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Crispy™ RPGs similar to sports management games?

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by rusty_shackleford, Mar 20, 2021.

  1. rusty_shackleford Arcane

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    Where you manage a roster of adventures, hire/fire them, manage equipment, their quests, grouping, etc.,
    Darkest Dungeon has some similarities, but I'm looking more for a game with a heavier focus on management and branching narrative.
     
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  2. Outmind Augur

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    How active of a role in management are we talking about here? because the only thing that comes to mind atm is Battle Brothers, but that's a full-on tactical RPG with vaguely managerial things like party roster decisions, supplies, and injury treatment.

    Will keep an eye on this thread as the format is definitely uncommon.
     
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    Battles of Norghan is supposed to be pretty much what you describe but I never got it to run :(

    "Imagine a football manager game with fantasy world creatures such as orcs, drakes and minotaurs and turn-based strategy battles instead of football matches."
     
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    Yeah... I can only think of Blood Bowl, which is basically on the same tactical level as Battle Brothers. Not the strategic layer you're look for.

    Dungeon Master maybe?
     
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    Jagged Alliance 2.
     
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  6. JarlFrank I like Thief THIS much Patron

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    Battles of Norghan is decent. Got it on Steam, runs out of the box on my Windows 7 system.

    It's got tactical turn based combat, you hire gladiators of different races/classes and they gain XP. You can train them, give them better equipment, etc. Battle victories give you prize money that you can use to buy the equipment or send your guys training. I'd say the focus is about 50/50 on battles and management.

    For a more literal sports game that feels somewhat RPG-y, try Football Tactics & Glory. It combines your usual football management game with turn based tactical football matches. Each player can learn one or two special skills and specialize on various classes (defender, goalkeeper, midfielder, attacker) that give bonuses to their respective roles on the playing field. I don't care about football, don't even watch the world cup, but this game is damn fun.

    Then there's Domina, a game where you play as a Roman noblewoman who inherited a gladiator school. You buy gladiators, train them, have them fight in the arena, etc. The battles are real time and can either be directly controlled like an action game or you can let the AI fight for you. Gladiators can either get wounded and surrender, or die permanently. It's usually a good idea to level up several gladiators equally rather than focusing on just pushing one guy cause if he dies, you're fucked. It's pretty basic overall, but it's good.

    There's also Age of Gladiators, which has two games set in ancient Rome and one in a sci-fi setting. They're pretty mediocre tbh, although they do have tactical turn based arena combat, and a decent management layer.

    I'm not aware of a game where you manage a roster of adventurers and send them dungeoneering, though.
     
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    Probably doesn't cover everything, but the Expedition games are like that. I've not played Vikings yet, but Conquistador you are like a caravan leader. You have to treat wounds (depending on your medical skill), and you get some character-specific encounters. Your player character never fights on the battlefield, so it feels like you are truly leading an expedition.

    I do need to play Vikings at some point, though.
     
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    I mean, I guess there's this, judging from the title. It's been sitting on my wishlist for over a year but the mostly negative review rating puts me off.


    Crawling through my wishlist, I also found these which might fit the bill:


     
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    Rance Quest
     
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    Areena. Since 1991. The latest works on browsers and is in English, but the graphics don't quite have that nostalgic touch to them.

    http://arena-7.appspot.com/

    You literally manage a team of gladiators of different races etc.
     
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    pillars of eternity 2 plays itself too!
     
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    Just play Football Manager, this games has all RPG-elements and autism you want
     
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    I loved Expeditions: Conquistador, but it's much more like a historical fantasy XCOM than a fantasy football manager. There's a lot of turn-based tactical gameplay in addition to the strategy layer. I'm not sure it's what OP wants, even though it's great.

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    Dungeon Siege, except 3rd game
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    - roster of adventures
    - hire/fire them
    - manage equipment
    - can include/exclude into field team or sent on personal "missions"
     
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    Mortal Glory and other gladiator-types could be in that vein.

    There's also the auto-battler genre on Steam which has games of this ilk, but none have yet totally tied all those pieces together.
     
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  19. Mark Richard Arcane

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    The upcoming King Arthur: Knight's Tale has some of these elements. There's around 30 recruitable heroes, an upgradable base of operations, equipment, skill trees, permadeath, and a branching narrative based around the 4-pronged morality system - Rightful/Tyrant and Old Faith/Christian. This impacts the story as well as the knights who'll join you. Some knights squabble with others, and some might even turn their back on you for making decisions they disagree with. You made a brief appearance in the related thread, but weren't sure what the game was going for.
     
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    Sexist!

    "Amazons are wild warrior women from Deep Jungles. They contact civilization only for gladiator combat and when lipstick has run out. Amazons are famous for their melee combat skills and for their great bravery when facing physically weaker opponents."
     
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  21. Darth Canoli Arcane

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    You're asking for a lot of features that comes naturally to tacticool games.
    So, leaving the RPG aside, i can give you :

    Warbanners (more story bits than the following and some soft branching)

    And even less on the RPG side, Battle Brothers (do yourself a favor and play with the Legends mod), Urtuk, Vigilantes, UFO (OpenXCOM with some great mods), JA 2, also, The Battle for Wesnoth, X-COM Apocalypse...
    Tactics Maiden too (no branching whatsoever but there is a narrative).

    On the other side, there is the Speedball 2 remaster, not 100% accurate but still quite good for a playthrough.

    Also, Battle-arenas.net it's a browser game with regenerating AP going faster the more you "survive" the arena with some deities played by GMs and guilds, really time consuming though, when you're into it.
    And you'd have to learn some French...
     
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    Been looking for the same. While it doesn't fulfill your list of wishes, Crusader Kings II (with all bells and whistles) is the closest you'll get to a Football Manager experience with (a few more) role-playing elements, but I assume you're already aware of this, given how well liked CK2 is on the Codex and it not exactly being an obscure entity in the wider gaming community either.
     
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    Killers & Thieves is a side project of a guy who worked on Banner Saga. It is a thief guild management game, with some great ideas (you strongarm legit businesses to act like your fronts, recruit and train thieves, deal with the heat created by your heists and slowly work to become the strongest criminal organisation in the city) - unfortunately the dev moved on before polishing the game properly (hence the mixed reviews), but given it sells for 1,59 € nowadays I suggest you at least give it a try.
     
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  24. Efe Liturgist

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    above is terrible
    try new star soccer instead
     
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