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Video Game / Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a role-playing strategy video game developed by CD Projekt RED. It is a single-player spin-off of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game which was released on 23 October 2018. The game combines gameplay elements of point-and-click adventure games, strategy card games, and visual novels. It is played from a top-down perspective, with movement in the world facilitated through use of the mouse or controller. As Queen Meve, one is able to roam the map freely and complete quests, all the while gathering resources such as gold, wood, and recruits which are used to maintain and expand an army.

Thronebreaker contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Anti-Frustration Features: On easy difficulty, you have the option to skip any battles if you get defeated.
  • Ascended Extra: In the books, Queen Meve is a minor character. Thronebreaker is told from her perspective during the second Nilfgaardian invasion. Same goes for her Number Two, Reynard Odo, who only appears in one scene in the books.
  • Bling of War: Meve wears golden plate armour. Later in the game, she goes for mercenary attire after she has been betrayed.
  • Morale Mechanic: Your card strength will be dependent on your army's morale. Your choices will either raise or lower their morale.
  • Multiple Endings: Par for the course with the franchise, the end state of the game hinges on several of Meve's choices, notably whether Reynard or Gascon survives to the end.
  • Lovable Rogue: Gascon fits this trope.
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  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: Geralt turns up late in the game alongside his hanse, since the battle in question occurred at the end of Baptism of Fire. His Knighting is depicted in a cutscene.
  • Puzzle Boss: There are a few puzzle encounters scattered around the map. These encounters have specific rules and give you a specific deck as well.
  • Sadistic Choice: Many of the game's decisions are about choosing one evil over another. For example, do you slaughter a sleeping dragon that's harming nobody, or do you leave it, causing Eyck to leave your army in disgust?
  • Spoiler Cover: Geralt's appearance on the game's cover, as seen on the page image above. Geralt doesn't appear until very late in the game. Of course, anyone who's read the books won't consider it much of a spoiler.

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