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Tycho / on Mon, May 17 2021 at 12:01 am

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So I've played a lot more Demeo, enough to see some annoying bugs that get fixed when we rejoin the game, but I'm still bullish on it. Incredibly so. I think the success of the game has been a huge surprise to the team, but their love for old school Dungeons & Dragons horseshit was strong enough to become real. A real thing, you can play with their friends. It's not some obsequious, labored thing - it's not trying to be literal about its inspirations. What it wants do is make you feel like those games did. And they got there. It's startling in its authenticity. Unsettling, even.

They just dropped a Q&A you YouTube that said everything I wanted to hear, basically - crossbuy between the Quest versions and the Rift version is a go, which means you can hook the Quest you might have been playing on up to your PC when that version comes out and play the more detailed version for nothin'. A save feature is currently being developed, too - this is more important when you're just starting out, because games get a lot faster once you know what you're doing, but being able to put a bookmark in a round would be super welcome. The next free expansion ("Realm of the Rat King," whose art shows just how well they understand the tropes they're playing with) has new environments, new enemies, and a new boss, which is a little more elaborate than I expected - that's something like a free doubling of the game's content.

There's other stuff in the video but the main thing is that they seem to get it. I wish them the best, because I want to play this for a long, long time.

(CW)TB out.

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