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Idle Champions: "Click Click Click"
Posted: Saturday March 17th, 2018 by

A week or so ago an ad popped up for me on facebook advertising a game called Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms by Codename Entertainment.. I had to reinstall Steam on my new computer. But, the game was free. Thus far, it's been worth every penny. **coughs** Okay, that's a horrible thing to say about a game I've enjoyed so much. As of the time of this writing Steam is reporting that I've played it 146.7 hours.

While you pick your jaw back up, here's the thing: Codename describes Idle Champions as an official Dungeons & Dragons idle clicker game. "Idle clicker" is an important description. You drag recognizable heroes through adventures across Faerun. You start with Bruenor Battlehammer, and gain gold as you fight monsters while completing your quest. You help Bruenor fight by clicking them with your mouse. Each click does damage. The gold you gain can be spent to upgrade Bruenor, hire on new Champions, upgrade said champions, and increase the damage you do per click.

Now, the monsters never stop coming. It's an infinite stream. As you complete tasks you can opt to move to the next level. Each level the monsters are harder, but they also drop more gold. Every 5th level is a boss fight. There's more detail to be had here, but it's silly to keep typing. It's better to just download the game and start playing. So what's the deal with that 6 days of play time over 7 or 8 days of playing the game. As the title suggests, you can idle. Just leave the game running in the background while you eat, sleep, or get work done. Your champions will continue to fight without you, gaming you gold for upgrades in the process. For such a ridiculously casual gamer like me that leaves their computer on all the time anyway... this game is the perfect little distraction.

Fair warning, it is free to play; but, you can purchase chests that grant your Champions gear upgrades, or provides you with potions that increase the amount of gold you find, the amount of damage your Champions do, etc. I've made a $5 (3 gold chests) purchase and got a couple of pieces of really good gear out of it. I didn't feel I needed this gear to advance. But, the game has entertained me enough that I wanted to get some money to the developers.I will likely buy at least one more set of 3 gold chests for the same reason.

So yeah, consider this a ringing (unpaid) endorsement!

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