Click here to watch embedded media Klei Entertainment’s latest game is the roguelike card-battler Griftlands. While it doesn’t have many superficial things in common with the studio’s other works, like Don’t Starve and Invisible, Inc., there are throughlines in the quality of the presentation and overall depth. Dan Tack and Leo Vader have been playing it since it hit the Epic Games Store in early access last week, and they’ve been having a lot of fun with it. Why? Well, what do you know? They talk all about it in today’s NGT.
One of Griftlands’ most interesting hooks is its negotiation system. Rather than persuade or intimidate NPCs through conversation trees and skillchecks, here you enter another card-based set of interactions as you try to steer the interaction how you want. It’s a really great idea, and you’ll get to see plenty of those in the episode – with plenty of explanations if you aren’t super familiar with digital card games. Also in this episode, Tack befriends a weird alien dog, so there’s that.
The early access version of Griftlands is available now in the Epic Games Store.