The Lands Between are an unforgiving place in Elden Ring, with much of the lore wrapped up in various quests, side-quests, and locations which require dedication to get to. It’s a beautiful game, starkly so at times, and delivers some of the most rewarding exploration I’ve experienced in an open world game to date. It really isn’t going to be for everyone, and for as many people as I’ve seen laud the game as one of FromSoft’s best since Sekiro, there are dozens who bounce off it harder than heavy attack from a greatshield.
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Until Tuesday Feb 15th 2022 – when CDPR smacked onto the net with their latest Night City Cyberpunk live stream, revealing not only 1.5 but Next Generation version gameplay as well. They capped this off with the words: download now, and offered a trial version of the game complete with progression saving so you don’t need to start again.
You can’t go more than a few books in the RPG industry without finding some amazing art, it’s true, these days many of the books have production values that various companies can only aspire to. I remember being blown away by the art in Cubicle 7’s previous edition of The One Ring RPG and this turned my attention to the work of Jonny Hodgson.
Son of Oak is coming back to City of Mist, or rather they’re bringing a streamlined version of the City of Mist system to the RPG space in the form of COM: Reloaded as the driving force behind their brand-new setting.
As you know, by now. Exiled News doesn’t follow a strict plan, in fact, we have a bunch of contributors who fly by now and then. There are a few of us who work away at various posts to provide a snippet of news and an insight to creators large and small across the tabletop roleplaying game scene, boardgames, as well as video games.
So let me cut to the core and talk about Ethan. H. Reynolds for a little bit.
Minecraft isn’t the only game in town, it has a lot of clones and it has a lot of games that have been inspired by it.
So today, I wanted to look at three games that have a focus on building and exploration in various ways, and are not Minecraft Clones at all.
MP:MotM is the third and more interesting book of the three. There’s a huge buzz around D&D 5th at the moment, and honestly, when is there ever not? In that the system is due for some tweaks, changes, and a potential new but not new edition sometime in 2024…
The drought of games is almost over, you know the one we mean. Happens usually through January and can sometimes roll on through Feb, and even March in some cases. What with big-name games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 being put way back to December this year, and Saint’s Row reboot set for August unless there are more delays, there’s a few titles rolling out in Feb that I felt were worth talking about.
Heckin’ Good Doggos is a game of make believe where players can experience the world from an animal’s point of view. Some things will seem familiar, like protecting their backyard from potential threats and protecting their owners, while others are purely fantastic and whimsical situations they find themselves in like helping a ghost resolve its business so it can leave this world. It is simultaneously serious and silly, with an emphasis on crafting scenarios that make players have a blast while also having to solve the many challenges they will experience in ways that only doggos can.
GROK?! Is deeply inspired by the old-school adventure games of the past, the creator cites that it’s been influenced by greater works such as Cortex Prime, Electric Bastionland, Fate Core, Freeform Universal, Index Card RPG, Knave, Numenera, Savage Worlds, Shadow of the Demon Lord, Technoir, Troika!, and Vagabonds of Dyfed.