Dungeons of Dredmor

Dungeons of Dredmor

comp9 Feb 17, 2014 @ 9:23pm
What Other Story-rich Turn Based RPG's Would You Recommend?
More than a decade ago I played a really fun that fits what I am looking for called Odyssey: The Legend of Nemesis on the classic Mac OS. Also, Divine Divinity looks interesting but it isn't turn based--it feels a lot like Diablo isn't quite what I'm looking for

I'm on the lookout for another game like Dungeons of Dredmor (one with a full story)
I really enjoyed playing this game. I'm looking for another game that is a turn-based RPG where you control just one main character. Preferably games on steam but I'll listen to all ideas.
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t o r o i d Feb 18, 2014 @ 4:18am 
Planescape Torment is the first one that comes to mind. The game is story-driven and very heavy on dialogue. 'Choices and consequences' is a major theme throughout. The storytelling is the crème de la crème - but the combat is not. It's definitely not a roguelike.

Fallout is another one, but it is fairly short and simple. Though, it's a very pure RPG that aims to emulate a 'pen & paper' RPG experience, and it gets insanely high marks for how well it does this. It's more or less based on the RPG Wasteland.

These games are both nearly two decades old but they are at the top of their class. Not many good turn-based RPGs are being made anymore.

Also, if you plan on playing either of these then don't you dare ruin any of the story or gameplay progression by reading any spoilers. They're both fairly complex RPGs that you can play several times and make different decisions each time you play and still have different experiences. There are people who would be willing to wipe their entire lives from memory just to be able to play these games for the first time again, so... yeah.

I hope I made sense here because I'm like nearly blackout-drunk and I'll probably be asleep within 5 minutes from now.
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Haldurson Feb 18, 2014 @ 10:45am 
I agree with both of the above suggestions, plus I'll add Fallout 2, which is arguably better than the first one. You can often get both 1 and 2 together in a combo deal, along with Fallout Tactics.
Crazed Possum Feb 18, 2014 @ 12:29pm 
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t o r o i d Feb 18, 2014 @ 7:16pm 
Actually, Planescape Torment is real time with pause, it's not really turn-based. Experiencing the story and dealing with the consequences to your decisions are what you would play this game for anyway, not its combat.

If you discover that you really like turn-based combat and want to see how good it can get, then you should check out Jagged Alliance 2. It's not story-rich or an RPG but the combat is nice and complex. There's a really popular mod simply called JA2 1.13 Mod[ja2v113.pbworks.com] that drastically improves the game.
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Seoc Feb 20, 2014 @ 6:42pm 
Not to knock or dissuade the OP from trying the games mentioned (because I love them--except JA2--and would encourage anyone to try them), but they don't exactly fit the turn-based, single-character, roguelike model.

The first game that comes to my mind is Tales of Maj'Eyal[te4.org]. It's closer to an actual roguelike (tile-based graphics, turned-based, and lots and lots of dying), but with the best modern interface I've seen (completely controllable with a mouse) and an actual story (which will take multiple playthroughs to reveal).

The start of the game is even dependent on what race/class you are. Human/Halflings tend to start in the usual towns. Dwarves tend to start on a mission that has already gone bad--so you are already a few levels deep and working to get back to town. The temporal warden character start in this astral plane-type area. But these are all the same world (you'd eventually see some of the same places if the characters live long enough). Each area reveals more of the story and background.

You can try it for free from the website, which is how it got me. I downloaded it thinking I'd play it for a few minutes. That ended up being a month. It's also on Steam now, the "donation version" which has an additional class and other little goodies.
Sword of the Stars: The Pit deserves a mention, I think. The story is arguably a bit deeper than Dungeons of Dredmor's, though it's also relayed ot you in bits and pieces.
holben Feb 27, 2014 @ 10:43pm 
I'd get fallout 2 over the rest. Planescape isnt really turn based and fallout 1 is short. Also if you want somthing similar to DoD I'd play dungeon crawl stone soup http://crawl.akrasiac.org:8080/#play-dcss-git or net hack http://www.nethack.org/.
MrMuse Jan 3, 2016 @ 6:32am 
Underrail is without doubt THE best story driven RPG where you control only a single character with turn based combat. You can pick up the Shadowrun trilogy very cheaply right now which is the pinnacle of turn based rpgs. None of these have anything vaguely to do with Dungeons of Dredmore which isn't any of these things - I wouldn't even put it in the RPG category.
jabberwok Jan 24, 2016 @ 10:35am 
Divinity: OS is a great game, has a lot of of what makes Divine Divinity good, but it's turn-based. You do control more than one character, but it's not a requirement to do so. Personally, Fallout 1 and 2 are my favorite RPGs of all time, and are definitely single character. You mentioned a couple non-roguelike games, so I assume that's not a requirement. Roguelikes are generally very light on story.
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