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Arydia: The Paths We Dare Tread – First Impressions Review – The Best RPG Game I’ve Played Yet

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Arydia The Paths We Dare Tread was a game I wanted to convince myself not to get. It’s not cheap. It’s another campaign game. And it’s story heavy which I’m fine with…but not what I look for. And yet here I am after having played it and wow. This game is something special in the way it creates the world. In the way you interact with it. Even the combat manages to feel different from what else is out there.

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TimeStamps:
0:00:00 – Introduction
0:01:10 – Game Overview
0:08:30 – What I Liked
0:14:35 – What I Didn’t Like
0:19:30 – Final Thoughts

Scoring System
5 – My favorite games. I’m disappointed when anyone I play games with doesn’t like it, because it means I might play it less often.
4 – A great game. Almost always going in my collection.
3 – A solid game. Enjoyed it and can recommend it, but may or may not stay in my collection.
2 – I’m either not the target audience for the gameplay, or too many issues with it.
1 – An arguably bad game.

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20 Comments

  1. However amazing the gameplay may be, I am kinda put off by the gender-and-race-neutral sculpt of the character bodies, which pushed me back to the $1 pledge to see if things will change. If not, this is not a game for me for sure.

  2. I knew it!.. glad you like it! I’m so excited to get this game!

  3. I did not see any KS only content. I am going to wait for retail. Game looks amazing though.

  4. I’m concerned about the solo aspect & the importance of role playing. Is it worth it if it will be played solo mostly?

  5. Mentioned this on Quackalope as well, but was curious about your opinion as well. My main reservation is Learning the game/rules. It feels so big and the rule book is currently like 30 pages for quick start and 90 pages for the main rules. I worry that the game is going to have a big learning curve, be hard to teach, and have a lot of easy-to-miss fiddly rules. What has your experiences been when it comes to this aspect?

  6. Everytime a game comes out, it's the best one…. How does it compare to Isofarian? I need a sort of cage match…

  7. Good review, Alex. I wish it wasn't quite so expensive to jump into; it will have to wait for a while. Then again, by the time it comes down in price in the secondary market, there will probably be another game out that will take its place. Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Thanks for saving me money Alex. The filing cabinet system in 7th was a deal breaker for me and made me realize any board game that tries to emulate a video game is not for me. Your mentioning of this was very helpful to my decision making!

  9. wow with one single breath he ecxplained the whole game, respect

  10. I am very much looking forward to this one. It is pretty expensive but it looks so good.

  11. Wow, need to take a deeper look at this one! Love the energy and vid Alex, thanks as always!

  12. I backed this, then decided wasn't for me, and now have flipped again and have to get it. Ughhhh these videos! Lol

  13. I'm not backing this one myself, but for the tear down/set up, I don't see that as an issue at all, it looks like the player boards remember where everything was, it looks very easy to tear down and set up for a campaign rpg.

  14. @Alex
    How is this any different than Folklore: The Affliction? Have you played Folklore? Which game did you like better and why?
    Thanks.

  15. I was trying to avoid this… and then, you rated a 5. I hate you.

  16. This game looks great. I wish I could justify it, but with Frosthaven and ISS Vanguard backed…. I don't have the cpacity to take on another game of this scale lol.

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