Netflix’s cast and production team have been clear that their adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher is based on the books and not the games on more than one occasion. That said, it’s hard not to imagine scenes like Henry Cavill laying in a bathtub isn’t a nod to CD Projekt Red’s acclaimed video games.
Besides, the games and show two are still intertwined; the Geralt we know and love is the same, the world is the same, and the conflicts are the same.
For that reason, it occurs to us that Netflix’s show actually serves as both a tutorial and reminder of how to explore The Witcher universe to the fullest when playing the games. So if you’re either jumping in for the first time or revisiting the game, here are some observations that might come in handy.
“It’s Hard to Make a Living on the Main Roads,”
This line comes from Geralt early in the first episode, and oh how true it is. The Witcher world is not kind to its Witchers, and it can be tiresome (and unfavorable) to simply travel to and from on the main trail.
Instead, take Geralt’s advice: travel off the beaten path, and explore the woods and plains of the continent. One of the best ways to make money is by doing precisely that.
Traveling off the roads is where you will find bandit camps with stored treasures, power spots to boost your abilities, monster’s dens with valuable resources, or even side quests.
Even though it may be simpler and faster to just ride Roach from A to B, from contract to story mission, but you’d be missing out on a whole heck of a lot.