Demeo is the next step in tabletop role-playing games. It uses an astounding amount of detail and immersion to bring this RPG to life!
Choose Your Role!
Like any good role-playing game, Demeo gives players a selection of characters to choose from. At the time of writing this article, there are six characters to choose from. However, the game released with four characters, and two have already been added (for free) with more in development.
Guardian, assassin, bard, sorcerer, warlock, and hunter each have their own unique backstories and lore. These characters come to life throughout the game while taking on the various adventures. Along the way, players will uncover more lore and face challenges that will encourage teamwork.
Although there are six characters to choose from, parties can only consist of four players. So, players should choose wisely to make the best party for your playstyle.
The gameplay in Demeo is a blend between a card game and traditional dice RPG. Each turn, players have a limited amount of actions to move or play cards from their hand. Strategy becomes key in facing more difficult challenges and boss fights. Players must rely on each other to stay alive in the game, especially if they haven’t drawn great cards.
In order to help new players get used to the classes and gameplay, a single player skirmish mode is also available. The skirmish mode is a solo option where a player can control a party of 4 on their own for an adventure. While Demeo is, at its core, a social focused game, I have found that I’ll play a skirmish on occasion just for fun when I have some free time.
That being said, public rooms are available for those looking to expand their friend circle! This is a great option where players can either host or join existing games, adding another element of social interaction.
Speaking of social interaction: Demeo has recently added a social space! The Heroes Hangout is a game hall/basement/pub area that allows players to interact outside the game.
Inside the Hangout, there are the obligatory features, like props to play with and the ability to customize your avatar. However, the most interesting options here all add to the aesthetic of the table-top experience. Books of lore and creature details, boombox for background music, and a projector screen to check out Demeo’s Discord.
They’ve also added a bow and arrow shooting gallery instead of darts and a painting room where players can make paintings or paint figures. As a table-top game nerd myself, I appreciate the ability to paint figures in VR.
Last but not least, no nerd dungeon would be complete without an arcade game. In the Heroes Hangout this takes the form of The Hauntlet, a retro-inspired game-within-a-game designed by Tom Hall, DOOM co-creator and Senior Creative Director at Resolution Games.
Demeo is a game made for fans of table-top gaming. The attention to detail and care are apparent from start to finish. The game can take some getting used to if you are new to more detailed board games. While the focus of Demeo is as a social game, it is fun as a solo experience as well.
If you are a fan of table games, Demeo is a must have for VR, and is now available on PC as well!