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I was wondering if anyone on here knows what dependencies this game has? I have downloaded the game on Linux, and extracted it out, but it's telling me it still wants steam?

I have not found any place that shares what is needed to run the game, so I'm unsure what it needs.

Hi there! Are you saying that you downloaded Roadwarden-1.0.66-linux.tar.bz2 and it doesn't work?

BTW this version of the game is out of date, I need to poke the game's publisher to ask what's up with that.

Correct. I have extracted the tar, and run the games script, yet I run into this error. What requirements are needed for me to run this game on Linux?


Where's the best play to purchase this game so the most money goes to the dev? Here?


Hi there! Thank you for the consideration, but I believe we have the same split with all the websites where Roadwarden is available, so don't worry about it. As long as it's convenient for you and you're happy with the specific platform, I'm happy too. : )

Is there any thought to porting it to PS5?

I'm afraid it's very unlikely. : (

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Okay this is very specific and totally personal but I need to vent right now (so minor spoiler!): There is a part in the game where a poor lady in White Marshes asks you to find her money under a stone bridge. There ends up being way less money than she originally hoped for and you have the option of being truthful about it and giving her only a single coin or lying to her. But the character I am trying to play would neither lie nor let her problem remain unresolved! +-+

I wish there could be an option to the likes of this: "I found only one coin but at a dire time when I needed it the most. So let me add nine coins of compound interest." 

Because that was the truth! I went the eastern path first and was broke as hell ;( Really the first time I felt like I could not RP, my immersion was totally shattered argh \*o*/ I hate it so much!

So yeah wanted to throw that at someones head, the rest of the game is absolutely fantastic so far. One of the best games I played 2022. I spend surely 20-something hours in this world and I already know that I want to replay it atleast twice after that. I need to look at your other projects if they are anything like this!

May I ask if there's a werewolf here and if I can be a werewolf?

I'm afraid you can't be a werewolf in Roadwarden, but I recently played Werewolf The Apocalypse: Heart of the Forest and it's fantastic.

Roadwarden was my favorite game of last year, ive spent more time with it than any of the other big titles i bought. fantastic work! 

Thank you for your support! 2022 featured some amazing games, so that's quite a compliment. ^^


As I'm also a solo developer I must say I am impressed. You can tell a ton of work has gone into this ^^ Good job!

Thank you so much! Are you happy with the way MoonFire  is turning out? It sure looks like a project born out of love, I'm super interested in indie RPGs in general.


You're definitely spot on! It's been a lot of work, but even after a year and half or so, I'm really enjoying how its turning out for my first official IP ^^

Cheers on enjoying the success of Roadwarden. Or at least I hope you see it as such!

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Is this game accessible to play for blind players?

Sounds like something I would like to play, but when I run the demo, I am stuck.

I can hear the music and self-voicing mode seems to be working, because the synthesizer reads some random sentence.

But after that I do not know what to do, or even if I am doing something.

There is no reaction to whatever I press on the keyboard.

Even trying to switch off and on self-voicing does not work.

Is there documentation about shortcuts somewhere, or any way to make the game work?


Greetings, Luel!

I'm afraid Roadwarden is not optimized to support players who use text-to-speech hardware. I wish it would, but as it is a solo-dev project, I simply lack necessary skills to properly design it, and as it is, it uses a plentitude of pop up menus, long paragraphs ended with multiple dialogue choices, images that have no alternate descriptions and so on. I'm sorry it ended up this way, but I hope I'll have an opportunity to work with a real programmer for my next RPG, ideally someone who could support me in making the game more accessible for various types of controllers.

Once again, my apologies and thank you for taking interest in my game.


Hello moral-anxiety.

Thank you for your answer.

I suspected the game may be not accessible, but did not want to assume without asking first.

Unfortunately, I do not know what, if anything, can be done about Roadwarden.
I am not a programmer, just a player.

Regarding possible amount of text to read, in my opinion, this is no reason to complain about.

Unless the writing is difficult to understand or something makes reading not enjoyable.

I like games where exploration is encouraged, with background information and lore to find.

I wish you good luck with your next game.


This looks great; the kind of thing to play late at night.


There's a portion of text that misgenders the Roadwarden rather than leaving their gender ambiguous -,-  It happens during the "convince the Creeks" scene in the middle of the funeral pyre


Thank you for pointing this out! I'll be sure to fix it in the file so it can be corrected with the next patch. : )


Hi, as a news french translator, I'm looking for indie games to localize.
I would be happy to translate Roadwarde.
Would you be interested ?


On day 30 of my first playthrough and I really like every element.  The art is evocative, the writing is clear, and the characters are interesting.  I really enjoy the feeling of making choices that don't seem to have a 'right' answer and exploring a world knowing I won't have time to see every mystery solved.  Running out of money is pretty punishing, but that makes it feel more rewarding when you're able to build your relationship up with the towns enough that you're no longer just scraping by.

Will the sale on Steam right now be applied here on Itch as well? I prefer to buy games here if I can, but the currency conversion makes it pricey.


My apologies, I wasn't aware there's a sale. : ) There you go!


Oh! I'm sorry, I thought sales were set by devs on Steam. In any case, excited to finally pick this one up on here!


You're correct, in a way! The sale is set up by whoever owns the game's page - in Steam's case it's the game's publisher, Assemble Entertainment, while on Itch it's just me, at least for a few more days. : )


Please make more game like these!! Its refreshing to see a game simple like this. Very heavy on the text and with illustrations to supplement the descriptions. This is definitely one of my favorite games ever.

Thank you! I have all sorts responsibilities to take care of first, but I'd love to work on a similar game in the future. : )


I just want to say that it is refreshing to see developers on actually issue a post when a patch is released with release notes as well as show which is the newest version on the store page. It seems like a simple thing but many don't do either and it's appreciated.


Thank you! I feel bad that there are things that need patching in the first place, so that's the least I can do.

Bought this on GOG, thank you, very engrossing worldbuilding!

One typo in 1.0.4 from GOG - there's a quote that says "Those lands are beter left to..." - it should be "better left to."


Thank you! I'll be sure to fix it, I hope to have the patch ready on Monday. : )


The page says "In development" still. You may want to update that as some potential customer's may be turned off if they think the game is still in early access.

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Oh the spirits. That's very much correct. Thank you for pointing this out.

Where can I hear more of this amazing music


So kind of you to ask! The composer of the major part of the soundtrack (including the title theme) has released his share of tracks on all the major platforms. If you were to support him, all the earnings will go to his pocket, so I think it's pretty sweet. ^^

just wanted to say I'm 6 hours in and LOVING this game. I wish I could play forever haha. I'm already thinking I may have to do a casual playthrough after to see all the content. It's utterly enthralling.


Thanks a lot for sharing your experience! There's a 1.0.1 version available to download now, I should have 1.0.2 ready in a few hours and will post a changelog for it. : )

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finished it - absolutely fucking amazing. Seriously. Amazing. I like...need you to get famous from this game so you can do interviews so I can read about how you made it. I'm telling everyone I know to play it.

<3 <3 <3


Just realized I hadn't left a review for this demo despite my deep love of it and excitement for the full release. That's amended now. (Should I post it to Steam too?) 

Cheering you on!


Thank you, and there's no need! Actually, I just had a very good week development-wise, and it's lovely to start my day with such encouraging words. : )

you can only leave steam reviews if you have played the game for 5 minutes

I hope things are going well for you.  Every so often I come back to the page to check out how things are going and rereading that last blog entry and it's looking great.  This game is still the top of my(and I assume many others) steam wishlist.

Best regards.


Thank you for reaching out. : ) Ever since I stopped posting on social media, I was able to focus more on the development. I get anxious about how long some of my tasks take, but the game grows well - recently, I either write new content, or edit/rewrite one that's 2-3 year old. It doesn't give me many screenshots to show, but I do have this feeling of constant progression, which helps.

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Saw your tweet. Stay strong, keep your head down and look after yourself. Things are tough at the moment and like you I also dropped off social media except for the Discord for my TTRPG. I am now only putting out hopeful/hope punk supplements for Broken Shield. Reach out if you want to hang out with another chilled creator group. Other than that, good luck. Hopefully we can push back the tide of idiocy... (not meant as a plug, just easiest link to find me with)

I'm still very excited by Roadwarden. Loved the demos and how it's been developing. You're doing great.

- Gunnar Roxen

Thank you, Gunnar, I'll think about it. I never really used Discord, but seeing how the lockdown never ends, maybe I should start to get a bit more present online.

Zero pressure, it was just a thought. Do whatever you need to to keep yourself sane. :)

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I came back to see how this game was going after playing the demo a year or so ago, and I'm glad to see its still going well!! It definitely stuck in my mind, and I'm excited to see the final game. No rush though, just wanted to send some encouragement because I was thinking about this game today! 

The new graphics are beautiful, by the way. :) 


Thank you for your support! I actually hope to post the new version of the demo and a quite long devlog this weekend, I'm really excited about showing all the changes. : ) 

I'm really fascinated with this world and with the format you're using. The art and music is lovely. I hope you're still developing it!

Sidenote, found something odd when asking about people with the innkeeper: 

I hope that's helpful to you!


Thank you for attaching the screenshot! Yes, it's a bug, but the new version of the demo will have this and many more issues addressed. : ) It should be out in about a week or two!

oh that's extremely exciting!

I wishlisted your game on GOG ^^

But Linux is not listed on GOG,I'm sad.

As a Renpy game,I think I should be able to play It without problem on Kubuntu :)

Thank you so much for your support! I don't know why Roadwarden is listed on GOG as not compatible with Linux, I believe the game's publisher - who's behind the  page - simply forgot. I'll let them know right away.

The few tests that the kind people interested in the game ran so far make me believe the game will work just fine on Linux. 


Thank you  ^__^

I played this game what feels like ages ago.  What's new?

You've reminded me that it's been almost three months since the last devlog,  I'll try to publish a new one before the end of the month. While the release will still need at least half a year, and more likely an entire year, I'm really proud of the recent development. For example, you can check out my Twitter to see what tremendous steps I've made updating the game's visuals.

This is great! I've often wanted a good modern "text RPG" sort of game and you've got the idea perfect. The writing is very engaging, each of the places and characters have a unique feel, yet there's also a lot which appears hidden and makes you want to explore more. The idea of different "moods" and different conversation paths lets a player actually "play a role" which is something a lot of RPGs surprisingly lack! The timer is generous so you can get quite a lot done in one day. The danger level seems forgiving, especially with the idea of quicksaves and autosaves. I couldn't put this down once I started. Really hoping that you continue to make this. I'd gladly pay for the full version.

Reading this comment is a really lovely way to start my day, thank you so much, Jamie! I'm currently playing the working prototype (which got really big) and I think you're going to love it. I try to improve both the things you mentioned, and some other areas which interest me personally, such as the quality of the illustrations, and even I'm getting excited seeing the progress. : ) The pandemic sure gave me a lot of time to.

I'll do my best to finish this project, though it may still take some time. : ( 


Oh, please don't take anything I said as a complaint, it was all praise! :)

I like exploration games where the player is actually able to explore! I'm sure you've played games where the player is given things to look at, yet resource management is so tight that it's impossible to get anything done. The player is actually punished for exploring which defeats the whole purpose of the game. This really ruined Out There: Ω Edition if you've seen that.

I also don't mind an easy game. Not everything needs to be an ultra-hard nightmare roguelike.

Don't worry about time. It took Tom Happ 5 years to make Axiom Verge. The guy doing Pixel Art Academy has been going for 5 years with no end in sight! Take your time and enjoy creating.

I'll follow your devlogs and have wishlisted on Steam. The game is ready when it's ready :)

Another one who created an account on just to leave a comment ...

You have no idea how long I've been searching for some good interactive fiction with a story that occupies the rare middle ground between banal left-to-right conversations in anime cliche and overwrought essays of pretentious purple prose. This demo sucked me in immediately and whenever there's a full release I'll be buying it on day one.

Your English is outstanding and I didn't suspect it wasn't your first language until I was halfway through the demo (a few preposition choices here and there - nothing major and nothing that detracted whatsoever from my enjoyment).

It's a rare talent in any language to have a feel for real environments and real people, for showing rather than telling, and trusting an audience to draw conclusions without spelling them out. I hope your game receives all the success it deserves when it's released - good luck.


I... don't know how to respond. : o 

Thank you, lhynnith. Back when I was a teen, purple prose was my usual style, and it took many years before I learned how to express myself with fewer, simpler words. When I read some English authors I feel like maybe I'm actually *too* simplistic and repetitive, but such insecurities are difficult to face since I don't have a publisher and a full-time editors collaborating with me. All I can do is hope that my best will be good enough, and I'm really glad you were able to connect with my attempts.

Still, I'm currently assisted by a kindhearted spellchecker, so I still believe that the final version of the game will be even smoother to read. : )


Man good work on this all around. Very cool how it keeps a lot of details about frontier life grounded near reality without shying away from cool fantasy elements. It's the right balance of danger and adventure. Looking forward to the full release.


Damn, thanks a lot. It's really hard to be original when it comes to any fiction, even one that's based sorely on imagination, so I try to just explore the ideas I find interesting, without trying to reject anything "typical" for the genre just for the sake of it. It's weird to have a setting I love that has no real resemblance with the fantasy worlds I grew up with,  but I hope that thanks to those other, more daily things I explore I'll manage to keep it interesting, not empty.

Nice demo, I’m just starting the journey but got some feedback.


  • I liked the fact you can choose your archetype, past and ambitions via dialogues and thoughts, but my archetype didn’t seem to affect my dialogue in that first part. It did affect my inventory though, so I guess it wil be useful later.


  • When I was about to sleep, the icon showed my I would be left with 1 quarter of heart, but the next day I had half a heart. I guess the quarter of heart was just symbolic?

Misc typos:

  • if you decide not to get friend with the horse: “preseance” => “presence” (this one is easy to find with a spell-checker, the next ones are trickier)
  • “you’re not surprised to not be offered you any meal”
  • “The man looks uneasy. “They …” (wrong space placement)
  • “The Common Church often warn its member” => “members” I guess
  • “points a finger to the north west” => “North West”
  • just after, “the east” => “the East”

By the way, nice use of Ren’Py, if it wasn’t for the project structure and the menu, I wouldn’t have recognized it!

Thanks a lot! I'll take care of the typos right away. Just a question - when you were going to sleep, are you sure there was no minus sign nest to the icon of the heart? I've assumed it was clear that it meant "you will loose a quarter of a heart", and not "all you will be left with is a quarter of a heart". Maybe I should give this image a description in a text box if hovered. 

Ren'Py really makes working on the project so much easier, I'm grateful I can use it. : )

I don’t remember but yes, the minus sign would make sense, since I had 3/4 heart to start with so it would do the math. But I think it didn’t occur to me that symbols could be subtracted, unlike figures.

(usually I’d prefer a good old -2 HP, but you’d have to explain that 1 heart = 4 HP and that’s harder to follow)

Maybe the damage heart could be in a different color, as in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire contests:

Or there could be a transition [heart before] -> [heart after] so there is no need for negative values.

A great update post!

Thank you, it's great to hear that! : )

No worries. Stay safe in these strange times! I hope the game development continues well.

First project I'm commenting on, but really wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this! It's 100% my kind of game, and I couldn't stop playing it. Did everything I could in one sitting. Please keep up the good work on it! Atmosphere, setting, characters, mechanics are all really good and will only get better I think :) I want to see more of the world.

Similar feedback to others, but #1 is I'd say definitely hire an English editor. Your writing is really good and engaging, tons of new interesting ideas and perfect content-wise, so I'd just want it to be cleaned up as much as possible whenever it goes to wider public release so that everything that's good about it can shine through (I say this speaking as an editor). All writers, native English speakers or not, need an editor!

As someone who also got stuck at the dolmen, I think something as simple as highlighting possible bits of text you could search in a different color or something would work well. Like: "You see a firepit with some scattered bones. The wall is marked with soot."

The text input mechanic worked really well with asking the barkeep about people, though, and being able to reference the journal made it super easy. I think there's very good ideas there that will easily polish. 

Oh, maybe this was just me, but for the longest time I couldn't figure out that I could just click "Rest" and "Leave" any time they were there. I was so focused on the dialogue and story text that I wasn't paying attention to the menu. Maybe some text prompt that just says "You can Rest here" or "You can Leave from here" when you're in an area where it's possible.

I loved the "character creation" type choices in the text, where you picked a class and equipment and stuff. I think filling out a character in that way is really cool and would love more of it. 

Finishing the demo by returning to the city and everyone being disappointed in you was kind of a bummer lol. Maybe include an option that clearly ends the demo while still in the peninsula? 

That's all I can think of for now, but am definitely following this game and excited to see more!! Keep it up!

Thank you for choosing Roadwarden to be your first! <3 I'm after a very long couple of weeks filled with writing a whole lot of new content, and it feels so great to suddenly see such a kind comment!

Actually, I've tried to "upgrade" the exploration of the dolmen a bit. You can find more information in the latest devlog, but here's an example. Basically, I've provided more visual clues, so it will be easier to remember any significant clues that the player may find. : )

Thank you for pointing out the lack of clarity with the Leave and Rest buttons, I've heard a similar opinion before and it may be true that I need to provide a better tutorial, or maybe a more distinct visual clue. It gets tricky, since there's a lot of dialogues in the games during which you can "leave" an area, but only when you don't talk about anything specific, so it gets turned on and off all the time. : P It needs to remain subtle.

I currently hope that the game will be edited by the publisher,  but its getting trickier and trickier as the time goes on. I'm struggling with deadlines, and there's a LOT of text. Trust me, the demo is already a very small chunk of the game, and I'm still far from finishing it. : )

Once again, thank you and I hope you'll see one of the "happy" endings in not such a distant future. : )

Hello! I just played the demo, finished it in two sittings (had family visiting today). Here is my feedback, although I should let you know that I am not a game developer myself, and this is the first time I've ever commented on something!

I really enjoyed the artwork, the music, and the storytelling- I especially liked the fact that before exploring, there were parts on the map were blacked out. It added to a sense of unease, which perpetrated the entire game. I definitely felt placed in the world-- anxious for what could pop up and possibly hurt my roadwarden or horse. The journal also helped for remembering names and what was already talked about. Maybe impliment something in the journal that calls note to time sensitive quests would be useful, although not doing that could also force the player to be more careful and pay attention to detail.

I think when it comes to investigating things (the sections where you input text on what you want to look at), you could possibly implement an area where the things are more "obvious" to investigate? Or, perhaps edit one you already have. For example, the stone building-- put a more obvious sign on the inside, a campfire, etc that would prompt players to start playing with it in that way. The suggestions were a nice jumping off point, but maybe a section with more "obvious" things to look at would help players get a better sense of the feature, especially those who have not played text RPGs before. I'm thinking of video essays I've watched about intuitive tutorials, where game play got players to figure out what they needed to do without explicit text. I think the tree did this a little bit. After I guessed and put in cut to cut the branches and noticed the blood-like fluid, I knew to sacrifice blood to the tree.

I really enjoyed the game and the characters. I was sad when the demo ended! I'm looking forward to the finished game, and hope my ramble-y feedback was at least somewhat useful. 

Dear innocentking,

I'm honored to receive your first comment! Feedback is definitely not reserved for game developers, and I appreciate that you've decided to describe both your enjoyment and the things that you perceive as shortcomings.

And I think that you're right - the dolmen requires more effort on my side and more visual clues. It's one of the oldest parts I've added to the game, and after reading your comment I think it needs to be updated to better reflect the quality I'm aiming for.

Thank you once again!



I really enjoyed the demo. Love the atmosphere, I got immersed in this world for sure. 


Question, where does this demo end? I'm done with the quest for scavenger, tried to do some sacrifice on the altar (no success), done the investigation over the fallen tree. 

Plus, I received error message while browsing through the journal, see the full text here:

Also, will the Archive be searchable in the next releases?


Thank you, ArquesMartin, I'm sorry that you've encountered a bug. I'll fix it as soon as I can.

The demo "ends" once you unlock 3 "grey" areas that you can't visit. Since you've seen the blockade and the tree in the swamps, it looks like you're done.

I'm not sure how exactly is the Archive going to work closer to the release. You're not the first person that is not satisfied with its current state, but trying to make it more complex is going to be very difficult. I was hoping to make the Journal play a similar role, since it summarizes various information about characters and quests.

Thank you so much for your feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed your time!


Archive is not a bad idea overall, maybe it should be categorized somehow? Like per conversation?

Or, just remove it and, like you say, focus more on the Journal. It may be really hard to use Archives after several hours ingame. Even once those are nicely done - just too much content. Filtering, categorizing, sorting will not make the task easier, still hundreds of pages full of text.

Okay then, I really enjoyed the game in its current state and I just can't wait to see how it progresses. Great work!


I think you're on the right track, thank you that you've decided to share your thoughts. I'm so happy to see that my game is actually interesting for other people, not just me. <3

I'm really looking forward to the full release!


Thank you for the encouragement! 

Will the game release on itch, or only Steam?


Hi! Definitely in both places. : ) was extremely kind to me and I couldn't abandon it.

Just discovered this demo. Looks very promising. I will leave more detailed feedback later.

I very much like the art.


Hi there! I actually plan to release a new version of the demo very soon, I'm just not sure what the publisher is going to tell. Would you like to wait for a bit?

i liked the idea, only that i think you should make a bit more evident the use of the scholar hability i didn´t notice i could use it in the stone building

Thanks for the demo. I really enjoyed the hour of getting lost in that world. It was a nice experience. 

As was mentioned by one player before I had trouble to figure out what to search for / what to type in. After I recognized that I had to use words out of the textgroup before it went way smoother then my failings before. With this said it would be nice to explain this for n00bs like me ;) 

I also wondered why there weren't people sitting in the camp after I went in but the text described them. Would be cool to see some depicted there. 

Thanks for all the effort and I wish you and your team all the best for the development. Looking forward to the full release!

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! Knowing where the game feels unintuitive helps me a lot. : )

I just finished playing the demo and I'm sooooo exited to see the full game! The graphics are fantastic and the storytelling well round off. Keep up! You are doing a great job!


Thank you, Alice, I'm so glad you like it!

Just started the demo. I would love to see the full game. ;)

You have my promise! : D


Played through this demo just now and really enjoyed it. I like the concept, the initial depictions of the world, and the way the prose communicates the physicality of being on a long journey. I love the descriptions and interactions with the peninsula's wildlife and the thought given to how this society operates. I know the music is meant to be temporary but it fits the style of the game quite well. The attitude system is also an interesting concept.

I have a few comments:

-As others have pointed out, there are many, many grammar and spelling errors. However, they don't interfere with comprehension for the most part, so I didn't feel like they were a huge deal at this stage. There was one exception, though: the text minigame prompt being "What are you looking for" and not "What will you look at" or something similar made me think I needed some specific goal or item in mind. The initial answer being "floor" doesn't make sense in that context (the floor is right there, why do I need to look for it?)

-The conversation with the soldiers felt less like a conversation and more like reading several encyclopedia entries. I understand the need to communicate details of the world to the player, but I think they should be spaced apart more and introduced more naturally, especially because I think this world is an interesting place.

-Most of the dialogue choices with the soldiers boiled down to "be an asshole" vs "don't be an asshole", which is never that compelling in video games. I think it'd be more interesting if the conversation was based around the two groups' lack of initial trust in each other, which they could then develop... or not. As is, there didn't seem to be a reason for me to ever not be polite.

(Damn it, and I thought my English got so much better! I have to be more careful!)

I mean, ahem, ahem!

Dear Mr. Hepto, : )

Thank you so much not only for your encouragement, but also for such a gently presented and fair criticism! I want to make it as clear as I can that the things that you've listed are all on my "to do" list, even though I'm not entirely able to agree with your suggestion about "What will you look at." I'll keep thinking, however, about a better way to say "What do you want to pay attention to or look for or interact with right now in hope to find new clues and move forward," I'm sure there's a way to make it feel smoother. : P

There are things that I really want to change in this demo, but I've decided to move forward and push toward finishing the rest of the game. Then I can rewrite the prologue so it would better reflect what's necessary to prepare the player for the rest of their adventure. I also have in mind new ways to convey information, ways that I know worked quite well in other RPGs I've played. 

I can be terribly perfectionistic, so I have to force myself to not spend too much time revisiting the same thing over and over again. I'm sorry the game isn't as good right now as it should be, but I promise I'm going to make it proud of the final product!

Once again, thank you so much and I'm glad that you've enjoyed your time as a roadwarden. : )

- Aureus

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