Sword Coast Legends Gameplay Videos Showcase DM Mode

By Published July 03, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Our GDC 2015 interview with Sword Coast Legends developers n-space showcased the game's DM mode, which hands the reigns of dungeon management over to another player. With a few more months of development behind the game, nSpace President Dan Tudge and team have posted a few gameplay videos showcasing dungeon setup tools and gameplay.

As a refresher, Sword Coast Legends is an officially-licensed Dungeons & Dragons game – the license being held by Wizards of the Coast – and uses the fifth edition ruleset. Four players can adventure together through self-contained dungeons or through grander, sweeping campaigns, either generated by friends or by the game's developers with AI-execution.

If a player decides to DM the game personally, they're given a toolkit for dungeon management and building, then assigned a “threat counter” that determines efficacy of design. In the event a DM is too harsh, causing TPKs (total party kills) and making for a sub-optimal gameplay session, the DM will lose threat. Threat is treated as a currency: The lower your threat counter, the fewer objects and enemies you can spawn. We're not entirely sure if this is the best approach, but it's an interesting liberty to take.

Videos below.

The targeted release date is September 8th.

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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