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Art by Simon Stålenhag

Simon Stålenhag is the internationally lauded artist and author of Tales From the Loop and Things From the Flood, narrative art books published by Free League that stunned the world with a vision of an alternate Scandinavia in the 1980s and ‘90s, where technology invaded tranquil landscapes to form an entirely new universe of the eerie and the nostalgic.

In 2017, we published a tabletop roleplaying game based on Tales From the Loop, which was a smash hit and went on to win five Gold ENnie Awards, including Best Game and Product of the Year. A tv series adaptation of Tales From the Loop was launched just recently on Amazon Prime Video.

Now, you can take another step into the amazing world of the Loop. In Tales From the Loop – The Boardgame, 1-5 players take the roles of teenagers who investigate the mysteries originating from the Loop, a huge underground science facility with strange effects on the suburban landscapes around it – just make sure you’re home in time for dinner!

Tales From the Loop – The Boardgame is designed by Martin Takaichi and includes high-quality miniatures by Paolo Parente's Dust Studio.

Prototype of Tales From the Loop – The Board Game
Art by Simon Stålenhag

In 1954, the government ordered the construction of the world’s largest particle accelerator. The facility was completed in 1969, located deep below the pastoral suburban countryside, outside of the big city. The local population called this marvel of technology the Loop. Over the years since it was built, strange phenomena have started to appear in the area - mysterious creatures stalking the land, machines malfunctioning in inexplicable ways.

In the Tales From the Loop - The Board Game, you take the roles of local kids and play cooperatively to investigate whatever phenomena that threaten the islands (or perhaps just the local video store), and hopefully stop them. Each day starts at school, but as soon as the bell rings you can use whatever time you have before dinner and homework to go exploring! Player actions are integrated, meaning there’s no downtime as you wait for others taking their turn. It also makes cooperating with your fellow players dynamic as you can react to things that happen in a turn and don’t have to plan it all out from the start.

At least four scenarios will be included in the base game (more can be unlocked as stretch goals), and each scenario takes approximately 90-150 minutes to complete.

Full Setup of Prototype of Tales From the Loop – The Board Game

All the components of the core game are listed below. More components can be added if stretch goals are unlocked:

Miniature produced by Dust Studios based on Simon Stålenhag's design

The Loop isn’t the only technological achievement in the ‘80s that never was. Advanced AI, robotics and magnetrine development are highly advanced as well. Riksenergi, the governmental agency tasked with running The Loop, employs different machines to automate a large number of functions on the islands. While some have drivers or handlers, most are running on their internal AI code.

In Tales From the Loop - The Board Game, these machines are represented by beautiful miniatures sculpted by Yannick Hennebo based on Stålenhag's original designs and manufactured by Dust Studios. They are molded in high-quality PVC plastic and are between 25 and 40mm tall. You can buy extra minis as addons.

In the STANDARD EDITION, the miniatures are delivered unpainted. In the DELUXE EDITION, the miniatures are delivered PRE-PAINTED by Dust Studio.

Miniature prototypes by Dust Studio - not final product

ADDON MINIATURE SCENARIO PACKS

In addition to the machine minis included in the core set, you can add models of a Gorgosaurus dinosaur and the "Visitor" robot, along with scenarios to use them with. Each pack includes a model and 20-30 Scenario Cards. The Gorgosaurus and the Visitor are available unpainted or pre-painted by Dust Studio.

Below is a video demonstration showing what a turn can look like in the game, by lead designer Martin Takaichi. It doesn’t go into detail about every rule (there’s the downloadable rulebook for that, see below) but gives you a good sense about how the game flows and general gameplay.

To let you to try out Tales from the Loop – The Board Game for yourself, we’ve decided to provide a Print & Play kit for download. It doesn’t contain everything that will be in the final game, but four characters and one scenario is enough to play the game with three other friends! If you just want to read the beta rules the rulebook is available for download.

Do keep in mind that this is in only a prototype in Alpha state – things can and will change from the P&P version to the final version. In fact, that’s another reason we wanted to do this, to get feedback from you so we can make the game the best it can be. Use this survey to provide feedback and report on errors.

LINK TO THE PRINT AND PLAY FILES

Prototype of Tales From the Loop – The Board Game

In addition, backer Timothy Clark has made two excellent videos that go through how to set up the Alpha and pretty much all the rules for the game in a clear and engaging way. If the Alpha rules PDF put you off, or you simply prefer to learn by example, do check out these two videos:

"The board game is nothing short of a Tales from the Loop simulator - a truly immersive experience in the world of Simon Stalenhag." - Francesco Nepitello, designer of War of the Ring

“I managed to charm a robot to become my friend. 10/10!” - Alfred Kronlid, playtester

"Pure nostalgia!" - Robert Ryner, playtester

“Tales From the Loop - The Board Game succeeds in capturing the ‘80s that never was. Players become invested in their characters and take on everyday problems with both humor and gravity” - Nicholas Hjelmberg, playtester

Prototype of Tales From the Loop – The Board Game

Addons will normally ship alongside your copy of Tales From the Loop – The Board Game, but some of them are eligible for Early Shipping. These can be shipped to you separately at an earlier date, for an additional shipping fee.

GORGOSAURUS SCENARIO PACK (UNPAINTED) - 70 SEK

A miniature of a Gorgosaurus dinosaur produced by Dust Studio plus a bonus scenario to use it with Tales From the Loop - The Board Game. The pack includes the model and 20-30 Scenario Cards. The miniature is supplied unpainted.

GORGOSAURUS SCENARIO PACK (PRE-PAINTED) - 140 SEK

A miniature of a Gorgosaurus dinosaur plus a bonus scenario to use it with Tales From the Loop - The Board Game. The pack includes the model and 20-30 Scenario Cards. The miniature is supplied pre-painted by Dust Studio.

Prototype by Dust Studio

“THE RUNAWAY” SCENARIO PACK (UNPAINTED) – 70 SEK

A miniature of the “Runaway” robot designed by Simon Stålenhag and sculpted and manufactured by Dust Studio, plus a bonus scenario to use it with Tales From the Loop – The Board Game. The pack includes the model and 20-30 Scenario Cards. The miniature is supplied unpainted.

“THE RUNAWAY” SCENARIO PACK (PRE-PAINTED) – 140 SEK

A miniature of the “Runaway” robot as seen in the art below, designed by Simon Stålenhag and sculpted and manufactured by Dust Studio, plus a bonus scenario to use it with Tales From the Loop – The Board Game. The pack includes the model and 20-30 Scenario Cards. The miniature is supplied pre-painted by Dust Studio.

EXTRA SET OF ROBOT MINIATURES, UNPAINTED - 280 SEK

A set of four miniatures of Simon Stålenhag's robot designs, sculpted and produced by Paolo Parente's Dust Studio. The set includes one model each of the Paarhufer, the Fireguard, the Watchdogs and the AMAT-2. The modules are supplied unpainted.

Miniature prototypes by Dust Studio - not final product

EXTRA SET OF MINIATURES, PRE-PAINTED - 560 SEK

A set of four miniatures of Simon Stålenhag's robot designs, sculpted and produced by Paolo Parente's Dust Studio. The set includes one model each of the Paarhufer, the Fireguard, the Watchdogs and the AMAT-2. The modules are supplied PRE-PAINTED by Dust Studio.

Miniature prototypes by Dust Studio - not final product

EXTRA SET OF THE TALES FROM THE LOOP BOARD GAME (STANDARD) - 599 SEK

An additional set of the Tales From the Loop - The Board Game in Standard edition with unpainted miniatures.

EXTRA SET OF THE TALES FROM THE LOOP BOARD GAME (DELUXE) - 999 SEK

An additional set of the Tales From the Loop - The Board Game in Deluxe edition with miniatures pre-painted by Dust Studio.

TALES FROM THE LOOP RPG CORE RULEBOOK - 300 SEK

In this award-winning tabletop roleplaying game based on Simon Stålenhag’s books, you’ll play teenagers solving spectacular mysteries connected to the Loop – just make sure you’re home in time for dinner. 192-page hardback book. Available in English or Swedish. A complete PDF is included. Eligible for Early Shipping.

TALES FROM THE LOOP RPG STARTER SET - 240 SEK

This Starter Set for the Tales From the Loop tabletop roleplaying game includes everything you need to begin:

  • An condensed rulebook explaining how to play the game
  • A complete Mystery called The Recycled Boy
  • Five pre-generated characters ready for you play
  • A large, full-color map of land of the Loop
  • Ten engraved custom dice

Eligible for Early Shipping. A complete PDF is included. Available in English only.

ALIEN RPG CORE RULEBOOK - 400 SEK

The ALIEN tabletop roleplaying game is a beautifully illustrated full-color hardcover book of a massive 392 pages, both presenting the world of ALIEN in the year 2183 and a fast and effective ruleset designed specifically to enhance the ALIEN experience. Eligible for Early Shipping. A complete PDF is included. Available in English only.

FORBIDDEN LANDS CORE SET - 350 SEK

An copy of the multiple award-winning Forbidden Lands core boxed set, English second printing. The Swedish first printing is also available. A complete PDF is included. Eligible for Early Shipping.

SYMBAROUM RPG - 300 SEK

Explore the vast Forest of Davokar in the hunt for treasures, lost wisdoms and fame. But whatever you do, never ignore the warnings spoken by the wardens of the forest: tread carefully and do not disturb the ruins of old, for the dark deep of Davokar is about to awaken. Available in English or Swedish. 240-page hardback book. A complete PDF is included. Eligible for Early Shipping.

CORIOLIS: THE THIRD HORIZON RPG - 300 SEK

Arabian Nights in space. Coriolis: The Third Horizon, awarded the ENnies Judges’ Spotlight 2017, is a science fiction role playing game set in a remote cluster of star systems. Available in English or Swedish. 384-page hardback book. A complete PDF is included. Eligible for Early Shipping.

MUTANT: YEAR ZERO RPG - 300 SEK

In the award-winning post-apocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero RPG, you play as one of The People - heavily mutated humans living in The Ark, a small and isolated settlement in a sea of chaos. Available in English or Swedish. 272-page hardback book. A complete PDF is included. Eligible for Early Shipping.

RETAILER ADDON: 5 x TALES FROM THE LOOP BOARD GAME - 1,999 SEK

Includes five copies of Tales From the Loop - The Board Game in Standard edition with unpainted miniatures. FOR RETAILERS ONLY, and can only be ordered if you have first chosen the RETAILER PLEDGE reward.

RETAILER ADDON: 5 x GORGOSAURUS SCENARIO PACK (UNPAINTED) - 239 SEK

Five units of the Scenario Pack, each including a miniature of a Gorgosaurus dinosaur produced by Dust Studio plus a bonus scenario. The pack includes the model and 20-30 Scenario Cards. The miniature is supplied unpainted.

RETAILER ADDON: 5 x “THE RUNAWAY” SCENARIO PACK (UNPAINTED) – 239 SEK

Five units of the Scenario Pack, each including a miniature of the “Runaway” robot designed by Simon Stålenhag and sculpted and manufactured by Dust Studio, plus a bonus scenario. The pack includes the model and 20-30 Scenario Cards. The miniature is supplied unpainted.

We offer US and EU friendly shipping!

Unfortunately, import laws and customs in some specific countries have made it impossible for us to ship games to them. We do not ship to: Belarus, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, or Afghanistan.

Simon Stålenhag is the internationally acclaimed author and artist behind Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, and The Electric State. His highly imaginative images and stories depicting illusive sci-fi phenomena in mundane, hyper-realistic Scandinavian and American landscapes have made Stålenhag one of the most sought-after visual storytellers in the world. Tales from the Loop was ranked one of the “10 Best Dystopias” by The Guardian, along with such works as Franz Kafka’s The Trial and Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca.

Martin Takaichi has been a board game enthusiast since first discovering Drakborgen (aka DungeonQuest) in 1985. Over the years he made a slow transition from not only playing games but first modifying them and then designing them as well. The first published game where he was part of the design team was Crusader Kings – The Board Game.

The design team beyond Simon and Martin consists of project manager Tomas Härenstam (lead designer of Crusader Kings – The Board Game and roleplaying games ALIEN, Forbidden Lands and Mutant: Year Zero), map artist Reine Rosenberg, graphic designer Christian Granath, co-designer Nils Karlén, and last but not least Paolo Parente and his Dust Studio who produce the miniatures as well as all physical components of the game.  Dust is an acclaimed manufacturer of quality miniatures since 2005, producing their own Dust 1947 line as well as miniatures for board game companies like CMON, Monolith and Mythic Games.

Free League Publishing is a Swedish publisher dedicated to speculative fiction. We have published a range of award-winning and critically acclaimed tabletop roleplaying games, board games and art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.

Our game range include the recently launched official ALIEN RPG, the Tales from the Loop RPG (winner of five ENnie Awards 2017, including Best Game), sandbox retro fantasy Forbidden Lands (winner of four ENnie Awards 2019), postapocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero (Silver ENnie for Best Rules 2015), space opera Coriolis - The Third Horizon (Judge's Spotlight Award 2017), dark fantasy Symbaroum, and Crusader Kings – The Board Game.

We have also published the art books Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood  by Simon Stålenhag, as well as the illustrated edition of the Lovecraft classic The Call of Cthulhu by French artist François Baranger.

Available Rewards:

kr999SEK + Shipping

DELUXE EDITION

Approx. $99 / €91 / £80

Includes one copy of the Tales From the Loop - The Board Game, with all miniatures PRE-PAINTED by Dust Studios. As a DELUXE backer, you also get an honorable mention in the game itself.

We do not ship to Belarus, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, or Afghanistan.

kr599SEK + Shipping

STANDARD EDITION

Approx. $59 / €54 / £48

Includes one copy of the Tales From the Loop - The Board Game. Miniatures are delivered unpainted.

We do not ship to Belarus, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, or Afghanistan.

kr1,999SEK + Shipping

RETAILER PLEDGE

Approx. $198 / €182 / £159

FOR RETAILERS ONLY! Verification will be required

Includes five copies of the Tales From the Loop - The Board Game. Miniatures are delivered unpainted. You will be able to add more copies of the game to your retailer order on the add-ons page.

We do not ship to Belarus, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, or Afghanistan.

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