New release: Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon

Jay Barnson (recently interviewed here) has released the first episode of Frayed Knights, a comedic party-based first-person dungeon delver in the spirit of the old Wizardry games.

In his press release, Jay writes:

On top of the serious, ‘hard-core’ engine, The Skull of S’makh-Daon layers a world and story with a decidedly more tongue-in-cheek approach to the genre. Spells and skills have names like “Power Word: Defenestrate” and “Size Doesn’t Matter.” In a world of jaded heroes and veteran adventurers, the player’s party is a team of misfits: Arianna, a dainty warrior with an attitude problem; Dirk, an adrenaline-junky rogue who doesn’t seem to understand the word ‘subtle;’ Benjamin, a nature-priest and newcomer to the adventuring lifestyle, and Chloe, a ditsy sorceress with a love of cute, fuzzy animals and setting her enemies on fire.

Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon is now available as a digital download at It is unrated, but should be content-appropriate for most teens and adults.

Features include:

30+ hours of gameplay
Challenging, turn-based combat in a game
A spell named, “Power Word: Defenestrate.”
Over a hundred base spells, most with several upgraded variants
Over 80 feats to customize the party as they progress through the game.
Nearly 200 different items to be used and abused by your characters.
A “Quarterstaff of Nad-Whacking.”
Sixteen “dungeons” (interior adventuring areas), five outdoor areas, one village, an alternate dimension, and some green dude’s one-room hovel.
A 69-page (PDF) manual

Sounds about right. I spent some time with Frayed Knights: TSoS-D in preparation for my interview with Jay, and I can confirm that it’s quality. This game is the first of a planned three-part series, and will run you $22.95 for the full version. Buy it here or nab the demo to see if it’s your speed.

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