I really loved to play Eschalons, and I got great inspiration of them to my own game called The Role.
I started to create this game before playing Eschalons, so you cant tell me I copied something. I can say, that this is very different from Eschalon. Some people doesn't like this, but I am calling it roguelike - but it's not roguelike, I think. It has realtime combat, and it's story driven, so it's not completely roguelike.
Okay, but The Role is very much like Eschalon, because they are both open world RPG games. In the beginning of The Role you will choose your race, class, name etc. just like in Eschalon. Then, you are free to go where ever you want.
The game is currently very short, and I didn't make main story complete, because I needed to publish this game to a contest (voting is 18.8.2010). Because it's short now, doesn't mean it always will be, because I made it, umm... "update based". This means, that the game will automatically download add-ons that I am working on all the time. Shortly, there will come a new area, called "The Goblin Lands". I am working on it all the time.
I need to advertise my game because our forum is lacking of having English people. We all are Finnish, and the forums, site, everything is in English, so it feels little bit wasting that I have wrote everything in English and all players are from my country. And this is why my English is very bad, I am just 15 years old Finnish kid with English grade 8-9.
So, if you are going to play the game, I really hope you join our forums. And please, when you are playing the game, you will very soon find out that the English is pretty bad. I am studying hard to learn English, and if I just can, I will fix the language to proper English.
Okay, here is the link to game site: http://therole.viuhka.fi
PS. I really hope a good understanding with my graphical skills; I am not good in computer arts, but game's fans have liked the graphical style so far. If you check the news, you can see I have made some progress, and now some sprites are colored.I hope I'll see you on the forums!