A renaissance for Swedish RPGs?

The last few years there have been a resurgence in Swedish role-playing game (RPG) publishing, probably due to the advent of cheap DTP software and cost-efficient print-on-demand suppliers. The hobby’s nadir might be over. Mylingspel, Saga Games, Fria Ligan and many garage-size producers are making sure that there is a steady influx of new products of high quality. (Here is a link to the Swedish blogpost that triggered this notion >>>)

However, this is a renaissance for enthusiasts, not for the mass market. Saga Games’s Fantasy! is a top seller in the specialty shops, but it won’t be in the shelves of the common toy stores or bookshops, unlike the situation in the 1980s and 1990s.

And that’s the crux. When the national game wholesaler Top Games collapsed in the late 1990s, the RPG market died with it. The specialist intermediary between the manufacturer and the individual stores is essential. That was one of the major reasons for the success of Drakar och Demoner 30 years ago: Target Games found an competent ally in AB Jan Edman, a company that worked business-to-business to distribute all sorts of games and toys on a national scale. Its salesmen made sure that all relevant store owners got our RPG products in their hands. But nowadays there simply isn’t money enough in the Swedish RPG business to attract the attention of such companies.

2 thoughts on “A renaissance for Swedish RPGs?

  1. Rollspel kommer nog aldrig dö ut helt och hållet i det här avlånga landet. Det här är vikingarnas och lägereldarnas land! Jag började rollspela för ca 5 år sen med Eon och Drakar och Demoner -91. Det som fick mig att börja var inte några böcker utan vänner som själva fastnat i det som i sin tur blivit indragen av vänner som börjat innan dom nån gång i tidens början. Jag tror att det är så det alltid har varit och alltid kommer att vara. Rollspel går nästan inte att lära sig av en bok, det är något man måste bli döpt in i av vänner och i och med det kommer rollspelandet att växa i det här landet och flera böcker säljas.

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