I'm looking forward to using the system. To see what your friends thought of this book. There is not story as such, it is a series of paintings with explanatory notes about the author's childhood in Sweden around The Loop, with all of the bizarre sci-of machinery and peculiar dimensional disturbances associated with it. GMs can set the action in either Stålenhag's original location(s) in rural Sweden, west of Stockholm, or else use the alternative American location set in Boulder City, Nevada (near the actual Hoover Dam). Many characters are curious and kind, while others are more complex. As a child of the 80s in Sweden I was completely spellbound with so many of the little details in this book. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Simon Stålenhag never grew up. Tales From the Loop is a sci-fi anthology that uses genre tropes to tell stories about the human condition, resulting in a richly rewarding show. It takes a really charming, inventive setting, and gives you the tools to play around in it. Both books tell great stories about growing up and the mysteries inherent in that but book 2 (Things From the Flood) I found to hit me harder. Tales from the Loop by Simon Stalenhag is such a book. Great artwork and pleasurable with a good GM. However, I fully expect to revisit this book countless times to pore over the images again and again. Breathtaking. Tales From the Loop Review: A Haunting and Largely Promising Sci-Fi Tale. I even like the semi-exotic setting of Sweden (or Nevada). We’d love your help. A collection of beautiful digital paintings of rural Sweden in the eighties, crossed with science fiction buildings, robots, vehicles, and the occasional dinosaur. Efter sitt genombrott 2013 har Stålenhag publicerat två böcker om ett alternativt 1980- och 90-tal på Mälaröarna utanför Stockholm. Based on episodes sent to critics, Nathaniel Halpern's adaptation of Stålenhag's book Tales From the Loop, a collection of those paintings, settles on something closer to the former. Beautifully created and well put-together book. The whole book up until they introduce the Four Seasons of Mad Science campaign seems mostly whimsical, light on mature themes and generally unique, different from many other RPGs. If you like sci-fi and you are willing to just gaze and let your fantasy burst, you won't be disappointed. Welcome back. Some of the system stuff is less appealing, and though I am currently running the game for my group we have skipped a few of the mechanics in places. Now you can create your own 80's adventure with the Goonies flair in an alternative world. It’s a journey through the fields and suburbs of a Sweden in the aftermath of a giant science project. Exquisite paintings and human centered stories by the artist ‘from a childhood that never was and a future that could have been’. One of the most fun and evocative RPG books I've read in a long time, "Tales from the Loop" seems almost tailor made for me. Very weird vaguely fantastical art with snippets of story. if you have seen the Netflix series Stranger Things and now you want more? The MSRP for the print version is $9.95; a bargain! Books that blur the line between reality and fiction are those that I find most interesting. 2015 It's mostly a picture book of an alternate history where a particle accelerator in Sweden called "The Loop" unlocks futuristic technologies that seem impossible. Or are they just generally brilliant? The author weaves in a crafty narrative along with compelling, out of this world artwork to tell a tale of weird technology and how the citizens interact with it. The 80s that never was. A somewhat diverse cast, despite taking place in a small town. It really feels like the author grew up amongst the technology of The Loop. Well, Tales From The Day is available for order at retailers such as amazon.com as well as at barnesandnoble.com and at independent bookstores nationwide. Diverse voices and sparkling debuts dominate today's contemporary short story collections. This book is every bit as gorgeous as the KS showed. Disturbing. This book is well worth the price and deserves a nice. Players create tween and teen characters between the ages of 10 and 15 and must solve personal problems and unravel mysteries spun by the GM. His book. "Tales from the Loop" is utterly fascinating. The depth and realism of such an alternative history is astounding, particularly considering the details are relatively scarce. Absolutely fantastic, would recommend heartily. The background and setting is top notch, especially if you regard it as 'reality imagined by kids' rather than the absolute truth of the world. Season 1 Review: Tales from the Loop is that rare sci-fi show: one that trusts us to breathe in deep the oddities of its world, accept that we aren’t going to know everything, and climb aboard anyways. Tales from the Loop is a drama television series based on the art of Simon Stålenhag that was released on Prime Video.The series was inspired by Stålenhag's narrative artbook Tales from the Loop and was released on April 3, 2020.. The whole book up until they introduce the Four Seasons of Mad Science campaign seems mostly whimsical, light on mature themes and generally unique, different from many other RPGs. Some people fall in love. Excellent setting, great art, rules that seem simple but a great support for the narrative. Science fiction, fantasy & skräck av svenska författare, 17 Contemporary Short Story Collections to Devour. In the three episodes I was given to review (the season’s first, fourth, and sixth), Tales from the Loop spins Steven Spielberg’s Amblin yarns in their most mature form. The artwork was phenomenal, the story intriguing, and I'm super excited for the next ones. One of the most fun and evocative RPG books I've read in a long time, "Tales from the Loop" seems almost tailor made for me. Basically how to play yourself into those 80s coming if age sci-fi movies we all loved. The rules are much more simple than something like D&D or Starfinder, and there's a focus on role playing and interaction that reminds me of group therapy, in a good way. Loved it. We’d love your help. This is a first class Rpg system. The chapters are really just sketches of stories for the most part, a few paragraphs or a few pages. GMs can set the action in either Stålenhag's original location(s) in rural Sweden, west of Stockholm, or else use the alternative American location set in Boulder City, Nevada (near the actual Hoover Dam). Wonderful game concept and world building. … Welcome back. And some people fall in love with books about falling in love. Especially great if you were a kid in the 80s or if you are a fan of the 80s. The townspeople who live above "The Loop," a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe, experience things previously consigned to the realm of science fiction. I could even see it working in some other games I might run, like "Call of Cthulhu." Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Sci-fi suburbia in Sweden. Things that cannot be explained easily keep happening in their neighborhood. This book is about feelings and nostalgia, shards of stories add to stirring art. The facility was complete in 1969, located deep below the pastoral countryside of Mälaröarna. Gateway into the world of role playing. There's so much to love about this. The images are breathtaking, accompanied by small texts and stories about growing up and the wonders and magic of childhood. 2017 Den ansedda tidningen The Guardian kora. To see what your friends thought of this book, Tales from the Loop: Roleplaying in the '80s That Never Was. Although I did not back the project, I'm glad it's And if it has one great asset, that is the atmosphere: alien, strange and eerie. Skøn lille rollespils bog. Excellent setting, great art, rules that seem simple but a great support for the narrative. You're likely adults or teens, playing as kids or young teens. And the setting is wonderfully weird and nostalgic. Would give this a thousand stars if I could. Refresh and try again. I got this on the strength of Stålenhag's paintings, which I'd seen online and made up a completely different backstory for (standard dystopian scifi). Inspired by the Science Fiction artwork & storytelling of Simon Stålenhag, this tabletop RPG core rulebook has all the instructions players and GM's alike will need for crafting their own collaborative role playing game sessions set in this fictional 80s that never was. Tales from the Loop review: more than just Amazon's Stranger Things. The series debuted in more than 200 countries and territories. Both emotionally and visually. Stålenhag provides an entire backstory and science to explain the juxtaposition of bucolic fields and familiar 1980's staples--car models, architecture--with the cryptic, chunky industrial technology. There's also a way of telling the story, through 'scenes' that I find intriguing, and would very much like to use. The paper quality is especially outstanding. These are its strange tales. Not what I was expecting and certainly not what I was hoping to get out of the book. The rules are much more simple than something like D&D or Starfinder, and there's a focus on role playing and interaction that reminds me of group therapy, in a good way. Inspired by the Science Fiction artwork & storytelling of Simon Stålenhag, this tabletop RPG core rulebook has all the instructions players and GM's alike will need for crafting their own collaborative role playing game sessions set in this fictional 80s that never was. review of another edition. This has to be one of the best gateway role playing games for beginners, yet still very engaging for more experienced gamers. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The game mechanics are simple, characters and story take precedence over dice rolling. Amazing world building and a game design that encourages really immersive storytelling from players. Petty I know but anyone who has an older brother or sister will agree with there are times it just has to be done. The Season 1 finale of Tales From The Loop attempts to wrap everything up with a neat little bow but in doing so, leaves plenty of threads dangling over this topsy turvy season. by Free League Publishing. Can't wait to get my hands on the full release, so much gorgeous artwork and a deceptively simple system. Another fine work by this Swedish artist and author. "Tales from the Loop" is utterly fascinating. But I'd recommend both books wholeheartedly. In 1954, the Swedish government ordered the construction of the world’s largest particle accelerator. The book really takes you into Simon’s fantasy world and leaves you wishing you never grew up as well. The game mechanics are simple, characters and story take precedence over dice rolling. I cant wait to get a group together to try playing. It feels like all those kid adventure movies I watched and loved, but also like all those Stephen King adaptations, and "Stranger Things," and all that. Amazingly creative and at times downright creepy. Living in a government-sponsored science experiment/energy-producing facility, these memories never existed but are made up. I want to put together my own Loop location and run a Mystery Landscape for sure. Stålenhag provides an entire backstory and science to explain the juxtaposition of bucolic fields and familiar 1980's staples--car models, architecture--with the cryptic, chunky industrial technology. The story sort of sneaks up on you but then hits like a ton of bricks. Tales From The Loop – Review Images Provided by Modiphius. Simon Stålenhag never grew up. The game mechanics are simple, characters and story take precedence over dice rolling. Tales From the Loop is an emotional sci-fi binge for a hopeless time In the middle of a pandemic so devastating we can only imagine life to look bleaker when it's over. It is all a worms-eye view of this alternate Simon growing up around the Loop industry, with child adventures and emotions and tall tales shared from friends and associates. If done well, it's so easy to get lost in the worlds and stories that are created. How about that for a niche? Tales from the Loop is maybe best understood as visual art, rather than a conventional narrative. Tales from your Childhood that never were—A review of Tales from the Loop – Roleplaying in the '80s That Never Was, the award roleplaying game published by Modiphius Entertainment. Although some of the mysteries that the kids face and the problems they have can be scary and dark, there's always a feeling of hope. There's also a way of telling the story, through 'scenes' that I find intriguing, and would very much like to use. Not all is trustworthy but was still dutifully and gorgeously illustrated. The result is an eerie world of the 1960/70s (similar to the Netflix series DARK). Konstnären och författaren Simon Stålenhag är mest känd för sina digitala målningar som ofta visar vardagliga scener med fantastiska inslag. Writing for Slashfilm, Hoai-Tran Bui thinks the show explores "universal elements of grief, aging, parenthood, loneliness, and love" but also that it "often toes the line between beguiling and boring". The images in this book is nothing short of amazing. In general, this is a great corebook - but I'm ducking a single star for the weirdly off-theme adventure ideas. Simon Stalenhåg is an artist whose work occasionally surfaces around the internet, often bereft of its creator’s name or any context. These accompanying anecdotes shift the imagery from merely alt-history, retrofuture weird into the realm of wistful and nostalgic and perhaps a little impish. Den giver mig VIRKELIGT mange ideer til rollespil, men igen - den rammer også..den perfekte Stephen King'ske og -Spielberg'ske feel, som jeg elsker så højt. Especially if they have a story to go with them. The game engine is light and modern, and the production values and artwork superb. The local population called this marvel of technology The Loop. Amazon adapts Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag's narrative art book into a striking new sci-fi series. Simon Stålenhag has my full attention. I loved both books in this series. I might have tossed a copy of the character sheet in earlier, but now I'm quibbling. We haven't finished with all the campaigns in the book (we take our time, despite 3 of the 4 campaigns saying they can be completed in one session LOL no, it took one session to tame a bird, which wasn't even part of the mission, but you know how it goes), but I finally finished reading it all, and hoo boy do my players have some shocking events to look forward to. Breathtaking. Tales from the Loop is a game about playing kids in the “80’s that never was”. Layout is exceptional and I would consider this the new gold standard for RPGs. There are actually some pretty dark and rough themes and concepts sprinkled throughout, stuff that a kid might find pretty disturbing. He kept his imagination and creativity from his childhood and created these beautiful and mysterious paintings about retro-futuristic Swedish landscapes. The rules are flexible enough for GMs to set the fictional locale anywhere in the world, with modest tweaks. TL;DR: This is an evocative and fun game fuelled by nostalgia and SF tropes. He beautifully illustrates the fear and pride that the Cold War inspired, and the war’s slow, uneventful death. I've been running this RPG for a few months now, and I love it. The local population called this marvel of technology The Loop. Not all is trustworthy but was still dutifully and gorgeously illustrated. But you can see in them how the gorgeous, haunting TV series was lifted up and spun into gold luminescence from these sturdy bones. According to The Verge 's Joshua Rivera, "Tales from the Loop is so pretty it breaks your heart." I could even see it working in some other games I might run, like "Call of Cthulhu." 181p "beta" PDF - looking much better, more polished and complete. Ur varselklotet (2014) och Flodskörden (2016) har hyllats både i Sverige och utomlands. The setting is a beautiful rendition of a fantasy 80s childhood. Stalenhag pairs eerie paintings with recollections of an alternate Sweden where the remains of science fiction industry jut from fields, robots and dinosaurs wander, and kids go home to play Sega. The book and artwork have a very Stranger Things feel because it's set in the 80's and deals with the fantastic. That trust, built with its tactful scene-setting and human-sized troubles, allows for easy investment in deceivingly simple dramas. I can't get enough of these books. Start by marking “Tales from the Loop: Roleplaying in the '80s That Never Was” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Tales From the Loop is a gorgeous, hardcover book filled with 125 pages of art and story (the result of an enormously successful Kickstarter). By Cynthia Vinney Mar 28, 2020 Amazon Prime Video’s Tales From the Loop is a show that’s a lot easier to experience than it is to describe. This is one the books that you can easily read in one sitting. The combination evokes a strange feeling of nostalgia and displacement. Start by marking “Tales from the Loop” as Want to Read: Error rating book. This is an amazing read! "The Goonies" holds up, by the way. As is typical of his work, the tableau is unassuming, suburban, retro, and yet his scenes are adorned with monolithic alien architectures that could only be born of the question many a tired teacher told us not to ask back in grade school: “What if….?”. Den ansedda tidningen The Guardian korade Ur varselklotet till en av tidernas bästa dystopier, i sällskap med Franz Kafkas Processen och Andrew Niccols Gattaca. I read them out of order but I don't necessarily think that affects the experience. Simple, easy to run. Violence. ... Based on Simon Stålenhag's art book and tabletop role-playing game … This is an amazing read! One unique aspect of this RPG is that PC's cannot die, it's against the rules & spirit of the game. It is the first television series in history to be adapted from digital paintings. I recommend watching sample "play throughs" that various gaming groups have posted to their YouTube channel to get a better "feel" for the game. Tales from the Loop is an understated work in a time when more muted stories are easily swallowed up in the wealth of available options. In an alternate world, a huge particle accelerator has been created called the Loop. I agree with the other reviewers about the incredible artwork in this book, but the game itself it equally amazing. The system is clean and narrative with less reliance on rules as on story. This book is well worth the price and deserves a nice and clear place in your bookshelves so it’s always in sight. Efter sitt genombrott 2013 har Stålenhag publicerat två böcker om ett alternativt 1980- och 90-tal på Mälaröarna utanför Stockholm. Actually, there's more of a bargain than that--both Amazon and Barnes and Noble sell the electronic version for less ($7.95). ‘Tales From the Loop’: TV Review Amazon. And I had to start watching a bunch of the classics. There is not story as such, it is a series of paintings with explanatory notes about the author's childhood in Sweden around The Loop, with all of the bizarre sci-of machinery and peculiar dimensional disturbances associated with it. Some people love books. Tales From the Loop is based on paintings created by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag for his 2014's narrative art book of the same name. Seeing past the ‘boring flatness’ … detail from a painting in Tales from the Loop. The PCs can be put in grave danger, can be scared catatonic, etc, but death is not in the cards, but failure definitely is. The book and artwork have a very Stranger Things feel because it's set in the 80's and deals with the fantastic. Players create tween an. There is a lot to love about this sourcebook. Tales From The Loop's slow, cerebral sci-fi is perfect pandemic TV By Stuart McGurk 3 April 2020 Amazon Prime's latest - Tales From The Loop - is … The book really takes you into Simon’s fantasy world and leaves you wishing you never grew up as well. Tales from the Loop Review (Spoiler-Free) Tales from the Loop tells deeply emotional anthology stories with a sci-fi twist in a small town built above a … Simple and looks to be fun, although the included adventures are pretty goofy. A fantastic RPG treatment of outstanding art. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I'd like to think this book LOOKS like my novels FEEL. Your mind fills in the gap creating this otherworldly experience. And the setting is wonderfully weird and nostalgic. But then the suggested scenarios immediately take a dark turn and in general offer mostly serious, sometimes pretty. One of the most fun and evocative RPG books I've read in a long time, "Tales from the Loop" seems almost tailor made for me. I had the good fortune to be in a campaign last year -- the setting was nostalgic and joyful, the rules non-intrusive. Be the first to ask a question about Tales from the Loop. And of course the paintings are gorgeous: a very familiar 80s European suburbia made strange and unsettling. A few times I forgot that this isn't really intended for 'all ages.' Refresh and try again. Konstnären och författaren Simon Stålenhag är mest känd för sina digitala målningar som ofta visar vardagliga scener med fantastiska inslag. It's mostly a picture book of an alternate history where a particle accelerator in Sweden called "The Loop" unlocks futuristic technologies that seem impossible. He kept his imagination and creativity from his childhood and created these beautiful and mysterious paintings about retro-futuristic Swedish landscapes. Photograph: Simon & Schuster Stålenhag wrote his most famous book, Tales from the Loop… Read our Tales From The Loop review. Reading the book, I had dozens of ideas for adventures (here called 'mysteries'). It’s worth making the time for… The depth and realism of such an alternati. Outstanding alternate timeline/history/fantasy/science fiction. What is it with me and the Swedes? By the way, this is a book that's funded by 3,890 backers on Kickstarters who pledged $321,680. What he actually does is much more interesting: it's very much a young boy's fantasy but told well enough to be an engaging read as an adult. How about that for a niche? One of my favorite settings and systems. by Free League Publishing. Okay I will admit there was a small part of me that bought this book just to annoy my brother. In general, this is a great corebook - but I'm ducking a single star for the weirdly off-theme adventure ideas. His paintings are collected in this book and have a short narrative which explains just as much as it fills you with new mystery. I've been a fan of Stålenhag's art for years, and I love pretending it's real. Huge ships running on magnetic waves, discarded robots, and even a dinosaur or too. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. These accompanying anecdotes shift the imagery fro. Ur varselklotet (2014) och Flodskörden (2016) har hyllats både i Sverige och utomlands. This is one the books that you can easily read in one sitting. So believable that I found myself looking up words and phrases which of course always referred back to the artist. Stålenhag manages to capture what the world was like in my head. Will have to keep an eye on that. Simon Stålenhag is the internationally lauded artist and author of Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, and The Electric State—the narrative art books that stunned the world with a vision of an alternate 1980s and 1990s where technology had invaded the tranquil landscapes to form an entirely new universe of the eerie and the nostalgic.He lives in Stockholm, Sweden. The reason I started this book is that I heard great praise on the TV series, and I was curious what is based upon. If nothing else, the artwork of Simon Stålenhag is reason enough to flip through these pages. His paintings are collected in this book and have a short narrative which explains just as much as it fills you with new mystery. The facility was complete in 1969, located deep below the pastoral countryside of Mälaröarna. With Daniel Zolghadri, Paul Schneider, Rebecca Hall, Robert Nahum Allen. Fun all around. I’m just a sucker for art books. Still great fun though. A lonely romantic, Gaddis' journey to a parallel world in which his alternate self has seemingly everything he wants sheds new light on the roots of … Other than this book, it only requires some paper, pencils, some standard six sided dice, and a few friends. System seems simple but fun, and I can't wait to start running it! There's an inexpressible sense of loss or aftermath, not just from the moving on of technology and decommissioning of the Loop, but fictional-Simon's graduation from childhood and the divorce of his parents. It is all a worms-eye view of this alternate Simon growing up around the Loop industry, with child adventures and emotions and tall tales shared from friends and associates. That said, the casting often feels stereotypical -- for example, the one African American character is a security guard. This game builds upon the emotions and atmosphere created by the artist and quite succeeds. It's the best "large" book layout I've seen. I've been a fan of Stålenhag's art for years, and I love pretending it's real. Tales from the Loop, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video today, shares the same name as Stålenhag's first artbook and a paper and pen role-playing game Kickstarted in … It feels lik. Absolutely phenomenal! Completely cool, but not really something I'd want up on my walls. The system is rules light and draws on the tropes of all things Breakfast Club, Goonies, 16 Candles, Dark, Stranger Things, ET, Steven King and the darker side of Jim Henson. I purchased this book to have good copies of Stålenhag's fascinating paintings and drawings. Eight episodes (three screened for review). However, I fully expect to revisit this book countless times to pore over the images again and again. Would give this a thousand stars if I could. A past that never was. Be the first to ask a question about Tales from the Loop. Created by Nathaniel Halpern. I love its weirdness and the sense of melancholy mixed with nostalgia with which it fills my soul. We haven't finished with all the campaigns in the book (we take our time, despite 3 of the 4 campaigns saying they can be completed in one session LOL no, it took one session to tame a b. I've been running this RPG for a few months now, and I love it. Definitely planning to continue with the extra campaigns and eventually Things from the Flood, which I of course already have. I love how Stålenhag creates these worlds that are so foreign and familiar, nostalgic and horrifying, beautiful and horrific. I love that at the beginning of each section they list subsection page numbers. But then the suggested scenarios immediately take a dark turn and in general offer mostly serious, sometimes pretty grim and even gory plots. Huge nostalgia trip for me, even though it takes place in an alternate reality it still evokes so much nostalgia for me. The 80s that never was. In 1954, the Swedish government ordered the construction of the world’s largest particle accelerator. I know all of this takes place completely outside Canada, but honestly, the landscape, the snow, the lighting, the entire 70s vibe mixed with all the robots and dinosaurs and weird, reality-bending machines calls up what I wanted every trip away from the family home to be. 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