Taste Victory as Roxana!
We have once again been blown away by your support! Thank you so very much! But, before we wax on about how awesome you all are (and you are awesome) let's dive right into one of the most exciting features of this campaign, the new character for The Red Dragon Inn: Roxana, the Adventurous Chef!
Roxana is the head chef at The Red Dragon Inn, and lives on the bleeding edge of culinary delight and dietary horror. Her intense focus on her craft often brings her to the party with cooking pots and cutting boards loaded with... exotic ingredients. With a table full of "willing" test subjects for her special menu, Roxana is ready to serve!
Along with her 40-card Character Deck, Roxana also boasts a 12-card Recipes Deck as well as a bonus tile called the Smorgasbord. Besides the normal setup rules (shuffle and draw a hand of 7 cards from your Character Deck and take 10 Gold from the Inn), you must also shuffle her Recipe Deck and flip the first card of it and place the Smorgasbord near her "Cutting Board".
Throughout the game you will be placing cards onto your "Cutting Board", so make sure to leave yourself room.
Roxana's Recipe Deck contains cards that she can craft. However, since she is always experimenting with exotic ingredients, she does not have absolute control over the kinds of dishes she will be whipping up at any given time.
At any time, Roxana may craft the currently revealed Recipe card by spending the appropriate Ingredients from her Cutting Board. She does not replace this card after she has crafted it, meaning you will have to wait until the start of your next turn before you can craft a new card. Cards crafted in this way are added directly to hand and may even be played immediately. Finally, when these cards are discarded, they are placed in her normal Discard Pile, meaning that they become a part of her deck for the rest of the game (there's always some leftovers she can dish up later!).
At the start of her turn, Roxana reveals one Recipe card. If she already has a Recipe card revealed, she must choose to keep one and return the other to the bottom of her Recipe Deck. While she is making this choice she may not craft either Recipe card.
To craft Recipes, Roxana must first harvest Ingredients. Her ingredients are located on the bottom left corner of most of her cards. When she plays a card with a Recipe Icon, then she must harvest that card when it resolves (and was not negated). These cards move to her Cutting Board, rather than her Discard Pile.
A number of Roxana's cards may also have a Cleaver icon. These cards allow her to harvest Ingredients directly from her hand, without resolving any of the effects of the cards harvested in this way. Players will need to carefully balance how quickly they harvest cards in this way, as you may end up with few or no cards left in your hand! Note that harvesting these bonus cards is optional.
When Roxana shuffles her Character Deck, any cards currently on her Cutting Board do not shuffle back into her Character Deck.
Sometimes, however, you may not want to craft the available Recipe, or you may desperately need to get some cards back into your deck before the shuffle. Fortunately for Roxana, the Smorgasbord is always available for dumping unnecessary Ingredient cards back into your normal discard pile. Doing so also comes with the added benefit of drawing you a card!
Don't forget that you can join our Digital Play Test Community and take a shot at playing Roxana right now! We absolutely adore her mechanics and feel like she is one of the most rewarding characters to play after you know the ins and outs of her deck. So be prepared for the sweet taste of victory, or the bitter flavor of defeat when Roxana joins the party later this year!