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Saturday, June 02, 2018
Steam Dungeons & Dragons sale

Steam has a Dungeons & Dragons sale. Of the 12 games on the list, I own only 2: Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, and Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation. The first is obviously an idle clicker game, the second a board game adaptation. I like both, but they obviously aren't really "Dungeons & Dragons" or even real role-playing games, they are just D&D themed. From the other games on the list, I played some, but before they were on Steam. Yes, games like Planescape Torment, Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale are great role-playing games; or rather they were great games at the time, 20 years ago, and now even the new versions feel a bit dated. The two MMORPGs on offer, D&D Online and Neverwinter, are mediocre MMORPGs at best, and don't really use D&D rule sets.

In short, I don't see any Dungeons & Dragons computer games around that are from this decade and that are good role-playing games that I would like to play. Somehow the video game industry completely missed out on the chance to turn 4th edition D&D (which has very tactical, "video-gamey" rules) into a video game. And I don't see any 5th edition-based games either. Which is a shame, and a missed opportunity for the industry, given the current popularity of D&D.


This is a very good point. Contrast the flood of recent games using a Warhammer license to the dearth of D&D titles. A lot of the Warhammer games are mediocre and even the very good ones stray quite far from the tabletop rule set but the brand is definitely out there and having the Warhammer logo can definitely sell computer games. Perhaps Games Workshop are just better at exploiting a franchise than WotC.
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