Times are grim for fans of swords and sorcery. Japanese role-playing games like Xenoblade and The Last Story might never see the light of day in North America, while the American RPG industry seems limited to two or three gamemakers at most. The days of RPG oversaturation and endless Final Fantasy clones are long gone.
Fortunately, there's a solution for gamers craving adventure: indie RPGs. Independent designers and auteurs across the world have found ways to create compelling role-playing games, even without huge budgets or hundreds of staff. Starring a wide range of protagonists, from washed up basketball players to peppy shopkeepers, these seven indies will satiate your RPG fix.