Olle Sahlin, grand old man of Sweden’s gaming, SCA, and Tolkien communities, quietly passed away in his sleep on January 9. He battled serious illness for many years, and yet he kept on going to hobby events in his wheelchair.
Olle’s many friends are running a GoFundMe fundraising for the benefit of his widow Karolina and for making a digital archive of his huge photo collection that covers forty years of our hobbies. It’s a good cause. Link >>>
In early January, we in the Eloso team coordinated with Chaosium and set our 2021 production schedule. I have two major tasks on my hand:
In January and February, I’ll write the Basker Blå (Blue Beret) campaign module for our Swedish horror RPG Chock. It’s late 1980s. Swedish and Finnish UN peacekeepers are stationed in the fictitious West African country Atlantida, monitoring the truce between the parties of a recent civil war. In the shadows, cruel creatures are feeding on the misery caused by the fighting.
I’ll spend the rest of 2021 developing Swedish Runequest. We’ll make a unique version, putting our piece of the action in a Gloranthan region eminently suited for Swedish RPG traditions at some distance from Dragon Pass and Prax. Therefore, I’ll select, translate, revise and create backstory, cults, cultures, and new character backgrounds to fit our needs. I’d guess that Swedish RQ will comprise two books, 250-300 pages together, that is, sleeker than the Chaosium edition.
Eloso’s revised priorities made me put Outreach in the backburner for Q1 and Q2. But rest assured: we have brainstormed how we will develop that game.
Also, I’m busy preparing a new Swedish title in my Expert RPG series for production in 2022.