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Battle for Greyport: Updates and Resources

Published on February 9, 2017 by in SlugNews

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Hi, everyone! We’re happy to announce a new resources page for The Red Dragon Inn: Battle for Greyport, our cooperative deckbuilding game. This page is where we will put new content, including alternate scenarios, videos, and updated rules documents.

Speaking of updated rules, we’ve made a few changes and clarifications to the rulebook based on customer feedback. The big change is that we’ve introduced the concept of Rest Healing. At the beginning of the game, you choose a number of HP to heal between encounters (when you level up). For your first game, we recommend 2, and we suggest bumping that number up or down as necessary for later games. Here’s the beauty part about this new rule: if you liked the game as it was before, you can simply pick a Rest Healing of 0 (now called “Hardcore Mode”) and the game plays just like it did originally.

We added lots of clarifications to the rules, too, like:

  • We made it clear that Taunt is always optional, and that the down arrow just means “if you’re going to Taunt something, you need to do it right when you play the card” (pages 10 and 16).
  • We reworked the monster damage section of the rules (page 11) to make it clear that all of the steps you follow when a location is destroyed are ONLY for that case, and that you don’t distribute monsters from the location at any other time.
  • We made it clearer that only the defending player may recruit, discard and refill at the end of a round (page 12).
  • We removed the confusing term “Encounter Cleanup” and wrote a new, more detailed section called “Ending the Encounter” (page 13).
  • We added a “Tips and Tricks” section with a bit of strategy advice (page 14).
  • We clarified that if you shield all the damage from a monster with an ability like Slash or Cursed, the ability never happens (page 15).

There were various other small fixes, as well (for example, the printed rulebook mistakenly says that there are 44 HP tokens, when the box actually only contains 42).

We’ve also updated the scenario The Interrupted Party. Customer feedback suggested that new players were getting frustrated by the difficulty level of that introductory scenario. After looking at customer response, it became clear to us that we were trying to do a little too much with that scenario. We wanted it to be a good introduction, a reasonable challenge for new players, and also fairly short. Unfortunately, putting all three of those things together meant that we didn’t do any of them particularly well. So, for the updated Interrupted Party, we removed the “short game” requirement and just focused on the other two.

So, we hope you like the updates. Be sure to bookmark the resources page for new content and updates. Thanks, everyone!

Organized Play Season 3 is Live!

Published on January 28, 2017 by in SlugCrew, SlugNews

Hey SlugFans!

Organized Play Season 3 is here, and the swag is even more awesome than ever before! We have new promo cards, metal pins, tokens and are now introducing beer coasters themed after the signature drinks of the Red Dragon Inn. Don’t miss out on your chance to get this awesome stuff!

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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.

Last year we launched OP with a Tournament Kit that featured two brand new promo drink cards that could support up to four tournaments. We got a lot of feedback about how the cards were cool, but getting together four times for the same prizes was not so groovy. After much deliberation we have altered the kit to provide an exceptional pile of goodies for two tournaments.

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The Season 3 OP Kit includes support for two tournaments with the following prizes:

  • 40 copies of the Participation Promo: Nitrel Glycerin (20 for each tournament)
  • 6 copies of the Premium Promo: Hellspawn Stout (3 for each tournament)
  • 2 Season 3 Winner Pins awarded to the champion of each tournament.
  • 2 Wild Card Prizes: 1 random pick of 4 RDI Beer Coaster designs and a pair of metal Fortitude and Alcohol Content Markers!

Just like last time, we are offering OP Season 2 Catch-up Kits with enough copies of Hair of the Dwarf and Whitehawk’s Private Reserve so you can run a third tournament. These Season 2 Catch-up Kits are only $5 when you order one with your Season 3 kit. Season 2 Catch-up Kits are limited to 1 per Season 3 Kit ordered and are only available while supplies last.

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Who doesn’t like awesome swag and supporting local business? If you are stoked to see more promo cards and premium swag like this then reach out to your Friendly Local Game Store and let them know you want Organized Play! Your FLGS can order the kit through our website here.

We are also excited to hear about your experience. So make sure you bring your friends, have a good time and share what you did with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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OP Kits are for you to promote your store and our games. We want you to be successful because you are responsible for the bulk of our income! Keep up the good work and share an exciting program with your customers.

Each kit comes with enough material for two events. We tried our best to price them economically and want all the feedback you can give us about the kits and the program. You can send feedback to us at: SlugFestGames@gmail.com

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We are going to need you for Season 3 as well! Storefronts will need dedicated RDI fans to run these events. Organized Play will offer you a chance to earn points toward your SlugCrew Rewards, as well as the opportunity to earn these new promos! We will be relying on the feedback of tournament organizers like you to continue improving the program. When you submit event reports, feel free to include any feedback you might have for us!

You can get all of the documentation ahead of time on the Organized Play Page of our website. Brief yourselves on the rules and regulations, and then get out there and let your FLGS know you want to run events!

 

The Battle for Greyport

Published on December 5, 2016 by in RDI History

To celebrate the release of The Red Dragon Inn: Battle for Greyport, our old friend and founding member of the SFG team, Geoff Bottone, returns with another story. Will you defend the city from the monsters and defeat their nefarious boss, or will the city (and the tavern!) be overrun? Get your copy today right here.

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1The warning bells sounded, echoing down the narrow streets of the city. It could mean only one thing; Greyport was under attack!

Fiona drew her sword and ran toward the sounds of destruction, shouldering aside the members of the crowd that fled in the opposite direction. A few of the people, more present-minded than the rest, saw her coming and made way for her.  It was not long before she was comparatively alone on the street, the din of battle and retreating citizenry echoing from the streets on either side of her.

Gerki was missing, of course—had been missing since the moment Greyport’s alarm bells started to ring. That was either a really good thing or a really bad thing. Fiona had adventured with Gerki long enough to assume it was the former. She hoped she wasn’t wrong.

She continued running, her armor clanking, her eye ever vigilant for signs of monsters or villainy. She was almost to the courtyard of the Mages’ Collegium when a very large shadow passed overhead.

Fiona looked up, eyes wide, as the vast shadow opened its maw and exhaled a streamer of fire onto the rooftops of the city. Thatch and shingles ignited in an instant, filling the sky with coils of black smoke.

“Dragon!”

“Yes!” said someone behind her. “He comes at last, and woe betide the squatting rats who presumed to take his rightful place.”

Fiona took her eyes off the burning roofs, off of the sky, and saw a livid man in a black robe approaching her. Even if he had not spoken, she could tell from the look in his eye that this was not a man to be parlayed with. Swinging her shield off of her back, she dropped into a fighting stance and readied herself for the inevitable attack.

“I have heard his call,” the man went on. “Oh yes, I and others have come to serve. We are here now to await the cleansing fire and to hasten his coming.”

Fiona sighed. “Either fight me or get the hell out of my way.”

The man cackled as he produced a strange, glowing rod from his sleeve. The gemstone set into the rod’s tip flared with arcane radiance and hurled a crackling black beam of death at Fiona. She raised her shield, but the deadly energy cascaded around the edges, pouring like water past her defense. The merest touch of the beam was agony. Fiona swore in dwarven as the pain drove her to her knee.

“Rejoice, my sister,” said the man. “You will be among the first to be cleanse…”

The beam and its terrible pain vanished all at once. The man let out a groan and fell sideways, his knees collapsing beneath him as he dropped to the cobblestones. Gerki stood in the street just behind him, holding a pair of freshly-bloodied daggers.

“Thought you could use a hand,” he said, winking.

Fiona got to her feet. “You thought right. C’mon. We have to stop that dragon.”

Gerki bent to wipe his daggers clean on the man’s black robes. “We, Fiona? We have to stop the dragon?”

“Yeah we do, because we’re adventurers and the city’s on fire.”

Gerki sheathed his now-gleaming knives. “You’re sure you’d rather do that than, say, head on down to the Undercity and wait for this all to blow over? I know a couple of nice, quiet, fireproof spots.”

“No. Come on, Gerki. We’re almost to the Collegium. I’m sure we’ll find some help there.”

She ran. As expected, Gerki came running after her. They reached the high road that led up to the gates of the Collegium, only to see it besieged by a large cluster of people clad in matching black robes.

“Just so you know,” said Gerki, “the Undercity offer is perpetually on the table.”

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“This doesn’t look like everyone,” said Zot, eyeing the Collegium Masters who had assembled upon the balcony.

Deirdre came up behind the assembled wizards and shrugged her shoulders. “It’s everyone I could find, which is really worrying, you know, considering.”

One of the oldest of the masters, older even than Zot, looked around and shook his head, dismayed. “A pity the dragon and the cultists decided to attack us in summer session, when most of the students and faculty are away.”

“Surely there are others,” said Zot, taking a quick head count of the depressingly low numbers.

“There are some summer students in the dining hall,” said the elderly master. “But…”

Deirdre rolled her eyes and opened her hands, palms upward, in an appellation to the Goddess. “You hurried me right past the dining hall like there wasn’t anyone in there!”

“No one there would be of any use to us in battle,” said the elderly master. “They are just students. They should remain in the dining hall for their safety.”

Zot tugged at his beard, just about pulling it out by the roots. “Deirdre, you’d better go and get them.”

“But,” interrupted the old master, “they’re not trained!”

“Do they know how to cast Magic Missile?”

The Collegium Master looked back at his fellows for a moment. There were shrugs all around. “Yes, I suppose they do. It’s one of the first spells we teach…”

“Then get them up here!” said Zot. “We need all the firepower we can get.”

“But…”

“A dragon is attacking the city.”

“Stop arguing with them, Zot. I’ll go and get the students.”  Deirdre tugged on the voluminous sleeve of a water mage. “Come on, you, show me the quickest way back to the dining hall.”

One of the other mages, who had been surveying the front gates of the Collegium, turned to the others. “They appear to be performing a ritual spell. It’s some kind of summoning, I think. The soldiers are advancing to the square, but I don’t know that they’ll make it in time.”

“Dispelling spells,” shouted one of the Collegium Masters. “Disrupt that ritual!”

Zot pulled his wand out from its holster on his belt and wondered, for perhaps the dozenth time, where Pooky had gotten to. He hoped that the blasted rabbit would make it back before the battle was over—they could certainly use an angry ball of bad attitude and teeth right about now.

He aimed down at the courtyard, preparing to unleash a barrage of magical lightning at the cultists, when his finely-tuned Wizard Sight detected something powerful manifesting in the air right beside him. Zot whirled around, just in time to see Chronos materialize out of the timestream.

“Chronos. Thank goodness you’re here. We’re…”

“No time for that. I’m here for another reason.”  Chronos glanced out at the balcony and the shuddering magical energies that the mages of the Collegium had woven in the air. “Once you’re done here, come as quickly as you can to the Great Temple. The Grand Cleric will desperately need all the firepower that the four of you can muster.”

“Four of us?”

Chronos snapped his fingers. “Ah, yes!  Should have mentioned that. Gerki and Fiona are on their way to you, and they’re bringing reinforcements.”

“Thank goodness for that!” Zot paused to stroke his beard. A thought had suddenly occurred to him. “Once we’re done? Does that mean we win?”

“That would be telling.” Chronos grinned and began disappearing back into the timestream. “But the answer is mostly yes.”

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bg_blacksmithFiona had lost her sword somewhere along the way, but she continued to contribute to the fray by forcing cultists to chew the edge of her shield. It wasn’t long before she spotted a claymore by the body of a fallen soldier. She gave it a good swing to test its weight before letting out a raucous battle cry and charging up the Collegium’s steps. Magic crashed and splashed about her as she hewed cultists down on every side.

Moments later, the battle was over. Gerki trotted up the stairs to stand beside her, breathing heavily.

“Stupid human-sized steps,” he huffed.

“You all right?”

“Yeah. You?”

“Just fine,” she beamed, resting the claymore on her shoulder. “I got a new toy.”

“Me, too,” said Gerki. “Several in fact.”

Gerki started to open up his coat to show her, but stopped when he realized that Zot was stomping down the steps, velvet robes flying. Pooky rode along on the wizard’s shoulder, and several very intense looking fire mages followed after, their stored magical potential causing the air around them to smolder and shimmer.

Deirdre came bounding down the steps after them, in a manner that made quite a few of the battle-weary defenders in the plaza of the Collegium look up and take notice. Deirdre ignored them, but a small, pleased smile crossed her lips as she approached Fiona and Gerki.

“Well, hello, you two. I’m pleased to see you’re mostly unscathed, especially with the way Fiona keeps charging into things.”

Fiona ran a hand through her unruly hair. “It worked, didn’t it?”

“It did, yes.” A hint of a smile played at the corner of Deirdre’s mouth.

Gerki crossed his arms over his now-closed coat. “So. Collegium still standing?”

“More or less,” said Zot. “Mostly cosmetic damage. Thank you for the assistance, by the way.”

“You’re welcome!” Fiona gave him a thumbs up. “Any day I get to hew through legions of enemies is a good day.”

“The day’s not over yet, I’m afraid. In addition to the dragon that I’m sure we’ve all seen flying around, I have it on good authority that the Great Temple is being threatened.” Zot gestured at the motley pack of apprentice mages and low-ranking soldiers that had clustered around them. “If you would all accompany me.”

Fiona hefted her new sword. “With pleasure.”

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Despite Zot’s apocalyptic warnings and exhortations to hurry, they found that the Great Temple, though suffering the usual chaos one might expect from a city beset by invading monsters, was unharmed. Soldiers patrolled the perimeter, keeping a watch out for cultists and other creatures, while junior clergy helped to escort the wounded into the temple for healing.

“I’m pleased to discover you’re wrong,” said Deirdre, looking rather relieved at the state of the Great Temple.

“Yeah,” agreed Gerki, his cheeks a rosy pink. “I guess we could have settled for a leisurely amble after all.”

Pooky hopped down from Zot’s shoulder as the wizard looked around, his impressive grey brows furrowing with concern. “No, I don’t think so. Chronos said…”

“Chronos said what?” said Chronos, who was just walking up with two mysterious-looking, cloaked characters in tow. Fiona felt her sword hand start to itch, but it subsided when she realized that, though the people in cloaks were likely very nefarious, they weren’t cultists.

“You said the temple was in danger,” said Zot.

“I say a lot of things.” Chronos favored them with a smile and a shrug. “Some of them even come to pass.”

Before Zot could reply, the flagstones of the temple plaza gave a small, but very firm shake. Fiona readied her sword and looked around as slashes of coruscating light tore open the air around the temple grounds.

“Zot,” said Gerki, his voice even higher than normal. “What is that?”

“It appears we didn’t stop the cultists’ summoning ritual in time. Everyone, get ready!”

Scaled beasts started to pour through the rents in reality, filling the air with thrashing wings and lashing tails. The acolytes and injured ran for cover as the wyverns and dragonspawn carpeted the plaza with fire and ice.

Deirdre raised her hands and shouted an invocation. Clean, blue light shot down from above. “We’re going to need the power of the Goddess to win this battle!”

“We may need more gods than that,” said Zot. “We need to get a message to the Grand Cleric! Ohava will have to rally the faithful and help us coordinate…Look out!”

They all ducked for cover as a dragonspawn darted out of the sky. It snapped at the air with its savage jaws and lashed out with its armored tail. The tail tip struck the ground right where Gerki had been standing, hard enough to splinter one of the paving stones.

4Chronos held up his small hourglass, directing the power of the sands of time at the dragonspawn. The power of the hourglass withered the creature’s wings, sapped its vitality and strength. It collapsed in a heap. Before it could lift its heavy head on its now-arthritic neck, Zot finished it off with a blast of lightning.

“As I said,” continued Zot, “we need Ohava!”

“Do you want me to get her now, or sooner than now?”

“Whatever works, Chronos. Hurry!”

The magical light show caused by Chronos slipping into the timestream caught the eye of two ferocious-looking ice wyverns. They rounded on the party, sheets of frost falling from their wings. One rushed forward, its sinusoidal body whipping back and forth as it crossed the plaza. The other took to the air, nostrils whistling as it drew a tremendous amount of air into its lungs.

One of the apprentice mages tugged on Zot’s voluminous sleeve. “But…but…I’m just an apprentice…”

Gerki reached into his coat and extracted a rather majestic-looking scepter and pressed it into the apprentice mage’s hands. “Here you go, buddy. Why don’t you try giving this a flick of the wrist?”

“That’s Master Caboth’s scepter!” Zot sputtered. “Where did you get that?”

“Oh, you know,” said Gerki, with a wave of his hand. “Around.”

“Guys!” Fiona pointed at the advancing lizards with her claymore. “Pay attention!”

“Right,” said Zot. “Form up, everyone!”

The wyvern on the ground lunged forward, while the wyvern in the sky exhaled a cone of razor-sharp ice crystals. Fiona gritted her teeth, fully expecting to take the assault on the chin, but also hoping that she would be able to bring down one of the wyverns. As her vision filled with blue-white scales, she looked desperately for a vulnerable spot.

The ice shards never hit her, and the grounded wyvern never got close enough for her to find its weak point. Instead, both the shards and the wyvern bounced off a pearlescent field of energy that sprang into being in front of the party. The ground-based wyvern skidded along it, its claws finding no purchase, before its own momentum caused it to collapse in a heap in front of the shield.

Deirdre gestured with her holy symbol and the protective field vanished into the ground. With the barrier gone, Fiona leaped forward, driving the point of her sword into the fallen wyvern’s exposed chest. She twisted the sword, watching as the light vanished from the wyvern’s eyes and a final puff of frost passed between its lips.

She had a clever quip prepared, and would have said it had not Gerki tackled her from behind. The pair of them tumbled across the courtyard of the Great Temple as the skybound wyvern blasted the flagstones with its icy breath.

“Sorry about that, Fi,” said Gerki, trying to extricate himself from Fiona’s limbs and his own cloak.

They separated and stood up, Fiona watching the sky as the wyvern swung around, presumably for another pass. “No problem. Thanks for the save.”

Gerki flashed a buck-toothed grin.

“Oh no,” shouted Deirdre. “The temple!”

The wheeling wyvern had left them alone, preferring instead to join with its winged brethren on an all-out assault at the temple gates. Scrabbling wings and claws scored the marble columns and ripped holy statues from their alcoves.

Fiona pushed past Gerki and, with one powerful tug, ripped her new sword free from the ice wyvern’s frosty heart. She looked at the assembled knot of her party members and at the various other heroes and hangers-on they had collected since the first battle at the Collegium. “We’ve got to stop them before they tear the temple to pieces!”

“I agree,” said Zot. “Any suggestions?”

Fiona took the big sword in a one-handed grip and slung her shield down off of her back. With a toss of her head and a wild grin on her face, she turned to face the combined might of the dragonkin attacking the Grand Temple.

“Sure, follow me.”

She took off at a dead run, howling and beating the flat of her blade against the edge of her shield. The nearest wyverns turned at the din, their fangs bared, as Fiona closed with them. She didn’t look behind her to see if the others had followed. She just counted on the fact that they were there.

And they were. Crackling magic from Zot’s wand arced high over her head to strike a dragonkin in the flanks. Pure divine power hurled aside those lizards that had all but breached the temple doors. A brace of throwing knives took flight, burying themselves in the few vulnerable spots not covered by iron-hard scales.

Fiona pointed her sword at the ice wyvern that had almost given her frostbite.

“You!” she shouted. “You’re mine!”

The ice wyvern roared in response, the chilling mist of its own breath wreathing its head.

Fiona felt her shield shift on her arm as a heavy weight landed on it. She glanced down, sword at the ready in case a tiny dragonet or other small, scaly thing had made landfall there when she wasn’t looking. Instead, she saw a fluffy white ball of teeth and ears.

Pooky nodded at Fiona. Fiona nodded back.

“Correction,” shouted Fiona. “You’re ours!”

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It had been a hard battle. The façade of the Great Temple, as well as its holy servitors, bore many fresh scars. Fiona was pleased that they had given better than they had gotten, though. As she tightened a makeshift bandage down over a wound in her thigh, she surveyed the rapidly cooling (or, in the case of the ice wyverns, warming) lizard corpses that were strewn about the plaza.

The dragon’s shadow passed overhead, looming larger this time. Fiona felt the temperature rise as a blazing plume of flame touched off an inferno on the next street over.

“FACE ME, OLD ONE!” roared the dragon, its voice so loud that Fiona’s armor vibrated. “FACE ME NOW, OR THESE LANDS ARE MINE BY RIGHT!”

The dragon performed an impressive aerial maneuver, banking up into a sky now grey with smoke. It turned and, with a single flap of its powerful wings, began its descent toward Greyport. Fiona watched it dive, saw it come down in the heart of the city, near to the Grand Square, right near…

“Oh, the hell you don’t!” shouted Fiona, getting to her feet. “Come on, people, we have a tavern to save!”

“Oh, it did not just mess with our home turf,” said Gerki, rubbing his nose with determination. “That was its last mistake. I’m going to make boots out of its hide.”

“Brave words, everyone,” said Zot, as Pooky mounted his shoulder. “Now let’s see if we can stop this thing and not die in the process.”

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The dragon towered over the Grand Square and the entrance to the Red Dragon Inn. A buffet of its tail overturned a wagon. A swipe of its massive claw brought the inn’s sign down in a splintered heap.

“THIS EFFIGY DOES NOT AMUSE ME!”  bellowed the dragon. “THERE IS ONLY ONE RED DRAGON FIT TO DWELL WITHIN THIS AERIE, AND IT IS I, MORDIGAR.”

“Get out of our city,” said Fiona, aiming the tip of her claymore in the vicinity of the dragon’s head. “This is your last warning!”

The earth shook from the dragon’s wild laughter. “YOUR DEFIANCE IS LIKE THE BUZZING OF GNATS IN A HURRICANE! YOU SHALL PERISH IN FLAME!”

The dragon breathed, exhaling a firestorm that devastated the square’s eastern archway. The timbers of the arch collapsed in the assault, burying the brave soldiers beneath it in a shower of embers and smoke. Their screams told Fiona that at least some of them were alive, but not all.

“What’s the plan?” she said to Zot.

“We’ll need to fan out so that it can’t kill us all at once,” said the wizard, tugging nervously on his beard. “We need to keep it distracted somehow, too. If it’s busy fighting a lot of little skirmishes, it can’t focus too much on one of us.”

Deidre clasped her hands together, holding her holy symbol between them. “Oh, Goddess, strengthen your faithful in their hour of need. Protect us from the fiery death that will soon rain down from above.”

Fiona hefted her sword. “While the Goddess is doing that, Gerki and I will try to get in close for the kill.”

“Close?” said Gerki.

The dragon spread its wings, flapping them with such force that it churned the air into twisting cyclones. One stray wing buffet struck a tower in the corner of the square, scattering it in a collapsing heap of stone. The dragon raised its head, and the light of the setting sun gleamed off of its armored hide and deadly horns.

“Well, as close as we can,” said Fiona.

“All right,” said Zot. “Everyone, fan out. We’ll…”

There came the strange sounds that heralded a shift in the timestream. Chronos appeared a short distance away, but it was not the youthful and cheerful time mage that Fiona was used to. This Chronos had darker robes, grey streaks in his hair, and an eyepatch.

“Zot!” Chronos shouted, his voice hoarse and ragged. “You cannot let the dragon destroy the tavern! You have to…”

Above them all, the great red dragon roared, spreading its wings wide enough to blot out the sun. The leading edge of one wing shattered a nearby house, causing a cascade of wreckage that blocked the street between the party and Chronos.

Zot pointed at several of the assembled soldiers, mages, and mercenaries. “Help me clear this debris. We need to reach Chronos and learn the information he brought back from the future. The rest of you, draw the dragon’s ire. Strike where you can. Let’s see if we can’t finish him off or drive him away.”

As several of the defenders bent to help move away shattered stone and broken beams, the remainder hastened out into the square, shields raised to provide cover for the unarmed and unarmored apprentices and novice clerics.

The apprentice bearing the scepter Gerki had found yelled out, “take that, you fiend,” and blasted the dragon in the flank with a gout of magical lightning. The dragon roared, its attention momentarily diverted.

“You look like you could use some help,” said a voice from an alleyway.

Fiona turned to see the tavern wench step out into the street. She was dressed for work, her dark hair tied back in a kerchief. She wore a determined frown on her face.

“Hey…you?” said Fiona. “We could use some help, but I don’t know if a civilian…”

The wench made a slight adjustment in her skirts and, somehow, from somewhere, a sword appeared in her hand. “Oh, please. If I have to deal with you adventurers every single night in the tavern, I can handle this.”

Fiona smiled. “Welcome to the team.”

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The Red Dragon Inn 6: Villains Kickstarter Launch!

Published on November 15, 2016 by in SlugNews

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You and your wicked companions have spent the day pillaging the countryside and “dealing” with meddlesome adventurers. It’s about time you kicked back with a pint at the evil equivalent of The Red Dragon Inn – The Black Dragon Depths, a nefarious tavern hidden deep in the catacombs below Greyport. No more heroes this time. Now you get to play as the bad guys!

The Red Dragon Inn 6: Villains is a the next stand-alone expansion to The Red Dragon Inn series of games. In this game you and up to 3 of your friends will be playing as evil villains celebrating the defeat of your archenemies at a wild fantasy party. You will gamble, brawl and drink the night away as you compete to be the last villain standing at the end of the night.

Best of all, these four new characters are completely compatible with all of the previous sets of the game!

The Red Dragon Inn 6: Villians stands to unlock a ton of awesome new features never before seen in an RDI base set including a new event deck and two new game modes. We have a ton of information available on the Campaign Page over on Kickstarter!

The campaign ends on December 14th, so their is no time to waste. Join us for another wild party and help us introduce a bit of wicked evil into the Red Dragon Inn!

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Vote on the Wicked Wench for RDI6!

Published on November 7, 2016 by in Uncategorized

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The Red Dragon Inn 6: Villains Kickstarter launches on November 15th, introducing four brand-new villainous characters to the game. To celebrate the new game, we are creating a brand new Wench, one evil enough to serve pints to our new bad guys and gals. Best of all, you will decide which of our Wicked Wenches gets the job!

Cast your vote in this preliminary round by following this link or by clicking on the banner below. The two most popular wenches from this round of voting will move on to a final head-to-head vote after the Kickstarter campaign launches. The preliminary round ends November 14th, so there is no time to waste!

Find out who made it through the preliminaries on November 15th, and catch you all for RDI6: Villains!

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SlugCrew Update: Adonis and Battle for Greyport

Published on November 2, 2016 by in SlugCrew

Hello, everyone! First, we need to clear up a misconception about the post a few days ago about Adonis. We’ve received word that the first sentence angered some people:

“We’re happy to announce a new Red Dragon Inn character, available only to SlugCrew for a limited time!”

Oh, English. Sometimes you’re hard to write clearly. To clarify: we don’t mean “available to SlugCrew now, then never available to anyone ever again.” We mean “available now to SlugCrew, then later available to everyone.” The stuff we wrote at the end of the article made this clearer, but we fear that some readers may have read the first paragraph and then just flipped the table. Sorry about that! Yes, Adonis will eventually be available as an RDI character available for purchase. We just don’t know exactly when yet, or in what product. But for now, the only way to get Adonis is to run SlugCrew demos.

 

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Speaking of running demos, we have a new game coming out! The Red Dragon Inn: Battle for Greyport is our new cooperative deckbuilding game about defending the city from evil monsters, and it will be on store shelves within the next few weeks! From now until the end of January, any SlugCrew demos of Battle for Greyport will earn double SlugCrew points! This is a great way to put that copy of the game you got through Kickstarter to good use. And if you don’t have the game yet, you can ask your FLGS to contact us for a demo copy. Run some Battle for Greyport demos for us and you can earn your way to Adonis even faster.

Presenting The Magnificent Adonis, Bard of the Ages!

Published on October 21, 2016 by in SlugCrew

We’re happy to announce a new Red Dragon Inn character, available only to SlugCrew for a limited time! He’s a strapping young bard whose musical talent and skill in a fight made him a great addition to the adventuring party. He is, however, rather full of himself, as indicated by his flowery title (which, of course, he invented)…

The Magnificent Adonis, Bard of the Ages!

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Most bards are content to stay in the back of the party and use their bardic magic to lend magical and moral support. Adonis is not “most bards”! Adonis is a fine specimen of a man who can brawl just as well as he can carry a tune. He is well aware of his prowess and he makes sure that everyone around him is aware of it, too.

How to Play Adonis

Adonis is very simple to play, but offers interesting choices during the game. In addition to his Character Deck, Adonis has three instruments – a flute, a lyre and a drum. Some cards give you a better effect if you smash an instrument, but other cards give you a better effect if a certain instrument is still intact, so choose wisely!

 

Instruments

When you play a card that allows it, you may choose to smash an instrument for a better effect. Just choose an instrument and flip it over to its broken side. Of course you can not smash an instrument that is already smashed!

Broken Instruments

Well why wouldn’t you just smash instruments constantly, then? Two reasons: first, instruments are a limited resource. You only have the 3 instruments, and there are only 2 cards in your deck that let you replace broken instruments. Second, there are cards in Adonis’s deck that give you a better effect if a certain instrument is unbroken.

Rhythmic Beatdown

See that drum icon? That means that if your drum is unbroken when this card resolves, you get the better effect. You don’t need to smash the instrument – the better effect just happens. So choosing which ones to break and whether or not you destroy them all is critical to surviving the tavern!

And that’s it! No, really, that’s how simple it is to play this character. Just make good choices about when to smash and when not to, and you’ll be piloting Adonis to victory!

If you want to see the full rules, with examples and so forth, go here. But what you just read here covers nearly everything.

Also, There’s This…

Shredding for the Fans

Available Now to SlugCrew

To get Adonis, you need to earn 150 SlugCrew points. In general, that’s the amount of points you get for 30 hours of demos at stores or conventions (although we sometimes also give bonus points for special events). So sign up for SlugCrew and start earning those points!

Those of you following SlugCrew will notice that the previous SlugCrew character, Keet, is now available on store shelves, and has been since August. That left us in limbo, with no SlugCrew character for a couple of months. We’d like to apologize for that – it was primarily just due to poor planning on our part. We will try to improve upon this in the future.

Some of you may be asking “when will this character be available for purchase?” The honest answer is “we’re not sure yet.” The more speculative answer is “not before Gen Con 2017 and possible quite a bit after that.” We’ve got a few game ideas in the pipeline, and we’re not sure exactly where this character will fit in.

But remember, you can get Adonis right now by signing up for SlugCrew, heading to your FLGS and demoing some games! Go run some events for us and you will find yourself “gazing upon perfection”!

Gazing Upon Perfection

What’s the “Order a Drink” Phase?

Published on August 24, 2016 by in RulesFest

Hello, RDI fans! If you’ve looked at newer RDI characters like Keet and Nitrel, or if you’ve purchased a recent printing of RDI 1 or 2, you’ll notice that a few things have changed. Specifically, we’ve simplified a lot of card wordings. Our goal was to make the game easier to understand by reducing complexity and cognitive dissonance.

Now, to be clear before the internet catches fire: there are no functional changes here. The game is the same as it was before. We’re just simplifying the language we use on cards and elsewhere to make the game more approachable for new players.

So, with that out of the way, what’s changed?

Order a Drink Phase

The “Buy Drinks” Phase was always a bit of a misnomer that sometimes led to confusion when a new player grabbed a gold coin to “buy” the drink they were giving to another player. In fact, every time we taught the game to new players, we had to say “don’t worry, you pay for those drinks later”. Well, now we don’t have to explain that anymore, because “Order a Drink” captures that concept in a much more natural way. So, now you order a drink for a friend, then you drink to end your turn.

Of course, any card that says it works during the Buy Drinks Phase works the same way during the Order a Drink Phase, because they’re the same phase.

Gambling Card Wording

In the early days of RDI, the philosophy of SlugFest Games was “put everything on the cards so players don’t have to refer to the rules during the game”. In some cases, we succeeded at achieving the goals of this philosophy, and in other cases, we didn’t. Gambling cards (especially “Gambling? I’m in!”) are an example of where this philosophy needed to be revisited. Here’s a card from the previous printing:

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Here’s what we explain on this card: if you play it as an Action, you start a Round of Gambling, everyone has to ante, and you’re winning. It also explains that you can’t play it after a Winning Hand (more on that in a bit). Here’s some stuff that isn’t explained on the card: the fact that you go around the table playing Gambling and Cheating Cards or passing and the fact that the last card played wins the pot.

In other words, despite the complex wording, it doesn’t tell you everything, and you therefore still need to know what a Round of Gambling is and how it works (each player antes, proceed in turn order playing cards or passing, last person to play a card wins the pot, etc). To know all of that extra stuff, you need to refer to the section of the rules about gambling. And there’s the rub: as long as you have to read the rules to know how gambling works, then why complicate the cards with a partial explanation?

Here’s the new version:

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Once we assume that you know the basics of how a Round of Gambling works, the card actually becomes super simple.

A second change we made to Gambling Cards is that we moved the text that tells you that you need to cheat to beat a Winning Hand onto Winning Hand itself.

Winning Hand

For a long time, the restricting was written on the Gambling Cards. This ensured that a player could know the restriction by looking only at the cards at his or her hand, but the downside was that it added two lines of text to every Gambling Card in the game – two lines which were easy to overlook. We like the simplicity of this wording better, and besides, the explanation of “you have to cheat to beat a winning hand” makes thematic sense and is easy to remember.

Note: Three older Gambling Cards can legally be played after Winning Hand: Erin’s “It is not wise to upset a Druid”, Captain Whitehawk’s “That’s a fine hand there, but this one’s got you beat”, and Ozrik’s “I only gamble if it’s a sure thing”. All three of these cards may still be played after Winning Hand, as before, and future printings of these cards will make that clear. Sorry for the confusion, but we feel that the simplicity is worth it.

Drink Icons

Those of you who have played with a Red Dragon Inn 5 drink deck know that we tried something new:

Wine with a Chaser

Those drink icons were such an improvement over the text version of the same effect that we decided to extend them to the rest of the drink decks. I mean, have you ever actually read the text for a chaser card? It’s pretty daunting.

Light Ale with a Chaser

Here’s the better version:

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“Ignore a Drink”

Related to chasers, have you ever noticed that previous versions of cards that Ignore a Drink actually say “Ignore a Drink Card”?

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This wording leads to two different problems with new players. First, by saying “Drink Card” instead of “Drink”, it causes confusion when we explain the rule that a Drink plus Chasers all count as a single Drink that you can Ignore all at once. So, “Ignore a Drink” is better, since it makes sense in both the case of a single Drink and the case of a Drink with one or more Chasers.

There’s a second point of confusion on there, too. Have you ever taught RDI to a new player and had to explain to them that they should wait to play their Ignore until after they reveal their Drink because it might be something good like Holy Water? We’ve had to explain that many times. One of the issues is that the reminder text confusingly says “may”. That’s a bit of a problem, since looking isn’t actually optional.

The new wording gets rid of both confusing points, and is shorter and simpler to boot:

Exploding Coaster

(No, “Ignore a Drink” doesn’t mean you can now start Ignoring Drink Events with these cards! Those are still different.)

There are a few other small changes, but that covers the main things. Again, nothing here represents a functional change – we’re just simplifying cards to make sure that new players grok the game as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions about these changes or anything else, please hit us up on Facebook!

Keet and Nitrel Now Available!

Published on August 15, 2016 by in Uncategorized

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The goblins have arrived!

We’re happy to announce the availability of Keet and Nitrel, our new two-character expansion to The Red Dragon Inn! This is the first Ally double-pack, giving you two brand new characters at one great price. The box contains everything you need to add two fun new characters to any RDI base set. On top of that, the set features player mats and deck dividers that are compatible with  The Red Dragon Inn 5: The Character Trove!

These goblin siblings each bring a novel mechanic to the party, leading to interesting game play, fun choices, and zany new situations. Here’s what we posted about the mechanics a few months ago:

 

Keet doesn’t start the game with Gold like other characters do. Instead he is dealt an appropriate number of random cards from his Artifact Deck. Each Artifact counts as a Gold for all card effects, and at the start of the game none of them are revealed. These special cards have a wide variety of powers, some of them good for the owner while others are bad. Sometimes they will give you a great way to make a player lose a LOT of Fortitude. Other times you’ll find yourself stuck with an Artifact that will slowly whittle away at your defenses. Not even Keet knows the significance of his starting pile of Artifacts, so it’s anyone’s guess whether or not it’s safe to steal or gamble with them.

Nitrel adds a new shared deck to the table, the Bomb Deck. As far as this goblin is concerned, there’s no better way to celebrate a successful day’s dungeon delving than by setting off mild explosives in a tavern, and it appears that the rest of the Party is in for a bit of (extremely dangerous) fun!

Many of Nitrel’s cards tell players when they get a bomb. Usually bombs do what you’d expect them to – explode violently and cause a little Fortitude loss. Other times, however, you’ll find them causing all sorts of extra mayhem. You may find yourself pointing the business end of a Goblin Candle at another player or the whole party could be literally burning up their Gold to avoid a massive Pot of Boom!

It’s all fun and games until someone is lit on fire! Then it’s a party!

 

Get the goblins today! You can preorder the product from us, or you can get it from your own Friendly Local Game Store. If your FLGS doesn’t carry it yet, tell them that they should!

Fleck wins the 2016 Doppelganger Tournament!

Published on August 10, 2016 by in SlugNews

We love Gen Con. Tens of thousands of gamers descend on Indianapolis and play every kind of tabletop game you can imagine. 96 of those gamers chose to play in this year’s Red Dragon Inn Doppelganger Tournament. What’s that, you ask? Well, the first round of this elimination tournament consists of people playing against other copies of the same character to determine who is the “real” Fiona, the “real” Lizwick, the “real” Phrenk, etc.

After that, round two was six randomly-assigned tables of adventurers:

Table 1: Chronos the Time Mage used his timey-wimey stuff to great effect.

Winner: Chronos – Mark Walsh
Zakhan – Donald Marter
Sera – Sarah (!) Roby
Zariah – Morgan Rippke
Halden – Erin Leece

Table 2: Tara navigated her way through a tough table.

Winner: Tara – Jesse Leece
Ozrik – Shelby Phelps
Remy – Ryan Kunz
Joran – Mark Morrison
Dimli – Jonathan Cucchiaro

Table 3: Fleck won with his usual flair and panache.

Winner: Fleck – Lacey LaRue
Pooky – Rebecca Barnes
Captain Whitehawk – Patrick Brewington
Bastian – Sabrina Wing
Serena – Ashley Lane

Table 4: Cormac raged his way through the competition.

Winner: Cormac – Andrew Corrington
Bryn – Mariam Ahmad
Deirdre – Nicole McDowell
Nitrel – Matt Griessler
Keet – Ryan Walczyk

Table 5: Fiona won an interesting game that included an EPIC heads-up battle with Wrench!

Winner: Fiona – Denielle Kassan
Gerki – Hans Petersen Phrenk – Eric Barlett
Wizgille – Keith LaRue
Kaylin – Ben Roby
Wrench – Timothy Smith

Table 6: Erin shapeshifted her way out of trouble and advanced.

Winner: Erin – Don Leaman
Gog – Rob Castiello
Eve – Alex Rippke
Lizwick – Thomas Scheu
Natyli – Rhiannon Koch
Zot – Aaron Berg

Finalists

Interesting note: final table competitor Don Leaman also made the final table back in 2014! This guy can play.

Unfortunately, Don (playing Erin) was the first elimination from the final table, running out of gold due to a couple of brutal rounds of gambling. Fiona was next out thanks to some nasty drinks. Chronos and Cormac went out simultaneously next due to yet another round of gambling that they couldn’t defend against. That made it heads-up between Tara and Fleck, with Fleck having a big advantage on Fortitude/AC spread. A couple of drinks later, it was all over!

Congrats to Fleck and Lacey LaRue for taking down our biggest Doppelganger Tournament ever!

1st Place: Fleck – Lacey LaRue
2nd Place: Tara – Jesse Leece
3rd/4th Place: Chronos – Mark Walsh and Cormac – Andrew Corrington
5th Place: Fiona – Denielle Kassan
6th Place: Erin – Don Leaman