Month: December 2017

Our Friends the Machines and other Mysteries

Our Friends the Machines and other Mysteries is the first supplement for the Swedish RPG Tales from the Loop by the Free League. Our Friends the Machines and other Mysteries contains mysteries and rules on building your own Tales from the Loop setting.  Ever since I got my hands on the rulebook for the Swedish RPG Tales from the Loop I’ve been in love with the game. I really like the simple mechanics, the emphasis on the narrative and the co-operative nature of storytelling in the game, not to mention the superb setting which is based in Simon Stalenhag’s...

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Is that a +2 laptop? RPG’s in the job market

Now, I know from experience that role-playing groups are quite common in workplaces – and not just where you’d expect them. For example, there was a fairly active group in the bank head office where I used to work and a friend of mine ran a group with fellow auto-mechanics. But while that is a worthy subject, it’s not the focus today. As this is written, we are days away from New year’s day, a time where a lot of people contemplate the future and changes, such as a career shift or a whole new career. I’ve had a...

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When is Canon constricting?

I have a complicated relationship with games set in established universes. On the one hand I yearn to experience further some of my favorite stories but on the other hand these types of things often have elements that work very well in a book or movie form but heavily stifle the way we run games. Material such as Herbert’s Dune, Lucas’s Star Wars, Wachowski’s The Matrix, Rowling’s Harry Potter and Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, novels that provide incredibly interesting settings, often rely heavily on the trope of the chosen one, a single being whose existence is the...

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Cthulhu Dark – Review

Cthulhu Dark is a game by Graham Walmsley, Kathryn Jenkins and Helen Gould. In it you take on the role of a doomed investigator, where you don’t play to win. The system is simple and easy to learn.  There have been many games released lately that focus on Lovecraft’s setting and his Cthulhu Mythos. Some of these games are great, while others are okay. The thing with Cthulhu games is that they tend to get compared to Call of Cthulhu, which is probably to RPGs based on Lovecraft’s work what D&D is to fantasy RPGs. Since CoC is by...

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Making it all come alive – Encounters and Environment

Building interesting and breathtaking encounters is not something that comes natural. It takes years of practice and hundreds upon hundreds of mistakes and failures. However, there are a few handy tricks and tools you can use to make it all come alive.  One of the most interesting and most exciting encounter I’ve ever played was against a Marilith. I was playing a ranger and the group had been exploring a castle. We found an elevator leading down into mines beneath the castle. The elevator had to be operated manually, through series of strength checks. We happened to find the...

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Our Friends the Machines and Other Mysteries – Tales from the Loop

Today the Free League (or Fria Ligan) released a supplement for their much acclaimed and awarded roleplaying game Tales from the Loop. The new book, Our Friends the Machines and Other Mysteries, contains both mysteries and a guide to create your own setting.  We love Tales from the Loop, it’s such a great roleplaying game, suitable for veteran roleplayers and beginners alike. You take on the role of a kid in the 80’s that never was. Tales from the Loop has much in common with the TV series Stranger Things, with a dash of science-fiction. The system is easy...

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Askur Yggdrasils – an Icelandic Roleplaying game

Askur Yggdrasils is the only Icelandic roleplaying game ever published. The game, designed by the brothers Runar Thor Thorarinsson and Jon Helgi Thorarinsson, is set in the nine worlds of Norse Mythology. Askur was published in 1994. Iceland is probably not the first country that comes to mind when you think about roleplaying games. The small island in the North-Atlantic isn’t what you’d call a big player in the roleplaying field. Still, the roleplaying scene thrived in the last decade of the 20th century and with the release of D&D 5E, roleplaying is once more gaining momentum. Askur Yggdrasils,...

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