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  Tainted Grail – the biggest Kickstarter project of 2018 – is showing its first gameplay trailer!
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By the end of this week, over 42,000 backers will test the first alpha demo of the dark RPG adventure, Tainted Grail. Thanks to the massive success of the board game, Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon, the developer, Awaken Realms, has broadened the spectrum of activity and started working on a PC title. However, the video game will present us with a variety of new adventures to encounter, leaving the setting from the tabletop game as one of a few things that remain untouched. This grim and dark story-driven tactical RPG, set in the world of Arthurian legends, is on its way to Steam with its newest gameplay trailer already available to watch.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 17th, Wrocław, Poland

Hitting its Kickstarter goal in less than one minute. The biggest 2018 campaign on the platform. 9/10 score on Board Game Geek the already-extensive list of Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon achievements is still growing. One of these milestones was to develop a PC game not simply a board game adaptation, but a fully-fledged digital adventure that aims to be its own great RPG experience. Be a part of an engaging, non-linear story based on the grim re-imagination of Arthurian myths. King Arthur is dead and the Menhirs protecting humans for centuries are going dark, losing their vitality, and beginning to die. Use your wisdom and tactical skills to survive each day. Customize your characters and create unique combos while fighting for your life. Try to stay alive, or you’ll end up as another forgotten hero who died a meaningless death.

Watch the new trailer for Tainted Grail HERE and be ready to spill your own blood for the sake of Avalon.

Wishlist the game now on Steam ( to stay up-to-date with all news coming from the perishing lands.

And take a glimpse of the narrative through the story intro available on YouTube (

Tainted Grail takes place on the dying island of Avalon. The ancient guardian stones that once helped people conquer this mythical place are now fading. As their light dims, a malignant power retakes the land inch by inch. Your desperate hometown sent a party of champions to seek help from distant Camelot.

You were not one of them.

Now, the true heroes have failed, the king is dead, and the Round Table is in disarray. The ordinary people of the island, such as yourself, scramble to find safety. Set out on your journey to uncover the secrets behind the legends.

Save Avalon – or simply try to save yourself.

Tainted Grail is a dark, fantasy open-world RPG with fresh turn-based exploration and combat. It is based around a deep, immersive story from one of the best board games (biggest Kickstarter project of 2018!) but introduces a totally new experience crafted specifically for PC. Full of stirring art and incredible, non-linear narrative content, the game will offer a unique mix of discovery, challenge, and exciting cRPG character progression, as well as involved combat and diplomacy systems.



Written by Krzysztof Piskorski, one of the best Polish fantasy writers, the story will immediately draw you in and keep you engaged, surprised, and invested in the secrets behind Avalon and the ancient Menhirs.

Thanks to its complexity, you will be able to directly influence the narrative through numerous decisions. A mature, dark, and unforgiving fantasy setting will make the whole experience even more immersive. However, in this dying world, no decision is easy or morally obvious. Very often, you will be faced with impossible choices. Other times, the consequences of seemingly easy decisions will come back to haunt you when you least expect it.


Throughout the game, you will continually develop your heroes. From upgrading new items, through leveling and choosing new asymmetric special skills and attacks, up to deciding on evolving archetypes, you will redefine and guide these characters.

On top of that, you will take care of your village as well. Creating additional extra buildings will not be easy – often, you will need to solve story encounters and unlock new possibilities through exploration.


A huge part of the game happens during expeditions through the land covered by the Wyrdness – an ancient force twisting people, creatures, and even space itself in all manner of horrible ways.

You will need to carefully manage your resources and use special items to protect you from the Wyrdness. Choose your paths carefully, as there will be plenty of enemies lurking and waiting to strike immediately. Exploration is the only way to gather precious resources and ultimately figure out what is happening to Avalon, and if the decay of its lands can be stopped.


During combat, you must decide what skills to use and try to figure out the best possible combo. Use special power runes to boost your characters. Develop different playstyles for each character while planning tactical encounters. Pick items to aid you in battle and perform special movements. All of this will make each and every playthrough a different and exciting challenge.

Keep up with the latest news about Tainted Grail on the game’s Steam and Discord channel.


Awaken Realms is a professional board game publisher and the creator of Kickstarter hits such as This War of Mine: The Board Game, Lords of Hellas, Nemesis, Tainted Grail: Fall of Avalon, and Etherfields. Having started as a miniature-painting studio, the company now has vast experience in creating excellent models and exciting games. Awaken Realms devotes special attention to making their game designs deep, involving, and original.