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Shadows of Esteren It is a medieval-style fantasy setting based loosely on Scotland, and caste in a dark, gritty light. Magic and monsters are very much part of world, which makes it a dark and scary place for the common person to inhabit. The setting is detailed in the source book. It provides multiple social/political factions and groups that ...


Demon Queen's Enclave is an adventure set in a Drow settlement in the Underdark aimed to take characters from14th to 17th level. I've played through it as a player and found it was less railroaded than some other 4th Edition published adventures.


Anima: Beyond Fantasy is a game inspired by western fantasy with a manga-inspired kinaesthetic. Dark: It is. Not all the time - but the darkness is always waiting below the surface, and will form a significant element of most campaigns. There are spells that annihilate souls; Creatures dwell in the wake of the world feeding on fear and hope; There are ...


I would be looking at games with some form of motivation mechanics built in - where the characters get bonuses or improvements based on their motivations and emotional states. Here's some games you might consider: Primetime Adventures PTA mechanics are very light, it does not have any tactical element, but it is very good at drama. It can emulate ...


There are various such modules on Dragonsfoot.org: Dragonsfoot modules There's also a meta-thread which lists a lot of info on adventures grouped by level.


TL;DR: Don't just look at system, but your approach to a protracted battle. Find a system with realistic damage ratios, and simulate most of the battle through skill checks with possibly dire results for failure. The big problem I understand that you are asking for a game recommendation, and I will list a few, but the problem isn't just the system you ...

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