Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Red Dragon Inn

You and your party have just finished a dangerous quest.  You have raided a dungeon, looted all of the treasure, and defeated the monsters.  It was all in a day’s work for you, the heroic adventurer.  Now it’s time to kick back with your buddies at the pub, indulge in some ale or mead, gamble with your new riches, and try not to pass out. 
Gameplay
The Red Dragon Inn is for 2-4 players, but it is recommended that you have at least 3 players.  The game is turn based, where a player may begin by discarding cards in his or her hand, and then drawing back up to seven.  The player may then decide to gamble to try to win some gold, or may go straight into buying an opponent a drink.  After this, you take a drink yourself and pass the turn. 
The goal is to be the last player standing.  Players get eliminated by either running out of gold (and having the bar wench kick you out), or passing out due to alcohol consumption.  The drink cards (community pile) give instructions as to how much alcohol the drink will give a player, or how much fortitude a player will lose.  When a players fortitude and alcohol meet (on the game mat) then that player is passed out, and his friends will steal all of his gold.  The cards that a player draws come from the individual’s character deck.  Depending on the character you have chosen, these cards may be unique, or grant you different abilities while gambling or drinking.  The average game time to play is between 30 – 60 minutes. 
Complexity
This game is very simple to pick up and start playing.  The instructions are very straightforward, and each player’s game mat has the turn sequence on it for quick reference.  Some of the cards do increase the complexity though.  Gambling may initially be confusing, so be sure to read and understand the cards before playing them.  As with most games, the first few turns will be used for learning, but after that it should come pretty naturally to all players. 
Replay-ability
Due to the fact that each character has unique character decks, the game can play different every time you play, assuming you choose a new character.  The game also features expansions and stand-alone sequels, which you can actually combine with each other to increase the number of players that can play, or mix and match your favorite characters.
Flavor

This game is rich in flavor.  The character decks are very interesting, and the art on all of the cards is top notch.  If you are a fan of fantasy games, movies, or books, you will feel right at home with The Red Dragon Inn.

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