Red Dragon Inn

From the box: “You and your adventuring companions have spent all day slogging through the Dungeon, killing monsters and taking their stuff. Now you’re back in town, healed up, cleaned up, and ready to party at the Red Dragon Inn. Drink, gamble, and roughhouse with your friends. But don’t forget to keep an eye on your Gold. If you run out, you’ll have to spend the night in the stables. Oh. and try not to get too beaten up or too drunk. If you black out, your friends will continue the party without you. after they loot your body for Gold of course!  The last conscious adventurer with Gold wins the game!  Take on the role of one of four heroic fantasy adventurers — Dierdre, Fiona, Gerki, or Zot — and enjoy an evening at the Red Dragon Inn!”

Sam says: “RDI’s depiction of fantasy heroes’ (or villains to some) recreational habits was an easy card game with 4 funny characters to play as. The turn-by-then game play allowed people to team up and stab each other in the back while their characters got drunk. I hoped the 4 characters would have different abilities, but everyone more-or-less did had the same abilities. Despite this, the visuals of their individual decks were fun.”

Dan says: “Red Dragon Inn sets itself up in a familiar setting for those who have played fantasy role-playing games, and delivers with a fun representation of what happens when adventurers settle into an inn after a long adventure.   The goal of this game is to be the last one standing with coins in your pocket during a raucous night of drinking and gambling.   “Consciousness” is managed through a combined fortitude/drinking meter that works well.  Though gameplay revolves around a ‘take that’ strategy, the humor in the cards keeps it light.  And though it’s a player-elimination game, it’s fast enough that the first person out won’t be waiting too long, and enjoyable enough to watch that they can simply watch the rest of the game.   The basics of gameplay are fairly easy to learn and the cards are generally self-explanatory.  With the right players it’s a good way to end an evening on a fun note.”

Loy says: “I wasn’t crazy about the game mechanic when we first opened the game – it’s about virtually drinking your companions under the table. But once I got past that initial reaction, I found I liked this game. It is a ‘gotcha’ kind of game as you’re trying to make everyone else take drinks or damage until they drop out and you can take their gold. And for a ‘last man standing’ game, this one seemed to balance itself out pretty well. Overall, I liked the pacing, the dry humor in the cards, and the opportunity to be a little silly and role play some stereotypical RPG characters.”

Kiera says: “It was a fun game for D&D players, and even for those who haven’t played an RPG. I liked the funny tag lines and the art on the cards, like ‘Not another bikini chain mail joke!’ I would take it to college to play with friends between classes. ”

Alannah says: “I liked it because I like playing the fast-paced card games and this was a good mix with an RPG. The RPG characters were fun to play. I thought the use of drinks and fortitude worked pretty well. I also like the ‘take that’ element. The only thing that was a little confusing was the gambling.”

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