Tales From The Loop – The Board Game plus Invasive Species and The Runaway expansions, boxed board game
“The landscape was full of machines and scrap metal connected to the facility in one way or another. Always present on the horizon were the colossal cooling towers of the Bona Reactor, with their green obstruction lights. If you put your ear to the ground, you could hear the heartbeat of the Loop – the purring of the Gravitron, the central piece of engineering magic that was the focus of the Loop’s experiments.
In 1954, the Swedish 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 Stockholm. 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! You can either play through one of the branching scenarios – ranging from alien plantlife to visitors from the past – or choose a more sandbox experience using the game’s Mystery Islands mode.
Scenarios vary in length from 90-120 minutes and you can play solo, by controlling two Kids, all the way up to five players. Each turn in the game represents a day in the life of the Kids and starts with them meeting up at school. There they will pick up new rumours and plan their actions for the coming day. Once the bell rings and school’s out, they are free to roam the islands, either investigating the mysteries and rumours available, or simply taking care of chores (or both!).
Each Kid has a certain amount of Time available to them as they take their turn, which they can spend freely and in any order desired. In effect all player turns are integrated: you don’t have to sit and wait for your turn to come around, but can move about together with the others. And sticking together is wise when facing tougher challenges as you can help each other out and even combine your items for new abilities that can completely bypass a challenge!
At the end of the day it’s important to be home in time for dinner and homework. You can stay out longer, but that could mean losing some privileges (like getting that critical car ride!) or even becoming grounded…
Bring your best friends and go out and explore the mysteries of the Loop!
Playtime: 1.5h – 2h per scenario
Simon Stålenhag is the internationally lauded artist & 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, Free League 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 has launched on Amazon Prime Video. Now the time has come to return to The Loop in the board game based on Simon Stålenhag’s stunning retro scifi world.”
There was talk of prehistoric monsters in the woods. Eddies swirled in spacetime, portals between our time and the past, in the wake of cosmic energies. A bridge had been created, allowing creatures from another time to travel to our world. Someone had found an empty lot covered in desert sand. A shoal of trilobites lay twitching on the roof of the school gymnasium. There were even rumours that the boy who lived with his mother in the lonely house, down by Lennartsvägen, had a pet dinosaur in the hen house.
Expand your Tales From the Loop – The Board Game experience with some invasive species from the late Cretaceous! The school is buzzing with wild rumours about how the ice cream truck was attacked and the driver… eaten?!
This expansion for Tales From the Loop – The Board Game contains a masterfully designed miniature of a Gorgosaurus Libratus as depicted in the art by Simon Stålenhag, as well as a completely new scenario featuring it, and all the cards and sheets needed to bring it into your game.”
“It stood under the oak tree in the yard – an oily, sad little tin can thing, its head partially entangled in some sort of canvas cover. It had discovered me and stood perfectly still, its head fixed in my direction. As I approached, it rocked nervously to and fro where it stood. It flinched, rustling its wiring, each time the snow crunched underneath my boots. Soon I was close, so close I could reach the cover hanging from one of its lenses. I leaned forward, managed to get hold of the canvas, and yanked it off. The optics underneath it quickly focused. It was marked FOA on the side, which meant this was an escapee from Munsö. Then our front door rattled, and with three quick bounds the robot was gone. The door opened and there, on the steps, stood my father.
Expand your Tales From the Loop – The Board Game experience with this runaway machine! For the past week black vans and agents in suits have been seen in the area around the Loop. Rumors have it that they are searching for a spy…
This expansion for Tales From the Loop – The Board Game contains a masterfully designed miniature of the Runaway machine as depicted in the art by Simon Stålenhag, as well as a completely new scenario featuring it, and all the cards and sheets needed to bring it into your game.”