Set out on a grand adventure in this turn-based, retro style, pixel-art RPG, inspired by the great titles of the 90's. Take on the roles of in-game players taking on the roles of their characters in a traditional pen and paper RPG session in the ultimate meta roleplaying experience.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,653 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 18, 2013

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March 2

Roll Perception to Detect Incoming Knights of Pen & Paper 2



World Randomly Encounters Exciting New Sequel to Classic Old-school Title

STOCKHOLM — March 2, 2015 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher and developer with plenty of initiative, today announced the forthcoming release of Knights of Pen & Paper 2, coming to PC, iOS, and Android devices. Knights of Pen & Paper 2, the appropriately named sequel to Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition, will bring players back to the table, where they can sit and simulate another, different table inside the game (which is about a game). Danger, intrigue, death, role-playing, and roll-playing will return when Knights of Pen & Paper 2 arrives on May 14th.

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Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-lawering GM in a fully customizable party. Assemble a group of virtual friends, dress them in class-specific hats, and take on an all-new series of quests, including dynamic dungeons, an improved combat system, new loot and crafting mechanics, and more, as the party faces its greatest challenge yet: the new edition of the ruleset.

Knights of Pen & Paper 2 rolls with the following features:

+2 to Impress: The retro adventure makes the leap from simulated 8-bit graphics to simulated 16-bit graphics, providing players with twice the bits
New Racial Feats: Customize your party members by choosing players such as the Goth or the Rocker, classes such as Wizard or Thief, and for the first time, races such as Dwarves and Elves
A Game of Throws: Face the whims of the d20 in an overhauled combat system, new crafting and loot, dynamically generated dungeons, and a variety of nail-biting saving throws
Entirely Too Many Gaming and Pop Culture Jokes: Seriously

“When you allow people at your company to dress up in wizard robes and suits of armor, sometimes you wind up with games like Knights of Pen & Paper 2,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “We’re going to be showing off the game in person this week at GDC. I wanted to reveal it during the DICE conference, but nobody agreed with me.”

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Deluxier Edition

The Deluxier Edition of Knights of Pen & Paper includes the following bonus items:

  • Special Guest Character – A Yellow Wizard with passive MP +20
  • Farm Village Map – A new location that will allow players to farm experience efficiently. Also includes the exclusive Scarecrow monster!
  • Sci-fi Pack for Bedroom – This gives players 4 exclusive items to customize their “in-game, real-world room”
  • The Haunted Fall expansion!

About This Game

Set out on a grand adventure in this turn-based, retro style, pixel-art RPG, inspired by the great titles of the 90's. Take on the roles of in-game players taking on the roles of their characters in a traditional pen and paper RPG session in the ultimate meta roleplaying experience.


As both the playing characters AND the game master, players can choose which battles to fight. Put together a bunch of monsters to make for a challenging fight and your efforts will be equally rewarded!


Choose from multiple classes, such as knights and mages, pick your characters to control those classes, like grandma or kid brother, and take on the loads of quests, monsters, items and equipment littered throughout Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition. Blacksmiths, enchanters, mining, gathering, hidden treasures and a whole lot more await, giving players a lot of room to personalize their gameplay experience.


Don’t wait any longer, the Pen & Paper world needs you!

Key Features


  • The ultimate pen and paper RPG simulation experience
  • Put together your own role-playing group complete with the game master, the role-players and their respective classes
  • Fight and explore your way through a perilous fantasy world to defeat the dark mage
  • Level up and get your hands on more gold to unlock epic items and gear for your party
  • As the game master, you can set up the fights yourself and choose how many monsters to battle
The +1 Edition includes these all new features:

  • New dungeons to explore with monsters, traps, treasures, and powerful bosses
  • The Tavern, a place to stash heroes and switch out party members
  • More options for characters to implement during battles, adding more depth and variation to fights
  • Extended campaign filled with lots of new content

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP or later
    • Processor:2000 MHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:640x480 minimum resolution (Direct3D/OpenGL compatible card with at least 128MB)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:2D sound compatible card
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X 10.4 or later
    • Processor:2000 MHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:640x480 minimum resolution (Direct3D/OpenGL compatible card with at least 128MB)
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:2D sound compatible card
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 10 or later
    • Processor:2000 MHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:640x480 minimum resolution (Direct3D/OpenGL compatible card with at least 128MB)
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • Sound:2D sound compatible card
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
This is a very simple looking RPG on the cover but once you get into it, there is plenty of min/maxing to be done. A turn based gameplay makes fits this much more than a normal action type. I love how you can swap in "team members" to the table once you purchase more seats at the table.

Another thing which is probably overlooked in Knights of Pen & Paper, is the dialog of the dungeon master and the players, some really humours lines came out during my playthrough and I would really recommend anyone read through them for a giggle.

The soundtracks can get fairly repetitve but what do you expect for an 8bit style game. I'm up to about twelve hours gameplay and I am still finding new things to try out.

I would 100% recommend this to any RPG/Turn based fan
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
The Good: Fun premise, mixing the tropes of D&D-style tabletop gaming and Final Fantasy-esque RPG combat, with the usual nods to post-Tolkien high fantasy worlds. There's a solid dose of fun pop culture references (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Super Mario Brothers in the sewer dungeon, to Pirates of the Caribbean and the Creature from the Black Lagoon in the seaside areas). And it's not just gratuitious name-checking either -- all of it is properly statted out and integrated into the gameplay.

The Bad: Admittedly, it's hardly ground-breaking stuff, especially if you're partial to comedy/parody RPGs. It's not quite as witty or clever as its web-based counterparts like Kingdom of Loathing or Card Hunter. But even as someone who liked both those games, I wasn't disappointed -- I'm now at 10 hours play time and counting.

The Ugly: Less-than-ideal game balance. It definitely appears to favor particular player/class combos over others, to the point that it's damn near impossible to last the higher levels with certain oddball party compositions, which kinda takes out some of the fun.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
If you like classic Tabletop/RPGs then this brings the best of both worlds together (Tabletop and Video Games).
Controls are so simplistic and the game runs on very little resources that a lower end mini tablet can run this game without any problems, while still offering that classic RPG challenge.

The references and Easter Eggs that pay homage to older RPG style games are just the + in "+1 Edition"
If you find yourself looking for some time to kill I recommend playing this game (at full price, but you can never beat a good deal).
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Didn't think I would like it as it came with the humble bundle, 4 hours in and still a brilliant game, perfect for playing while listening to some random video. Only realizing now how it's basically d&d, such a nerd...
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Started the game, played it for 6 hours straight.
In the middle of the night I realized one of my characters said "Lets play this all night long!" and I was actually considering that, but I had to get up early the next day.

10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
(This is a copy-paste of my Google Play review, since I apparently don't "own" a license to the app and my review was automatically deleted right after posting it) - I purchased it via the Humble Bundle.
This game is a great game! In fact, I got hooked into it to the point I play it instead of Clash of Clans (if I'm not already playing Geometry Dash).

It's so satisfying to be able to have a Dungeons-and-Dragons-like game in my pocket that I can bring anywhere and play at anytime.
The mechanics aren't groundbreaking, but it's included everything that I've forgotten to consider as a Dungeon Master.

The story's full of references to our gaming culture, but towards the end of the game, I felt that the story died after the "you have to save the world" bit... And the grind to the higher levels seemed impossible.
(I mean come on... I've finished all the quests elsewhere and all my characters are only Level 37, despite having to beat Level 50-60 bosses which naturally one-shot them all, and getting gold becomes impossible without having to repeat near-death dungeons as farming lower down becomes more and more redundant as you level up since the bosses are the only thing that actually yields descent (more than 40) gold.)

The only other problem with this game is (only applies to the Android version)... I can't buy the DLC or add gold.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Imagine playing table top D&D, and getting sucked into the world of Nintendo, where you are still playing Table top D&D, only you are playing it as an NES video game. That pretty much sums up this game in a nutshell, only you play it on the PC. It looks like an old school NES game, but incorporates the table top D&D feel, Very interesting concept. Much different than the early video game D&D adventures, this game tries to stay true to old school D&D. I thought it was a fun little game and would recommend it, because it can be picked up for next to nothing or even free and if you enjoy anything D&D related, you should at least give it a try. Get ready for a Nostalgia rush.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
This game is what it seems like, a pixel graphic RPG with a dungeons and dragons style.

    Pros
  • Nice Graphics
  • Good gameplay
  • Everything good about DnD
    Cons
  • Repetitive Gameplay
  • LOTS of grinding
At the end of the day, Knights of Pen And Paper is a good game, despite its constant grinding and repetitive gameplay.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Fun game to play with lots of references. If you enjoy pen and paper in general this is for you, although it is not nearly as complex as TDE or DnD. Very beginner friendly, but the lack of options makes combat kind of repetitive after a few hours. The fact that you have to fight the same enemy 7 times before you can progress in the story does not help neither.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Who'd have expected this total streamlining of RPG mechanics to be so addictive?
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
A great tabletop RPG. A good buy for all board game style RPGs.
Pros:
-Long story
-Humorous dialogues and characters

Cons:
-Few tactical options and repetitive combat
-Lot of tedious farming for xp and gold

Buy it on sale. DLC is not worth it as the you will get bored by the time you finish.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
While sometimes grindy, surprisingly fun little game. The fights are challenging and well balanced and also you can have a granny wizard.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Fun tabletop gaming simulator, blending RPG mechanics with D&D nerd humor.

Gameplay is executed at a very casual pace and was in my experience more suited to a mobile device as an enjoyable time-filler.

- Skinny from the Fat B*stard (curator link)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Do you like turn based RPGs? Like mindlessly grinding the Dorito dust off your fingers so that you steamroll all enemies? Do you like tabletop RPGs, but you don't like actually talking to people?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then do the thing.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
A lite-D&D game with prebuilt classes and occasional funny text, the game stays a fun and balanced play until the +1 content. At this point the story improves, but the need to grind is introduced in large amounts. A good 20~30 hrs of content. 8/10
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
75.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Excellent little turn-based RPG.
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20 of 40 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Knights of Pen and Paper is what I'd call a sufficiently flawed dungeon-crawler. While the game does allow for a lot of "customization", the upgrade system feels wholly dissapointing.

Upgrades/level-ups are barely even noticable, being slight precentage upgrades that almost always mean next to nothing; The variation of the classes is really where the enjoyment of the customization is. In addition to the lackluster upgrade system, the entire game is grind-ey as all hell. Want to upgrade your armor? be prepared to either walk back-and-forth between town and cave for a couple hours; that or pay through the nose with your hard-earned gold.

The humor/references are cute at times, but get old very fast... with neither making up for the repetitive gameplay.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
A great casual game. A bit too prone to grinding (if you want to unlock all achievements...) but beware, achievements are unstable. For example, there is an achievement that just doesn't work for most people.
In my case, it didnt work either, but I got the DLC, and all my achievement JUST DISAPPEARED (I was at 99% completion)! To later have them all back (plus the one not working) when I installed the game on another pc.
So... the DLC got me a 100% completion of the game. Which is somehow nice, but beware, it might not work for everyone.
Nevertheless, a great game for pc. An awesome game for tablet/android.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
For any fans of old school RPGs - This game has a fun story and great dialogue - The assortment of classes and skills and characters are also very fun to play with.
10/10 :D
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
This was more funny than fun, but I'd still recommend it.
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