Exactly What I Look For In An RPG Collector's Edition

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Larian Studios' Divinity: Original Sin is a love letter to the early days of computer role-playing games, so it makes sense that the game's extremely limited edition (under 1,500 copies) is a love letter to the fans of classics RPGs.

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First off, the Collector's Edition comes with two copies of the Kickstarter success, each playable on PC or Mac (with cross-platform play). This is important, as Divinity: Original Sin focuses strongly on cooperative play. It's an isometric free-roaming RPG during times of peace, and a turn-based tactical RPG during combat. Both players are free to wander where they choose, however, so one may be in combat while another is checking out a nearby village. It's a really cool system that allows sadistic players to stand just outside the radius of a battle and watch their friends die.

For purchasers of the limited edition, available for preorder at the Larian store for $94.99, there are plenty of things to do while their friends die. For instance, they could roll the included set of tabletop RPG dice to determine if they should help, or play some Solitaire with the custom deck of cards.

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They could put stickers on things — perhaps on the screen of their phone so they aren't bothered by their companion's calls for help. Maybe drown them out with the soundtrack CD, or spend some time memorizing the set of crafting recipe cards, used to master the game's item creation system.

And lo, there be a cloth map, because no classic role-playing adventure is complete without a cloth map. If your RPG collector's edition doesn't come with one, you should just mail it back.

For those of you allergic to lengthy sentences, here's what's inside:

  • Two copies of Divinity: Original Sin for co-op adventuring
  • Digital copies of Divine Divinity and Beyond Divinity
  • Recipe cards to help you craft in-game
  • A cloth map of Rivellon
  • A two-sided A2 poster
  • A Soundtrack CD
  • An Original Sin-themed playing card deck
  • Premium-quality RPG dice set with pouch
  • A Sticker pack

Divinity: Original Sin is now available on Steam Early access for $39.99. The game officially launches on June 20.

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darklinkinfinite
DarkLinkinfinite

I can't say I'm too impressed with the contents of this Edition (I tend to hate little knick-knacks) but I'll probably end up picking this up mostly because of the small edition size.

I tend to buy a lot of CEs (http://blog.jonariza.com/le-review/) its almost a compulsion though I've been able to rein it in a bit recently (or I should say, life has reeled it in) so I've had to be a bit more picky about what I pick up and when. Stuff that actually seems like it'll become difficult to find later takes priority while blockbuster games are typically overproduced and can be bought for a steal further down the line.

Stuff I like in my collector's editions are soundtracks, coffee-table quality artbooks (like the ones that came with Skyrim and Bioshock 2), things that give additional background on the in-game world or the game's production, and finally, a unique presentation.

I'm not big on statues or figurines (though there have been a few i've liked) and I'm immensely glad we're past the busts/head sculpture phase. Not only do I not have the space but I don't need to look like some sick big game hunter with a dozen human heads around the house. I also hate digital bonuses because if its game content, its rarely anything worthwhile and if its not in-game content I hate paying extra for stuff that'll just be on youtube the next day.

My favorite Limited/Collector's Edition that I've gotten recently was the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary collector's set. I got it cheap (thank you Moneysaver!) and while it has a few things I'm not crazy about (figurine, digital content, and a knick knack in Ryu's belt), it comes in a neat box, it includes a really nice art book (a step up from those stupid dinky things but not quite coffee table), 11 discs worth of soundtracks, a wealth of video content, plus Street Fighter 4/X Tekken with unique cover art. Heck, even the things I didn't like worked well when taken together as part of the whole.

Also, Kija makes it INSANELY difficult to use the select/paste features from an iphone