Let's take a look, ever so briefly, at the world of indie RPGs today, and note the recent announcement of Avadon 2: The Corruption by Spiderweb Software. A follow-up to their isometric RPG for OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, Avadon 2 will cast you in the role of a servant of the titular Black Fortress, Avadon, and task you with saving -- or destroying -- your homeland:
You are an agent of Avadon. The Black Fortress. Your job is to protect your homeland from the limitless threats that surround it. Titans. Monsters. Barbarians. Fading, jealous empires. The warriors and spies of Avadon must keep them weak and divided. Your resources are unlimited, and all must obey you.
But then Avadon was attacked. A sneak raid shattered the fortress, and, with it unable to keep order, madness has resulted. Civil war, barbarian raids, even conspiracies to destroy your people. Avadon’s power and influence has faded, and yet your people need it more than ever.
Everything is falling apart, and a shadowy power has risen to destroy your homeland. What will you do? Will you fight your enemies? Or will you join them and end Avadon’s power once and for all? The choice is yours!
The Avadon games offer a rich, harder-core, old-school RPG experience; if you enjoyed the likes of Baldur's Gate, you'll probably find something in this series that tickles your fancy. The first entry in the series was generally well-received, praised for its engaging gameplay and story, both of which rose far and above its dated-looking graphics and relatively simplistic set of sound effects. Avadon 2 looks to follow in those footsteps, albeit with some improvements to the look and sound of the game.