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OUTSIDE THE BOX reveals the unique story of how Sweden’s tabletop role-playing game industry evolved, from the 1980s until today. In recent years, Swedish role-playing games not only hit jackpot in the influential ENnie Awards, but also frequent lists of the most anticipated titles.

But why now? Who were the early innovators? And how does Sweden’s TRPG history differ from other nations?

In this book, industry veteran MAGNUS SETER tells the tale of how a small Scandinavian country decided to stake out its own path – by combining stunning design with a long tradition of storytelling. And ducks!

Please note, this prebooking ONLY ships to Sweden (Read more).

Release: October 2024

Please note, this book is in ENGLISH. But this prebooking ONLY ships to Sweden. We are currently working on international distribution.

North America has dominated the tabletop role-playing game business since the 1970s. Still, Dungeons & Dragons – the most popular RPG of all times – never really got a foothold in Sweden of the 1980s, as it did elsewhere in the world.

In 2022, when Swedish publisher Free League announced a new tabletop RPG called DRAGONBANE, they knowingly revealed to the world the reason why.

Dragonbane is a reimagining of the first influential Swedish RPG, DRAKAR OCH DEMONER, which points back to the beginning of the hobby in 1982. Since, the world has seen a plethora of role-playing game titles coming out of a northern European kingdom that is otherwise mostly known for furniture, pop music, and detective stories.

Drakar och Demoner, first edition from 1982 by Target Games

Games like Mörk Borg, KULT, Vaesen, Mutant Chronicles, Mutant: Year Zero, Symbaroum, Eon, Coriolis, Forbidden Lands, and Tales From The Loop are all well-known franchises within the industry. Add to this a number of award winning Swedish releases based on international IP’s like Alien, Blade Runner, The One Ring, and Twilight 2000.

The reason for this development is not a simple one, but rather a complex journey that spans over half a century, and which involves many heroes and heroines. And for the first time in history, the tale of this journey will be told to an international audience – by a man who has experience from both sides, as both a gamer and a creator.


The Author

MAGNUS SETER (born 1969) is an award-winning educational writer and game designer. Today, he is a well known figure in the Swedish RPG industry, both as an avid gamer and as an accomplished creator. Magnus started playing role-playing games in 1982 with the very first version of the aforementioned Drakar och Demoner. Because of this, he began tapping away at the family typewriter, writing extra rules and adventures for his own gaming group – shamelessly copying the style of the trailblazers of the day. Immersing himself in the hobby, Magnus soon discovered other RPGs, such as Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, and Cyberpunk.

In 1990, he was given the opportunity to contribute to EuroTour, R. Talsorian Games’ scenario collection for Cyberpunk 2020. This set off a new career as an RPG writer, which has spanned over three decades. A career that includes the first edition of Mutant Chronicles as well as the second edition of KULT. Furthermore, Magnus Seter has contributed to games like CY_BORG, Forbidden Lands, KULT: Divinity Lost, Mutant, Middle-Earth Roleplaying, and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.


The Cover

Outside the Box - by Johan Egerkrans

The cover of OUTSIDE THE BOX is a magnificent creation by none other than JOHAN EGERKRANS, a critically acclaimed Swedish illustrator and author. Johan has worked as a professional illustrator and concept artist for more than two decades, producing artwork for books, games, comics, and movies.

In recent years, he has 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. Vaesen has also been turned into a much lauded role-playing game.


The Forewords

To provide the reader a perfect atmosphere and context to the book, we asked both a European and American industry veteran to write a foreword each. We are very grateful and humbled that they both accepted:

FRANCESCO NEPITELLO is the award-winning Italian game designer behind The One Ring role-playing game, published by Free League and one of the three designers of the popular War of the Ring strategy game, published by Ares Games. He heads the roleplaying games department of CMON, responsible for the release of projects as the Zombicide Chronicles and Assassin’s Creed role-playing games.

MATT FORBECK is an American award-winning author and game designer with over thirty-five novels and countless games published to date. His projects have won a Peabody Award, a Scribe Award, and numerous ENnies and Origins Awards. Forbeck’s latest work includes the Marvel Multiverse Role-Playing Game, Hard West 2, Warhammer 40,000: Tacticus, Minecraft Legends: Return of the Piglins, and the Shotguns & Sorcery 5E Sourcebook based on his novels.


The Release Date

OUTSIDE THE BOX will be released in September 2024. We are currently working on international distribution.

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    Vikt 0.5 kg
    Dimensioner 17 × 24 × 3 cm
    Number of Pages



    Magnus Seter


    Johan Egerkrans


    Francesco Nepitello & Matt Forbeck


    Dan Algstrand

    Release Date

    October 2024



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