The Green Knight wowed fans last year with its moody lighting and mystical narrative, not to mention Dev Patels incredible performance. What surprised many critics was its authentic presentation of a classic Arthurian legend for modern audiences. David Larkins, line editor for Chaosium, has embarked on a similar quest. He wants to revive the classic tabletop role-playing game Pendragon, which was originally published in 1985.
Stafford completed the first draft of Pendragons' sixth edition before his death in 2018. Stafford aptly described the book as his magnum opus. In it, Stafford juxtaposed traditional Arthurian legend with historical European timeline. Each time players sit down for a three-or four-hour session, a whole year of time passes in-game.
Like the smash hit strategy game Crusader Kings 3, players will be able to create and play as characters from their own dynasties.
The Green Knight is actually the most elegant kind of visual representation of the campaign's last third, according to Larkins, where everything is very grey. Arthur is this feeble 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 kill one another.
With a chuckle, the story comes to an end on a down note.
Every player at the table will take on 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 choose. (Female knights did exist in history, although they were not always recognized as equals). Pendragon shines in those traits and passions, according to Larkins.
Like the characters in those classic stories, it kind of pushes Arthurian story beats. Sometimes, your hatred for someone will motivate you to call them out in an inappropriate moment, or your love for someone will drive you to perform heroic acts in spite of perhaps [the fact that] it might have been wiser to be a little more prudent in that moment.
Everybody plays a knight, but every single one is different, according to Larkins. And the game is about discovering who your knight is. Are you courageous, or are you spiritual? Do you have dreams that you're attempting to fulfill but you're falling short? It's a journey every time you play.
The final production run of the Pendragons 6th edition did not arrive overseas in time for Gen Con, according to Chaosium. Visitors in Indianapolis will be able to pick up a valuable free trial that might be available online shortly.