The wait is over: we're happy to announce that Earthdawn: The Age of Legend is now available! The game offers a break from the traditional rules—a lightweight alternative to Earthdawn’s own Step System, which has been around in various editions since 1992. Propagating a widely different style of play, it caters to a different audience.
Our desire was to create something new for both Earthdawn veterans as well as for other people newly interested in the setting: a game that is easy to learn and easy to teach. Earthdawn: The Age of Legend was designed for one shots, convention games, casual or irregular campaigns, and for those wanting to play and seeking an easy system adapted to the rich setting of Earthdawn.
The rules in Earthdawn: The Age of Legend are relatively simple and straightforward, allowing for a great deal of flexibility when it comes to character design and power. You can start play quickly with a bunch of novice adepts, but you can also run a game with master adepts at the height of their abilities. The rules for character advancement are a part of the background (adding a lot to game's flavor) and will appear familiar to veterans of the original game.
You can get the book in various formats at DriveThruRPG.
From the book's back cover:
Before science, before history, an era of magic existed in our world's dim past. Magic flowed freely, touching every aspect of the lives of men and women of the Namegiver races. Bold heroes from all across the land band together, arming themselves with powerful magical spells and treasures, ready to fight for life and freedom. It was an age of fantastical deeds and mythical stories.
It was the Age of Legend.
Earthdawn: The Age of Legend is a roleplaying game set in a world of high adventure, high magic, and terrible danger. Story-based mechanics, easy to learn and intuitive to use, allow you to create exciting stories about powerful adepts in this ancient era of heroes. This book contains all the rules you need to play, including an introduction to the world of Earthdawn.