Why is it so awesome? Itís only screenshots and words on paper. Well, hereís the deal: I make the kinds of games I want to play. I chose Frayed Knights when and how I did in no small part as a response to the death of this style of RPG: First-person, party-based, with turn-based combat. I LOVE that this kind of game is now making a comeback. I welcome it. I am thrilled to be a part of it.
While the games may now not be in the AAA big-name release category that they once were, I donít think thereís any reason they canít be just as awesome as ever Ė and more so. While we may not command AAA budgets, even compared to the era (adjusting for inflation), we do have access to tools and technology today Ė not to mention more profitable distribution systems Ė to allow us to run leaner & meaner than ever.
Now, nobodyís going to give us a prize for outshining a twenty-year-old game, and nobodyís expecting that. And I am certainly not about to gush too much over Deathfire on the basis of screenshots and some blog posts that say the right kind of things, even for a guy who has Henkelís history. But after many, many years of what the RPG Codex folks like to call ďdeclineĒ of the genre, Iím seeing reasons to be optimistic. This game is one of Ďem.
Granted, Iím generally an optimistic guy. I am the kind of poor schmuck who sees his hopes get dashed, repeatedly, yet still keeps hoping. So take my opinion with grain of salt, or a small Siberian salt mine. Whatever. But Iím also the kind of guy who can overlook some flaws in a game and just try and enjoy it for what it is. Iím really looking forward to this one. And I really do hope it sells a million copies. That only means thereíll be sequels and more awesome games like it.