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Most of the truly classic video and tabletop games started as independent games, and today’s indies are just as destined for greatness — Minecraft, Cards Against Humanity, Undertale, Ticket to Ride and many more.

If you love that ethos, there’s never been a better time to be a player, or a maker. There’s something incredible about an interactive experience that’s made out of pure love of the form and a desire to add some fun and joy to people’s lives.

In January, we’re launching a new platform dedicated to indie games, where players and game creators will share their passion with each other. To celebrate that, we highlight here some of the most creative games on the horizon. Have fun!

Prepare to explore the depths of Hell as never before. This highly anticipated, independent game from the folks over at Madmind Studios has been on the radars of survival horror fans for some time now, and for good reason. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s downright terrifying, and writer Dustin Murphy gets a personal tour of it all in an exclusive interview with developer, Tomasz Dutkiewicz.

Dungeons and Dragons is a fantastic tabletop gaming experience, but let’s be honest, it requires a lot of time to play. Now imagine if there was a game where you could create your characters, story, and still finish it all in one sitting. Too good to be true, right? Well time to take off those skepticles because Jacob Carpenter’s exclusive interview with Perseverant creator, Ben Dutter, will change the way you look at role playing games.

As we head into 2017, RPG fans seem to have no shortage of great games to keep them busy. This rings true for the upcoming year as well and Graywalkers is one indie gem that fans of the genre will surely want to keep their eye on. From its fun combat that successfully merges the best elements from AAA games, to its unique cast of characters, you’ll definitely want a further glimpse into what Russel Tomas and Dreamlords Digital has in store for you.

Last but not least, we take a look at a deadly twist on Texas hold ‘em poker. Except, this isn’t the game you probably think it is. With uniquely incorporated elements from card drafting games such as Citadels, Drawing Dead’s John Fiorillo has produced a hybrid product that unites the best elements of both experiences. Brandon Milby takes an opportunity to speak with Fiorillo and discusses how this “fast paced game of deception” is the definition of a passion project.