The Vaesen Stir In Fria Ligan’s Nordic Horror RPG

November 6, 2019 by avernos

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Fria Ligan has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new roleplaying game called Vaesen - Nordic Horror Roleplaying

In dark forests, beyond the mountains, by black lakes in hidden groves. At your doorstep. In the shadows, something stirs. Strange beings. Twisted creatures, lurking at the edge of vision. Watching. Waiting. Unseen by most, but not by you. You see them for what they really are.



The RPG is using the Year Zero engine that they've used before in games like Tales from the Loop and Aliens and is a very simple system to get into using one d6 per point of your stat and requiring a single 6 as a success, multiple 6s give you bonuses and special effects depending on the kindness of your GM.

Like Tales, this RPG is set in the Nordic countries but this time instead of a recent past alternative history sci-fi (try saying that three times fast!) Vaesen is returning to the 19th Century. The say the past is another country and in Vaesen this is especially true, while science is progressing in the cities the rural north is still a place of superstition and darkness.

Fantasy races and creatures have long-lived beside humanity in an uneasy truce, but now they stir and that truce is breaking. The characters play people with The Sight. This gives them the ability to see beyond the norm and actually see the Vaesen, who remain invisible to the majority of the world. Creatures draw upon fantasy staples from across Europe as well as mythical races and monsters that are solely Nordic and I can't wait to see what is available there.

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The core book will have a starting scenario as well as all the background material you need to play in Nils Hintze's world that has been lavishly illustrated by John Ergerkrans. As you can imagine Fria Ligan have smashed their goal already and this book once again looks to show just how an RPG should be presented.

They're incredibly fond of their horror in the land of the midnight sun and this looks like it will provide me with a Cthulhu by Gaslight sourcebook as well as being a stand-alone game of its own. The players have a base at Castle Gyllencreutz in the city of Upsala (famous for its scream, youtube that) and you can build up your base of operations there, stocking the library and hiring NPC staff to keep it working while you're not present.

I imagine that the game will play out like an episode of Buffy, mixed with Cthulhu and set in the film the Ritual and I for one can't wait. They've already unlocked some stretch goals like this beautiful map.

Vaesen Map

Along with dice, a GM's screen and additional scenario already unlocked I can see this rampaging through stretch goals like a troll through a village in Härjedalen. I'll be keeping a close eye on this myself as Vaesen are added to bestiary and wondering were the Free League will go next in their pursuit of the strange and unusual.

Do you have The Sight?

"I imagine that the game will play out like an episode of Buffy, mixed with Cthulhu and set in the film the Ritual"

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