The Green Knight wowed audiences last year with its moody lighting and mystical storyline, as well as Dev Patels outstanding performance. What surprised many observers was its genuine presentation of a classic Arthurian legend for modern audiences. David Larkins, line editor for game publisher Chaosium, has embarked on a similar quest. His goal is to revive the classic tabletop role-playing game Pendragon, which was first published in 1985.
Stafford finished the first draft of the Pendragons sixth edition before his death in 2018. He claimed the author, who was also well-known for the creation of the Glorantha world, called it his magnum opus. In it, Stafford contrasts traditional Arthurian legend with historical European timeline. Yet each time players sit down for a three-hour session, a full year of time passes in-game.
Similar to the smash hit strategy game Crusader Kings 3, players will be able to build and play as individual dynasties.
Larkins said the Green Knight is the perfect sort of aesthetic representation of the final third of the campaign, where there is just a lot of conflict and death, and Arthur is this feeble king who is 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 each other.
He added with a laugh that the episode came to an end on a shaky note.
Every player at the table will play the role of a knight, and, like in Crusader Kings, those knights can be drawn from virtually anywhere in the medieval world. Knights may also be any gender they wish to be, according to Larkins. (Female knights existed in history, although they were not always recognized as equals.)
Because oftentimes you will find yourself acting against your own interests, according to Larkins, as the characters in those classic stories do, or your love for someone will drive you to perform heroic acts despite [the fact that] it might have been prudent to do something differently in that moment.
According to Larkins, everyone plays a knight, but every single knight is different. The game is all about discovering who you are: are you brave or are you spiritual? Do you have dreams that you're striving to fulfill but you're failing to fulfill them? It's a journey every single time you play.
The last production run of the Pendragons 6th edition did not arrive in time for Gen Con. Visitors in Indianapolis will be able to pick up a valuable introductory adventure for free that may come online in the future.