We’ve recently been asked a few times why we haven’t posted anything about comedy RPG Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon. The answer is simple: that game is humanity’s last defence against a dark conspiracy of unimaginable corruption and malevolence, RPS is at the heart of which. Our excuse that we’re just four men against forty-eight thousand billion PC games and so can’t possibly cover everything is just that: an excuse. Were we to break our unholy covenant and post about Rampant Games’ excitable indie turn-based roleplayer Frayed Knights, our plan to consume the miserable souls of every teenager in Basingstoke could never come to pass.
Curses! Now I shall never know supreme power.
Here’s how Frayed Knights looks and, indeed, sounds. As you’ll see, it’s in the vein of venerable, highly statistical and slow-paced PC dungeon crawlers of yesteryear, rather than this namby-pamby hand-holding ADD new breed that’s for idiot children or whatever it is the bitter old men say these days:
Looks ambitious and meaty despite the lightness of the dialogue. Not personally sure about the Whedon-aping comedy from that trailer, but hey! Subjectivity and all that. Here’s the summary of who/what/why:
‘In a world of jaded heroes and veteran adventurers, you play a team of misfits: Arianna, a dainty warrior with an attitude problem; Dirk, an adrenaline-junky rogue who doesn’t seem to understand the word ‘subtle;’ Benjamin, a nature-priest and an ill-suited newcomer to the adventuring lifestyle, and Chloe, a ditsy sorceress with a love of cute, fuzzy animals and setting her enemies on fire.”
The game’s out now for $23, so you’ll be wanting to look at the demo (linked on the right of this page) before you stump that up. I’ve downloaded it for a look a bit later, once I finally get HoMM VI out the way.