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Organized Play Season 6 and Introducing Tavern League!

Published on January 27, 2020 by in SlugNews

Our Organized Play tournament program is rolling into its sixth season, with refreshed promo cards, door prizes and exciting new Winner Coins! Read on to learn more about the new content, and visit the Organized Play site for rules and program information. Let your Friendly Local Game Store know – you want to play Red Dragon Inn tournaments!

Organized Play is your opportunity to prove that you’re a tavern brawling expert in Red Dragon Inn Tournaments! These tournaments are hosted by Tournament Organizers at your local game store, giving fans of RDI a friendly place to compete for fabulous prizes.

We’ve continued to update and refine the prizes on offer, and we’re excited to share this season’s stuff with you.

Season 6 includes the lovely promos above as well as new, hefty Winner Coins replacing the pins we’ve offered in the past! We’re bringing back the Prize Bin Markers as a door prize, and a new design of Gambling In/Out Markers as well.

We hope you’ll enjoy these prizes and participate in Season 6 of Organized Play! We’re also debuting something new…

Welcome to Red Dragon Inn Tavern League!

Tavern League is a casual play program meant to attract newer and more laid-back players, where RDI fans can meet and play games in a friendly, relaxed environment. The League format is ideal for hosting regular RDI nights (or days, we won’t judge) with a little structure and prize support to keep customers coming back to play multiple times. The focus isn’t on winning or losing, but on regular attendance, good sportsmanship, and hearty laughs!

What does TL mean for OP?

Don’t worry! We’re not taking anything away from existing programs. Stores that run Organized Play tournaments can absolutely participate in Tavern League and vice versa. All we ask is that you don’t “cross the streams” and use Tavern League prizes for tournaments or Organized Play prizes at league events! The kits have different purposes, so the support inside each is weighted differently.

Okay, so…What are the prizes?!

Tavern League offers Participation Promos and Finisher Promos, as well as Finisher Stickers, and an array of Special Award Stickers given out based on special criteria.

 

Expensive and inquisitive promo drinks!

 

Gerki’s a great sport, and Kaylin eyes a great big drink!

 

For this first season, the theme is ‘Bringing the Party Together’ – that means the Special Awards are for Best Sport, Best Recruiter, and Biggest Drink! There’s also a sticker for the League Organizer, to give them a little recognition for their hard work.

If Tavern League sounds like a fun way to spend some time gaming with other Red Dragon Inn fans, let your friendly local retailer know about the program!

 

Season 6 Organized Play Winner Coin designed by Brian Patterson (D20 Monkey), and manufactured by our friends at Campaign Coins.

The 2020 SlugCrew Rewards!

Published on January 8, 2020 by in SlugCrew, SlugNews

It’s a whole new decade of gaming, and we’re happy to join you all in it. And what better way to start than to show off the exciting new 2020 SlugCrew Rewards?

SlugCrew is our international team of gamers who demo, run tournaments and share their love of SlugFest Games with others. By running events at game stores and conventions, SlugCrew members earn special rewards like promo cards for The Red Dragon Inn as well as pre-release versions of upcoming Character Decks. Ozrik, Wrench, Keet, Adonis, Murgath and Piper have all been pre-released to SlugCrew over the life of the program.

Long story short: teach the games you love, tell us about it, and we send you cool stuff!

We have three new promo cards again this year; two drinks with a follow-up effect and one Prize card that’s stuffed with potential. Hopefully the Holy Council won’t need their notes anytime soon!

You can earn these drinks by getting 30 SlugCrew points (or about 6 hours worth of demoing). SlugCrew who earn 150 points or more will get our Major Reward, a brand new pre-release character deck: Melvyn, the Collegium Archivist!

Melvyn is a wise minotaur and a lifelong student of the ancient Runic Magicks. He’s responsible for the mapping and curation of the Arcane Archive – a vast extraplanar space created to store all manner of strange, powerful and dangerous items. The outer rooms of the Archive serve as the Collegium’s library, while the labyrinthine inner chambers are off-limits to all but the most senior staff. Melvyn was brought to life with lovely art from Megan Langan!

While Melvyn may be an infrequent adventurer, he’s also an old classmate of Zot’s, and he’s always up for sharing a pint with our heroes and introducing them to a new game (fresh from the dusty tomes of the Arcane Archives!)

As a scholar of Runic Magicks, Melvyn comes with a side deck of Rune cards. At the beginning of his turn, and whenever a card tells him to do so, he reveals a card from his Rune deck and places it face up near his player mat. The Runes come in four colors; Red, Blue, Gold and Black. Runes allow Melvyn to ‘power up’ some of his cards!

Many of Melvyn’s cards have a better effect when they are powered up with Runes – the colored scroll icons in the card’s text indicate which color(s) of Rune(s) are needed. There is also a four-color scroll icon, which means any Rune can be used. To use a Rune to power up a card, simply discard that Rune as you play the card! If a power-up cost involves multiple Runes, you must discard all of the Runes listed for that ability.

This curious calligrapher is a skillful and flexible gambler, with plenty of ways to make the most out of a round! To really get the best play out of Melvyn, you need to generate and spend Runes wisely. He reveals at least one per turn, so while you may want to save them up, hoarding them will leave some of Melvyn’s best card effects unused.

These rewards go ‘live’ as of today – if you’ve already earned the points you need for them, we’ll be getting them to you in a couple of weeks! If you’ve moved since the last time you earned a SlugCrew reward, please email us right away to let us know at slugcrew@slugfestgames.com.

Extra Life Stream and 50th Character Announcement!

Published on November 1, 2019 by in SlugNews

You’ve probably seen our previous post about our partnership in support of Extra Life, but now we’re joining in and planning a stream of our own to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! We’re raising money for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals this year, and you can help us reach our goals.

Next weekend on November 9th, from Noon PST until 6pm PST, we’ll be livestreaming on Twitch to encourage donations to Extra Life! We’ll also be giving away copies of the Water of Life promo card, and raffling other sweet, to-be-revealed prizes.

We’ll be playing games, chatting with guests, answering questions, and telling a few ripping yarns about SlugFest Games’ history, so join in on the fun!

You can watch the stream on our Twitch channel.

We’ve got one more piece of good news – we’re getting ready to announce the 50th Red Dragon Inn character! Who are they? What are they? We’ll be revealing the identity of the 50th character at 5pm PST, 8pm EST on November 9th, LIVE on our stream!

So mark your calendars, set your reminders, and please join us on Twitch to be among the first to know who will be the next visitor to the tavern.

Piper vs Ripsnarl – Now on Kickstarter!

It’s time for two new characters to join our party in The Red Dragon Inn!

Piper, Eagle-Eyed Sniper is a brilliant marksman who can hit any target with ease. Her mortal enemy Ripsnarl is a literal party animal. Together, they are a product that you can back on Kickstarter!

Piper has a side deck of hilarious arrows that allow her to (once in a while) combo off, Legolas-style, showing her opponents what it means to be on the bad side of such an excellent archer.

Ripsnarl’s deck includes cards that have a different effect whether he is in his human form or his werewolf form. His werewolf form tends to cause more damage to his opponents, but when he is a human he builds up Fury, allowing him a damage bonus when he becomes a werewolf again. And, of course, Ripsnarl is a villain, so he has extra cards to add to his deck during a Boss Battle!

The Kickstarter campaign offers pledge levels for the casual fan, the hardcore collector, and even the total Red Dragon Inn newbie! So head over to Kickstarter and back the project today!

SlugFest Games Teams Up with Extra Life!

Published on July 22, 2019 by in Uncategorized

We’re excited to announce a collaboration we’ve been working on with Extra Life, an organization you may already know about that unites thousands of players around the world to host fundraising and gaming marathons in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

For years now, we’ve been supporting streamers who reached out to us for help with their Extra Life events. We’re always pleased to see just how many of our fans are putting in the work to support their favorite charities, and we’re grateful that those fans invite us to be a part of that!

This year, we’re offering copies of a special promo card to Extra Life streamers to help make their events more exciting for participants – the Water of Life! Copies of this card will be given away by the streamers to viewers of their livestreams as a big ‘THANK YOU’ for supporting their fundraising efforts.

If you want to take part in Extra Life this year, you should go here to register and here to connect with others and learn more about streaming your favorite games in support of Extra Life and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Extra Life’s community resources hold a vast wealth of tips and best practices for making your stream fun to run, fun to watch, safe, AND successful!

If you’re playing The Red Dragon Inn during your Extra Life event, please reach out to us at support@slugfestgames.com and we’ll send you some copies of Water of Life to give away to your stream’s viewers and donors! We’ll need your name and address, a description of your livestream plans, and a link to your fundraising page.

Not interested in running a livestream for Extra Life? Want a copy of Water of Life for your very own? Keep an eye out for streams run by board gamers, watch their content, spread the word, and of course, donate to your favorite Extra Life streams for the kids!

We’ll be giving shout-outs to Extra Life streamers who participate, so keep an eye on our Twitter and our Facebook calendar!

Kung Fu Fighting is Back!

Published on June 19, 2019 by in Uncategorized

We’ve had occasional requests over the years to reprint our first game, Kung Fu Fighting. This game has long been a fan favorite, thanks to its fun flavor and super-simple game play. For a long time, there wasn’t enough demand to go to our manufacturer and make a whole new print run.

But now we have two important new developments in the games industry: Kickstarter and DriveThruCards. The combination of the two means that we can reprint old classics with relatively low risk. So that’s what we’re doing!

You can back our new project right now on Kickstarter. If you do, you are guaranteed a copy of the game, which includes all content from both Kung Fu Fighting and the More Kung Fu Fighting expansion. If we raise less than $30,000, everyone will get a simple (but high-quality) version of the game from our friends at DriveThruCards. If we hit our $30k stretch goal, we will instead send every backer a boxed edition of the game done via our normal manufacturing process rather than print on demand. Either way, you get a classic game (and its expansion!) at a great price.

So back now! And tell your friends – Kung Fu Fighting is back!

Only a Couple Weeks Left to Get the RDI Smorgasbox!

Published on March 6, 2019 by in Uncategorized

The Kickstarter Campaign for The Red Dragon Inn Smorgasbox ends on March 21st. This expansion has a little something for everyone, but the most important thing you don’t want to miss is the Collector’s Edition pledge level. This pledge level is your one shot at getting the latest expansion in it’s exciting super-box, perfect for the RDI fan who’s already maxed out their Character Trove and wants to have storage room to spare for a good long while.

But one big box is not all that comes with the game! All pledge levels are positively loaded with content fans have been requesting, including Roxana, a brand new character for both The Red Dragon Inn and Battle for Greyport, the long awaited reprint of Gambling? I’m in! with brand new art and games, new faction decks for our mechanical friend Otto, metal token upgrades for the Lich King’s fingers, Promo Drinks, Prizes, and more!

If you would like to learn more, check out these Updates to the campaign that have been dropping since launch:

We have even more in store over the next couple weeks. Remember, the campaign ends March 21st and it will be your one opportunity to get that sweet Collector’s Edition upgrade. So head on over to the campaign and lock in your copy today!

The Smorgasbox Launches Feb. 20th!

Roxana, the adventurous chef, joins the party at The Red Dragon Inn in our next expansion, and she’s bringing with her a little something for everyone!

The Red Dragon Inn Smorgasbox is a brand new product and love letter to the folks who’ve been with us all these years. The expansion is positively loaded with content fans have been requesting, including Roxana, a brand new character for both The Red Dragon Inn and Battle for Greyport, the long awaited reprint of Gambling? I’m in! with brand new art, new faction decks for our mechanical friend Otto, metal token upgrades for the Lich King’s fingers, Promo Drinks, Prizes, and more!

Of course, we know what you are asking: “Adventurous chef? What is that?”  Not only is Roxana the head chef of The Red Dragon Inn, she is also no stranger to experimentation in the kitchen, preparing such ambitious dishes as Spatchcocked Cockatrice and Fire Salamander Flambé.

She also knows how to hold her own in a tavern full of adventurers, where things can get rather dangerous at a moment’s notice! We like to think of Roxana as the fifth member of the Tavern Crew from RDI 7, but she’s an excellent addition to the party even if you happen to have skipped the Tavern Crew set from last year. After the campaign launches, we’ll share more information about Roxana, where we’ll give details about how she actually gets to work with that cleaver.

Her skill at handling hazardous situations doesn’t end in the kitchen or mead hall. She’s also adept at taking a chop at monsters! Not only will you be able to add Roxana to your game of RDI, but a full Battle for Greyport starting deck for the new character is included as well! She’ll be cashing in those premium meals for some quality ingredients as she chops her way to success.

But as we said before, the Smorgasbox has a little something for everyone. If you’d like to learn more, you can check out the Campaign Page on Kickstarter and get the details about all of the cool stuff being brought to the set, especially the two new storage box options we have in store for you. The Red Dragon Inn Smorgasbox launches on Kickstarter February 20th.

En Garde Reforged Available Now!

En Garde Reforged is now available on DriveThruCards! This modern reboot of the SFG classic was made possible by our fans on Kickstarter.

You play as an impeccably-dressed Renaissance-era duelist with a score to settle. Vanquish your opponents with powerful attacks and avoid your enemies’ attacks with your expert skill. Should you find yourself becoming unkempt and fatigued, pick up a second sword or a buckler to regain the upper hand. If things get really bad, you could always pull out your pistol… That would even the odds! When the battle has ended, will you be the last one standing, or will your second have to drag you off the field?

En Garde Reforged is a cinematic action card game for 2-6 players, mixing daring sword fighting with strategic hand management elements. We have revamped the design of the cards from our old 2005 version of the game, enhancing the play with even more daring do. If you are interested in learning more, check out these two updates from the Kickstarter Campaign:

  • How to Duel – Where we break down the card types and mechanics as well as feature a fancy, animated example of play!
  • En Garde Reforged – Where we talk about the new design choices and how we approached modernizing the mechanics.

So if your a long-time fan who was desperate to relive a classic, or a brand new player looking for a fast and dirty sword fight straight out of Robin Hood, the wait is over! Order your copy today!

GII Design Contest Winners!

Published on January 31, 2019 by in SlugNews

Back in June we announced a game design contest in anticipation of our upcoming re-release of our Gambling? I’m In! title. We are happy to announce the winner of that contest: Dragon Hunt, by David DeLauder!

Here’s David with his trusty Character Trove!

Dragon Hunt follows in a long line of GII games that take the simple form of “get a hand, exchange some cards, do a few betting rounds, then show hands and see who wins”. What makes this game fun and interesting, however, is that you’re hunting a dragon, but you don’t actually know what kind of dragon (i.e. color) you’re hunting until partway through the game!

The main ways you score points are with cards matching the dragon’s color, and with “rank diversity”. In other words, a hand with many different ranks is much better than a hand of all rogues (or even all warriors, for that matter!) Several variants are also available to tweak scoring and change the incentives around a bit.

This game is easy to learn, flavorful and fun, so we’re very happy to award our top prize ($300 and a copy of the upcoming game) to David. Congratulations!

We also have two honorable mentions: Rank and Class by Jay Anderson, and Streets of Greyport by Todd Christopherson.

Jay Anderson, creator of Rank and Class

Rank and Class is a Rogues and Warriors variant that kinda made us smack our foreheads and go “of course! Why didn’t we think of that?” Normally in Rogues and Warriors, you get two cards and the best hand wins. Easy peasy. In Rank and Class, everything works the same, with one critical difference. Instead of looking only at your own cards, you are dealt two cards – one of which only you can see, and the other of which only everyone else can see. In other words, you get two cards and look at one of them, but you hold the other one up to your forehead so you can’t see it, but everyone else can.

Turns out, this small change makes the game quite different and super interesting! Thanks, Jay!

 

 

 

 

Todd Christopherson, creator of Streets of Greyport

Finally we have Streets of Greyport by Todd Christopherson. In this game, you’re loading up your cart with various kinds of goods (cards), and are pressing your luck, getting as many cards of the same color as you can into your cart before hitting three rogues. You then move cards to your warehouse, and the player with the most total rank points in their warehouse at the end of the game is the winner! This game caught our attention because it was quite different from any existing GII games, so we’re happy to give it the accolades it deserves.

Jay and Todd will receive $100 and a copy of the upcoming game as well. And if you’ve read this far, you’ve probably noticed that I keep saying “the upcoming game”. Well, there will be an announcement about that product in the next couple of weeks, but I can say that the product isn’t just a reprint of GII. It’s bigger than that. Physically bigger, in fact…