one page PDFs except perhaps official rules wish you can read over quickly. Credit for PDFs you can find at bgg entry for Year of the Dragon. 12 rounds and each round consists of four phases (all players do each phase before next phase):
1. Action – Taxes, Build, Harvest, Fireworks Display, Military Parade, Research, Privilege
2. Persons – Monk, Builder, Farmer, Healer, Warrior, Scholar, Tax Collector, Pyrotechnist, Courty Lady
3. Event – Peace, Drought, Contagion, Mongol Invasion, Imperial Tribute, Dragon Festival. Decay occurs end of phase.
4. Scoring – 1 VP for each palace, each courty lady, and each privilege. Also there is end game scoring.
yotd_reference.pdf 957KB one page – shows actions and events and quick phase description.
yotd_player_aid.pdf 166KB one page – shows 9 persons with related 7 Actions and and 6 events
yotd_quickref.pdf 63KB one page – quick summary of rules
yotd_gamerules.pdf 4.35MB 8 pages – official rules from Rio Grande Games.
Showing screenshot of In Year of the Dragon game in progress on mabiweb.