View Full Version : New upcoming Medieval horror RPG from France : Shadows of Esteren

06-21-2012, 12:28 PM

Hello Everyone,
Agate RPG, Forgesonges, and Studio 2 Publishing are proud to announce the release of the
Core Book for the role-playing game Shadows of Esteren, just in time for Gen Con Indy 2012.

Shadows of Esteren is a medieval role-playing game, with an emphasis on the horrific and the
Gothic. 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 is a game that favors an
immersive mood and interactions among the Players.
This particular atmosphere is drawn from several sources of inspiration: the harshness and
romanticism of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart; the universes of Tim Burton, particularly the one of
Sleepy Hollow; Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Princess
Mononoke; as well as Berserk, the manga by Kentaro Miura.

o 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.
o 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.
o A Game with Secrets. Esteren hides many sinister secrets. The Players will have to
reevaluate their convictions as they learn about the reality of Esteren’s world.
o 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.

About ForgeSonge and the translation project
Shadows of Esteren is essentially a role-playing
game project conceived and imagined by the Forgesonges collective of authors and
illustrators, which was created in 2006. The purpose of
our collective is to gather artists with a passion for fantasy universes and focus their talents
around a common project. Shadows of Esteren is Forgesonges's first project, and no less than
twenty people are involved in its development. Most of them are professional illustrators and
graphic artists, authors who have worked for other series, etc. The associative dimension of
this adventure can be seen in the passion and the boundless energy displayed by the whole
team to produce books of the highest possible quality; a heartfelt homage to the imaginary
universe that inspires us so much.
Thus was born the crazy project of translating the whole of the core book–which amounts to
nearly 300 pages–in Shakespeare's tongue by ourselves. Once more, it became a wonderful
adventure. We got the support of more than a dozen proofreaders, most of them native
English speakers, from everywhere in the world: the United States, Canada, Portugal, French
Polynesia... Such an outburst of dedicated participation is something heartwarming to behold.
After nearly two years of work, the core book, called “Book 1 – Universe”, is ready to be
introduced to the great community of English-speaking Players.

Additionally, here is a link to the portal of Shadows of Esteren:

06-25-2012, 04:17 PM
Wow, that's truly a well-done summary of the game, complete with illustrations; congrats!

To all the readers of that thread, I don't know if the universe presented here is your cup of tea, but I hope that you'll at least feel interested in the game. For being a very involved member in the translation team, I can honestly say that Shadows of Esteren is truly worth one's time, presenting a very detailed and immersive universe combined with a simple yet efficient system. The game was designed by a collective of talented authors and illustrators, and the result is a work of passion; the creation of people wanting to provide high-quality entertainment. Therefore, don't hesitate to check it out!

Also, should you have any questions to ask, feel free to say what's on your mind!

07-01-2012, 01:13 PM
Also, a Kickstarter was just started for Shadows of Esteren. So, if you feel like learning more about the game (check the video, it's über-cool), helping the project, and being one of the first to get the book (and/or collector edition only available via this Kickstarter) and other goodies, Check this out: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1176616619/shadows-of-esteren


07-23-2012, 04:29 PM
It seems that the Shadow of Esteren Kickstarter now has only 7 days left. So if you haven't checked it out yet, I'd recommend to do that soon. It'll definitely be worth your time http://slangdesign.com/forums/Smileys/default/smiley.gif

Kickstarter link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1176616619/shadows-of-esteren

Since there has already been a few strech goals and each pledge is getting cool bonus materials, you can find a nice and clear summary of what bang you'll get for your bucks:

One of the most popular pledges is the Hilderin Knight, for which you can find a full summary here : http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1176616619/shadows-of-esteren/posts/270861
(The GM screen and game soundtrack are well worth the extra dollars IMHO).