The Green Knight wowed audiences last year with its moody lighting and mystical storyline, as well as Dev Patels' exceptional performance. What shocked many critics was its authentic portrayal of a classic Arthurian legend for modern audiences. David Larkins, line editor for Chaosium, has embarked on a similar quest. His goal is to revitalize the classic tabletop role-playing game Pendragon, created by Greg Stafford and first published in 1985.
Stafford completed the first draft of Pendragons' sixth edition before his death in 2018. Larkins said the author, well-known for creating the world of Glorantha, called it his greatest achievement. But each time players sit down for a three-hour session, a whole year of time passes in-game. Historical events like the Black Death and the 100 Years War, as well as new weapons, armor, and fortifications become invented and entered the timeline.
Like in Crusader Kings 3, players will be able to create and play as individual dynasties during their long-form campaigns.
The Green Knight is, according to Larkins, the ideal aesthetic representation of the final third of the campaign, when everything is very gray. Arthur is this ludicrous king and he's dying. And then, you have the Grail quest that kind of restores everything right at the end before, you know, the final battle of Camlann where Arthur and Mordred murder one another.
He added with a chuckle that the session came to an end on a shaky note.
Every player at the table will be assigned the role of a knight, and, like in Crusader Kings, those knights may be drawn from anywhere in the medieval world. Knights may also be any gender they wish to be. (Female knights existed in history, although they were not always recognized as equals). Pendragon shines in those traits and passions, according to Larkins.
Because oftentimes youll find yourself acting against your own best interest, like the characters in those classic stories, I like to say it. Your hatred for someone will cause you to call them out at an inappropriate time, or your love for someone will drive you to perform heroic acts despite [the fact that] it might have been better to be a little more prudent at the time.
Larkins continued. The game is all about discovering who you are as a person. Are you brave, or are you spiritual? Do you have dreams that you're striving to fulfill but youre falling short? It's a journey every single time you play.
The last production run of Pendragons 6th edition did not arrive in time for Gen Con, unfortunately for Chaosium's team. Visitors in Indianapolis will be able to pick up a substantial introductory adventure for free that may be available online shortly.