Red Dragon Inn
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- For 2-4 players
- Takes 30-60 minutes to play
- 4 unique 40-card player decks
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Top Customer Reviews
Players play one of four characters: a brash warrior-maiden, a sneaksy little halfling, a snooty priestess, and a wizard with his psychotic bunny rabbit familiar. It's a little like a collectable card game in some ways: each character has a unique deck with its own special strengths and weaknesses. For example, the priestess has lots of cards that heal her, so it's hard to damage her much. This adds to the fun and interestingness of the game. However you don't have to go through the agony (and the investment) of actually collecting the cards, which is always a plus in my book.
More socially conservative parents might want to shy away from this, as the game centers around the characters drinking, gambling, cheating, and backstabbing one another. (And they probably wouldn't get half the jokes anyway.) But otherwise, this is a good dive into how fun and wacky a good card game can be.
The game itself is very funny. The cards are very clever. They poke fun at all types of fantasy cliches and make a lot of entertaining references to other works. You and your friends will be laughing throughout the game as you play! The artwork is also very appealing and funny, which really makes the game just that much more enjoyable.
It is a very easy to learn. The rules are simple enough that they fit on a single sheet. Play it once and you won't forget how to play it again. Even people who don't generally play board games can pick this up easily within a few minutes.
Also, the rules are very clear and well thought out, and the game itself is well balanced. The game is very fast paced. The clear rules help with this.
The pieces themselves are well made and the cards are durable. It's obvious that this was made by someone who plays games, as a lot of thought was put into the design of the pieces, and the most used pieces are made extra sturdy.
In my opinion this game only has one flaw. It's a four player game, and if you have more people over, they will all want to play! The solution is to buy the expansion, Red Dragon Inn 2, which we plan on doing sometime soon!
There is no actual drinking involved in the game [it could I guess if you wanted to but not advised].
As for difficulty, my 8 year old figured it out pretty quickly and loves to play with his Grandpa [who also really enjoys the game]. It is definitely not just a hokey card game, you have to plan out your strategy and watch out for backstabbers.
Warning: It is definitely not for people who like to be nice to everyone in the game. You have to gang up on people to win, but also know when to pull the rug out from under your allies.
All the games work together [RD,RD2, RD3] (we own all three) and can add quite a bit of spice to the game. The game is hilarious with a ton of people playing at the same time.
As it mentions on the Red Dragon Inn's BoardGameGeek entry, and as I've experienced, this game works best with 3 or 4 players rather than just 2. If you want to play with more than 4 players, you should also get some combination of the expantion games (Red Dragon Inn 2, Red Dragon Inn 3, Allies - Pooky, or Allies - Erin the Ever-Changing) since they just add more character decks.
Playtime is pretty variable but 45 minutes seems like a good estimate. Although the game has 13 and up listed, I'd imagine that kids as young as 9 or 10 might enjoy it, although it is important to be able to read the text on the cards to know what they do.
The quality of the pieces is well held and the creators know especially how to deliver on an excellent product. Illustrations provide interesting yet brief narrative with the characters you would choose to portray. I suppose my only quarrel with the Red Dragon Inn is that for all intents and purposes the main chaos that would otherwise be going on is Drinking and Gambling. I had been hoping for a rather more immersing experience that could really bring laughs to our party of four but really it felt rather light and at times repetitive. Sure the instructions were easy but at the cost of depth. I would say yes to playing this game especially if you and a couple of friends want a light experience, otherwise I would say to perhaps consider other amusing titles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's great fun, but not much replay-ability. You have different characters you can play, and each has their own set of cards with bonuses towards either alcohol tolerance,... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ser
This game is the bee's knees in several meanings of the word. I don't really know how else to describe it. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Patrick D. England
Loved it. Totally worth the purchase. My friends and I play it all the time and my friends have started picking up the other expansions. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Anthony Ham
Amazing game. It has extremely high replayability and it is very easy to teach to people of all ages.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fun game for three to four people, with the expansions you can play with more people.Published 1 month ago by C. Owens
This game... wow. I can't say enough about it. It was easy to pick up the rules of the game and clean up was a breeze--which is always nice since no one likes spending 10 minutes... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JPinchette
My husband brought this for me for Christmas. This is a fun, quick, and light/easy game. You are on a mission to take the other players out by getting them drunk, losing their... Read morePublished 1 month ago by musiclover505