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Free League Announces Dragonbane RPG at Gen Con

A new edition of Sweden's very first RPG announced, finally in English after 40 years – on Kickstarter August 30
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

At Gen Con, Free League Publishing today announced the Dragonbane RPG, a brand new edition of Sweden's first and biggest tabletop roleplaying game Drakar och Demoner – now also to be published in English for the first time. Dragonbane / Drakar och Demoner comes to Kickstarter on August 30.

Drakar och Demoner was originally launched in Sweden in 1982. Now, Free League celebrates its 40th anniversary with a brand new and reimagined edition, with one foot firmly planted in the heritage of decades of Swedish tabletop roleplaying gaming and the other in the modern and innovative game design for which Free League Publishing is known worldwide.

"Drakar och Demoner is part of the DNA of Swedish tabletop roleplaying, and we're thrilled to offer our version of this legendary game to an international audience," says lead designer and Free League CEO Tomas Härenstam.

The Kickstarter pre-launch page for Drakar och Demoner / Dragonbane is now live, allowing everyone to sign up to be notified the moment the campaign starts.

There has been talk about the "Swedish invasion" in the RPG world in the last few years, with award-winning titles like Vaesen - Nordic Horror Roleplaying, Tales From the Loop, Forbidden Lands, Mutant: Year Zero, Symbaroum, and MÖRK BORG. Drakar och Demoner is the roleplaying game that started it all. And now, for the first time, the game will also be available to an international audience, under the English title Dragonbane.

Drakar och Demoner / Dragonbane has art by acclaimed illustrator Johan Egerkrans (Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying and art books Vaesen, Norse Gods, The Undead, Dragons) and lead game design by Tomas Härenstam (Mutant: Year Zero, Forbidden Lands, ALIEN RPG, Twilight: 2000 4th Edition, and the upcoming Blade Runner RPG).

The team of contributing writers include the elite of the Swedish tabletop RPG industry as well as acclaimed historical fiction author Niklas Natt och Dag (1793 The Wolf and the Watchman).

For a glimpse at the fantasy odyssey to come, Free League has teased new artwork from the upcoming core boxed set. More details about Drakar och Demoner / Dragonbane will be shared via Free League’s social media accounts throughout the weeks leading up to launch.

Drakar och Demoner / Dragonbane is a classic fantasy RPG full of magic, mystery, and adventure. This new edition is designed from the ground up to facilitate fast and furious play, with very little prep time and adventures that are a breeze to run.

Although a toolbox allowing groups to tell fantasy stories of all kinds, Drakar och Demoner / Dragonbane is a game with room for laughs at the table and even a pinch of sillyness at times – while at the same time offering brutal challenges for the adventurers.

Free League call this playstyle "mirth and mayhem roleplaying" – great for long campaigns, but also perfect for a one-shot for players who just want to have some quick fun at the table for a night. The core set will include at least one complete adventure and we hope to unlock many more as stretch goals, offering a complete campaign to play even in the core game set. 

About Johan Egerkrans
Johan Egerkrans is a critically acclaimed illustrator and author and he is one of Sweden’s most popular contemporary illustrators. Johan has worked as a professional illustrator and concept artist for more than two decades, producing artwork for books, games, comics and films.

In recent years, he’s picked up writing as well, and has written and illustrated a number of hugely popular books including: Vaesen about scandinavian folkloric creatures, Norse Gods about, not surprisingly, the Norse gods and The Undead, which sinks its teeth into the lore of vampires and revenants from across the Globe. In the latest book, he locks horns with the greatest monster of them all – Dragons.

In addition, Johan has worked on covers and illustrations for a number of internationally acclaimed authors such as J.R.R Tolkien, Astrid Lindgren and Isaac Bashevis Singer.

About Niklas Natt och Dag

Niklas Natt och Dag (b. 1979) debuted as an author with the historical literary novel 1793 The Wolf and the Watchman. Natt och Dag himself has an undeniable connection to Swedish history, being a member of the oldest surviving noble family in Sweden.
Link to author page
Free League Showcase at Gen Con
Find out more about Dragonbane at the Free League Showcase at Gen Con, August 5th at 3pm in room 232. Sign up here:

Free League Publishing is a Swedish game creator and publisher dedicated to speculative fiction. We have published a wide range of award-winning tabletop roleplaying games and acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.

Our upcoming RPGs include Dragonbane / Drakar och Demoner, the official BLADE RUNNER RPGInto the Odd Remastered, and CY_BORG. Our current RPG portfolio includes the new edition of The One Ring™, the official ALIEN RPG (Gold ENNIE for Best Game 2020), Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying (winner of three ENNIE Awards 2021), the pitch-black fantasy RPG MÖRK BORG (winner of four ENNIE Awards 2020), the alternate '80s Tales From the Loop RPG (winner of five ENNIE Awards 2017), the retro-fantasy Forbidden Lands (winner of four ENNIE Awards 2019), the postapocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero (Silver ENNIE for Best Rules 2015), the science fiction games Coriolis - The Third Horizon (Judge's Spotlight Award 2017) and Death in Space, the dark fantasy game Symbaroum, and the new edition of the RPG classic Twilight: 2000.

We have also published the art books Tales From the Loop, Things From the Flood, The Electric State and The Labyrinth by internationally acclaimed visual artist Simon Stålenhag, as well as the illustrated edition of the Lovecraft classics At the Mountains of Madness – Volume 1 and The Call of Cthulhu by the praised artist François Baranger.

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