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.
The targeted release date is September 8th.
- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.