A few tabletop trailblazers that deserve a shoutout
It’s disputed to this day what the first ever CRPG was, but most people agree it was Don Daglow’s Dungeon that started it all.
D&D: Shadow Over Mystara (1996)
This game cleverly took the feel of D&D and melded it with the mechanics of an arcade beat-’em-up.
Warhammer: Dark Omen (1998)
Total War might be the king of epic battles but Dark Omen really pioneered this kind of large-scale warfare.
Neverwinter Nights (2002)
Not to be confused with the 1991 release of the same name, NWN had a very strong modding community.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (2004)
Almost unplayable on release, but after years of fan patches it’s now the best bloodsucker out there.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 (2017)
Has a GM mode which allows four players to run through an adventure controlled by a fifth ‘game master’.