Shadows of Esteren is a medieval role-playing game, with a horrific and gothic influence. Drawing inspiration from Celtic myths, this universe has a discreetly fantastic side hidden under a bleak, realistic surface. This world is populated with humans who have to cope with tough daily lives, and face a supernatural threat lurking in the dark. With the focus of its adventures being investigation and survival, Shadows of Esteren favor an immersive mood and interactions among the Players.
This particular atmosphere is drawn from several sources of inspiration: the harshness and romanticism of Mel Gibsonís Braveheart; the universes of Tim Burton, particularly the one of Sleepy Hollow; Hayao Miyazakiís Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke; as well as Berserk, the manga by Kentaro Miura. Regarding role-playing, Shadows of Esteren would be somewhere between Ravenloft and Call Of Cthulhu.
Here is more about the main themes of the game:
A Dark Universe. Esteren is a harsh, medieval world where the Characters will be confronted with horror and multi-faced threats. However, this does not imply they are doomed to perish; their survival will depend on their ingenuity and bravery. Gothic tradition can be found in awe-inspiring landscapes where the forces of nature rage, a perfect setting for tragic and passionate stories.
Low Fantasy. In Esteren, there are no fantasy peoples such as elves or dwarves, nor are there fireball-casting wizards. Although supernatural elements are far from absent, they manifest in a subtle manner, giving way to a gritty, realistic universe.
An Intuitive Game System. Shadows of Esteren is a game of atmosphere, where immersion and interactions among the Players have priority over any kind of simulative gameplay. This is why the game system was designed to be intuitive and easy to become familiar with.
Intended for Players as well as for Game Leaders, this is the core book of the Shadows of Esteren role-playing game series. Within this 288-page hardcover book, you will find:
A game universe. The discovery of Esterenís world through the eyes of its inhabitants, in a full-color book containing more than 160 illustrations.
A game system. Favouring atmosphere and interactions among the Players, the system will notably allow you to create your Characters, manage the evolution of their sanity, use Magience, discover the secret of Oghamic arts, invoke the power of the Creator, etc.
Player aids. Six Character archetypes, technical texts about the conception of a group of Characters, a complete glossary with an index, the Character sheet, etc.
It may not be possible to ship very heavy items outside of the Mainland UK.
Released: 18 September 2012