Vagrus: The Riven Realms has left Steam’s Early Access programme, and the official launch has added a huge amount of content to the dark strategy RPG game. Early Access players have been tinkering with Vagrus since 2018, its development story begins much earlier, in tabletop RPG sessions played by a small group of friends 30 years ago.
Version 1.0 of Vagrus launched this week, already having pulled in ‘very positive’ reviews on Steam during Early Access. That’s despite it being a complex, text-heavy, and brutal RPG that leans heavily into the pen-and-paper roleplaying systems its creators have always loved and played together.
In Vagrus, you play as the commander of a traveling caravan, and it’s your job to manage your company and keep everyone alive as you travel across the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the Riven Realms. The world is big and open, and much of the game’s joy is found in exploring new locations and discovering the stories and people hidden there. You’ll also find all kinds of twisted monsters and undead, who you’ll have to fight in turn-based battles that require careful attention to characters’ abilities and positioning.
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