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Free League Publishing is a Swedish publisher dedicated to speculative fiction that have published several award-winning tabletop role-playing games and critically acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.
We are based in Sweden and our game Tales from the Loop RPG won no less than five ENnies at Gencon last year, including Best Game and Product of the Year. Our other international titles, Mutant: Year Zero, Symbaroum and Coriolis - The Third Horizon, have also earned several awards.
Our upcoming fantasy RPG Forbidden Lands, with art by critically acclaimed artist Simon Stålenhag, 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.
FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING - RPG's
- Forbidden Lands - Rouges & Raiders in a Cursed World (upcoming, december 2018)
- Tales from the Loop - Roleplaying in the '80s That Never Was
- Coriolis - The Third Horizon
- Symbaroum - A Wondrous World of Dark Adventures
- Mutant: Year Zero - Roleplaying at The End of Days
FREE LEAGUE PUBLISHING - ART BOOKS
- Tales from the Loop by Simon Stålenhag
- Things from the Flood by Simon Stålenhag
ABOUT OUR RPGs:
FORBIDDEN LANDS - ROUGES AND RAIDERS IN A CURSED WORLD
[ Upcoming fantasy RPG, 2018 ]
Forbidden Lands is a new take on classic fantasy roleplaying where the player characters are raiders and rogues bent on making their own mark on a cursed world. They will discover lost tombs, fight terrible monsters, wander the wild lands and, if they live long enough, build their own stronghold to defend.
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.
TALES FROM THE LOOP- ROLEPLAYING IN THE '80s THAT NEVER WAS
[ 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.
Now you have the chance to step into the amazing world of the Loop. The Mysteries let the characters encounter the strange machines and weird creatures that have come to haunt the countryside after the Loop was built. The kids get to escape their everyday problems and be part of something meaningful and magical – but also dangerous.
- ADD-ON: Tales from the Loop RPG: Our Friends the Machines - the first official module
CORIOLIS - THE THIRD HORIZON
[ 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.
In this game, you will crew a space ship and travel the Horizon. You will 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. Whatever your calling is, together you will make your own fate. In the end you might even 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
SYMBAROUM - A WONDEROUS WORLD OF DARK ADVENTURES
Symbaroum invites you to join in the adventure! Explore the vast Forest of Davokar in the hunt for treasures, lost wisdoms and fame. Visit the barbarian clans to trade or to plunder their treasuries. Establish a base of power among princes, guilds or rebellious refugees in the capital city of Yndaros. Or survive encounters with Arch Trolls, dark-minded Blight Beasts and undead warlords. 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.
The dark fantasy roleplaying game Symbaroum, highly praised for its captivating setting and evocative art, is available in seven languages and has earned several nominations and awards, including a Best Game nomination at the Origins Awards 2016.
MUTANT: YEAR ZERO - ROLEPLAYING AT THE END OF DAYS
[ 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 twisted, mutated freaks. Your bodies and minds 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 Year Zero: Mechatron - stand-alone expansion
- Mutant Year Zero: 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
Tales from the Loop (art book)
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. These are its strange tales.
Simon Stålenhag’s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts, have spread like wildfire on the Internet. The 2015 Kickstarter for the English version of the book raised over $320,000. 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.
In this artbook, Simon Stålenhag’s first set of paintings are collected in book form—together with texts that tell the stories of the youth who lived in the shadows of the machines.
“Incredible paintings of sci-fi suburbia will make you wish you were Swedish” – THE VERGE
“If you’ve got a geek in your family who needs a Christmas present, this should be it. They’ll love you forever.”– NPR BOOKS
Things from the Flood (art book)
The Loop is closed. Life is returning to normal when the pastoral countryside is suddenly flooded by dark water from the huge abandoned underground facility. Rumors spread in classrooms and schoolyards, stories about the flood and how it has brought something with it. One thing is clear: the past is not ready to be forgotten.
In Simon Stålenhags artbook Things from the Flood, he continues the stories of Tales from the Loop, memories of a Nordic childhood infused with strange machines and weird creatures from other dimensions. In Things from the Flood, Stålenhag moves his focus from the ’80s to the ’90s, the decade of great change when the outside world truly came to Scandinavia. These are tales of the trials of youth, of schoolyard hazings, of first kisses, of finding yourself – and robots.
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.