So, I lied about my first real post. I’m gonna dive right into a card game. But this is just not _any_ card game. This one straddles the real world and the fantasy world.
Three Dragon Ante (or TDA, as the gaming group calls it) was created by Wizards of the Coast as both an in-game activity for Dungeons & Dragons as well as a fun out-of-game activity for the RPGs loyal players.
I’m not going to get into the mechanics here; instead let me describe the basic experience. With proper execution of the gameplay, it should feel a bit like Poker and a bit like Dragon Poker from the Myth Adventures series by Robert Aspirin. The stakes are as shifty as the rules, even though they are very well balanced and fun to interpret.
One of my gauges of fun-factor is how well my girlfriend takes to a game. She has a very competitive personality, but does not go in for the overly complicated games. So when she says, “Hell, yeah, lets play some TDA!” I know we are in for a good time (as long as she is winning)!
The cards themselves represent many different kinds of Dragons and other fantasy arch-types. Many colors are represented and there are Good and Evil sides. Collect the highest value of cards and you’ll likely win the hand, though not always. There are many ways to play and since remaining cards from one hand can carry over to another you will find that you may play to lose now so you can win later.
You’ll need chips or counters to play since it is a poker type game. Its best if you have Gold-like phony coins since it will feel like hoarding your loot.
If you have not tried this game, I highly recommend it. You can find it on-line or in any of your local Gaming stores.
Product Name: Three Dragon Ante
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Price (at time of release): $14.99
- The D&D Experience from Critical Hits ” RPG (critical-hits.com)