Year of the Dragon is a starter-only set released in August 2000 by Z-Man Games.
The set contains 110 cards distributed among five fixed, pre-tuned 50-card starter decks (multiples of some cards appear
in each deck). All cards are black-bordered with a white (not foil) dragon's head Year of the Dragon in the upper right corner.
Each display box contains 2 of each faction, for a total of 10 decks.
The decks were intended for beginning and intermediate players, especially those who did not have any of the Daedalus-edition
cards. Year of the Dragon sold through in early 2002 and is now very hard to find.
The decks contain several new Feng Shui sites. Every deck has one Jade Valley and two Nine Dragon Temples. The other two
new Feng Shui sites don't appear in every deck, although you'll get at least one more. And every deck contains at least one
card that is not available anywhere else. You can find the new cards in:
The Architects of the Flesh: CDCA Scientist, Homo Omega, Floating Restaurant
The Ascended: Rat Fink, Sting of the Scorpion, Draco, Floating Restaurant
The Dragons: Tricia Kwok, Gambling House
The Eaters of the Lotus: Four Burning Fists, Gambling House
The Guiding Hand: Blue Monk (also appears as an Uncommon in Throne War), The Iron Monkey, Wong Fei Hong, Floating Restaurant, Gambling House
Some reprinted cards featured new art, because Z-Man couldn't get permission from the original artist, or the artist just
wanted to redo the pieces. You can find the reprinted cards with new art in:
The Architects of the Flesh: Buro Godhammer, Prototype X, Robot Arm
The Ascended: Secret Headquarters
The Dragons: Ting Ting
The Eaters of the Lotus: Abysmal Absorber, Glimpse of the Abyss, The Hungry
The secret message appears inside the starter deck box. It says “Don't you have anything better to do than looking inside a box. Fnord.”
Thank-you to Stephan Vincent for providing some information for this page.
Jane Q. Public was printed without the set badge (the dragon's head symbol) in the upper right corner.
House on the Hill has its artist credit printed in black instead of white, which means you can't really see it against the dark background. It's still by Mark Poole.
The wording of Dirk Wisely's Gambit was changed from the Flashpoint version; Z-Man decided to make it an errata,
although there is no errata symbol on the card. The errata is printed in 10,000 Bullets.