[Let’s Study: Tales from the Loop, Part 2] The 80’s That Never Was

Posted: June 15, 2017 by pointyman2000 in Let's Study, Reviews, Roleplaying Games, Tales From the Loop
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If there’s one thing that Tales From The Loop had to get just right, it would have to be the “Sense of Place” of the era that was the 80’s. While the art from Simon Stålenhag was definitely a very powerful device to communicate it, I have to give kudos to the team that worked on the setting chapter to make both of the game’s two main settings the kind of life that reflected the feel and sensibilities of the era.

A little of the real, and a little of the fantastic

Part of what makes the game work so well as a setting is that it plays with the nostalgia of the 80’s and clashes it hard with technologies that simply don’t belong there. And yet, to those that inhabit the setting, it’s perfectly normal.

It’s this take on the past, but different that makes Tales From the Loop such an interesting read. The book goes into broad strokes for both Sweden and the US, talking about cultural touchstones like the music of the era, as well as technologies that were prevalent (I admit, I smiled at the mention of the Commodore 64 home computer!)

The chapter goes into great detail as to how life was like for kids in Sweden and the US in the 80’s with a focus on just what kind of activities they’d get away with, and each section also goes into the geography and prime locations of interest there are in the city where the Loop was.

Overall, the setting chapter is a great look at two possible cities for stories of Tales From the Loop, but they also serve for a great inspiration for adding a Loop (and all the weirdness that goes with it) to your city of choice! It gets even easier if you grew up in the 80’s!

If you’d like to follow along or get your own copy of Tales From the Loop, you can grab the PDF over at DriveThruRPG for only $24.99

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