Like a fair number of people of my generation, my first true DnD experience was playing Baldur's Gate. I'd played rpg-light board games as a kid. I'd played computer RPG's before, starting with Might and Magic 3 as my first "real" RPG. I'd even played some pen and paper games in college. But Baldur's Gate, released in 1998, was my first foray into true Dungeons and Dragons rules and worlds. It was a fantastic game, and launched my love affair with other DnD products like BG2, Planescape: Torment, and, of course, the Neverwinter Nights games. And, based on my play through Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition, the game still holds up quite well.
So when Obsidian launched their kickstarter proposing to build a modern game along the lines of Baldur's Gate, I do remember taking notice. But then, for some reason, I decided to take a pass. I'm still not completely comfortable supporting Kickstarter projects, mostly because of the sense of no guarantees. I've certainly preordered my share of games before, but at least in those cases it is usually only a short time until a game is released. With Kickstarter, you pay in your money long before a project will ever turn up in your mailbox, and there's always some chance that the project won't ever materialize.
I might need to start rethinking those kinds of concerns, because I almost overlooked this game. It was really only through a few retweets on twitter that I noticed the game coming a few weeks back. I've been catching up ever since.
Today, Obsidian officially released Pillars of Eternity, their modern homage to the Infinity Engine games. It looks really impressive. The world looks dark and full of flavor. The interface looks crisp and clean. The combat looks strategic and tight, with a lot of neat innovations (endurance vs. health, new ways of thinking about character attributes and how that affects builds, etc). The early reviews have been very positive (92 on metacritic as I write this).
Right now, I'm at 2.87 GB of 6.33 GB downloaded from GOG. I teach in the morning and my wifi in this part of the house is not stellar, so it's not going to finish tonight. I have family coming to visit for the weekend that arrive tomorrow.
In short, I can't wait to play. But I also probably won't be able to play for several more days. So, I'm going to content myself to read the manual tonight, think more about my first character choice (cipher vs. druid vs. wizard...decisions decisions), and head off to bed. ::sigh::