On the surface, Blackguards is a dark, gritty role-playing game that is based on strategy and tactics. Combat occurs on a hexagon-type grid much like pen and paper D&D (i.e. Dungeons & Dragons). What distinguishes Blackguards from other games in the genre is the ability to interact with the environments during combat. Over the course of five chapters, there are hundreds of interactive items inside the environments that can be used to your advantage.