There was a time when RPGs weren’t about long cutscenes, action sequences and other AAA content, with their stories being much simpler but not as much meta-fiction fun as Paradox Interactive‘s metagame simulation Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition.
The game has already been out for a while on Steam, originally being released in 2014, but the +1 Edition is now DRM-free with most of the additional content like new dungeons, a tavern where one can put heroes and change party members, and even more character options in addition to an extended campaign. For those (like me) who haven’t played the original or don’t really know what to expect, here’s a quick rundown of the gameplay.
The most intriguing part is that one plays at a table as in the good old Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games (before the advent of computer games), making for a much funnier approach to what one would expect in turn-based battles. Constant wisecracking by the protagonists, the players and dungeon master are as prominent as loads of monsters to fight, quests to complete and treasures to find in addition to real-life environments to traverse and pop culture references to spot.
What sounds quite weird and very old-school feels also very fresh and down to earth, even if it means that the environment moves around a table that doesn’t. Choosing how many monsters to fight is done by the dungeon master, so there’s always a way to escape certain situations. If one wants to experience even more of the game, there’s also the Deluxier Edition with a new character, setting both in and outside the fantasy world, and the Haunted Fall expansion. It’s also available with a 60% discount that will last until August 28, 12:59 PM UTC.
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