Kickstarter Page: Graywalkers
Project By: Dreamlords Digital
End Date: November 4th, 2014
In a nutshell: “An emergent Strategic and Tactical Turn-based supernatural post-apocalyptic RPG inspired by Fallout, X-Com and Jagged Alliance.”
Boy it’s been a while since I’ve ogled the naughty peep show of half-dressed content that is Kickstarter. These days, I mostly get Kickstarter projects sent to me by developers, rather than find them myself, so I often end up combing through a bunch of Kickstarters that I’m not actually too enamoured by. Maybe I’m just trying to excuse my own laziness, or maybe there’s only so much Kickstarter one man can take. Gizorama’s Editor in Chief knows me well enough now though, that he couldn’t help but forward me Graywalkers: Purgatory, a turn based SRPG inspired by Fallout and XCOM. If that pitch alone doesn’t interest you, then Graywalkers might not be your thing, and I’m not sure I’d ever like to meet you.
You can download Graywalker’s combat alpha now from their Kickstarter page, which will give you a decent idea of what sort of game the team at Dreamlords Digital are trying to create. With an aesthetic quality and gameplay quirks that look to combine fantasy tropes like D&D classes and magic with post-apocalyptic sci-fi (dudes using stop signs for shields), Graywalkers combines the familiar to create something relatively fresh and interesting. Every member of your party in the combat alpha has a different style of gameplay that’s reflected by their look and the type of their weapon. even if much of the gameplay variety one expects from a game with multiple classes has yet to be implemented.
In the alpha, your party of six must defeat a group of demons, as well as a much larger demon leader. Your party consists of two ranged tanks equipped with assault rifles, a stealth expert equipped with a pistol, a katana wielding DPS dealer, an unarmed magic user, and a melee tank. Though there’s a ton of mechanics to be added, and even more to be ironed out, Graywalkers already has a solid foundation of basic strategic gameplay. If you’re hankering for a classic Black Isle-style SRPG with more of a focus on team-based combat, Graywalkers is probably a safe bet, particularly at a low funding goal of $40,000.