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Free movement blobbers
This might be the wrong place for this, since these are basically non-gridder blobbers.
* means grid option.

Turn based:
World of Aden: Thunderscape (1995) GOG [www.gog.com]
Wizards & Warriors (2000) GOG [www.gog.com]
Wizardry 8 (2001) GOG [www.gog.com] Steam
Frayed Knights: The Skull of S'makh-Daon (2011) offical site [rampantgames.com] Steam
Paper Sorcerer (2013) itch [ultrarunaway.itch.io] GOG [www.gog.com] Steam
Legendary Journeys: The Eye of Baal (EA) itch [blindmonkeygames.itch.io] Steam
Cyberworlds (Demo) itch [spotonj2k.itch.io]
The Fellowship Saga (Demo) Steam
Frayed Knights 2: The Khan of Wrath (TBD)

Real time:
The Dungeon (1993)
Hexx: Heresy of the Wizard (1994)
Ravenloft: Strahd's Possession* (1994) GOG [www.gog.com]
Menzoberranzan* (1994) GOG [www.gog.com]
Crime Crackers (1994)
Ravenloft: Stone Prophet* (1995) GOG [www.gog.com]
Rol Crusaders (1995)
Crime Crackers 2 (1997)
Dungeon Master Nexus (1998)
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven (1998) GOG [www.gog.com]
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor (1999) GOG [www.gog.com]
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer (2000) GOG [www.gog.com]
Might and Magic IX: Writ of Fate (2002) GOG [www.gog.com]
Arcante (2020) Steam
Aeolwyn's Legacy (Demo) itch [dungeonbyte.itch.io]

Partials:
Ambermoon (1993)
Betrayal at Krondor (1993) GOG [www.gog.com] Steam
Realms of Arkania: Star Trail* (1994) GOG [www.gog.com] Steam
Whale's Voyage II: Die Übermacht (1995)
Realms of Arkania: Shadows over Riva (1996) GOG [www.gog.com] Steam
Betrayal in Antara (1997) GOG [www.gog.com] Steam
Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny (2013) Steam
Realms of Arkania: Star Trail (2017) Steam
Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep* (2018) GOG [www.gog.com] Steam
Archaelund (TBD) Steam
Call of Saregnar (TBD)

Please mention any I'm unaware of and feel free to correct any mistakes.
Last edited by Zyro Mane; Oct 31 @ 4:42pm
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Hey, thanks! Nice list, there are some I'd like to try in there.

Of course, if you were to go beyond the PC, there are tons of JRPGs which match the "blobber with turn-based combat" model, whether their exploration is top-down, third-person or first-person.
Originally posted by UncleYar:
Hey, thanks! Nice list, there are some I'd like to try in there.

Feel free to correct any mistakes or oversights.

Originally posted by UncleYar:
Of course, if you were to go beyond the PC,

Like the PlayStation?

Originally posted by UncleYar:
there are tons of JRPGs

Like Crime Crackers?

Originally posted by UncleYar:
which match the "blobber with turn-based combat" model, whether their exploration is top-down, third-person or first-person.

So abstraction of combat and not necessarily of exploration? Like Dragon Quest 3 or Mother 2? Possibly Phantasy Star 1? Or outside Japan, Lords of Xulima? Warriors of the Eternal Sun is a partial blobber, but it's not quite the same. And Albion is like PS1 but with third-person combat, right? Can you name such a partial blobber with free movement during the first-person abstraction? I'd be interested in hearing of such.
Okay, that's better. I used the drpgbook spreadsheet to add more games, and corrected that Monomyth is not a blobber, it's an immersive sim.

I also sorted the categories better. More in line with my preferences. Maybe I should start an off-shoot group.
Originally posted by Zyro Mane:
Like the PlayStation?

Originally posted by UncleYar:
there are tons of JRPGs

Like Crime Crackers?
Good one, I didn't even realize you already had non-pc RPGs in here.
So I guess you're including games with free movement but it still has to be in first-person, 3rd-person and top-down/isometric are excluded? Sometimes I get confused as to how people define a "blobber".
Well a blob is an amorphous mass, right? No blob, no blobber. People being absorbed into one is not a blob, it's DC's Firestorm. Basically, the point it that you don't see the blob, but you control one. Well, as long as the abstract holds mechanically. So party-based first-person games, although not Brigand: Oaxaca. So that's necessary, but not sufficient. There's exploration phase, combat phase, and then there are games like Warriors of the Eternal Sun: only part of the game is blobby.

Similar logic, how is gridder (American football player) necessarily first-person? Shouldn't, at least, Rogue, Eschalon, and Chip's Challenge be gridders? Possibly Bomberman. Might want to draw the line at grid-based tactical turned based games. So like grid unit by grid unit traversal games and not Dungeons & Dragons Tactics (grid-based exploration and combat tactical rpg.) That seems useful.

If Mapping's important, shouldn't it be called like hack & map or something? We could also distinguish free-movement and gridlocked blobbers cutely with terms like oozer and cuber (respectively) or something. (Might be too dandycentric.) Maybe globber for multi-party/split-party "blobbers." Little *nix humor there.

Why this much though on genre naming? I find it's like an esoteric blue-green distinction problem.
I played the Demo of Axe and Fate 2 on itch. It seems to be a first person tactical turn based rpg, where exploration is turn based (Like D&D Tactics.) Control is switched between player characters, so I removed the two from the list.
Well, I changed things up again. Some new games, some removed. Now with links. I'm not sure about the state of mods and fangames (i.e. what should be included), but this is interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rWVBOfmqNY
Hey a new game was released (Arcante.) Also https://steamcommunity.com/groups/freemovementblobber
Thanks for the links. I'm interested in 1st person party based pc/android games in fantasy setting, with more or less modern graphics and more or less advanced character levelling.

As for your video, if I get it right, it's not something available to play?
The Starcaft 2 video? That's a custom game, as long as it's still up it should be playable, and SC2 is free with Blizzard account. I know nothing about SC2 by the way.
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