Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition

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Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition on Steam

MSRP: $9.99

Platforms: Win, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android

Release: 6/18/13


I think it’s easy to praise good games, and just as easy to pick apart the bad ones.  The games I always struggle to talk about are the ones that just didn’t work for me, despite not having any glaring flaws.  Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition just didn’t work for me.

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Although I enjoyed looking through the characters, both the in-in-game classes and the characters who would be playing them, if there was a deeper strategy to choosing your starting party, I didn’t see it. The moment I decided to prioritize player abilities over comedic value was when I started to suspect I wasn’t going to be as tickled by the meta game as I should be to really enjoy things.

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The concept of playing as the entire tabletop gaming party is a good one, but the simplicity of the mechanics assures me that this is never going to be the kind of role playing I did in my youth.  There’s just nothing in the game’s structure – at least as far as I saw – to accommodate players (or in this case, the players’ player) tendencies to do something completely unexpected and ruin the game master’s day.

 

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Which is not to say there’s nothing I liked about the game – I did find it charming.  I just didn’t find it all that compelling.  Nothing was pushing me to complete one more quest; I didn’t feel a need to see what happened next in the story.  Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition just wasn’t reaching me.  It’s certainly a well-liked and well-reviewed game, it just wasn’t a game I particularly wanted to play.

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