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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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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.
Not much else going on. If you are used to more heavy strategy games, this may feel like a filler game to you, however it is not short. At times it may feel like the game is lasting a little longer than you would like.
The expansions for it from what I have seen, just add extra characters which enable more players to join in, but do not change the gameplay or add any features. At least Red Dragon inn 2 that I have is that way. Perhaps the others have more to them.
For me the game shines when we decide to use it as an actual drinking game with real alcohol. However make sure you are of legal age and to pace yourself so you dont actually pass out or become sick. Otherwise, you could use soda. I believe that may help too. Small amounts though again.
Without the actual drinking, id say its more of a 3 star game. Not a strategy game, but not a good filler for in between long strategy games.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this game. It's easy for people to pick up even during their first time playing. It's a semi-complicated strategy game that changes every time you play it. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Norman
I love Red Dragon Inn and have made it my mission to own all of the expansions! We're well on our way and Halden is so fun! I love the extra optional gameplay!Published 27 days ago by Melissa
Great game to play with max amount of people- kind of boring if just two or three.
You can tell it was planned that people may play with actual alcohol (which we have)... Read more
If so, this is it. It is not an incredibly strategic game. Nor a very sophisticated game. It is simply an elimination game about trying not to lose all you money or pass out... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lizzi
Great game for adult nerds! It's a ton of fun with very high replay value. If you're considering purchasing, just do it. You will not be disappointedPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of fun, easy to learn! I wish that the original was expanded to 5 or 6 players. Expansions are available but it would have been nice to have a 2-6 player in the original box. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hilary