Player tends to livestock on farm in Mirthwood
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D&D Marries Stardew Valley in This New Fantasy RPG

This upcoming fantasy RPG blends the best aspects of DnD and Stardew Valley in a hand-drawn medieval landscape.

Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) has influenced a wide variety of modern games, from last year’s wildly successful Baldur’s Gate 3 to the more recent (and loosely connected) South Park: Snow Day.

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Similarly, Stardew Valley is considered a pioneer in its own genre, continuing to revolutionize farming and life sims with the addition of new and exciting content. So, what happens when you blend the best of both worlds? You get a game that looks a whole lot like the upcoming fantasy RPG Mirthwood.

A Child of D&D and Stardew Valley – Mirthwood

From Bad Ridge Games and V Publishing, the indie title combines traditional role-playing elements with farming and life sim staples. This opens the door to endless paths to take as you craft a story all your own. You’ll also endure a handful of survival-lite features along the way, such as storms, seasons, and disease.

Player fights a wanderer in Mirthwood
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Set within a hand-drawn medieval world, every choice you make matters moving forward. I’m floored by the effort that’s gone into crafting the game’s landscape. Suffice it to say, I’m excited to explore the nooks and crannies throughout.

A Medieval RPG

Just as you’d start off by creating your own character, complete with a class, skills, and personal quirks in a D&D campaign, you’ll likewise decide your character’s look, background, combat class, and trade in Mirthwood. From there on out, you can further customize your character with various armor sets, weapons, and specializations.

All character backgrounds displayed on cards in Mirthwood
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Ultimately, your background and abilities will allow you to learn new skills and means to survive. And this goes doubly so in the face of danger. You’ll encounter all manner of creatures and other enemies throughout the open world, from run-of-the-mill bandits to werewolves.

Choose Your Own Path

While exploration plays a key role in Mirthwood, there’s more to the story than living as a lone adventurer. Devs describe the game’s ecosystem as a “living world” in which organic stories are made possible. As such, you can also choose to live a peaceful life at your homestead, tending to orchards rather than slaying beasts for a living.

Player interacts with townsfolk in Mirthwood
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The cozy gamer will have ample opportunities to interact with townsfolk, pick up quests, and solve mysteries. With elements like romance and renown added to the mix, I’d liken the intricacies of Mirthwood’s relationships to those of Stardew Valley. That said, I can’t wait to spam the jest and romance conversational directives.

We don’t have an official release date for Mirthwood just yet. However, it’s planned to be released sometime in Q3 2024. As we await launch details, you can wishlist the game now on Steam and stay tuned for updates here at GameSkinny. In the meantime, those in search of more upcoming fantasy titles might also be interested in the witchy RPG, REKA.

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Olivia Rolls
Olivia Rolls earned her degree in English from the College of Central Florida in 2021 and began her career as a freelance writer at Screen Rant the following year. She currently directs her creative efforts toward offering tips and insight on a wide variety of game titles at GameSkinny and BGFG, a passion she's held close to her heart since adventuring alongside Chikorita in Pokémon Crystal as a child. Olivia's all-time favorite franchises are Pokémon and Animal Crossing, but she's generally fond of fantasy RPGs and cozy games of all kinds. She's also a budding animanga enthusiast, her personal big three being Jujutsu Kaisen, Fruits Basket, and InuYasha.