I grew up in the 1980s playing D&D. I was a kid. I had a bike. I devoured 80s movies like “E.T.” and “The Goonies” with gusto. However, I never envisaged that 35 years down the line I would be able to play a role-playing game where I could play as my teenage self.
While “Stranger Things” is rightly credited with the resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons in recent years, it’s also responsible for spawning an entire RPG genre – the “Kids on Bikes” genre. The most notable games in the genre are “Kids on Bikes” by Jonathan Gilmour and Doug Levandowski and “Tales from the Loop” by Free League/Modiphius Entertainment.
I’ll look at “Kids on Bikes” in a later post, however in this post I want to focus on “Tales from the Loop” (I’ll refer to it as TFTL from here on in). My interest lies in the era…
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