The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante caught me off-guard with one heck of a title. It’s a narrative-driven RPG set during the Middle Ages and chronicling the titular Sir Brante over the course of his (quite eventful) life. It’s the kind of pitch I’d never considered—and didn’t know I needed—but I think I do indeed.
Even so, I went into the trailer for The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante – Chapters 1&2 a little skeptical. I’m a history nerd through and through; I can’t help but get a touch snooty sometimes over what I subjectively perceive as accurate or inaccurate depictions of various regional time periods throughout humanity’s checkered, fascinating, past.
Now I’m sold. If the trailer is anything to go by, then Sever, an eight-person Russian gaming developer, has done an excellent job imbuing this project with a sense of personal urgency married to an appropriately gritty historical accord. I’m delighted that Chapters 1&2, effectively the game’s prologue, are available for free on Steam. And if this paragraph reads like a sales pitch, it isn’t; I’m just glad this nifty release caught RPGFan’s eye and I look forward to checking it out firsthand!
With its rich, book-like presentation and the grim possibility of Sir Brante’s demise lurking around the corner of every decision you make, The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante sounds to me like the best sort of choose-your-own-adventure. Hopefully it’s as rad as it seems!