Kingdom Come: Deliverance
The Amorous Adventures brings romance to Kingdom Come: Deliveranc e.
Of the many characters that Henry comes across in Kingdom Come: Deliverance, the cocky, wine-loving lord Sir Hans Capon is the most memorable. And The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hans Capon DLC sees him recruiting Henry to help win the heart of a fair Rattay maiden named Karolina. As you might have guessed already, this is a much more lighthearted affair than the other quests in this often relentlessly bleak RPG. It’s just a shame it isn’t longer.
The quest slots neatly into the main game, and if you have an epilogue save, Sir Hans will postpone your ride into the sunset to get his love life in order. Your first task is recovering a necklace – a precious Capon family heirloom – that the idiotic lord lost in a drunken game of dice. And true to
Kingdom Come’s compelling open-ended quest design, there are several entertaining ways to retrieve it. You could win it back yourself in a dice tournament, perhaps. Or maybe just let someone else win the tournament, then stick a blade in their back and take it by force.
I chose the latter because I find
Kingdom Come’s dice minigame deeply boring. But if you enjoy it, you’ll be glad to know that this DLC adds a bunch of new rules, increasing
the game’s complexity and strategic depth. Anyway, with the necklace recovered, Hans’ quest to woo Karolina begins in earnest. Only he doesn’t want her to know he’s her admirer, because keeping it secret is all the rage in France, apparently, which means Henry has to sneak about. There’s also a subplot involving a brutally murdered nobleman and a camp of bandits that you can choose to get involved in, but just as easily ignore altogether.
Later you’ll have to find ingredients for a dubious love potion and learn poetry to feed to Hans as he stands below Karolina’s window, finally professing his love for her. Henry crouching in a bush and whispering, “To have lips and yet kiss not, is like leaving grain to rot,” in his heavy West Country accent is pretty funny, I must admit. But then, just as Hans’ amorous quest begins to get interesting, it’s over. I finished it in just under two hours, and a lot of that was the usual Kingdom Come simulation business: resting, waiting for time to pass, eating and so on.
This is a fun, endearingly silly adventure, and I’m all for spending more time with the charismatic and likeable Hans Capon. And it’s an improvement on the From the Ashes DLC, which was disappointingly light on story. But for £8 there should be a bit more here than a handful of mostly easy quests. If you really want to spend more time in Bohemia and see a lighter side of the game’s grim setting, The Amorous Adventures of Bold Sir Hans Capon might be worth the investment. But if you’re looking for something substantial, you’ll probably just end up heartbroken. Talk about a fleeting romance.
Just as Hans’ amorous quest begins to get interesting, it’s over
Henry infiltrates a bandit camp.
The fair maiden Sir Hans is trying to woo.
I sure hope you like playing dice.