This was a one off Darkest Dungeon challenge run I completed in early 2021. The primise was ‘can I beat everything on the hardest difficulty with only using female characters?’. This run definitely gave me an extra appreciation of some of the characters I generally do not use much in other challenge runs.
Bloodmoon Difficulty (Hardest)
All bosses and all DLC before the final four quests
Completed within the 100 week timer
Completed within the 15 death limit
Only male characters (that’s right, no real stress healers).
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ABOUT Darkest Dungeon
Reclaim Your Ancestor’s Estate
Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes through twisted forests, forgotten warrens, ruined crypts, and beyond. You’ll battle not only unimaginable foes, but stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Uncover strange mysteries, and pit the heroes against an array of fearsome monsters with an innovative strategic turn-based combat system.
The Affliction System – battle not only monsters, but stress! Contend with paranoia, masochism, fear, irrationality, and a host of gameplay-meaningful quirks!
Striking hand-drawn gothic crowquill art style
Innovative turn-based combat pits you against a host of diabolical monsters
Narration system to celebrate your successes…and failures
16 (and counting!) playable hero classes, including Plague Doctor, Hellion, and even the Leper!
Camp to heal wounds or deliver inspiring speeches.
Rest your weary, shell-shocked characters in town at the Tavern or the Abbey to keep their stress in check.
Classic CRPG and roguelike features, including character permadeath, procedural dungeons, and incredible replay
Can you stem the tide of eldritch horrors erupting across your family’s ancestral estate?
Descend at your peril!
Awards and Honors
PG Gamer: Best RPG of 2016
Game Informer – Best RPGs of 2016: 3 Awards
IGN – Best of 2016: 2 Nominations
IGF 2016 – 3 Nominations
Rock Paper Shotgun – 50 Best RPGs of All Time
PAX 10 – 2015
Game Debate Best Indie Game 2016
SXSW Gamer’s Choice Nominee 2015
MMORPG – Best Indie RPG (Pax East 2014), Best RPG Nomination PAX Prime 2014
Indie Megabooth Selection – PAX East 2014, PAX Prime 2015
Developer(s) Red Hook Studios
Publisher(s) Red Hook Studios[a]
Director(s) Chris Bourassa
Producer(s) Tyler Sigman
Designer(s) Tyler Sigman
Composer(s) Stuart Chatwood
January 19, 2016
Genre(s) Role-playing, dungeon crawl
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