Behold Studio's Knights of Pen & Paper [$4.99] is one of the best tabletop roleplaying-style experiences on iOS, and it's about to get much better. Paradox Interactive has teamed up with the studio to bring the game to PC, Mac and Linux, and in the process the whole game will be seeing a big improvement on mobile with the +1 Edition update. We had a chance to check out the upcoming update, which is going to bring a lot of big changes to the already substantial game.

First up is the Tavern, a much requested feature. Currently, when you hit the party cap of five players you're done—there's no opportunity to change your party around. The Tavern fixes this little problem, letting you move characters in and out of your party. You can experiment with different player and class combinations, particularly nice when you unlock new character classes and want to actually use them.

The second big upgrade is the addition of dungeons. No longer will dungeon crawls be limited to single-room jaunts into caverns. You start out with a map of unexplored rooms. As you visit each one, the dice rolls and the result lets you know what you get: treasure, for the particularly lucky, traps for the unlucky and combat and the like in between.

Each dungeon has a boss battle locked behind a door, and a key hidden randomly in one of the rooms. Boss fights are intense, and running away means starting the whole dungeon over fresh. There are three dungeons in so far—fire, ice and sewer-themed—and likely more to come. Dungeon crawler fans will also enjoy one other new addition: random loot affixes.

Some of the other changes are a bit further under the hood. The game will be playable in landscape mode, and the team has put a ton of work into adding that visual content for the new view—more pixel art, more visual humour. You'll also be able to save a few clicks - tapping the end point of a journey will take you there without extra stops along the route. There will still be rolls on the way, but it streamlines the whole thing a bunch.

The +1 Edition update is still under development, so features could still change. It will be arriving at about the time Knights of Pen & Paper launches on other platforms—possibly as soon as early summer.

  • Nicholas Yu

    You had me at "tapping the end point of a journey". The tavern will be a welcome addition as well. I wonder if this patch will also re-introduce the arena.

  • Kotovsky

    Can't wait.

  • Evolution888

    I've completed it 3 times (before mom) total with different parties so the Tavern is gna be awesome, am now grinding my 4th run to near 40 so i can attempt Mom , does anyone know of an easy way to get shrooms for Enchanter? I know u need better Items for mom but i've never upgraded the Enchanter

    • Nicholas Yu

      The secret to Mom is just to buff your HP and have a group healer (Cleric or Bard). I was only mid-high 30s when I beat her. Just give everyone all 4 Rings or the highest +HP items, don't worry about +Magic or +Attack. If you can survive Mom's attacks, you can whittle her down. This helps more than maxing out your gear from the Blacksmith, but I recommend that also. That means a lot of grinding for gold. Make sure to re-spec for Mom as well (single target damage and group healing).

  • metalmandave83

    This is great news!!!

  • ianlogsdon

    This is, by far, the best RPG on the iPhone that isn't by Square Enix. Glad to see they aren't resting on their laurels. Maybe they should also consider a scifi version? eh?

  • Bool Zero

    Can't wait! This sounds like exactly what folks have been wanting and then some!

  • Oka-mi

    Funny, I was just about to start playing this one.. Sounds like I might as well hold on until the update hits? Sounds like some big changes.

    • Marvin

      Don't wait, you will so yourself a favor getting this one

      • abodi

        Tried it, I don't see what's so awesome. Push you luck on incredibly basic fights. Do I fight 1 bat or 4? What am I missing?

  • Blackcat1313

    Frickin sweet!

  • Marvin

    Dungeons and landscape and tavern and fast travel oh my. Exactly things that I want for this game!

  • joaquin_ondamoon

    Auuuugh! I deleted this like, 2 days ago, after playing the crap out of it for weeks! That 'll teach me. Redownloading now.

  • Nycteris

    This will make me reinstall the app. Nice.

  • Sithinious

    Add my 2 cents worth of "can't wait!" 🙂

  • curtneedsaride

    Does anyone know if this will replace the current version, and be like an update for our app that we've already purchased... OR if this will be a completely separate app release?

    • Styrixa

      I believe this will be an add-on, not a new app.

    • SporadicMovement

      It says in the article that it's standalone release for the PC, Mac & Linux; but an update for the iOS version.

  • Styrixa

    Assuming the developer is reading this, I must say thank you! It is an excellent game, and all these editions look great. I' like to request some clarity with mushrooms and the enchanter though, as I don't think it's vail able in the current build. Also, please update GC achievements to reflect updated content.

    • Evolution888

      Totally confused on Enchanter too :/

  • jakemat94

    I can't wait for this, I stopped playing but kept the game on my phone because it was too good to delete. Now that we will be able to save characters in the tavern I won't have to delete lvl 40 + characters to try out a different build. Also looking forward to random dungeons, that sounds fun. Thanks devs for keeping up with this great game. I wonder if we will get all of this huge update for free? Seems like almost too good of a deal for the measly two dollars paid a while ago.

  • reweblind

    Thank u devs!! Excited

  • SporadicMovement

    This update seems to fix the only gripes I have about this game. Shweet!

  • curtisrshideler

    Here's also hoping for iCloud saves...

  • NoonLock81

    Hats off to Behold and their new supporters. Knights of Pen and Paper is too good.

  • alyssonlago

    Viva o Brasil!