I love me some Spiderweb Software, and the Avadon franchise is shaping up to be just what I signed up for all those years ago. As always, the graphics aren't a stellar explosion of high-res textures and models, and the gameplay is nothing revolutionary, but that's not why you play a Spiderweb game.
Here's why you DO play a Spiderweb game, and this one in particular: thought-provoking story. You are a newly minted Hand of Avadon, sort of a fantasy-RPG FBI agent, who shows up at the eponymous Black Fortress immediately after the first- and only- successful attack on the institution itself. As the story progresses, you have to navigate a story that pokes at the idea of absolute power, government surveillance, bureaucratic corruption, diplomacy, and the Big Question: "How much security do you give up in the pursuit of safety?"
Also, you hit things with your sword. I guess.