In a world of jaded heroes and veteran adventurers, you play a team of misfits: Arianna, a dainty warrior with an attitude problem; Dirk, an adrenaline-junky rogue who doesn’t seem to understand the word ‘subtle;’ Benjamin, a nature-priest and an ill-suited newcomer to the adventuring lifestyle, and Chloe, a ditsy sorceress with a love of cute, fuzzy animals and setting her enemies on fire.

Adventuring is always a dangerous profession, but recently things have gotten bad. Very bad. Teams of expert fortune-hunters are getting "morted," suffering great losses against enemies that are better prepared than ever. In the taverns and Adventurer's Guildhalls, whispered rumors speak of the return of an evil that once all but destroyed civilization. But as many great and famous adventurers fall to this growing threat, perhaps this bunch of losers - called "The Frayed Knights" (but never to their faces) - might just be the heroes the world really needs:

The wrong people at the wrong time.


  • 30+ hours of gameplay.

  • Challenging, turn-based combat in a game that plays at your pace.
  • A unique "Drama Star" system that rewards the player for playing through tough situations instead of reloading and replaying.
  • A spell named, "Power Word: Defenestrate."
  • Over a hundred base spells, most with several upgraded variants.
  • An innovative trap-disarming / lockpicking system using character skills and items to disable a device one component at a time.
  • Over 80 feats to customize your party as they progress through the game.
  • A detailed, "stats-heavy" rules system... which you are free to ignore if you choose.
  • Nearly 200 different items to be used and abused by your characters.
  • A "Quarterstaff of Nad-Whacking."
  • Sixteen "dungeons" (interior adventuring areas), five outdoor areas, one village, an alternate dimension, and some green dude's one-room hovel.
  • A THICK (virtually) 69-page PDF manual. For those who want more than just the tutorials...
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0 comments by RampantCoyote on Sep 12th, 2013

Frayed Knights has received an update! In addition to some balance changes and fixing a couple of subtle equipment cut-and-paste errors, the in-game license key requirement has been removed. Nothing major for old veterans of the game, but it should make for an improved experience for new players.

More information can be found at


Changes in version 1.06:
* Removed license key requirements
* Increased Rogue (Dirk) Search bonus by +1, to a total of +3
* Bind wounds maximum heal amount is equal to the character's level (instead of 2)
* Battle Dressing: Maximum heal amount is equal to the character's level (instead of 3)
* Quick draw initiative bonus is +2 instead of +1
* Spell Dodger bonus is +2 instead of +3 (but still stacks)
* Decreased the Might requirement and cost of the Brigantine Coat to 5 and 150 silver, respectively.
* Increased armor level and decreased might requirement for Fine Brigantine Coat to 6 and 5, respectively.
* Decreased cost of laminate armor to 130 silver

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Frayed Knights: The Skull of S'makh-Daon

Frayed Knights: The Skull of S'makh-Daon

Oct 1, 2011 Demo 0 comments

The released demo for Frayed Knights: The Skull of S'makh-Daon. Frayed Knights: The Skull of S'makh-Daon is a 3D indie computer RPG for Windows (and...

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RampantCoyote Nov 1 2011, 2:18am says:

New review at RPGamer. Not as great as some of the others - the reviewer didn't like the slower pace of combats or the amount of variations in attack damage (old-school randomness), but otherwise had some great things to say....

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SRSavior Oct 19 2011, 7:32am says:

Frayed Knights is a really engaging game for computer RPG dungeon-crawl fans who like an intricate story and fleshed-out fiction in a game world. The writing is of great quality, both when it's funny and when serious. The four characters give varied perspectives on each situation, which really helps with the plot and dynamics of fantasy fiction.

If you like the Might and Magic games, or really any dungeon crawl game, and enjoy using strategy to customize four characters as they level up and explore, then you should definitely check this game out. I regret paying 40-50 bucks for a triple-A game that got boring after a few hours, or had buggy mechanics, or was just boring in its execution than paying ~20 bucks for a really wonderful RPG that is easy enough to get into, but still complex enough to satisfy the statistics-nerd and AD&D enthusiast.

Some people have said the graphics aren't very good, but I think they fit perfectly with the theme of this game. If you aren't obsessed with pixel shaders and bump mapping, then I don't think you will have a problem with the way Frayed Knights looks. It is very well done in artistic theme and motif.

...and it's a hell of a lot of fun! Like I said, if you are an old-school RPG fan, or just like a more complicated RPG game, where you can actually customize your characters to meet varied challenges, then try the demo!

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MiahHman Oct 20 2011, 8:03pm replied:

There's a review section, which is where your post could've been put just as easily.

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XSnoopie Oct 18 2011, 1:23am says:

hmm I hope 23.47 isnt your definite price. Being BF3 for an extra $20 as well as Dungeon Defenders (14.99) is coming out in the next week, you'd understand a game with such graphics and a team of 4-10 (even lower?) you should be reducing the price.
No disrespect but when I see a game from a first time indie game developer Im hoping for a $5-$10 (MAX $15) game because its their first time getting into the game industry.
Good luck with the game! I'll try the demo but wont be buying.

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badsector Oct 18 2011, 3:51am replied:

Jay Barnson is a veteran of the gaming industry, having worked there since mid90s (probably his most known titles are Twisted Metal and Warhawk). Frayed Knights is a game that he developed mostly by himself (with external contributors for some more intricate graphics, sound and level design that he couldn't do) in the course of several years. This is something that almost no amateur can do, so even from the game's release you can be sure that he is a professional :-).

The graphics aren't very good, indeed, but this is partly because of the very small team and the focus on producing quality gameplay and story. The game is very humorous and has some very interesting innovations for the genre, like the drama star system (that rewards you if you take risks with the game and avoid spamming the save/load system) and the way lock picking is done.

The price is indeed a bit higher than what most indie games usually cost, but it isn't unheard of and is only just a notch higher than what most quality indie games cost ($19.95). And overall, Frayed Knights is a quality game :-).

Don't take my word for it, of course, check the demo. By itself is more than an hour long (it took me more than two actually, but i'm a bit slow in games because i want to explore everything i can :-P). It is a demo of the good kind: it really shows how the full game is and plays, giving you enough information to see if you will like the game or not.

Btw, if you're interested in oldschool RPG games check Jay's blog:

There is lots of interesting content and articles there. Personally i followed JK's development since it the pilot's release from Jay's blog and i was hooked on his site because of the interesting article. In fact thanks to Jay i'm much more interested in RPG games these days and i've bought a few classics that i never thought i would be interested in.

Yeah, i'm a bit of a fan :-)

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booman Oct 17 2011, 3:14pm says:

Tracking... I'm a huge fan of RPG computer games, I'll download the demo and see what you guy have created.

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RampantCoyote Creator
RampantCoyote Oct 17 2011, 7:02pm replied:

@booman - Cool. Hope you like it. It's inspired by a lot of older classics, but adds some new ideas as well. The game started as a "quick and dirty" project, and really evolved into a pretty big, meaty game.

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Th3darkfunk Oct 2 2011, 7:07pm says:

Seems interesting, While i`m busy at the moment i`ll be sure to try this out tomorrow :)

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