Lately, I’ve been getting deeply invested in Critical Role’s Campaign 3 of D&D. This is the first time I’ve spent any significant time seeing D&D in action and getting invested in the world, the lore and the game mechanics. And while it is virtually impossible for me to get into a D&D game myself due to time limitations, perhaps the world of gaming can scratch that itch in the mean while.
So, as a hardcore RPG noob, I was wondering if the community has any games to suggest. Games that are similar in mechanics or setting or feel of a typical D&D game. I’ve read some articles about it and realise that proper D&D implementation is probably not possible in a game, but surely some games come close. What are some of the suggestions for such games?
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I haven’t played Wrath of the Righteous, but Pathfinder: Kingmaker is well worth it. It uses modern D&D rules, and it really captures the spirit of playing a pen and paper campaign with friends. It was free on Epic a couple of months ago, so you might already have claimed it.
Divinity Original Sin (feel free to start at the 2nd game. It is the best of the two games and even though some of the lore might not be covered, I never felt like I did not know what was going on and all questions answered by the end
Baldurs Gate 3 - I have not played this yet, but it is essentially Original Sin in the DnD universe. High on my wishlist!
Wildermyth - if you are more into the stories of DnD than the stats, then play this. Looks so simple, but has surprising depth and a wild way to bring random stories to life.
Pathfinder - I have the one they gave away on Epic, but have not played it and have never played any Pathfinder games (table top nor video games) but there is a lot of respect for the Pathfinder universe among DnD players, and the ruleset is similar enough to make an easy transision (again, heresay)
Pillars of Eternitty and Tyranny - Games in the traditional Baldurs’ Gate mold, made by Obsidian.
I would suggest you try Original Sin first, AMAZING experience!
Start with DoS2. That’s the closest you’ll get to DnD until Baldur’s Gate 3 comes out of early access.
DoS you can play with friends, which is GREAT. It also has a Game Master mode where one person is basically the DM (as I understand it, we haven’t tried it yet)
I haven’t played the Pathfinder games but I guess they could be fine as well. Pathfinder is basically watered down DnD
So it seems Divinity: Original Sins 2 should be my first port of call for that D&D itch I have. There have been so many specials of the game at a greatly reduced price so I’m tempted to wait until it’s on special again to pick it up.
Strangely, going through the games on Steam, I find that many of them I’ve added to my Ignore list, as these are just not atypical games I’ve played in the past. While I am sceptical that I would enjoy them, I am very willing to give it a go.
I love CRPG’s myself but for some reason Divinity OS (1&2) just don’t click with me.
I would recommend Pillars of Eternity 1&2, Pathfinder Kingmaker (has some management mechanics you should enjoy as well), Tyranny, Torment Tides of Numenera or Solasta: Crown of the Magister (IIRC its in Game Pass).