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3 votes (30%)
2 votes (20%)
4 votes (40%)
No votes (0%)
2 votes (20%)
2 votes (20%)
3 votes (30%)
1 vote (10%)
1 vote (10%)
3 votes (30%)

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Wizard
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October 24th, 2019 at 7:24:13 AM permalink
I visited a friend yesterday who has an impressive collection of gambling equipment, especially Asian games and cheating devices. One thing he had was a felt and shaker for a game called Red Dragon. All I can say is that it uses 15 dice and the felt seen here. The other picture shows the shaker.

Searching for information is frustrating because a board game by the same name dominates the results. Judging by the small felt, about the size of a Monopoly board, it probably dates back several decades. However, the board itself seems pretty self explanatory.





The question for the poll is would you play Red Dragon?
Last edited by: Wizard on Oct 24, 2019
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October 24th, 2019 at 7:47:50 AM permalink
I would play it for the novelty and if slightly sloshed, I might stick with it.
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October 24th, 2019 at 8:12:07 AM permalink
Like Flea, I might play this for novelty of it, but I don't think it would hold my interest for very long.

As for the poll choices, I don't think I would say that Rhindle, the red dragon from Adventure, is necessarily "hard to kill." Being the fastest of the three, he is definitely the biggest pain in the a$$ to deal with, but he is just as susceptible to the sword as his brethren. BTW, on my B&W TV, Rhindle was white.

I voted for Warren Robinette in honor of the first (I think) 'Easter Egg.'
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October 24th, 2019 at 9:50:12 AM permalink
I think the rules are the player picks a specific dice face. If it appears at least 6 times in the 15 dice, his bet pays 2 to 1. If it appears 3 to 5 times, he wins 1 to 1. That said, here is my return table.

Number Pays Probability Return
15 2 0.000000 0.000000
14 2 0.000000 0.000000
13 2 0.000000 0.000000
12 2 0.000000 0.000000
11 2 0.000002 0.000004
10 2 0.000020 0.000040
9 2 0.000166 0.000333
8 2 0.001069 0.002138
7 2 0.005346 0.010692
6 2 0.020791 0.041581
5 1 0.062372 0.062372
4 1 0.141754 0.141754
3 1 0.236256 0.236256
2 -1 0.272603 -0.272603
1 -1 0.194716 -0.194716
0 -1 0.064905 -0.064905
Total 1.000000 -0.037056


The bottom right cell shows a house edge of 3.71%, which is not bad for a carnival kind of game.


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As for the poll choices, I don't think I would say that Rhindle, the red dragon from Adventure, is necessarily "hard to kill." Being the fastest of the three, he is definitely the biggest pain in the a$$ to deal with, but he is just as susceptible to the sword as his brethren. BTW, on my B&W TV, Rhindle was white.

I voted for Warren Robinette in honor of the first (I think) 'Easter Egg.'



Anyone who knows the name of the Red Dragon is immediately my friend. To be honest, I didn't even know, but did know they had names. I also found the easter egg, but had to be told how to find it with vague instructions. Finding it was one of the highlights of my high school years (pretty sad huh?)
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Joeman
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October 24th, 2019 at 10:18:00 AM permalink
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Anyone who knows the name of the Red Dragon is immediately my friend.

Thanks! Adventure was probably my favorite Atari 2600 game. I would always read the user manual cover-to-cover for the games I got. They would usually include some back story, so that's where I remember seeing the names.

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To be honest, I didn't even know, but did know they had names.

The other two are Grundle and Yorgle (I remembered him as 'Yorkle,' but the internet corrected me).

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I also found the easter egg, but had to be told how to find it with vague instructions.

Yeah, I had to have a friend tell me where to find the "invisible dot" as well.
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October 24th, 2019 at 11:10:47 AM permalink
Here is my new page on Red Dragon.
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