Hello, I am here to recommend Pyre if anyone here hasn’t grabbed it yet, because oh man is it good.
It’s part visual novel, part Oregon Trail, part Valkyrie Profile, and part magic sports game. I’m not really kidding about any of those. It’s a party-based RPG where the combat is actually non-violent sports competition to secure freedom from exile to a place called the Downside, and in between rites (matches), you hang out with your band of exiles and learn more about cool characters. Oh, and because the “fights” aren’t actually violent confrontations, you can never get a game over–if you lose a rite, the story keeps going, but changes as a result. It owns a whole lot and I’d recommend it to just about anyone.
I just finished my first playthrough a couple nights ago and I can’t stop thinking about it, so I’m probably going to play through again soon and make different choices and see how things turn out.