Tabletop Game: Red Dragon Inn

In Red Dragon Inn, you and your friends are a party of heroic, fantasy adventurers. You've raided the dungeon, killed the monsters, and taken their treasure. Now you're back, and what better way to celebrate your most recent victory than to spend an evening at the Red Dragon Inn. You and your adventuring companions will spend the night drinking, gambling, and roughhousing. The last person who is both sober enough to remain conscious and shrewd enough to hold onto his Gold Coins wins the game.

Made by Slugfest Games, there have been four full boxed sets of the game, each introducing new characters and new drinks, each of which can be mixed and matched to create huge games with characters from any edition, or played on their own. There are also Ally Decks, single characters sold on their own with their own unique mechanics.

The original Red Dragon Inn characters are

Red Dragon Inn 2 adds:

Red Dragon Inn 3 got creative with

Red Dragon Inn 4 brings in the crew of the Crimson Drake , composed of

Stand-alone Ally Decks include

An additional game, "Gambling? I'm in!" can be used in the main game or as a standalone game.


This game contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Fiona the Volatile, Serena the Pious, Captain Whitehawk... pretty much all the female characters.
  • All There in the Manual: While most of the characters' personalities are very well spelled out in their decks, the website has started publishing short stories set in the RDI world that flesh out their backstories more, and the actual layout and history of the inn was published in a supplement for Pathfinder.
  • Almighty Janitor: It's a bar full of adventurers, many of whom have no compulsions about poisoning their best friends as a prank - and one glare from the Wench, and they'll stop what they're doing. She's also the one who drags them to their rooms when they get too inebriated, and she's very good friends with Pooky.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: All the fighters to some degree, but Bryn, in particular.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Played with. Fiona has one - but she wears it underneath her practical and actually useful full plate armor. She also doesn't like people making jokes about said bikini.
  • Character Alignment: Serena's The Paladin so she's supposed to be good... but her piety rises and falls depending on her actions in game.
  • Continuity Nod: Pooky's deck has a lot of this. Some of the cards are ripped wholesale from his shared deck with Zot, while others have Pooky 'borrowing' things from other adventurers (including Dimli's grandfather's helmet and Phrenk's 'special stuff').
  • Cute Monster Girl:
    • Kaylin, though she'd probably rip your eyes out, since she hates the whole "cutesy Pixie thing".
    • Serena is a surprisingly attractive Orc maiden, and it's even noted on the website that she survived because the paladins who destroyed her village thought she was too cute a baby to kill.
    • Natyli is adorable, as opposed to the only male Troll we see, who is hideous.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Natyli.
  • The Dandy: Fleck. He even refers to himself as a "fop".
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Gog has this in spades. His most damaging attack involves him trying to dance with someone.
  • Everyone Calls Her the Wench: The lady who serves the drinks is often seen but never named.
  • Expy: Dimli is an obvious example, so is Cormac the Mighty.
  • Gag Boobs: Sure those men are interested in your "religion", Deidre...
    • Also Eve the Illusionist.
  • Gargle Blaster: Look out for some of the "4 alcohol content" drinks. Averted by water and coffee, which reduce inebriation.
  • Gentle Giant: Gog wants to be this so very much, and is really a calm and gentle soul, but he's just so big and strong and clumsy that he fails.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Remy cares about the well-being of his crew (and fellow adventurers), but he's willing to get rough to discipline them.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Gog is half-Ogre and absolutely huge.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Fiona, who can heal herself with drinks, and Bryn, who crushes beer steins and flexes around piles of mugs.
  • I Drank What?: Some drinks are things that nobody should be drinking.
    • Justified in the Red Dragon Inn Guide to Inns and Taverns - it's a tradition called 'drinking the board'. The adventurers all pay a gold for a round of drinks, and when it's their turn, they get whatever drink is up next on the big board in the kitchen. These include things like dirty dishwater, elven wine with a chaser of elven wine with a chaser of elven wine with a chaser of ale, and coffee.
  • Karma Meter: Serena's Piety Meter, which changes or is changed by the effects of her cards depending on how high her piety is.
  • Killer Rabbit:
    • POOKY, so much. One of his cards is even called "Nasty great pointy teeth".
      • It's worth mentioning that Pooky isn't referred to as a rabbit on his deck, but a "Weird Thing". His origin story on the website suggests that he's some manner of chaos elemental.
    • Kaylin the Enchanter, a cute looking Pixie who absolutely hates being called cute and is generally a vicious, scheming little bastard.
  • The Lad-ette: Bryn the Boatswain, who flexes in pretty much all of her cards. Fiona isn't that far behind her, either.
    • Although Fiona would argue the point - one of her cards is even called "Who says I'm not a lady?!"
  • Mechanically Unusual Class: From the third game set onwards, the game designers added unique rules to many of the characters:
    • Kaylin has a secondary deck showing Wulfric's mood, which changes every turn granting bonuses or penalties.
    • Every time Wizgille uses an invention, she turns over a card from her Gadget deck to see how well it works or how disasterously it fails.
    • Killer Rabbit Pooky has a Sanity Meter, while Serena has a Karma Meter.
    • Erin the Ever-Changing has four possible forms: a bear for damage, a raven for gold control, a tree for resisting everything, and her norrmal elven form.
    • Phrenk can brew potions to either sell or drink.
    • Natyli can curse and debuff other players, giving them tokens to make them get hit harder, get drunk faster, or make their cards less effective.
    • Remy has a special Marked mechanic for dealing with delinquent players, which usually enhances the effects of his cards if he targets Marked players.
  • The Medic: Deidre and Serena can heal others for bonuses or coin... but sometimes Deidre's spells just wear off.
  • Miss Fanservice: All the girls have their moments. Kaylin is the only one that ends up naked (albeit with a Scenery Censor), bathing in her beer.
  • My Nayme Is: Phrenk (Frank) the Alchemist and Witchdoctor Natyli (Natalie).
  • No Sell: I DON'T THINK SO (and in a subversion, that can be denied by another "I Don't Think So".)
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Dimli is a typical helmeted, bearded, hard-drinking, axe-swinging example.
  • Raised by Orcs: Serena's backstory is an inversion — a band of human paladins wiped out an orc tribe and raised the innocent infant orc they found as one of their own.
  • Sanity Meter: Pooky has one, it affects his cards and goes: Calm, Manic, Crazy, Psychotic...
  • Slipping a Mickey: An actual card for Gerki, with predictable effect.
    • Phrenk also has a few cards that effectively do this. Eve will outright conceal a drink of Dragon Breath Ale as something else.
  • Square Race, Round Class: Serena, the Orc Paladin. How 'good' a paladin she is depends on how you play.
  • Third-Person Person: Gog.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Gog. Watch out if he wants to give everyone a nice big HUG.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: Except it's after the adventure.
    • The general cliché of not knowing each other beforehand is also averted. Not only are the characters already an experienced adventuring party (and a ship's crew, for expansion pack #4), but several members are specifically connected to one another: Brother Bastian is specifically looking for Serena the Pious because he initially thinks she's a fraud, while Witchdoctor Natyli and Brewmaster Phenk are niece and uncle.