Obsidian's RPG Tyranny offers "daily rewards" for connecting to your Paradox account

Obsidian's "evil conquers the world" fantasy RPG Tyranny came out yesterday, and it's really very good. Maybe not quite a classic, as we said in our review, but still well worth the time of any fan of the genre. And if you're playing it, here's something you might not know, but probably should: You can earn "daily rewards," in the form of randomly-distributed consumables, just for playing while connected to a Paradox account. 

"You will receive one daily reward for playing logged in to a Paradox account on consecutive days," the release FAQ states. Those rewards include: 

  • Healing Potion (Fine) - 50% HP Healing Potion (Superior) - 100% HP
  • Potion of Revival - brings a fallen party member back from KO
  • Cairn's Leaf - +4 Armor, +20% Endurance defense
  • Oldwater - +10 Arcane Armor, +20% Magic defense
  • Potion of Elemental Barrier - +10 Shock/Fire/Frost Armor, +50 Defense vs. Paralyzed/Burning/Frozen
  • Dire Remedy - 120-pt Stasis Shield, +4% Max Health
  • Potion of Heroes - +2 to all Attributes
  • Scarlet Poison - Poisons enemies on Crit
  • Fatiguing Toxin - Weakens enemies on Crit
  • Potion of Invisibility
  • Skycap - +10 Lore, +10 Magic Skills, +4 Wits

"Free stuff" seems like the sort of thing that would be prominently noted somewhere, but I don't see any mention of it on the Steam page, and it also appears to have caught the PC Gaming subreddit by surprise. The response among Redditors isn't entirely enthusiastic, either. Paradox accounts are free and therefore so are the rewards, but some players have expressed concerns that the extra consumables will throw the game out of balance—or worse, that they're just being softened up for a future in which these extras become non-optional, and non-free.

Personally, though, I'm inclined to think that Reddit user princessprity has the right approach. If you don't like it, "Just don't take advantage of it. Boom, fixed."

The Tyranny launch trailer, since I don't think we've looked at it yet, is below.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.