The Damsel’s Tale pits two players against each other. One player takes on the role of Sir Ivan, a knight tasked with stealing a crown from a fiery cavern. The crown is guarded by the baby dragon Cinder (the other player) and it’s gigantic, ferocious and protective mother. Both the Knight and Dragon players draw a hand of 4 cards. They then simultaneously choose a card to play face down. The cards are revealed and the card with the lowest value resolves first.
The knight player plots Ivan’s path through the lair, trying to stay out of sight, avoid making noise and get to the treasure pile where the crown lies waiting.
Cinder’s player uses their cards to try to prove that there’s an intruder in the cave, to goad the Knight out of hiding and to try to remain calm through the ordeal. Cinders cries will attract the mother dragon out of the cavern depths and into the lair. If Cinder can time it right the Knight will be caught in the open when the mother dragon emerges and he’ll be treated to a toasting!