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    dkirschner's Avadon: The Black Fortress (PC)

    [January 11, 2013 01:54:34 AM]
    Another free game from a bundle...sensing a pattern with what I've been doing with my gaming time lately? Free bundle game exploration...

    This is an old-school style party RPG like the classic D&D computer games of yore. You click-move your character around the 2D map, talk to NPCs, engage enemies, level up, get party members, have lots of conversations, equip things, pick locks, loot barrels, explore dungeons, and so on and so forth. I am worried that its retro feel will kill it for me, but so far so good! The story is intriguing. I'm a Hand of Avadon, the Black Fortress. Avadon is ruled by Redbeard, and the function of the Fortress, and of Redbeard, is to keep The Pact united and safe from outside invasion or inside plots. The Pact is an alliance of 5 countries against the Farlands, which are various barbarian and other hostile peoples. In the beginning, you travel to Avadon to begin your service, and lo and behold, there's been an explosion and fighting in the impenetrable fortress. What happened?! You get sent to the dungeons to kill rats and put prisoners back in their cells (or let them go, or kill them - your choice sometimes!). But one of your targets has escaped, and he is a most notorious bad guy. Where did he go? What's he up to? I suspect I'll be searching for him later on.

    I've met two other (potential) party members, and had to choose one to take to the dungeons. One other drawback to this game compared to the D&D games and other more popular games in the genre is that your character comes completely preset. I had a choice of 4 classes, but there was no "rolling." The classes were also very standard - blademaster (warrior), shadow-something (thief), shaman (druid), or sorceress (mage). They all are exactly what they sound like from every other archetypal class you've ever played in other games. I chose the shaman because she seemed the most jack-of-all-trades type. She can heal and cast spells and melee/range attack and summon pets. I've leveled to 2 so far, and each level it looks like you get a stat point to level up one of your 4 stats (strength, dex, intelligence, endurance) and a couple skill points to put towards abilities in your skill tree. There are 3 branches for each class, and every 5 or 10 levels, you get a 'specialization point' which adds a point to every skill in the branch you select. That's cool.

    I was playing this on the plane too, and I think I will set it aside for now and reserve it as my next plane game. Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes lasted me two trips. This one should last at least as long! I'm going back again in April, maybe May, and again in August. Yes, please's so hard to find a good plane game.
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    dkirschner's Avadon: The Black Fortress (PC)

    Current Status: Stopped playing - Something better came along

    GameLog started on: Thursday 10 January, 2013

    GameLog closed on: Wednesday 24 April, 2013

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Seems to be an old-school, turn-based, party-based RPG like the classic D&D games. Interesting, but looks like it was made 15 years ago. Will it transcend presentation? ----------- I've got lots of other more interesting games to play. Will never come back to this.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstar

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