Medieval European Fantasy pretty much permeates fantasy gaming culture, and I’m frankly way past tired of it! If you agree even in part, I encourage you to look to kickstarter and indie projects like Ehdrigohr, a fantasy roleplaying game inspired by tribal and indigenous folklore from around the world. The game is based around the familiar FATE system with a few tweaks, which already spells very good things – FATE is a pretty accessible game with a strong emphasis on story and mechanics that do a lot to help evoke the characters in that story. Edrigohr’s mythology looks rife with opportunities to play new stories and explore a unique world, and the artwork showcased is amazing. The turtle fortress just draws you right in.
For $15 you get the Digital Edition of the game; $25 gets you a softcover and $35 gets you both. Higher than that and you’ve got t-shirts and poster maps to sweeten the pot, and for $500, if you live in the Chicago area, you will get a visit from Mr. Turner himself, who’ll run a game for you and deliver your rewards. Sounds like a blast to me.
Endrigohr is already fully funded, and the next stretch goal is a full-color printing. But I still wanted to draw attention to it just because this went completely under my radar (and I try to pay attention to these things) until now. It has 14 days left and I think it deserves a lot more than $8030 worth of love. It’d be great to get some more exciting stretch goals going. I also think that it is important for the RPG community to highlight and showcase examples where people are innovating, doing something new and cool right from the heart, outside the hobby’s norms. Projects like Ehdrigohr are a huge positive for RPGs, and show that the medium can support a lot more than medieval fantasy europe and its infinite mirrors.