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Massive Indie RPG Pay-What-You-Want Bundle Available Now!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 17, 2013

NorthmarkSince before computer games even existed as an industry, the computer role-playing game genre has been heavily influenced by the “indies.” We didn’t know them as indies back then – we didn’t even refer to the games as “role-playing games” at that point – but there were individuals and small teams working on their own with whatever resources they could provide themselves to translate the experience of the role-playing game hobby to the computer. In many cases, these unauthorized projects on university computers were erased as soon as they were discovered by the administration. But they labored on.

The early, iconic RPGs of the 1980s were made before there was a major video game industry to be independent of. Even as the publishing titans began dominating the field in the mid-to-late 80s, there were small teams of independent developers throwing together their little Ultima-likes, roguelikes, and scaled-down adventures.

In the last few years, the field has exploded with the results of indie labor. While the mainstream productions have gotten increasingly stale and hard to distinguish from action games, indies have delved the concepts of the past, and melded them with new ideas and in some cases some truly bizarre concepts. The results aren’t always pretty. They are never as polished as their mainstream cousins. Sometimes they aren’t even all that interesting or original.

But a lot of them are pretty amazing. A lot of them are just plain fun, full of the raw personality and weird ideas of their creators. There are great experiences to be had, and great adventures to be enjoyed.

UnemploymentQuestAnd for a few days, there’s a pretty awesome indie RPG bundle available to jump-start your collection of indie RPGs in a big hurry. There are a baker’s dozen RPGs available in total, plus some extrasn (soundtracks, etc.) to be unlocked. IMO, the bundle is worth it (and then some) for just for Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon. . πŸ™‚ But there are plenty of cool games (and a few that I have never played!) included. All-in-all, we’re talking about about a hundred bucks’ worth of indie RPGs from a pretty wide spectrum of styles and approaches. There’s the massive 3D epic Frayed Knights, to the tiny but fun Inaria with its roots in Ultima III, to the tactics-heavy Telepath RPG: Servants of God, to the boardgame like Empires & Dungeons II, to the blend of Lovecraftian Horror, classic RPGs, and tactical strategy Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land, to the “Choose Your Own Adventure”-like interactive books The Siege of the Necromancer, and The Wizard from Tarnath Tor, to the fast-pased Roguelike Dungeon Fray, toΒ the “RPG Card Game” Northmark: Hour of the Wolf,Β  to a 16-bit JRPG-style fable about modern youth unable to cope with today’s frustrating economy in Unemployment Quest, and several others – this is a grab-bag with a wide frickin’ variety of games.

StyrategOn top of everything else, not only will your purchase help the crop of indie RPG developers (like me!) represented in this bundle, but a portion of your payments go to charity, and to an indie developer grant awarded to a developer of choice voted on by customers.

So… while I don’t think it’ll make anybody even relatively rich (unlike certain bundles…), it’s a pretty awesome opportunity to support indies and charity and REALLY beef up your indie RPG collection. Even if you already have a couple of the games from the bundle already, it’s well worth checking out.

I’ll quit talking now and just give you the link:

Bundle In a Box (Indie RPG Bundle)

Filed Under: Deals, Frayed Knights, Indie Evangelism - Comments: 9 Comments to Read

  • Xian said,

    I can’t resist a sale, and had been wanting to try Inaria since I first saw it, so I will be picking this up. For the price of that one game alone I can get the entire bundle. FK:TSoSD was the only title I had already. My biggest problem is finding the time to play the huge backlog I already have, so this will just be adding to it.

  • Panta said,

    Thanks for the tip. About 2nd or 3rd time I bought Frayed Knights πŸ™‚

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    Now you can play it twice! Or… something. πŸ™‚ There are several games in my library I’ve now bought three times… I don’t think I’ve hit four yet, but it probably wouldn’t take much…

  • Praxis9 said,

    Hi. This game looks pretty cool. I posted this question on the Steam Greenlight page, but if the Indie RPG bundle is purchased, is there any way to receive Steam codes when/if they become available?

  • Rampant Coyote said,


    As far as Steam keys being made available if / when that happens… I’m not super familiar with the logistics of making that happen, so I can’t make any promises, but I do intend to make it possible. When that happens, I’ll work with Bundle-In-A-Box to add a key to everyone’s bundle access page.

  • Cuthalion said,

    I have no self-control.

  • Cuthalion said,

    I do, however, now have Frayed Knights.

  • Rampant Coyote said,


  • SpacemanSpiff said,

    Thanks for posting this Jay!

    I should be at #2 on the High Score Table now. Surprised it let me enter more than 3 characters…. πŸ™‚