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​Review copy: Tales from the Loop - Our Friends the Machines

Tales from the Loop - Our Friends the Machines & Other Mysteries is the first official campaign book for the multiple award-winning tabletop RPG published by Free League Publishing. The book includes three mysteries, a new mystery landscape based on iconic 80s songs, machine blueprints and a brand-new Loop map, illustrated by the acclaimed artist Simon Stålenhag.

This is the first campaign book for Tales from the Loop RPG, which scooped no less than five ENnies including Best Game, Best Setting, Best Writing, Best Internal Art and Product of the Year in 2017.

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Tales from the Loop - Our Friends the Machines & Other Mysteries

Toys suddenly developing intelligence. A mystical mummy roaming the beaches. Weird events in the local video store. A mixtape full of mysteries. Four wondrous machines. A guide to creating your own setting for the game. All of this and more is included in this volume.

The campaign book includes:

- Mystery: Our Friends the Machines
A mystery about a product launch of a new line of action toys that suddenly takes a turn to the weird.

- Mystery: Horror Movie Mayhem
The ’80s was the decade of moral panic, when everything new was dangerous and corrupting. In this mystery the Kids will investigate what is really happening in and around the local video store.

- Mystery: The Mummy in the Mist
There are whispering rumors that it is back again. The mummy down by the lake. Roaming the beaches by night, looking for something, hungering after something. It will be up to the Kids to solve this mystery.

- A Mixtape of Mysteries
Eight short mysteries based on classic pop songs from the era.

- Machine Blueprints
Schematics, backgrounds and adventure hooks for four iconic machines from the world of the Loop.

- Guide: Hometown Hack
A guide to creating your own setting for the game.
The guide comes with the Norfolk Broads, a UK-based Loop.

Praise for Tales from the Loop RPG:

“RPG Tales from the Loop lets you channel Stranger Things and ET.”
The Verge

“Tales From The Loop could very well be the RPG phenomenon of 2017.”
Geek & Sundry

"Tales From The Loop, a role-playing game, is what happens when Netflix’s Stranger Things and the Welcome to Night Vale podcast go bump in the night"

"I love it for existing so capably and confidently outside of the RPG norms of sci-fi, fantasy and “the occult”"
Shut Up and Sit Down


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    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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