These games are absolutely free and legal to download and all come highly recommended.
#1 Danse Macabre
This is Dark Medieval Europe, magical. lyrical and well thought out. It covers some of the same ground as Ars Magica but is far more approachable and more historical without losing its sense of magic and wonder.
#2 Wayfarers Song
Norse Fantasy with one of the coolest magic systems I've seen. Its similar to Danse Macabre mechanically which aid learning but is a distinct system of its own.
Both of these can be had at Mythopoetic Games along with a few others I haven't tried.
#3 Lost Souls.
This was a fully supported, published game of playing a ghost. I think its far better and more interesting than Wraith which less backstabbing, less angst and more hope
#4 Legendary Lives
A late 80's early 90's Fantasy game with lots of adventures for it. another published games given generously for free. Its very fae focused, a tiny bit twee but not enough to be distracting. Both these systems use a similar mechanic too so the learning curve is low.
These two can be had at Haunted Attic Games
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