In the state where I live (New South Wales) there used to be a wowserish law that provided that a bar could only get a licence to sell alcohol if it were a public house providing accommodation to travellers. The result was the traditional Australian pub, a large two-storey building with bars and a dining room on the ground floor and a lot of under-used and usually very cheap accommodation above, often surrounded on its street frontages by a two-storey verandah, and sometimes having a beer garden. These were prominent features of every Australian country town and quite a lot of roadside fly-specks. They are also found prominently in the streets of Australian cities and suburbs built before about 1970. Changes to the licensing laws since the 1970s mean that it is no longer compulsory for bars to offer beds. The licensed premises downstairs are still lucrative, but pubs now have a lot of rooms upstairs that they don’t have any use for. Most have simply turned the keys and lave the rooms unused. Two pubs in my town are letting rooms as student accommodation for the Chinese flying school. A few publicans are trying to wring a few stray shekels out of a resource that is almost costless by making their old bedrooms and parlours and commercial travellers’ rooms available to uses with very small returns. At the Heritage Hotel in Gladstone near where I live you can take your drinks and your meals upstairs to the verandah or help yourself to a private room, pretty much.
Now suppose that you owned such a pub in a large provincial city or a comparatively accessible part of Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane, and that you decided to put the upstairs into use as a friendly local gaming venue. There would be little prospect of making a lot of money out of gamers by way of cover charges or table rent, but it would cost very little and the might spend a bit of money at the bar, the bistro, or the espresso bar. What would you call the pub?
Bear in mind that this business venture would still depend largely on selling steak and beer and battered fish to ordinary working mugs who treat the downstairs as their local. So it would not do to name it something that either freaked the mundanes, made them feel unwelcome, or made them too embarrassed to suggest the place as a rendezvous with their friends. Nor could you afford an outlandish decorative theme. On the other hand, you might really want something that seemed almost explicit to gamers and perhaps sci-fi and fantasy nerds.
Gygax’s Red Dragon Hotel? The Tanelorn Hotel? The Sandtable?