The Steam sale celebrates some of the top turn-based strategy games. This includes tactical RPGs (roguelikes), deck builders, city builders, tactical RPGs (roguelikes), tactical RPGs), deck builders and city builders. It’s a wonderful celebration of one style that is most commonly associated with PC gaming. But you’d be forgiven for missing it, as it’s almost completely hidden on the Steam store page without some careful digging.
The Steam Turn-Based Fest will take place December 8-12. This event is open to any game where you, well…take turns. The event includes everything from the peaceful atmosphere of Dorfromantik’s countryside city-building game to the alien-blasting, XCOM-like Phoenix Point. It also features the cosmic horrors of Nadir, a recently released roguelike cardbuilder. This is a brilliantly grim collision between the mechanics of Slay the Spire as well as the thematic overtones in Darkest Dungeon. The event features a variety of titles, including some that are more popular than others.
If this particular Steam sale comes as news to you, you’re not alone. A popular thread highlighting the event on the general Games Reddit page has received thousands of upvotes, with the top comment remarking, “I am the target audience for this festival but would not have known about it if not for your direct link, OP [referencing the thread’s author]. My love to you.” Others share similar sentiment, saying that they aren’t able to locate the sale anywhere on the front page of Steam, where you might expect such an event to be showcased.
Of course, with The Game Awards 2022 taking place on November 8-9, that was always going to take the priority slot on Steam’s front page – along with any associated deals and awards, including Valve’s TGA 2022 Steam Deck giveaway. However, now that the dust has settled, it’s still incredibly difficult to discover that such an event is happening.
At the time of writing, it seems the best way to track down the Steam Turn-Based Fest manually for those browsing the store is to head to the ‘new and noteworthy’ section along the top bar and click on ‘special offers.’ From there, you should find it listed under the special events section, though it can be easily lost among news of individual publisher or series sales.
It’s a little surprising that Valve hasn’t featured such a large-scale, cross-genre sale as this anywhere on its front page – I haven’t been able to spot it anywhere across the regular feature slots or special offer bar that scrolls on the Steam homepage. There aren’t any other major sales or events happening at the moment either, which might otherwise have been given priority. If this sounds appealing, you can still find out more information.
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