The Oldest Boardgame in the World

This bearded scholar at British Museum would be a splendid NPC in so many RPG settings, such as Call of Cthulhu, Chock, Skuggornas Mästare, and Buffy. Here he explains how he deciphered the cuneiform rules for the ancient boardgame “Twenty Squares”.


The Tiger Progresses

I dropped by the Tiger’s apartment yesterday to see how her first artwork assignment for me progresses. I have not yet anything by her hand to display here (the Tigress to the right is merely a representation of her character), because she is still experimenting with the black-and-white style I have asked for, somewhat inspired by the adventure comics and movies of my youth. After all, she is working with a retro-style text. It is a paternal joy to witness how my daughter gets into role of an illustrator one step at a time.

Blixt: The Next Generation

The icon for this blog is a red foxhead seal that dates back to 1997, when Tove & Anders Gillbring, Åke Rosenius and I launched the Sverox magazine as De gamla rävarna/the Old Foxes*. The four of us entered Sweden’s RPG business when it was in its infancy, so we are kind of the Traveling Wilburys of our gaming community. For practical reasons, we formalized the Sverox venture as the alliance Rävspel with the foxhead logo. We also published a few games together around the turn of the millennium, e.g. an edition of Western; Gondica; and Lemuria.

Twenty-two years later:

I am busy launching a line of small-scale English RPG-PDF products at DriveThruRPG (link >>> ). I am a prolific writer, but I simply cannot draw pictures. Therefore, I have enlisted the help of my artistic adult daughter Elin; she will finish what I started by illustrating my texts. Elin is a great manga and Marvel fan, and currently a student at an art school.

Hence, the Old Fox and the Young Tiger have joined forces as Team Fox.

The Tiger is currently busy doing her first illos for me. Stay tuned to this blog for further news about when her artwork goes live.

* “An old fox” is a positive Swedish idiom denoting a seasoned veteran who knows how to play the game.

Traveller: Adventures in the Near Future

Recently, I checked what’s available at; after all, it appears to be the biggest supplier of RPG texts as downloadable PDFs. I made a serendipitous discovery: the site has a sizeable PDF library for Traveller, the game that made me a professional game designer (read about my long-lasting relation to Traveller here — link >>> ).

Also, I saw that there are good opportunities for publishing one’s own Traveller-related material there by using the open content license OGL. Really nice, particularly since I like the new Cepheus Engine rules (with a few house tweaks of course). So I have decided that when, hopefully in the not-too-distant future, I can start writing game stuff full-time, I will return to the many universes of Traveller and start publishing my new settings at  I already have a few ideas in my mind.

Status of My Game Design Projects

  • I have just delivered Märk hur vår skugga …*, an introductory adventure for the new version of Chock, the upcoming Swedish horror RPG by Eloso. Ten thousand words about how young men die mysteriously in Stockholm’s finance quarters during the yuppie era of the late 1980s.
  • I am about to venture into post-apocalyptic landscapes by writing the Swedish Wastelands setting for Åskfågeln’s Freeway Warrior.
  • Non-disclosure agreements currently bar me from discussing other projects, but I can at least tell you that I have a few cool “RPG things” in the pipeline. 2019 will be an exciting year for me.

*”Mark how our shadow…”, a quote from the well-known song Fredmans Epistel no 81 by 18th-century troubadour CM Bellman. It describes the burial of a lady acquaintance.

Partisan: tre planerade settings

Summary in English: My reflections on the alt-history occupations of the legendary and unpublished Swedish RPG Partisan.

I våras fick jag den enda kända utskriften av rollspelet Partisan i mina händer. Spelet var tänkt att få flera settings. Nu har jag skrivit några öppna poster på min Patreon-sida, där jag funderar över egenheterna hos tre settingar och deras potential för spännande motståndskampanjer i ett ockuperat Sverige, dels ur ett dåtida perspektiv och dels ur dagens.

Det är bara att klicka på länkarna nedan.

Länk till Stormakt Brun, Tredje Riket >>>

Länk till Stormakt Röd, Sovjetunionen 1980-tal >>>

Länk till Stormakt Blå, ett skurkaktigt USA 1980-tal >>>

US Army, Tyskland 1982