Fed up of Western RPGs? Kalymba is an RPG written by Daniel Pirraça, from Brazil. It was successfully funded in Brazilian Portuguese about a year ago and is now getting ready to Kickstarter in English.
A South American take on an African-inspired setting. Unique.
Writing on Reddit, Daniel Pirraça noted
To me, adapting mythological African creatures to a high-fantasy setting is a Herculean task since it’s really hard finding enough information about them on books and websites. Bruno Kopte, a friend of mine, is trying to help me — he even made a bestiary-list with 101 spirits and monsters from African folklore, but many details are still lacking and that’s pretty annoying since I want to explore those creatures to the fullest. It makes me want to travel to Africa, so I can interview native people and get what I need, haha. Nevertheless, I already have a lot of cool creatures and its respective illustrations. Some of them are being visually represented for the very first time.
The classless RPG uses a 2d6 mechanic and builds characters with points.
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I’m a fellow brazilian RPG writter, and I have followed this project since it was first announced. The setting is really amazing, and despite it being fantasy, it’s really thruthful to african mythologies (specially Iorubá). As for the game itself, mechanically the system is really simple, without feeling like it lacks someway. Character customization is actually deep with a large amount of options, wich is something I value a lot in a RPG System. The game has SOME PbtA (Powered by the Apocalipse) aspects, without actually being one. And I’m a HUGE fan of that, since both my books are… Read more »