Tainted Grail, the board game that burst onto the scene as 2018’s biggest Kickstarter campaign, is now aiming even higher. Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon is a first-person, open-world RPG that aims to release into Steam Early Access in Q4 2022. Get a look at the tone and vibe of the game in the new cinematic trailer at the top of this page.
Polish fantasy writer Krzysztof Piskorski created Tainted Grail, which took its first stab at video game success with 2020’s Tainted Grail: Conquest, a deck-building roguelike. The Awaken Realms development team describes the world of Tainted Grail as a “gritty, unique retelling of Arthurian legends — an epic dark fantasy setting in which humans arrived at the island of Avalon in search of paradise, only to find a hellish land tainted by the Wyrdness — a mysterious force warping the reality.”
Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon Screenshots
The Fall of Avalon promises a dark storyline, ample player freedom, complex quests, player choices that are “respected,” and plenty of monsters to slay.
More concrete gameplay features on tap include a unique magic system, multiple crafting systems, skill-based combat with the usual and welcome fantasy trifecta of melee weapons, ranged weapons, and magic, as well as memorable and plentiful NPCs. Wishlist Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon on Steam.
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