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Greed shall infest us all
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Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness is an upcoming, Kickstarter-funded Western RPG, developed by the Austrian GrapeOcean Technologies and inspired by classics like Baldur's Gate. The website is here and the trailer can be watched here.

The game takes place in the kingdom of Isilmerald which was cursed by Zornilsa, the goddess of greed, envy and resentment. Now it's up to your adventuring party to break the curse and save the kingdom... or you could try to find a way to exploit the situation for all its worth.

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The game provides examples of the following tropes:

  • But Thou Must!: The Kickstarter trailer briefly shows a dwarf named Eric offering to craft something for the player, but only if they pay up first. All three of the options knock him back, only differing between a neutral "perhaps another time" and more antagonistic "I only deal in goods not promises" or "You pushing wares you do not even have?". To be fair, he is offering a pretty bad deal, and with the greed curse going strong, one would be wise to assume he is likely to just run off with your gold.
  • Con Man: The Swindler thief subclass, shown at one point in the Kickstarter trailer.
  • The Corruption: The Kickstarter trailer portrays Zornilsa's greed curse as such, since it is explicitly stated to "poison the land with chaos and betrayal, inciting conflict and war".
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  • Energy Ball: The Kickstarter trailer shows a group of hostile mages casting green orbs through their staves, and also a purple-skinned fairy-like creature cast an orb of purple ball lightning.
  • Greed: The central theme of the game according to all the promotional material, with the Kickstarter trailer discussing the many implications of the greed curse on the kingdom. For instance, donating to a temple's priest would seem to be a good and ungreedy thing to do...but if he is already afflicted by the curse himself, than all the gold will go directly to his pocket and only hasten the spread of the curse.
  • Item Crafting: The Kickstarter trailer shows that the game has a more grounded take on this. For instance, we are shown that various herbal ingredients can be not just brewed, which is rather traditional, but also dried, with specific equipment available for that.
  • Magic Staff: The Kickstarter trailer briefly shows a group of antagonistic mages launch green energy balls through these.
  • No Campaign for the Wicked: Averted. The Kickstarter trailer explicitly mentions the possibility of "joining Zornilsa's wicked cause" and/or offering obedience to her for wealth and power, ultimately thrusting the kingdom into "chaos, despair and everlasting darkness". Of course, you can also be a good guy and defy her, and struggle with more challenges as a result of her wrath if you do.

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