Lay out the game board (see the diagram on the next page).
Place the three dragons onto the (neutral) middle of the game board.
When playing the base game, one player takes the people set of the Vulca, the other the people set of the Hoax.
Each player displays the leader of his people face up next to the game board as indicated
(see the diagram on the next page).
Each player displays one of the overview cards next to him.
The remaining 30 cards of each player form his deck. Each player shuffles his deck and places it as
his face down draw deck next to the game board as indicated (see the diagram on the next page).
The players randomly determine who becomes the starting player of the first fight.
Then each player draws the top six cards from his draw deck into his hand.