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The Cryptkeepers of Hallowford

by Paul Wang

Part of Kendrickstone
Fantasy
2017

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A single dungeon adventure with many paths, September 21, 2020
by MathBrush
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The Hero of Kendrickstone was a game that I enjoyed purely for the TTRPG module feel. This game absolutely has that same vibe, kind of like the Eye of the Beholder games.

In particular, this game (longer than the first one and IMO more polished) is a classic dungeon raid. You are a PC in a party and have to deal with the threat of the undead under a town while negotiating between various parties aboveground. There is a money economy, magic weapons, etc.

Some people have called it short on Steam. I've come to realize as I play these games that 'feeling short' often has less to do with word count (though it plays an important role!) and more to do with the narrative arc and setting expectations. It's unusual to have a game this size focus on a single event, and so people expect more, whereas a game set over one year (like Creme de la Creme or Metahuman, Inc.) provides well-known markers like holidays and season changes so players have an idea of how they are in the story and when the end is coming.

Again, like the last game, this is meat-and-potatoes Western RPG style gameplay, so if you love that sort of thing its great, but otherwise you may find it uninspiring. I'm in the first camp, and would definitely play another game in this series.

I received a review copy of this game.

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deathbytroggles, September 21, 2020 - Reply
Back in my day, a game was short if it took you less than six months to win it. Durn kids!
MathBrush, September 21, 2020 - Reply
You should try SNOSAE!
deathbytroggles, September 21, 2020 - Reply
How about I not and say I did!
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