Roleplaying means different things to different people, but its most recognisable form features dungeon diving, dice rolls, and devious DMs. Of course, there’s more to RPG games than Dungeons & Dragons. They’re about characters: who they are, how they interact with each other, and the moments of transformation that define them during their journey. Generally, this happens during the quiet moments outside of battle, when your party members make decisions and chat with each other. Indie RPG Wildermyth is defined by these quiet moments, and as a result it’s one of the most faithful videogame adaptations of tabletop roleplaying around.
At the core of this tactical RPG is a story that’s told through procedurally generated encounters. Too often these are merely precursors to stale, repetitive scenarios, but Wildermyth produces some truly memorable story arcs within your party. Each campaign quickly establishes your initial party members by prompting you to make a few key choices that set up complex intra-party dynamics, including rivalries, friendships, and even passionate love affairs.
There are cutscenes in which your party members flirt, bicker, or joke with each other – sometimes it’s about the quest they’re due to embark on, sometimes they’ll dredge up dark pasts. Their personality always shines through, and over time the tone of their conversations changes to reflect those blossoming or wilting relationships. It all feels so believable and natural.