It's a good thing that I didn't turn it in early this evening, as we've just received the official press release heralding the availability of Rampant Games' humorous indie RPG, Frayed Knights:The Skull of S'makh-Daon, for the reasonable price of $22.95. Order now and you, too, can experience the awesomeness that is the Quarterstaff of Nad-Whacking:
Frayed Knights: The Skull of S'makh-Daon Now AvailableA bevy of new screenshots are now inhabiting our image gallery, too.
Salt Lake City, UT - Indie computer game developer Rampant Games has announced the release of its long-anticipated role-playing game, Frayed Knights: The Skull of S'makh-Daon, an indie role-playing game drawing inspiration from the classics, with a humorous twist.
Embracing the style and mechanics for role-playing games that have been largely abandoned by major publishers, Frayed Knights: The Skull of S'makh-Daon features a first-person perspective, turn-based combat, a statistics-heavy game system, a party of four characters, and thousands of lines of unvoiced dialog presented in comic-book style word balloons. The Skull of S'makh-Daon also adds new innovations to the genre, including a (drama star) system that encourages players to accept setbacks in the game rather than reloading and trying again, and a mini-game where players must disarm traps one component at a time using their character skills and available tools.
On top of the serious, '˜hard-core' engine, The Skull of S'makh-Daon layers a world and story with a decidedly more tongue-in-cheek approach to the genre. Spells and skills have names like (Power Word: Defenestrate) and (Size Doesn't Matter.) In a world of jaded heroes and veteran adventurers, the player's party is a team of misfits: Arianna, a dainty warrior with an attitude problem; Dirk, an adrenaline-junky rogue who doesn't seem to understand the word '˜subtle;' Benjamin, a nature-priest and newcomer to the adventuring lifestyle, and Chloe, a ditsy sorceress with a love of cute, fuzzy animals and setting her enemies on fire.
Frayed Knights: The Skull of S'makh-Daon is now available as a digital download at http://frayedknights.com. It is unrated, but should be content-appropriate for most teens and adults.
'¢ 30+ hours of gameplay
'¢ Challenging, turn-based combat in a game
'¢ A spell named, "Power Word: Defenestrate."
'¢ Over a hundred base spells, most with several upgraded variants
'¢ Over 80 feats to customize the party as they progress through the game.
'¢ Nearly 200 different items to be used and abused by your characters.
'¢ A "Quarterstaff of Nad-Whacking."
'¢ Sixteen "dungeons" (interior adventuring areas), five outdoor areas, one village, an alternate dimension, and some green dude's one-room hovel.
'¢ A 69-page (PDF) manual
About Rampant Games: Rampant Games is a mainly one-person game development studio in Riverton, Utah. Owner Jay Barnson is a veteran game programmer from the (mainstream) industry, involved in the development of numerous hit and not-such-hit titles for consoles and the PC since 1994.