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  1. Ruin has come to our family. You remember our venerable house, opulent and imperial, gazing proudly from its stoic perch above the moor? I lived all my years in that ancient, rumor shadowed manor... ...fattened by decadence and luxury - and yet I began to tire of conventional extravagance. Singular, unsettling tales suggested the mansion itself was a gateway to some fabulous and unnameable power. With relic and ritual I bent every effort towards the excavation and recovery of those long buried secrets... ...exhausting what remained of our family fortune on swarthy workmen and sturdy shovels. At last in the salt soaked crags beneath the lowest foundations... ...we unearthed that damnable portal of antediluvian evil. Our every step unsettled the ancient earth, but we were in a realm of death and madness. In the end I alone fled laughing and wailing through those blackened arcades of antiquity until consciousness failed me. You remember our venerable house, opulent and imperial. It is a festering abomination! I beg you. Return home; claim your birthright, and deliver our family (a faint clicking noise is heard) from the ravenous, clutching shadows... Gunshot! ...of the Darkest Dungeon. Welcome, dear reader, to terror and madness. Darkest Dungeon is, in the words of its developer Red Hook, "a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring". You play as the faceless heir to the narrating Mad Scientist (usually referred to as the Ancestor), who arrives at the inherited, ruined estate. You send out send out groups of adventurers into the various parts of the estate, to explore and, eventually, clean up the mess that the Ancestor has left you (long before Fridays for Future was a thing). Apart from its, well, dark atmosphere, Darkest Dungeon is well-known for its very, very impressive Narrator (voiced by Wayne June, and certainly deserving the capitalization) - I highly recommend checking out the intro on Youtube. It also features a lot of very quotable one-liners. Personally, I was reminded that Overconfidence is a slow and incidious killer long before I learned about this game. I will be playing with both the Crimson Court and Color of Madness DLCs, as well as the additional classes. There's another DLC on the way (Butcher's Circuit), although I'm not that interested in the PvP that it's going to introduce. And with that, let's go into the game, or rather, another short cutscene. Here it is on Youtube. You will arrive along the old road. It winds with a troubling, serpent-like suggestion through the corrupted countryside... ...leading only, I fear, to ever more tenebrous places. There is a sickness in the ancient, pitted cobbles of the old road... ...and on its writhing path,... ...you'll face viciousness, violence and perhaps,... ...other damnably transcendent terrors. So steel yourself, and remember, there can be no bravery... ...without madness. The old road will take you to hell, but in that gaping abyss, we will find our redemption.
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