Armello DLC Not Coming To GOG Version

This fella? Not on GOG.

Canny readers swagger up with a sneer to boast they’re not falling for it: “Rock, Paper, Shotgun hasn’t really been ‘PC gaming since 1873’. That’s not true. I’ve caught you out.” They’re right, of course – ‘RPS’ is a cheeky act of positive spin. In truth, we started in 1872 as Rock, Paper, We’re Getting On With Kieron Just Fine Okay. Following the inquest, we rebranded to Rock, Paper, Shotgun and found the cool edge we’d lacked.

The version of Armello [official site] sold on GOG is now called Armello DRM Free Edition. What that means is DLC released on Steam isn’t on GOG. Positive rebranding!

The Game-of-Thrones-with-animals virtuaboardgame’s first paid DLC, the Usurpers Hero Pack, launched this week on Steam with four new playable characters and some shiny new rings. It has not launched on GOG. It will not launch on GOG, or at least not in its current form or any time soon.

“As Armello moves more and more into online services (like Steam inventory and more multiplayer features) and as we begin to roll out our plans for DLC, we’ve been working closely with GoG on an edition of Armello specific to GoG,” said director Trent Kusters from developers League of Geeks in a roadmap update. He continues:

“We’ve had fantastic meetings with GoG about the future of Armello on the platform and although there’s no way for us to provide DLC for DRM Free users or to attempt to retain parity with the Steam version of Armello, Armello DRM Free Edition will see features that best suit a DRM Free experience picked across from other platforms into early-mid 2017, helping LoG & GoG (lol) reach our mutual goal of providing users the best possible DRM Free Armello experience.”

Which is an interesting spin, as GOG only sell DRM-free games – Armello has never had DRM on GOG.

Kusters saying “Armello DRM Free Edition will see features that best suit a DRM Free experience” might be hinting that League of Geeks are planning a few freebies but, if so, that’d be a really terrible way to say it. As it stands, it looks like League of Geeks are selling a less-loved version on GOG for the same price and presenting it as a positive. The GOG version already often received patches later than Steam.

It’s a shame. By many accounts, Armello is a pleasing virtuaboardgame of political maneuvering and battling. But it sounds like they over-reached with the GOG release and don’t have a good plan for moving forwards.


  1. harley9699 says:

    I’ve been watching this for quite a while, especially now since it’s been on sale for a bit. Is it kind of like Fallen Enchantress? It seems to have pretty good reviews. I like the random gen maps, for replayability.
    What do you guys think of it?

    • rustybroomhandle says:

      It’s not like Fallen Enchantress. Armello is a digital board game. It plays like a board game. It’s good, but it’s all on a match by match basis.

    • Scodi says:

      For me, two play-throughs was enough. It’s not a bad game per se, but there are plenty of digital board games, even more turn based strategy games.

      Armello is a fairly middling contribution to the genre. Not a bad game, but certainly not a must buy.

      • klops says:

        I’m with you on this. I think I played Armello 5 times and never have a reason why should I play or install it again although it’s not bad.

        • harley9699 says:

          Thanks guys. The turn-based part is what was appealing to me. Have played a few digital board games, and for me, they’re generally “meh”.

  2. wisnoskij says:

    Umm, so “the Usurpers Hero Pack” is not possible to translate into a DRM-free medium? It is all online or something? I am not sure I understand why the base game can be DRM-free but all DLC they might ever produce could never be DRM-free?

    • Arexis says:

      Just…. Don’t buy the DRM version. It hurts me to type that.
      It’s sub-par in every way, but most criminally, multiplayer is horribly nerfed in comparison. If you don’t know a bunch of people who own the game, the DRM-free version is useless. Wanna play with randoms? Get the Steam release.
      Typing that hurts so much.

      • Melody says:

        I see your subconscious rebelled and typed the right thing :3

      • Vinraith says:

        The real take-away here is not to buy any version of Armello. By failing to support their own DRM-free release version, they’re making it pretty clear what kind of developer they are.

        • pepperfez says:

          If nothing else, the kind that needs to hire a PR person.

        • Thurgret says:

          One with limited resources, presumably.

          • Ooops says:

            Did they suddenly realize they have limited resources? It doesn’t make sense any way because if anything, it takes resources to integrate DRM into the software. It doesn’t take any to not integrate DRM.

          • spindaden says:

            Thats the trick with steam though ooops, they give you a bunch of tools that make various multiplayer and online aspects of your game easier to implement along with the drm, so making that stuff from scratch for a non steam version does take additional resources.

            Thats how they getcha

          • Kitsunin says:

            No, rather, part of putting your game on GoG is having it be DRM free. I’m certain removing the DRM wouldn’t be particularly much effort, rather they decided too late that they fear the dreaded lost sails of piracy too much to actually have their game be DRM free.

        • JiminyJickers says:

          Indeed! Unfortunately I have already bought this on gog. Will have to vote with my wallet next time with this developer.

          This is such a Richard move.

          • bill says:

            Vote with your wallet now and ask GOG for a refund.

            (Hopefully the refund comes back from the developers, not from GOG themselves)

    • pepperfez says:

      An email quoted on the GOG forum said, “As online services are required to verify if any given player has access to the DLC heroes, it’s not compatible with the DRM-Free version of Armello.” So, because they want to use DRM, it’s impossible for them to not use DRM?

      • Ooops says:

        Exactly. That’s the only actual issue at play.

      • Hobbes says:

        Because clearly selling things DRM free has been such a big problem for other companies and would harm their Steam client version which runs DRM checks OHNOWAIT…

        LoG being shady as all sin strikes again!

    • Hobbes says:

      Because under the cuddly facade League of Geeks are basically Frontier, but australian. They’re a bunch of shady lying sods who don’t pay attention to their own customer base and are willing to play fast and loose with advertising (they actually had the audacity to call the gog client “DRM free” as a selling point) and frankly no longer deserve your custom, on any platform.

      I actually supported them to begin with, but as I’ve got to know the people behind the cute and cuddly facade, I’ve found that they’re possibly the worst that the industry has to offer, run fast and run far.

  3. Jac says:

    You’re not fooling anyone illuminalice. Real truthers know what really happened in 1873 when agent Rock Paper went rogue and shot agent Gun.

  4. phlebas says:

    Is this connected to GOG’s recent update “Due to certain games that we’ll be launching in the future, we added some explanations about the legal requirements surrounding virtual item purchases.”?

    • Ooops says:

      It doesn’t sound like it. I dread this has more to do with GOG enabling support for microtransactions.

      • pepperfez says:

        The hopeful answer is that it has to do exclusively with Gwent, which will have a F2P version and a full, paid version.

        The likely answer is why don’t we just give up on games already?

  5. bill says:

    Unfortunately, a fair number of GOG versions end up missing features that get added to Steam versions
    link to

  6. Captain Narol says:

    Mode parody on

    LIARS !! You lied to our face when you pretended the site was started in 1873 but we found out it was all a lie ! We want a refund for all the time we spent on this lying site !! it’s all about GAMERS RIGHTS !! Reading RPS is like drinking poison, they are just a bunch of liars !!

    Mode Parody off

  7. YogSo says:

    I just wanted to thank you, Alice, for not falling for the increasingly pervasive and completely absurdist “GoG” terminology. To anyone else (including the spinster at League of Geeks): It’s GOG, CAPITAL G CAPITAL O CAPITAL G. It doesn’t stand for ‘Good Old Games’ anymore, but even if it did, why would you write it as “Good old Games”? It doesn’t make any bloody sense!

    Sorry for the rant, but for me this is one of those irrational pet peeves that everybody has.

    • pepperfez says:

      In general I’m not a fan of humoring brands in their use of nonstandard capitalization, so I appreciate both GOG making sense and Alice letting them.

    • mattevansc3 says:

      It’s for the sake of the few of us that are blessed with S4C so that we don’t get confused with link to

    • JiminyJickers says:

      Its gog now. Lower case, go to their website and look at the logo.

      • Jalan says:

        Hardly definitive, the header has and gog com as a favicon.

        • JiminyJickers says:

          It’s pretty definite when they pay for developing the icon/artwork when it costs nothing for the header.

  8. Zankman says:

    What about the Pirate Bay edition of the game? I hear that one comes with the DLC but is also DRM-free as well!

    • trjp says:

      Most pirated Steam Games use faked Steam DLLs to enable the game to run without Steam being active/a Steam Account being available.

      They also mean online/multiplayer/matchmaking won’t work so…

  9. trjp says:

    Whatever the specifics here, fact is that gamers expectations for online/multiplayer/updates means DRM-free games are not long for this world.

    Only the biggest developers are going to run their own services and that means the ‘life’ of the game lies entirely in their hands – if they decide to stop supporting it, the game stops dead.

    There are a number of games which are ‘gimped’ in DRM-free form – they lack online/multiplayer facilities, they don’t get updates and so on – this will continue until DRM-free is restricted to niche single-player titles and developers who think it’s something their players really value.

    • Czrly says:

      Online and multiplayer can go, in my opinion – I don’t want those features. Updates, though, can be provided through patches. We’ve had patches for decades. Patches work. Any dev. who says they can’t provide patches for their DRM free versions can just bugger off – not worthy of our support.

      • Czrly says:

        Edit: I do actually want LAN multiplayer, but that doesn’t require Steam’s servers or servers from the dev or publisher. In fact, far too many games THINK they need online servers when, really, they don’t.

        • pepperfez says:

          They need servers to prevent you from playing the game in an unapproved way.

          • Czrly says:

            That’s quite fine, then. I need to prevent them from receiving my hard-earned cash – they might spend it in an unapproved way.

            It’s not like I have a shortage of stuff to play – stuff that is properly DRM free, modable and offline-playable.

    • malkav11 says:

      Ultimately, it makes perfect sense to me that functions that rely on libraries/services/etc that aren’t available through GOG are not provided for the GOG version. So if a game’s mod support is built around Steam Workshop, especially with GOG not providing any similar functionality, it’s not surprising that the GOG version won’t offer mod support. Or if multiplayer is handled through Steamworks, etc. (Of course, where a common and capable free alternative exists, that would be preferable to using those services to begin with, but I don’t know that that’s necessarily the case for many.)

      Not keeping update/DLC parity outside of those features is pretty gross, though.

      • Hobbes says:

        The only stuff that’s really important as far as Armello and Steam is concerned is the inventory (because GOTTA SELL DICE SKINS), VAC to stop hacking (this is actually useful) and matchmaking (so so). The DRM stuff is something they could have very easily sorted out with GOG but elected not to do so because hey, they felt crippling the GOG version was a perfectly acceptable option (and they’ve marketed the GOG version as their “DRM free” version, as if GOG doesn’t do that by default) because GOTTA GET ALL THAT SWEET MONEYS.

        LoG is being shady as all sin lately and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

  10. Ooops says:

    In light of this, for the first time in my life, I’ve asked for a refund. GOG was kind enough to grant it (Gog wallet instead of cash refund, but that’s good enough).

    I’m certainly not going to buy any game made by those developers ever again. Shame on them.

  11. TΛPETRVE says:

    Armello was one big disappointment to me. Yes, it’s a board game, but it’s sadly a bad board game. Match progress is annoyingly incoherent and unengaging, as players by default have very little interaction going between each other, unless they play the game in a very specific, forced manner. That alone is pretty much a death sentence for the entire game.

  12. Unsheep says:

    Yet another case of GOG and DRM-free consumers getting bypassed over Steam consumers. At GOG, we frequently miss out on updates as well as, where some developers don’t bother sending them to GOG. Kudos to the developers who do though.