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Tabletop Tuesday: Red Dragon Inn

Hey all, Sam and David here today.

We hope you are all doing well today. We’ve been keeping busy and getting ourselves ready to go to Fan Expo Cleveland in a few weeks. Our friend Sarah asked us to help us with her table in Artist Alley so she doesn’t have to work it by herself, and because we have become old pros at working the con circuit, we agreed to lend a hand. Plus, having extra folks at the table means that we can take time to walk the show floor, get autographs or photographs, or visit panels. It’s going to be a good time, and we’re looking forward to it.

Speaking of conventions, one of the nice things about this Tabletop Tuesday series is that we can get ourselves ready for Gen Con in August. As Gen Con is a tabletop gaming convention, there is obviously a big focus on board games, card games, TTRPGs, and accessories that accompany those sorts of games.

So today we’re going to talk a bit about a game that we discovered a few years ago at Gen Con. It’s pretty fun and there are a number of standalone expansions and bonus sets to really expand the game, making it extremely versatile. It’s time to talk about The Red Dragon Inn.

Join the Party! 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!

  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 30-60 Minutes
  • Ages: 13 and Up

Each expansion adds 4 characters you can play, and then the bonus sets mostly seem to be one or two characters.

From this first set, David’s favorite to play is Zot and Pooky…and Sam is definitely a fan of Fiona.

Basically you want to be the last one standing, so collect gold and don’t get too drunk. There’s an art to it, and a strategy. Each character has its own strategy for playing, and because there are so many sets out there, there’s bound to be at least one character that each player should enjoy.

In later expansions, there are some characters who get secondary decks to play with. There are characters who cause chaos with bombs. Actually David’s favorite is the one with bombs…whose name completely escapes us at this point.

Anyway, this is a fun, fairly easy to play, party style game, that is honestly perfect for that group of friends that adventures together anyway. Since the basic concept is that you’re a group of adventurers heading to the tavern after completing a job. So you’re just drinking and gambling and having a good time.

We’ve only played it a handful of times, mostly at Gen Con, because there’s a lot of opportunity to try out games, especially when there are new editions or new expansions or new games by the same company or set in the same game universe or whatever. So, it is entirely possible that the newest of the Red Dragon Inn franchise will be at Gen Con 2023, so we’ll probably try it out, see what it’s like to play as the newest characters in this expansive game world.

We only own the original game, so we definitely need to get the expansions and such. Probably one of the next purchases is going to be The Red Dragon Inn 5, which is the Character Trove. It has a really big box that will hold all the character decks from all of the other game sets, which really reduces the space having all of them individually takes on a game shelf.

What’s really great is that there is currently a Kickstarter going for the newest game in the Red Dragon Inn series. Basically, the Red Dragon Inn 9 Kickstarter ends March 16th, so there’s still time to get in on the newest standalone expansion to the series. You can just get the 9th expansion set, or you can go all in and literally get every expansion and bonus set.

All right, well that is all from us for today. Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll be back soon with more geeky content.


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