Writing the indie section for our 2010 Game of the Year awards got Jay Barnson to thinking, and he realized that 2011 is looking like a really strong year for indie RPGs, with Age of Decadence, Avadon: The Black Fortress, Din's Curse: Demon War, Telepath RPG: Servants of God and his own Frayed Knights, amongst others.
Age of Decadence
This one is late, but while no release date has been made official, I think it's a probable release for 2011. This is an extremely ambitious title taking place in a world resembling ancient Europe during the time of the collapse of the Roman Empire a little different from the typical Dark-Age / Medieval period. If there's a foundational element to this game, it's the idea of meaningful choices and consequences. From the design comments made during the development process, a huge effort has been made to leave all quests open to a variety of approaches including double-crossing the quest giver. It also features some pretty kick-butt tactical turn-based combat, which makes it a double win.
Avadon: The Black Fortress
The first in Spiderweb Software's new planned series, this should prove to be a departure from the game systems we grew familiar with through the Avernum and Geneforge series, as well as a step up in production values. Most importantly, it's a refinement of Vogel's 17 years or so of indie RPG development experience.