Why There Are So Many Games About Running Your Own Medieval Fantasy Tavern

In his 1924 book The Inns of the Middle Ages, W.C. Firebaugh wrote that “the taverns and inns of the fifth century were generally mere hovels, poorly roofed, and, thanks to that, perhaps less smoky than would otherwise have been the case.” He holds that these places had the worst wine, the poorest-quality vegetables, beef that was “tubercular” and pork that was “leprous.” In the words of Saint Ausuin, they were places that made patrons “pay ransom for the privilege of being poisoned.” By all accounts, the medieval inn sucked.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pkevny/management-games-epic-tavern-vs-tavern-tycoon-vs-crossroads-inn