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Return to Simon Stålenhag's world of the Loop in this new RPG. It's the '90s now, and things are different. This time, you can die.
Return to Simon Stålenhag's world of the Loop in this new RPG. It's the '90s now, and things are different. This time, you can die.
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Things from the Flood - Sequel to Tales from the Loop RPG

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It started on Christmas Day in 1994. Dark water suddenly rose from the land, invading our homes and lives. They say it came from the depths inside the Loop. Whatever it was the Flood changed everything. Nothing would ever be the same again.

Welcome back to the Loop. Things are different now. 

In 2017, we released Tales from the Loop the tabletop roleplaying game based on Stålenhag’s first art book. That game was an instant hit, selling out its two initial print runs and winning no less than five ENnies (including Best Game and Product of the Year) as well as three Golden Geek Awards (including Best RPG).

Now, it’s time to return to the Loop and continue the story. In Things from the Flood you play Teens in the 1990s – a decade of change and disaster. You're still balancing day to day life with solving exciting mysteries with your friends. But this is a darker time, and the stakes are higher.

We are the Free League, creators and publishers of roleplaying games such as Mutant: Year Zero, Coriolis - The Third Horizon, Tales from the Loop and Forbidden Lands. As well as the original publishers of Simon Stålenhag’s art books. The lead writer of this book is the seasoned Swedish game writer Nils Hintze, backed up by the entire Free League team who handle project management, editing, and graphic design. 

The vast majority of the art in the game is done by Simon Stålenhag himself. Most of the art will be drawn from the pages of the Things from the Flood artbook - many scenarios in the game are based directly on illustrations in the artbook - but the RPG will contain some new original art as well, including the cover image.

The book will have approximately 200 pages, in the US Letter format.

Tales from the Loop Backer? If you backed the original Tales from the Loop RPG back in late 2016, you will get a PDF of the Things from the Flood core book, including the digital stretch goals in this Kickstarter, at no extra cost. You can still join this Kickstarter to get the printed book.

Things are different now. 

The world does not seem so innocent anymore. 

Its the ‘90s and the once mighty Loop has been shut down, the experiment abandonded and the land bought by Krafta, a powerful corporation. You are no Kids anymore, but Teens trying to find your way in a decade of change – both within and around you. 

The Flood has transformed the once pastoral islands into a dark marshland. Some say that the dark water pouring out of the ground comes from within the Loop itself. Machines are afflicted by a strange virus turning them unreliable and dangerous. 

Still, your lives go on as before. You go to school, fall miserably in love, try to do everything possible to fend off boredom. When you hear about other teens going missing, and even turning up dead, you realize its time to gather the group again.

One way or another you fill find out what these Things from the Flood really are. 

You play Teens growing up in the 1990s, trying to balance everyday life while at the same time solving dark mysteries together with your friends. 

The core of the game is the same as in Tales from the Loop, but the themes are different. Gone are the childlike tales of wonder and discovery, in their place are dark threats to the Teens and their world. Everything is changing, everything is falling apart. Figuring out how to deal with this is a big part of the game. 

You are no kid anymore, the world is both more exciting and more dangerous. Teenagers can get hurt – and even die. The stakes are higher than ever.

Both! Things from the Flood expands the scope of Tales from the Loop to the 1990s. You can continue your campaign with the Kids from the original game or create brand new player characters. We call it a "standalone expansion" because everything that is needed to play the game is included in the book. That’s right, no previous experience is needed at all, just get the book and start playing right away.

If you’ve read and played the Tales from the Loop RPG, you will find yourself right at home, this book expands the setting and introduces new exciting mysteries and threats to explore. 

The game engine of Things from the Flood is the same as the one for Tales from the Loop RPG and is based on our previous game Mutant: Year Zero, that was awarded with a Silver ENnie for Best Rules at Gencon 2015.

The core mechanic is the same: To make a skill roll, you simply grab a number of dice for your attribute score, skill level and gear, and roll them all together. You need at least one six to succeed, and extra sixes can give you stunts and other bonus effects.

Things from the Flood will be available in two languages: English and Swedish. The Swedish title of the game will be Flodskörden and you will be able to choose your preferred language in the pledge manager once the Kickstarter has concluded.

With your help, we can make Things from the Flood even more amazing. Below are the stretch goals we have lined up if we exceed our initial funding goal.

STRETCH GOAL 1: HARDCOVER BOOK – UNLOCKED! 

If we reach this goal, we will print Things from the Flood core RPG book with a top-quality hardback cover.

STRETCH GOAL 2: UPDATED MAP OF MÄLARÖARNA – UNLOCKED!

If we reach this goal, we will print a updated large full-color map of Mälaröarna, the main game setting. A map of Boulder City, Nevada (the US setting) will be added to the flip side of the map. This physical reward will be included in pledge level ROCKER and above.

STRETCH GOAL 3: MYSTERY STORY "THE UGLINESS" - UNLOCKED!

If we hit this mark, we will include the mystery “The Ugliness” in the core rulebook. In this mystery a strange disease affects the inhabitants of the area, changing their appearance for the worse. Written by lead writer Nils Hintze.

STRETCH GOAL 4: DICE TRAY – UNLOCKED!

If we hit this goal, we will produce a beautiful and practical dice tray, perfect for you dramatic dice pool rolls! This physical reward will be included in pledge level ROCKER and above.

STRETCH GOAL 5: MYSTERY STORY "THE TRAVELER" – UNLOCKED! 

If we hit this mark, we will include the mystery “The Traveler” in the core rule book. A mystery where different realities collide and the Teens are taken on a mindbending ride. Written by lead writer Nils Hintze.

STRETCH GOAL 6: MYSTERY LANDSCAPE – UNLOCKED! 

If we hit this mark, you will get a complete mystery landscape included in the core rulebook - this is an open scenario setting, that lets the characters explore the mysteries of the Loop in a sandbox manner, written by lead writer Nils Hintze.

STRETCH GOAL 7: MYSTERY STORY "ASH TO ETERNITY" – UNLOCKED!

If we hit this mark, we will include the mystery “Ash to Eternity” in the core rule book. In this mystery the Teens will confront the horrible Machine Cancer and its effects and may be able to solve the mystery once and for all. Written by lead writer Nils Hintze.

STRETCH GOAL 8: ROBOT BLUEPRINTS (PDF) – UNLOCKED!

We will have an artist create detailed blueprints of two robot models drawn from the pages of Simon Stålenhag’s artbooks. Each blueprint will come with a text about the robot model and its history, as well as story hooks with suggestions on how to use it in play. This PDF stretch goal is included for all backers on the SEEKER level and above.

STRETCH GOAL 9: GM SCREEN – UNLOCKED!

If we reach this goal, we will publish a high quality, deluxe GM Screen with Simon Stålenhag’s art on the outside and useful tables on the inside. This physical reward will be included in pledge level ROCKER and above.

STRETCHGOAL 10: MYSTERY: “THE ANIMAL ARK” – UNLOCKED! 

If we hit this mark, you will get “The Animal Ark” an extra mystery, written by game writer Rickard Antroia (Emissary Lost). This mystery can be played with both Things from the Flood and Tales from the Loop RPG. This reward will be available in PDF format to all backers on the SEEKER reward level and above.

STRETCHGOAL 11: MYSTERY: “SUMMER CAMP” – UNLOCKED! 

If we hit this mark, you will get “Summer Camp” an extra mystery, written by Rickard Antroia (Emissary Lost). This mystery can be played with both Things from the Flood and Tales from the Loop RPG. This reward will be available in PDF format to all backers on the SEEKER reward level and above.

STRETCHGOAL 12: MYSTERY: “THE STORM IN THE HOURGLASS” – UNLOCKED!

If we hit this mark, you will get “The Storm in the Hourglass” an extra mystery, written by Rickard Antroia (Emissary Lost). This mystery can be played with both Things from the Flood and Tales from the Loop RPG. This reward will be available in PDF format to all backers on the SEEKER reward level and above.

STRETCHGOAL 13: EXTRA MYSTERY LANDSCAPE – UNLOCKED!

If we hit this mark, you will get “Classified” - a bonus mystery landscape. This is an open scenario setting, that lets the characters explore the mysteries of the Loop in a sandbox manner, written by Rickard Antroia (Emissary Lost). This mystery landscape can be played with both Things from the Flood and Tales from the Loop RPG. This reward will be available in PDF format to all backers on the SEEKER reward level and above.

STRETCHGOAL 14: PRINTED CAMPAIGN BOOK – UNLOCKED!

If we reach this goal we will compile the three mysteries and the mystery landscape written by Rickard Antroia (Emissary Lost) into a printed hardcover book. This physical reward will be included in pledge levels ROCKER and above.

STRETCHGOAL 15: BONUS ARCHETYPE “THE PARTY ANIMAL” – UNLOCKED!

If we reach this goal, we will add an extra playable and illustrated archetype to the game (in addition to the eight new ones already planned for the Things from the Flood core book). You all know this type, if not from real life then from movies. The Party Animal is the eternal trickster, always looking for fun, always looking for the next kick.

STRETCHGOAL 16: ROBOT SKETCHES – UNLOCKED!

If we reach this goal, we will include a set of sketches by Simon Stålenhag in the core book, never previously published. This section will consist of robots together with short texts that detail their origins and purpose in the game world. 

STRETCHGOAL 17: BONUS ARCHETYPE “THE OUTSIDER” – UNLOCKED!

If we reach this goal, we will add second bonus archetype to the game. The Outsider is the mysterious one, always keeping to herself, always living on the edge.

STRETCHGOAL 18: EXTRA MACHINE SKETCH SECTION – UNLOCKED!

If we reach this goal, we will include a set of sketches by Simon Stålenhag in the core book, never previously published. This section will consist of machines together with short texts that detail their origins and purpose in the game world.

STRETCHGOAL 19: NEW DICE SET – UNLOCKED

If we reach this goal we will produce a new set of engraved custom dice, usable with both Things from the Flood and Tales from the Loop. One dice set (of ten dice) will be included in pledge level ROCKER and above.

STRETCHGOAL 20: ADDITIONAL ART – UNLOCKED! 

If we reach this goal, we will expand the core book with a set of Simon Stålenhag paintings, never before published in print, from the Things from the Flood era. 

STRETCHGOAL 21: MYSTERY GENERATOR – UNLOCKED!

If we reach this goal, we will expand the printed campaign book with a complete Mystery Generator, written by Rickard Antroia. With these handy tables and tools, you will be able to create your own Mystery on the fly. 

STRETCHGOAL 22: MIXTAPE OF MYSTERIES – UNLOCKED! 

If we reach this goal, lead game writer Nils Hintze will write a Mixtape of Mysteries, a collection of adventure seeds based on hit songs from the ‘90s. The mixtape of mysteries will be included in the printed campaign book.

Below is a summary of what is included in the different pledge levels that you can choose between.

You can complete your pledge with additional products, at a discounted price. These will be delivered together with your copy of Things from the Flood core book, at no extra shipping cost. You can only order physical addons if you are a backer at STREET KID level or above. 

To buy an addon, click the "Manage My Pledge" button and increase your pledge manually with the total cost (in SEK) for all the addons you want. After this Kickstarter is over, there will be a pledge manager in which you can mark which addons you want.

EXTRA COPY OF THE CORE BOOK - 350 SEK

An additional physical copy of the Things from the Flood core book, standard edition. A map of the campaign setting is included. This book is available in English or in Swedish. You can indicate which version you want in the backer survey after the campaign is over.

THINGS FROM THE FLOOD GM SCREEN - 150 SEK

A sturdy GM screen with a beautiful painting by Simon Stålenhag on one side and practical tables and information on the other. Updated to be used with the rule set in Things from the Flood.

DICE SET - 150 SEK

A set of 10 high quality custom dice themed with Krafta red color.

DICE TRAY - 100 SEK

A very practical and mobile dice tray with a Things from the Flood theme. This square folding dice tray, made from quality printed neoprene - similar to a trading card game playmat or a mouse mat. Plastic snaps on the corners allow you to pinch the edges to create a tray to soften the clatter of dice and contain your rolls. When stowed away, fold in half and use the snaps for a narrow, wallet-like profile that fits perfectly inside your bag, or game box.


EXTRA COPY OF PRINTED CAMPAIGN BOOK – 150 SEK

An extra copy of the hardcover printed campaign module including three mysteries, a mystery landscape, and other stretch goals unlocked in this Kickstarter.

THINGS FROM THE FLOOD POSTER - 150 SEK 

A large (70 x 100 cm) poster featuring Simon Stålenhag’s new cover art for the Things from the Flood RPG core book.

TALES FROM THE LOOP RPG POSTER - 100 SEK 

A large (70 x 100 cm) poster featuring Simon Stålenhag’s cover art for the Tales from the Loop RPG.

TALES FROM THE LOOP RPG - 300 SEK

The award-winning game that started it all, in physical book format and PDF. Available in English or Swedish.

TALES FROM THE LOOP RPG – GM SCREEN - 150 SEK

A top quality, deluxe Gamemaster Screen in landscape format for the Tales of the Loop roleplaying game. It features Simon Stålenhag’s awesome art on the outside and a host of useful tables and important information on the inside while keeping the gamemaster’s plans hidden from the eyes of inquisitive players. Available in English or Swedish.

CUSTOM TALES FROM THE LOOP DICE SET - 150 SEK

A set of 10 awesome-looking engraved custom dice, designed specifically for the Tales from the Loop RPG, and produced by the awesome team at Q-Workshop. These 16 mm special dice are designed to support the game mechanics but can be used as normal six-sided dice as well.

TALES FROM THE LOOP RPG - SETTING MAP - 50 SEK

A large full-color map of Mälaren Islands, the main game setting of the Tales from the Loop RPG. On the flip side there is a map of the alternative US game setting, based on Boulder City, Nevada.

OUR FRIENDS THE MACHINES EXPANSION - 200 SEK

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 first official module for the multiple award-winning Tales from the Loop RPG. In physical book format and PDF. Available in English or Swedish.

THINGS FROM THE FLOOD ARTBOOK - 300 SEK 

In his second artbook, Simon Stålenhag continues the stories of Tales from the Loop. 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. This book is available in English or in Swedish. You can indicate which version you want in the backer survey after the campaign is over.

TALES FROM THE LOOP ARTBOOOK - 300 SEK

In this top-quality 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. This book is available in English or in Swedish. You can indicate which version you want in the backer survey after the campaign is over.

THINGS FROM THE FLOOD POSTER 1 - Deadfish - 100 SEK

A poster of the "Deadfish" image from the Things from the Flood artbook in 70 x 70 cm format printed on thick, high quality paper. It will be shipped rolled.

THINGS FROM THE FLOOD POSTER 2 - LIAM - 100 SEK

A poster of the "Liam" image from the Things from the Flood artbook in 70 x 70 cm format printed on thick, high quality paper. It will be shipped rolled.

THINGS FROM THE FLOOD POSTER 3 - UMBRELLA - 100 SEK

A poster of the "Umbrella" image from the Things from the Flood artbook in 70 x 70 cm format printed on thick, high quality paper. It will be shipped rolled.

TALES FROM THE LOOP POSTER 1 - REMOTE GLOVE - 100 SEK

A poster of the "Remote Glove" image from Tales from the Loop in the large 70 x 100 cm format printed on thick, high quality paper. It will be shipped rolled.

TALES FROM THE LOOP POSTER 2 - GAUSS FREIGHTER - 100 SEK 

A poster of the " Gauss Freighter" image from Tales from the Loop in the large 70 x 100 cm format printed on thick, high quality paper. It will be shipped rolled.

TALES FROM THE LOOP POSTER 3 - ICE CREAM TRUCK - 100 SEK

A poster of the "Ice Cream Truck" image from Tales from the Loop in the large 70 x 100 cm format printed on thick, high quality paper. It will be shipped rolled.

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. The outside world is unknown to you, and so is your origin. Available in English. A complete PDF is included.

MUTANT: GENLAB ALPHA CORE BOOK - 300 SEK

After the great apocalypse, researchers in underground enclaves tried to breed a new being, splicing human and animal DNA, creating a beast strong enough to survive in the devastated world. The enclaves have fallen – but the animals’ fight for freedom has only just begun. Mutant: Genlab Alpha is a stand-alone expansion to Mutant: Year Zero. A complete PDF is included. Available in English or Swedish.

MUTANT: MECHATRON CORE BOOK - 300 SEK

In the huge underwater Mechatron-7 facility, armies of machines toil away in decaying factories. The last humans left decades ago. Now, something is changing. The robots are starting to malfunction. To rebel. To Awake. Mutant: Mechatron is a stand-alone expansion to Mutant: Year Zero. A complete PDF is included. Available in English or Swedish.

CORIOLIS: THE THIRD HORIZON RPG - 350 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 called The Third Horizon. A complete PDF is included. Available in English or Swedish.

 FORBIDDEN LANDS RPG - 350 SEK

In Forbidden Lands, the player characters are not heroes sent on missions dictated by others - instead, they 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. A complete PDF is included. Available in English or Swedish.

The acclaimed artist, concept designer and author of the art books Tales from the Loop (2015), Things from the Flood (2016) and The Electric State (2017). Simon Stålenhag is best known for his highly imaginative images and stories portraying illusive sci-fi phenomena in mundane, hyper-realistic Scandinavian landscapes (expanded into America in his latest book The Electric State). Tales from the Loop was ranked by The Guardian as one of the “10 Best Dystopias,” in the company of works such as Franz Kafka’s The Trial and Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca.

Not only have Stålenhag’s unique and cinematic images earned him a worldwide fan base, but have also made him a go-to storyteller, concept artist and illustrator for both the film and computer gaming industry. This year it was announced that The Electric State will be turned into a major motion picture and Amazon Prime ordered a full season of a TV show based on Tales from the Loop.

During his twelve years as a game writer, Nils Hintze has written a great number of scenarios, articles and reviews, as well as being the main author of critically praised and award winning Tales from the Loop roleplaying game. Previously he has written plays for theatre groups.

Nils is known for his ability to create scenarios which allow the players to explore their characters and their relationships while facing dangers and solving mysteries. The conflicts in his games are often built on personal dilemmas, where thrill and mystery is not seldom mixed with humor.

Nils is educated in creative writing, but he normally works as a psychologist. Nils is also one of the three creators of the Swedish role-playing podcast Podcon.

Free League Publishing is the international name of Swedish game and book publisher Fria Ligan AB. Since 2011 we have produced a range of pen and paper RPG's, and have won several awards in the process.

Our first international game, Mutant: Year Zero, co-published with Modiphius Entertainment, was awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules at Gencon 2015. Last year Tales from the Loop won five Gold ENnies (including Best Game and Product of the Year) as well as three Golden Geek awards. We have also created and published Coriolis - The Third Horizon (2017) and Forbidden Lands (2018).

Our Kickstarter fulfillment and shipping is handled by GamesQuest in the UK, and we have a partnership with Modiphius Entertainment for international retail distribution.

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We have completed several successful kickstarters and have solid experience in the field. The text is already written, editing is under way and almost all of the artwork is done - all we need to finish is the layout, printing and shipping.

We have learnt much from previous kickstarter campaigns, and now have a new and well functioning distribution system. Our international distribution and shipping is handled by the excellent people at GamesQuest in the UK.

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