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    The Translation of Shadows of Esteren is Coming out this Summer‏

    Agate RPG, Forgesonges, and Studio 2 Publishing have announced 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.

    Shadows of Esteren is a French role-playing game designed by Forgesonges, a collective of authors and illustrators, whose original version was published in September 2010 by editor Agate RPG. The translation of the whole series in English is planned. To celebrate the birth of Esteren on the other side of the Atlantic, the developers are currently working on the construction of a Kickstarter project with exclusive additions. It will be launched at the end of the month of June.

    More information here (or the original French version here).
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    Hello everyone,

    First thing, excuse me for my bad English..! I am French and i will try my best ! I reassure you, I am not the translator of this RPG :p
    I am Nelyhann, coordinator for the Shadows of Esteren series. I also wrote a lot and illustrated for this game.

    Morrus, thank you very much for having shared this news! I don't know if my answer is adapted in this place of the forum; please let me know if there is any problem.

    For all of our team, the release of Esteren in English is truly quite an accomplishment. We are very happy and we hope you are going to appreciate our work!

    I will try my best to answer your questions, if you have any. At the moment, you can read this open letter where I introduce the main lines of Esteren: Shadows of Esteren: open letter


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    Not sure if Nel is still checking back here, but I would like to hear a bit more about magic in Esteren. Are there specific spells or does magic work some other way?

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    Hi Kravell!

    We were attending Comic Con the last 4 days, it was great but very exhausting!

    Now we are back ; about magic, i will call one of our main translator. He will be able to explain you all of that in a far better english than me.

    Thanks for your interest,
    Last edited by Nelyhann; Monday, 9th July, 2012 at 09:06 AM.

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    Honestly? A Flash website? I don't even bother disengaging my Flash blocker for stuff like that.

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    Well, it's true that a Flash website may not be the most handy kind for a visitor, but for us, it was among the simplest and most straightforward way to create our website. Apologies for any inconvenience it may create; I hope it won't discourage too many potential visitors from checking it out!

    As for your question Kravell, there are three types of magic: the Demorthèn's druidic arts, the Elect of the Temple's Miracles, and the mechanical wonders of the Magientists. The latter is not really a type of magic, but it is important and potent enough to be mentioned on the same level as the two others.

    Regarding the system, without going into too much detail, the same mechanics apply for both the Demorthèn and the Elect: the Player chooses which "spell" he wishes to perform, and gets a set Difficulty Threshold according to how significant he wishes the results to be. For example, a moderately experienced Demorthèn might be able to stop a drizzle, but only the wisest and most seasoned may halt a rainstorm!

    The difference is that where the Demorthèn rely on Ogham (runic stones), the Elect pray their God to call upon Miracles.

    Also, I would like to stress that in Esteren, there are no easy wonders: magic does exist, but it remains something which only a select few are able to wield, and which must be used with moderation and caution. More generally speaking, supernatural phenomena are something unfamiliar and unsettling in Shadows of Esteren, and paranormal events are by no means commonplace.

    However, any GL is of course free to adjust such principles as he wishes, according to the mood he wants to give his sessions.

    There! I hope I answered your question adequately. If you have anything else to ask about or point out, don't hesitate!
    Last edited by Krazylec; Saturday, 21st July, 2012 at 03:10 PM.

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