The folks over at Fria Ligan (Swedish for Free Legion, and publishers of Coriolis and Mutant) have a hit on their hands with Tales from the Loop, a new tabletop roleplaying game based on artist Simon Stålenhag‘s stunning creations in the 2015 art book of the same name. As I write this, the Kickstarter drive for the book has raised over $250,000 and still has five days to go.
The game is set in an alternate Sweden in the 1980s in which an particle accelerator (the Loop) has altered things in strange and wonderful (and sometimes dangerous) ways. You play teenagers who get caught up in the troubles around the Loop and investigate.
The thing that really sells it all, of course, is Simon’s amazing artwork. It features an amazing combination of his naturalistic style tinged with brilliant touches of the fantastic.
The Kickstarter drive is knocking down stretch goals left and right. For their fourth stretch goal, they promised to include a US setting in the base game, “written by a seasoned US game writer.” As it turns out, that writer is me.
My portion of the book is a small fraction of the whole, only about 5,000 words, but it promises to be amazing fun. If Tales from the Loop piques your interest, be sure to check out the Kickstarter. That clock’s ticking.