Strange System Sundays: Tales from the Loop

Tales From the Loop on Discord, Roll20

Tales From the Loop



About the adventure

If you're like me, you probably have dozens of RPG books on a shelf for systems that you like, but have never played. You don't have a ton of time, and you can't put together a campaign for all those fun little systems. But at the same time, high fantasy monster killing just gets a little old, and you'd like to experience a different kind of story. Every other Sunday (more or less) I'll run a one-shot using a system that doesn't get very much play on this platform. You don't need to have the book, you don't need to know the system at all. If it sounds appealing, join up and see if you like it, and maybe you'll find a new favorite game! Tales from the Loop puts you in the shoes of a normal Kid in the 1980s, living in a very abnormal town. Government experiments underneath Boulder City, Nevada resulted in a landscape dotted with sentient robots, flying cargo ships, and holes in the spacetime continuum. Together with your friends, you'll investigate a Mystery and get in Trouble in the vein of Stranger Things, E.T., or Super 8. Like any good 80s movie about a group of kids investigating a mystery, we all know they're going to be okay in the end, even if some of them get hurt or scared temporarily. This game's setting is based around Scifi artist Simon Stalenhag's paintings of 1980s suburbia populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts (well worth a Google Image search). The game won Ennies Gold awards in 5 categories in 2017: Best Game, Best Setting, Best Interior Art, Best Writing, and Product of the Year.

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Brings tons of books for various systems, skill with several different VTTs, and an enthusiasm for character-driven storytelling to the table

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How to prepare

At minimum, you'll need a working microphone and speakers so that you can communicate, and a free account on Discord and Roll20. Webcams are not necessary, but you're allowed to go on video if you'd like. All dice rolls and character sheets will be handled on Roll20, and you don't need any experience with the rules to play!

What I provide

I'll set up a selection of pre-generated characters for those who aren't able to create their own, including tokens. I'll handle all maps and artwork necessary for the game, and have a Mystery all mapped out!

Gameplay details

Tales from the Loop creates stories about Kids, but not for kids. As a latchkey kid living in the uncertainty of the end of the Cold War, advent of HIV and the Satanic Panic, and living with parents scarred in one way or another by the 1960s, your Kid may experience some difficult things. That said, character death is off the table for this game. Your Kid might get scared, upset, or hurt and need to go talk to someone they trust, but they'll be fine in the end and grow up with a cool story about their childhood. Your Kid has an Iconic Item, which might be a dog that follows them around. The story will not deprive your Kid of their dog. Your group of Kids will have a hideout where they can talk and hang out, and NPCs will not find it, unless your Kids invite them. In general, this game will follow the tone and rules of a 1980s movie like E.T., Super 8, or The Goonies. Everything will be fine in the end, even if things get pretty perilous along the way.

Content warnings
  • Abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Alcohol Use
  • Animal Death
  • Car Accident
  • Child Abandonment
  • Classism
  • Controlling Parents
  • Drowning
  • Drugs (addiction, use, withdrawal)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Hostages
  • Kidnapping
  • Language/Cursing
  • Medical Issues
  • Snakes
  • Spiders
  • Trivializing Mental Illness
Safety tools used
  • Breaks
  • Debriefing
  • Lines and Veils
  • Open Door
How will character creation work

For anyone who joins the game by 12pm PST on the Friday before the game, I'll meet with you to go over the full character creation process. If you join later than that, I'll have a selection of pre-generated characters for you to choose from. Aspects of character creation for this game will take place at the beginning of the session, to ensure that your Kid fits in with their group, and everyone in the group has a good reason to be there.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: Low
  • Roleplay: High
  • Puzzles: Medium
  • Experience Level: Open to all

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  • Duration: 2 to 4 hours
  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players
  • Experience required: Open to all
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