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Wildermyth is the GWJ cRPG Club's 23rd winner, eventually running out comfortably ahead of Dragon's Dogma: Dark arisen in the final few ranked choice voting rounds. Although Dragon's Dogma was a popular first choice amongst the initial votes, it was very much a case of it either being voted for 1st or not at all. Despite this initial popularity it did not get a majority and Wildermyth came through in the end.
Wildermyth is a tactical role-playing game. At the beginning of the game, the player will choose from several randomized characters. Gradually, these character will grow into battle-hardened heroes and acquire new traits, which will lead to both additional narrative and gameplay opportunities. These characters will also form both friendship or rival relationship with each other, and will age as time progresses. While the main campaign still follows the major story beats, character development is based on a procedural generation system, meaning that each playthrough will be different from one another. Turn-based combat is similar to the XCOM series of games which utilizes a grid-based system. Outside of combat, the player also needs to make choices in the campaign map. For instance, players can choose to rebuild a village, but this decision may mean that the player has less time to prepare for another invasion event.
Released into Early Access on Steam in 2019, the game reached full release in June 2021. The game was developed by Worldwalker Games, an independent video game development studio based in Austin, Texas. The studio only had six full-time employees. According to Nate Austin, the designer of the game, Wildermyth "[alternates] layers of handcrafted and procedural content". The game features a central narrative that has a defined beginning, middle and end, but it also incorporates procedural events arisen through combat and the personality of each player character. Story is mainly told through comic strips known as "Library of Plays".
We will be playing this game until 31st Decemeber 2023, by which time we'll have completely forgotten all about it due to a combination of Baldur's Gate 3, Starfield, Warhammer 40K Rogue Trader and half a dozen other games I've completely forgot are coming out.
This thread is for friendly discussion as we play through the game. Share your reflections, successes, defeats, tactics, wishes, impressions, and whatever here! The more conversation the better, so post away.
For BIG spoilers, please use the spoiler tag. (No! I am your father!) Tactics, strategies, general story progression likely won't need them.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate, and can start at any time, so join the fun! One quick favour: If you decide to play, make a post here along the lines of "I'm in!" to let us know. If you start and finish the game before the end, you'll level up your GWJ CRPG Membership.
Links to the Game
Steam - £14.61 / $18.74
GoG - £14.69 / $18.74
Epic Game Store - £19.99 / $24.99
GameBillet - £14.62 / $14.49 (? - sorry I can't confirm the dollar from the link Stele used)
Fanatical - £11.69 / $14.99
CDKeys - £8.09 / $10.39 (steam key)
Please note that the game is currently PC only, although there is apparently a Nintendo Switch version in development.
For this game I am going to suggest the following as "complete":
1. New Players - finish the Tutorial Campaign (Age of Ulstryx) and one other full campaign. Age of Ulstryx can be completed in a couple of hours, it doesn't take very long.
2. Returning Players - Finish two full campaigns, preferable ones you haven't played before if possible. You'll need to be your own adjudicator on that though.