Solasta may be the dice-obsessed D&D RPG you’re looking for [PC Gamer]

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Most videogame RPGs cite Dungeons & Dragons as their primary inspiration, but few directly adapt its rules. In a world of cooldowns and mana bars, D&D’s dice rolls, bonus actions, spell slots, and long rests can feel clunky and restrictive when applied to a videogame. Even Baldur’s Gate 3 makes many notable changes to make D&D more user-friendly, while indie RPG Solasta wears the 5e ruleset as a badge of honor, warts and all.

This is a game where combat is on a grid, where every d20 rolls on screen, and where jumping away from enemies is a sometimes-treat rather than a regular part of every meal.

While it may forever lurk in the shadow of Baldur’s Gate 3, its crunchy, dice-heavy combat is just what I want in a lean adaptation of the tabletop RPG.

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Let’s Play Gloomhaven TTS Episode 23

We play Gloomhaven on Tabletop Simulator!

Scenario # 31

Party:
Piccolo, level 8 Quatryl Soothsinger (Eric)
Igneous, level 5 Savvas Cragheart (Chris)
Scourge, level 7 Harrower Plagueherald (Heather)

TTS Mod: Gloomhaven – Fantasy Setup (Scripted UI)

Watch my How to Play Gloomhaven tutorial video.

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Unrailed Review [Pixelkin]

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Taking a cue from the much-loved co-op series Overcooked, Unrailed is a zany co-op survival adventure in which a team of players hurry to mine resources and lay tracks to keep their unstoppable train from crashing.

Unrailed lacks the visual charm of Overcooked but adds more dire stakes as the tracks stretch farther and farther.

Spellbreak Is the Spell-Slinging Battle Royale for the Rest of Us [Escapist]

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When Apex Legends released last year, my friends and I were overjoyed. Here was a battle royale we could get into. Crisp shooting with lots of guns, fun characters with unique powers, and a helpful ping system left us hungry to jump into this explosive multiplayer genre.

Then we died. A lot. And died some more. Meeting an enemy team was near-instant death, every time.

At the risk of further humiliation and demoralizing evenings, we ultimately shelved Apex Legends. I continued to watch the genre from afar, my hands pressed against the glass of the battle royale sweet shop, not daring to venture inside. Until Spellbreak appeared in the window.

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Is a Still a Great RPG Nearly a Decade Later [Pixelkin]

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Eight years ago the now infamously defunct 38 Studios released their first and only game. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was a big-budget single player RPG. It was created as a prequel to the studio’s ultimate goal of a World of Warcraft-level massively multiplayer RPG.

The MMO was never finished, the studio went bankrupt, and the state of Rhode Island lost millions. But a funny thing happened on the way to this ill-fated venture: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was a darn good RPG, and one of the most underrated games of the era.

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Let’s Play Gloomhaven TTS Episode 22

We play Gloomhaven on Tabletop Simulator!

Scenario # 66

Party:
Piccolo, level 7 Quatryl Soothsinger (Eric)
Igneous, level 5 Savvas Cragheart (Chris)
Scourge, level 7 Harrower Plagueherald (Heather)

TTS Mod: Gloomhaven – Fantasy Setup (Scripted UI)

Watch my How to Play Gloomhaven tutorial video.

Chat with us in the Official Discord Server.
Support the channel via Patreon.

Marvel’s Avengers Beta Impressions [Pixelkin]

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Thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Avengers have become a household name. Although the original Avengers’ decade-plus domination at the box office has come to an end, Square Enix hopes to capitalize on the superhero popularity with Marvel’s Avengers.

Marvel’s Avengers is an action brawler with the online co-op, mission-based gameplay structure of the Destiny series. The action game shines best in the heat of battle, but the level design and loot leave a lot to be desired.

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