One of the creators of this game saw me over on Reddit and graciously decided to send me a couple games to help out with my review. The first one I am looking at? The Red Dragon Inn!
When I first saw the game, I have to admit, while it peaked my interest, I didn't know what to make of it. The D&D style world, mixed with the pub games styled ideal was a bit complicated looking. Boy was I wrong.
I decided to take this game to a friend's house for a Tabletop Day celebration, and it became the talk of the party.
The game tops out at four players, four boards, and a lot of fun.
Players set up their play space, take their gold, and draw seven cards from their personal deck. All players start at 0 alcohol, and 20 fortitude. Place a drink on every body's board.
Players, on their turn, can choose to discard any cards from their hand, and then draw up to their hand limit. Then players play an action card, and then players buy another player a drink.
All the drinks in the deck are free, in so much that in theory you paid for them before the game started. If the drink deck runs out, you have to pay one gold from all players for another round (reshuffling the deck) before you get anymore drinks.
Players then at the end of their turn drink their next drink, which can effect both your fortitude, or your alcohol level.
Action cards is where the meat of the game lies, and each player has their own balance of cards in their deck. You can gamble, you can buy more drinks for more people, or you can effect players money and fortitude.
When you surpass your fortitude in alcohol, or run out of money, you are out of the game. Win by surviving the longest!
WHAT DID I LIKE ABOUT THE GAME:
I liked the choice of who I want to kick out of the game. It turned out a couple of us ganged up on Gerki the sneak, because he kept cheating during gambling. I also liked that sometimes the drinks aren't bad, and sometimes, if they come with a chaser, they are horrible!
WHAT DID I DISLIKE ABOUT THE GAME:
I didn't have much to dislike, since the game is so much fun, however what I wanted was more players. Four might be a little too few to play this game. That being said, just buy the other sets of the game and integrate them to play with more!
WHO IS THIS GAME DESIGNED FOR?
This is a fun game for almost any gamer, it's calm card management, and in game decisions entertain without polarizing. Unfortunately, due to the alcohol consumption though, I can not support this game for use with young children, but you can probably play it with your Tweens, if you have a serious talk before and after. You know, your job as a parent anyway...
7.1 out of 8. I had to tell people after a couple plays that we couldn't play it anymore, because we needed to try out other games as well, but it was very well liked!
As a long time avid game player, and lover, I come before you to tell you my complete honest and forward opinion on games. I will bring out the things I like in the game. Point out the things I dislike. And consider who this game would be best targeted at. All of this while also assigning a completely random biased number on a scale of 1-8. Why 8? Because I can!
11 Apr 2014
- [+] Dice rolls