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​Free League Publishing at Gen Con 2018 – Bringing you to Other Worlds

Press Release   •   Jul 20, 2018 10:00 BST

Do you long for adventures and dream of exploring the unknown? Well then, an alternate 1980's, a post-apocalyptic Zone, or a space station awaits you. Free League Publishing will be attending Gen 2018, the largest and longest running gaming and hobby convention in North America.

A prototype of the recently Kickstarted Crusader Kings the Board Game - slated for release later this year - will be demonstrated at the Free League booth throughout the show by the lead designer of the game, Tomas Härenstam.

In addition, all of Free League's award-winning tabletop role-playing games - the critically acclaimed alternate 80’s RPG Tales from the Loop , the sci-fi adventure Coriolis – The Third Horizon and the postapocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero - are all available to play at Gencon.

The Free League design team is available for interviews, or just chats at the booth, throughout the show.

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Booth: 1455

Dates: 2-5th of August

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  • Crusader Kings the Board Game (upcoming)
  • Forbidden Lands - Rogues & Raiders in a Cursed World (upcoming)
  • Tales from the Loop - Roleplaying in the '80s That Never Was
  • Coriolis - The Third Horizon
  • Mutant: Year Zero - Roleplaying at The End of Days

Free League Publishing is a Swedish publisher dedicated to speculative fiction that have published several critically acclaimed games and art books set in strange and wondrous worlds. Their upcoming fantasy RPG Forbidden Lands was the third most successful RPG Kickstarter in the world 2017 and was recently named one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2018 by EN World.

The publishers latest game release Tales from the Loop RPG won no less than five ENnies at Gencon last year, including Best Game and Product of the Year. The other published international titles, Mutant: Year Zero and Coriolis - The Third Horizon, have also earned several awards.

Free League Publishing will be at booth  and various game demos will be running throughout the convention. Meet the creators and find out more about the upcoming games from Free League Publishing. New worlds awaits you.



Crusader Kings the Board Game is a medieval strategy soap opera where your King or Queen need to survive invasions, plots, crusades, and even marriage. Or at least have children, siblings or spouses standing by to take over the throne. Failure to raise a suitable heir could face you with the end of your dynasty. Oh dear!

As a ruler, be shrewd in the realm of diplomacy and make and break alliances with others. Grow your wealth and military power, develop your dominion and partake in the crusades. All the while experiencing events of the strange life of a medieval ruler including menure explosions and food poisoning.

The game is the first board game from Free League Publishing, the development team behind the award-winning tabletop RPGs Tales from the Loop, Coriolis – The Third Horizon and Mutant: Year Zero. The backstabbing and intrigue of medieval Europe is being brought to life in the iconic medieval intrigue of Paradox Interactive’s long-running PC franchise.


[Upcoming fantasy RPG, 2018]

Forbidden Lands is a new take on classic fantasy roleplaying where you and your friends will be playing raiders and rogues bent on making your own mark on a cursed world. Discover lost tombs, fight horrifying monsters, wander the wilderness and, if you live long enough, build your own stronghold to defend. The unique rules created by Free League for exploration, survival, base building and campaign in Forbidden lands play can also easily be ported to any other game world.

Forbidden Lands will be Free League Publishing's fourth English-language RPG. With art by the acclaimed artists Simon Stålenhag and Nils Gulliksson, lore by fantasy author Erik Granström and game design by Free League, creators of Tales from the Loop, Mutant: Year Zero and Coriolis: The Third Horizon.


[Awarded five Gold ENnies - among them Best Game and Product of the Year 2017]

In 1954, the Swedish government ordered the construction of the world’s largest particle accelerator. The facility was complete in 1969, located deep below the pastoral countryside of Mälaröarna. The local population called this marvel of technology The Loop.

Acclaimed scifi artist Simon Stålenhag’s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts, have spread like wildfire worldwide. Stålenhag’s portrayal of a childhood against a backdrop of old Volvo cars and coveralls, combined with strange and mystical machines, creates a unique atmosphere that is both instantly recognizable and utterly alien. With the tabletop RPG, you can step into the amazing world of the Loop. Encounter the mysteries around the strange machines and weird creatures that have come to haunt the countryside after the Loop was built. Escape your everyday problems and be part of something meaningful and magical – but also dangerous.


  • Tales from the Loop RPG: Our Friends the Machines - the first official module


[Awarded the ENnies Judges’ Spotlight 2017]

The scifi adventure Coriolis is set in a remote cluster of star systems called The Third Horizon. It is a place ravaged by conflicts and war, but also home to proud civilizations, both new and old. Here, the so called First Come colonists of old worship the Icons, while the newly arrived Zenithians pursue an aggressive imperialistic agenda through trade and military power.

Crew a space ship and travel the Horizon. Explore the ancient ruins of the Portal Builders, undertake missions for the powerful factions and partake in the game of political intrigue on Coriolis station – the center of power in the Third Horizon. Make your own fate and discover the truth about the mysterious Emissaries and the threat of the Dark Between the Stars.


  • Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG: The Dying Ship - full-length adventure


[Awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules 2015]

Of course, the world ends. It was always just a question of time. When it’s all over, nature invades the ruined cities and winds sweep through empty streets. Yet life remains.

In the Ark, a small settlement on the edge of a dead town, the People live. You are the spawn of humanity, but not human anymore. You are a twisted, mutated freak. Your body and mind have incredible powers, but you are unstable. None of the People are over 30 years old. Except the Elder. Your leader, one of the Old People. He has always warned you: Stay in the Ark, or the Rot will get you. So far, you have obeyed him. But now the safe days are over. Food is running scarce, and the fight for what’s left is turning violent. And the Elder is dying.

It’s time to explore the Zone. To seek out others and create a new civilization on the ruins of the old. Seek your origin. Maybe you will find Eden, where salvation awaits according to the legends. Maybe it’s all bullshit. It doesn’t matter. You have no choice. This is the beginning. This is Year Zero.


  • Mutant: Mechatron - stand-alone expansion
  • Mutant: Genlab Alpha - stand-alone expansion
  • Mutant – year zero: Zone Compendium: The Eternal War
  • Mutant – year zero: Zone Compendium: Hotel Imperator
  • Mutant – year zero: Zone Compendium: Die, Meat-eater, Die!
  • Mutant – year zero: Zone Compendium: Dead Blue Sea
  • Mutant – year zero: Zone Compendium: Lair of the Saurians

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Gen Con LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days in Gaming!™. Acquired in 2002 by founder and former CEO of Wizards of the Coast, Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Free League Publishing is a Swedish publisher dedicated to speculative fiction. We have published several award-winning tabletop role-playing games and critically acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.

Our first game, the post-apocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero was awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules 2015. The sci-fi adventure Coriolis - The Third Horizon, was awarded a Judge's Spotlight Award at Gencon. And we are proud to say that our latest roleplaying game Tales from the Loop RPG based on Simon Stålenhags iconic artbooks made a grand slam at the ENnie Awards 2017, winning five Gold ENnies - among them Best Game.

Our upcoming fantasy RPG is Forbidden Lands, with art by critically acclaimed artist Simon Stålenhag and iconic Swedish fantasy artist Nils Gulliksson, lore by fantasy author Erik Granström and game design by the team that created Mutant: Year Zero, Coriolis: The Third Horizon and Tales from the Loop RPG. Forbidden Lands was the third most successful RPG Kickstarter in the world 2017 and was recently named one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2018 by EN World.

We have also released the critically acclaimed art books Things from the Flood and Tales from the Loop by artist Simon Stålenhag. His third book The Electric State has been released by Free League Publishing exclusively to the backers of the kickstarter campaign.


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