2014 was a pretty stellar year for the RPG fan.
There were some incredible RPGs that managed to marry old school RPG-goodness with modern sensibilities in such a way that the genre is now whole hog in revival mode. A few short years ago, if you loved this genre you had to scratch the itch by playing the old classics, or settling for action/RPG hybrids. Yeah Wizardry 8 is still great, and there is no small amount of joy at being able to bust out Icewind Dale, and warm your soul by its... Er... Snowy tundras... But even though many classic titles tend to hold up, they haven't necessarily aged with optimal grace. Besides, this is a genre that still had plenty of room to grow and iterate. While publishers have shied away from the genre for the most part, and as such devs did as well. There were some notable exceptions, but the era of the RPG seemed to be well and truly over.
Until Kickstarter swooped in and changed the game.
There are some great and highly successful "new old school" RPGs already released in Shadowrun Returns, Wasteland 2, Divinity: Original Sin, and The Legend of Grimrock but there are also a whole heap of games coming up in 2015, including Pillars of Eternity from Obsidian and Torment: Tides of Numera from InXile as the obvious headliners.
This is a thread to share RPG goodness with other forum members who are fans of the genre. Did you kickstart something in a drunken haze, forget about it, and then get an update that made you proud of your drunken decision? Is there a gem that's flown under the radar that you want to share? Put it here. Spread the word.
Also, if you want to argue about which RPGs are superior to which others, debate the relative merits of RTwP vs TB in combat, or cry into your mug of ale about what Ultima 8 should have been, nobody will stop you.
Have at ye!
RPGs of the Rennaissance (Please feel free to nudge me if I'm missing something.)
Neoscavenger (no thread)
Serpent in the Staglands (No thread)