You might not think about it, but there’s a lot of different levels of fantasy RPG that you can play in. You can go for more of the high-fantasy that’s very Tolkienesque. Or you can go for the more non-fantasy fantasy settings along the lines of Howard. Aglaeca falls into that second category. It draws its inspiration from various ancient, dark age, and medieval European settings, giving you a darker and grittier gaming experience. It’s also up on Kickstarter now.
From the Kickstarter:
AGLAECA is the name of the world setting for this Low Fantasy Role-Playing game firmly grounded in the Sword & Sorcery genre. It gets a lot of its inspiration from Ancient, Dark Age and early Medieval Western European history and mythology.
It is a world populated by Heroes and Monsters, wherein you – the Player — get to play those Heroes of the setting as they face natural and supernatural enemies throughout the Nine Kingdoms and beyond.
Story themes will include exploration of ruined cities of the Ancients social problem solving, and the ubiquitous struggle between good and evil (epitomised by the shape-shifting demonic Attor in this setting).
The Free Lands / Nine Kingdoms region is a sub-setting of the world of Maern, which we hope to expand upon in the future.
The word Aglaeca in Old English described… “a wretch, miscreant monster, demon, fierce enemy, fierce combatant, or miserable being ” and defined both a hero and a monster under different circumstances
A theme that runs throughout this game is that “you don’t get anything for nothing”. So for every Benefit there is a Problem, and Successes can be good and bad, depending upon your point of view.
The campaign is up and running now. It’s set to go for another 27 days.