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GameBanshee’s RPG of the Year Awards for 2012

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 1, 2013

I wasn’t involved this year, but I’d be hard pressed to argue against the pick for indie RPG of the year.

GameBanshee’s Game of the Year 2012 Awards

To be honest, and I can’t believe this myself, but I haven’t had time to play Drox Operative yet, in spite of being a major, major fan of Soldak’s games. I mean, Din’s Curse remains my favorite Diablo-like game of the last several years, and I still play it occasionally. I’m pretty dang sure I’ll love it. But I’m definitely running behind the power curve on playing my indie RPGs this year.

Other “close calls” for second place for me would include FTL, Defender’s Quest, Telepath RPG: Servants of God, and Swords & Sorcery Underworld Gold.  I think I spent a roughly equal amount of time being sucked into each of these games this year. And to be honest, roughly equivalent to what I spent playing Grimrock. For me, in terms of sheer fun-factor, it’d be a tough call. But I’d still give the nod to Grimrock for its technical excellence and audaciousness.

I had some fun playing several other indie RPGs last year, too, although some weren’t as good as others, and I didn’t have the opportunity to put much time into them as I would have liked. I keep promising myself that I’ll get back to them and give them a fair shake, but the backlog keeps increasing. And – awesomeness of awesomeness – there are several more indie RPGs released last year besides Drox Operative (and Loren the Amazon Princess!) that I haven’t played yet that I really want to get started on. I can’t keep up, especially when working on my own game. This frustrates me to a degree – I used to be able to at least sample all or most of the serious commercial indie RPG releases. But mostly, this is a pretty awesome thing. We’ve gone from practically nothing to tons in just a few years, and I don’t see the pace slowing down.

RPG fans – at least those who are looking outside the mainstream releases – have plenty to be excited about!

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