In Red Dead Redemption, there are a number of activities that the player can do when not on a mission. These can range from gambling to jobs to Random Encounters. Rockstar Games has stated that they wanted to really provide gamers with something that would keep them interested, when traversing the game world. They can be a large variety of things, some involving the player, some involving separate AI, some in which the player can get involved, or just keep on walking and ignore it.
Blackjack - The player can wager on Blackjack games in saloons. The objective of the game is to beat the dealer by getting 21, or as close as possible without going over.
Bounty Hunting - The player can take up bounties and will have the choice of taking the outlaw either dead or alive. The choice will affect the honor of the player. To take an outlaw alive, players will need to use the lasso to hogtie the criminal and place him on Marston's horse. Live bounty targets give double the money reward than dead bounty targets.
Camping - At any time, players can establish their own camp in the wilderness or join another camp. Stories will be exchanged if joining a camp, sometimes referencing Marston's exploits.
Dueling - NPCs challenge the player in an attempt either to make a name for themselves or to exact revenge.
Five Finger Fillet - Players will need to rhythmically tap the controller to guide an on-screen knife between each finger splayed upon a wooden table. As the "Five Finger Fillet" wagers increase, so does the difficulty, making it trickier to stay on beat and keep Marston from slicing open a finger.
Hunting - There are 36 species of animals that the player can hunt. After an animal has been killed, it can be skinned, and the resulting items sold or traded to merchants.
Liar's Dice - A gambling game where each person gets five dice and have to guess the amount of dice on the table that show a certain number. If wrong or caught bluffing, the player loses a die. This continues until either he or his opponents lose all of their dice.
Nightwatch - Nightwatch involves the player protecting a settlement from various criminals.