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Tales from the Loop RPG: Rulebook

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Winner of five ENnies in 2017 including Best Game, Best Setting, Best Writing and Product of the Year!

“RPG Tales from the Loop lets you channel Stranger Things and E.T.”
The Verge

"Tales from the Loop RPG Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again."

“Tales from the Loop is both exciting and emotional, fantastical and realistic, and is unlike any other game on my shelf."
Geek & Sundry

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, 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. The facility was the largest of its kind in the world, and it was said that its forces could bend space-time itself.

Scifi artist Simon Stålenhag’s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts, have won global acclaim. Now, you can step into the amazing world of the Loop.
In this roleplaying game in the vein of E.T. and Stranger Things, you'll play teenagers solving mysteries connected to the Loop. The game rules are based on Mutant: Year Zero, which was awarded with a Silver ENnie for Best Rules at Gencon 2015. 

Key features:

  • Create your unique player character – including skills, items, prides, problems, and relationships – in mere minutes.
  • Explore the secrets of the Loop in two main game settings – one based on the Swedish Mälaren Islands, the other on Boulder City, Nevada.
  • Investigate mysteries and overcome trouble using fast and effective rules, based on the Mutant: Year Zero game engine.
  • Play the four complete scenarios included, tied together in the campaign named Four Seasons of Mad Science.
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Ty R June 15, 2022 2:51 am UTC
I hate to be "that" guy but the game won (WELL DESERVED) 5 Ennies in 2017, three years before the tv show came out. I fail to see how it was inspired by the TV show..
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Scott M May 02, 2022 1:27 pm UTC
This version (updated May 01, 2017) is the first printing? I'm aware of a second printing, not sure if there's anything newer. Fria Ligan could upload the latest version to DTRPG?
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Rodrigo S May 15, 2021 2:22 am UTC
How come this is not included in the Sci-fi sale?
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Alex N October 10, 2019 6:07 pm UTC
Hi folks, anyone know what the OPT file is? (I wonder if it's just a holdover from some publishing process... "Files that contain the .opt file extension are used by a variety of computer applications to store options files for the associated software program.")
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October 11, 2019 7:39 am UTC
It appears to be a PDF, but a smaller one than the other PDF available for download. "Optimized," maybe?
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Henry A October 12, 2019 6:39 am UTC
At a quick glance it seems to be the same pdf, 196 pages, same content first 10 pages.
It could be that it is only compressed or "optimized" as was suggested before
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Dave T March 25, 2019 8:05 pm UTC
Hey, I made a review video of this book. It covers the setting as well as the mechanics. Check it out!
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Peter F November 26, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
I'm interested... but what is the watermark? and how intrusive is it? I wish the pdf preview showed the water mark.
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Richard S January 17, 2019 4:46 pm UTC
This information may be a bit late but as someone who was wondering the same thing, I found the answer in the right sidebar of this product page. If you scroll up you should see an entry for "File Information Watermarked PDF". If you click the info icon next to that it explains what the watermark is. Not intrusive in my opinion, just marks it as yours so if you sell it they know who to go after.
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Elf F August 11, 2020 7:51 pm UTC
Watermarks in DriveThruRPG PDFs are your name & the order number in tiny grey text at the bottom of each page. It doesn't get in the way of reading the page at all.
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Jesse S October 16, 2018 2:05 am UTC
Still no preview. Looks like this has been an issue for over a year, judging by the comments, with no reply from the publisher. Not a good sign to a prospective buyer if the publisher doesn't respond for over a year....

The requested URL /pdf_previews/210617-sample.pdf was not found on this server.
Alternate Preview: Preview file not found.

Anyone able to see a preview?
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DS B October 18, 2018 3:00 am UTC
I get the TOC up through page 7.
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John H October 12, 2018 11:49 am UTC
Hi, just bought this. I love the artwork and concept, hope to be trying it out in a session soon.

The purchase seems to include two versions of the rule book; english and english_opt. What is the difference between them?
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Anya R September 09, 2019 3:21 am UTC
Did you figured it out? I just purchased it and have the same question
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Dillard R December 13, 2017 2:08 pm UTC
The setting seems very limited in time and space...does it have good replayability?
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Nathan R October 10, 2017 11:08 pm UTC
Just wish the PDF was not so huge - Cypher System is 22MB for 416 pages, this one is ~200pages and nearly triple the size (66MB). I acknowledge the vast amount of art work in the book, but there must be some way to get this down in size for use on tablets.
I have run 2 sessions so far in different location using quick one-shot concepts.
The mechanics are solid and easy to teach and use.
They key thing is to go over the principles of the setting before each session.
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Darris M July 13, 2017 2:57 pm UTC
Great game, wonderful art, and solid rule set. One of my favorite mechanics for starting a game session.
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Andrew R July 09, 2017 8:17 pm UTC
I purchased a physical copy from my FLGS. This book is lovely, and I am burning to run the game. I certainly have more than enough appropriate background music...
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JD S August 23, 2017 11:39 pm UTC
So you have not played it...
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Matthew W June 22, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Really interested in this but can't drop 25 bucks on a pdf... price is just too high.
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Allen W May 06, 2017 9:56 pm UTC
The artwork is amazing! The only problem is that it spans two pages in many places-would it be possible to have a two-page PDF?
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Scott M June 01, 2017 10:46 am UTC
Just set your reader to display 2 pages at once? Sumatra PDF does that.
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Jason K May 04, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Has anyone who purchased this provide a review or feedback please? I'm intrigued by the idea of this game but $25 for ~130 pages is a bit steep. Thanks in advance.
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Todd A May 08, 2017 1:06 pm UTC
I'm not sure where folks are getting the 129 & 130 page count from. The sidebar states it is "Pages 192". I would definitely like to see a full review on this too.
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Todor P May 04, 2017 8:23 am UTC
Bought hardcovers of Mutant and Corliolis from those guys, absolutely STELLAR production quality, great tight rulesets and amazing flavor. The setting of this one is just not to my taste but anyone on the fence about this and interested in it should grab it right away!
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