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Re: Influences [Books, TV Shows, Movies, Art]

Posted: Wed 07 Dec 2016, 15:16
by Guran89
I'm writing a similar RPG (but that can be set in any time or setting) at the moment. Besides the obvious Stranger Things, E.T and such, I have Stephen King's IT as a strong influence. I'm also influenced by Stand By Me and Freaks and Geeks (the teenage drama). I believe all of those can work pretty well to influence stories in Tales from the Loop too.

Re: Influences [Books, TV Shows, Movies, Art]

Posted: Sat 10 Dec 2016, 12:36
by ChristBrotherhood
Here's some pictures of Swedish 80s interiors and items from some sites: 
http://retrophilia.se/category/80-tal.html 
Swedish 80s candies: 
http://alltommat.se/16-godissorter-vi-k ... -80-talet/ 
and here's a site with Swedish commercials from the 80s: 
http://80talsreklam.se/ 

and some American 80s stuff, the Apple Computer Company's Clothing line: 
http://mentalfloss.com/article/78553/19 ... thing-line 
:lol:

and then there's this: 

Attention K-Mart Shoppers
Mark Davis
OK, I have to admit this this is a strange collection. In the late 1980's and early 1990's, I worked for Kmart behind the service desk and the store played specific pre-recorded cassettes issued by corporate. This was background music,  
https://archive.org/details/attentionkm ... &tab=about

That just some inspiration that might trigger your memories of the strange days of the 80s... 

Re: Influences [Books, TV Shows, Movies, Art]

Posted: Sat 10 Dec 2016, 14:20
by Björn Hellqvist
I'm writing an article on life as a t(w)een in 1980's Sweden. As I was 16 years old in 1981, I have pretty clear recollections on how it was. I'm still awaiting a reply from Fria Ligan whether there's an interest in the article from their side, or enough background info is included in the core rulebook.

One of the conclusions one can draw from the books and the alternate game settings as suggested by the kickstarter stretch goal, is that the Loop mostly caused local phenomena, at least in the 1980's (things going haywire in the 90's is another story). Thus, I think basing society and history (like politics, culture, fashions, other tech, the world in general, etc) on the real 1980's is the best way to go. I cannot remember any particular Swedish books or movies from that period that would tie or inspire adventures in with the Loop setting, but the old Soviet movie "Stalker" might provide some inspiration. It's ages since I watched it, though.

Re: Influences [Books, TV Shows, Movies, Art]

Posted: Sun 11 Dec 2016, 11:07
by aka_fatman
I liked the book better. I think that one is more related to Tales from the Loop.
I tend to binge-read a whole bunch of books about a topic before I run games, if I can. Before running my usual Cthulhu game I read some H.P.Lovecraft, a book about Prohibition (if we're playing a 1920's game) or the Greaf Depression (if we're playing a 1930's game) and maybe a book about the city where the game is to take place (New York, Chicago, London, etc.). I feel I'm going to have to increase my library for "Tales From The Loop". It'll be 80's stuff AND sci-fi.

Re: Influences [Books, TV Shows, Movies, Art]

Posted: Sun 11 Dec 2016, 11:12
by aka_fatman
I'm writing a similar RPG (but that can be set in any time or setting) at the moment. Besides the obvious Stranger Things, E.T and such, I have Stephen King's IT as a strong influence. I'm also influenced by Stand By Me and Freaks and Geeks (the teenage drama). I believe all of those can work pretty well to influence stories in Tales from the Loop too.
Stephen King's "It" was one of the scariest books - and the thickest - I read as a teenager. A monster that looks like a clown that feeds on fear: how chilling is that?

Adding a "Freaks and Geeks" element would be amazing also.

Re: Influences [Books, TV Shows, Movies, Art]

Posted: Sun 11 Dec 2016, 11:21
by aka_fatman
Here's some pictures of Swedish 80s interiors and items from some sites: 
http://retrophilia.se/category/80-tal.html 
Swedish 80s candies: 
http://alltommat.se/16-godissorter-vi-k ... -80-talet/ 
and here's a site with Swedish commercials from the 80s: 
http://80talsreklam.se/ 

and some American 80s stuff, the Apple Computer Company's Clothing line: 
http://mentalfloss.com/article/78553/19 ... thing-line 
:lol:

and then there's this: 

Attention K-Mart Shoppers
Mark Davis
OK, I have to admit this this is a strange collection. In the late 1980's and early 1990's, I worked for Kmart behind the service desk and the store played specific pre-recorded cassettes issued by corporate. This was background music,  
https://archive.org/details/attentionkm ... &tab=about

That just some inspiration that might trigger your memories of the strange days of the 80s... 
Yeah, I think some background noises of supermarket chains and photocopiers would make great ambient atmosphere.

Re: Influences [Books, TV Shows, Movies, Art]

Posted: Sun 11 Dec 2016, 11:24
by aka_fatman
I'm writing an article on life as a t(w)een in 1980's Sweden. As I was 16 years old in 1981, I have pretty clear recollections on how it was. I'm still awaiting a reply from Fria Ligan whether there's an interest in the article from their side, or enough background info is included in the core rulebook.

One of the conclusions one can draw from the books and the alternate game settings as suggested by the kickstarter stretch goal, is that the Loop mostly caused local phenomena, at least in the 1980's (things going haywire in the 90's is another story). Thus, I think basing society and history (like politics, culture, fashions, other tech, the world in general, etc) on the real 1980's is the best way to go. I cannot remember any particular Swedish books or movies from that period that would tie or inspire adventures in with the Loop setting, but the old Soviet movie "Stalker" might provide some inspiration. It's ages since I watched it, though.
Wasn't there a video game that was based loosely on this?

Re: Influences [Books, TV Shows, Movies, Art]

Posted: Sun 11 Dec 2016, 12:38
by Björn Hellqvist
Wasn't there a video game that was based loosely on this?
Loosely, yes. The catastrophe in the movie (1979) was more mysterious, in the game, the setting was the Chernobyl area (post-1986). "Stalker" was used in a more general way, denoting someone exploring a forbidden zone.

Re: Influences [Books, TV Shows, Movies, Art]

Posted: Sun 11 Dec 2016, 12:53
by Björn Hellqvist
This series, set in East and West Germany in 1983, can give a more general feel for the period, with the Cold War nuclear scare, life as a young person, and the tech level back then. Also some good info for an alternate German setting.

Re: Influences [Books, TV Shows, Movies, Art]

Posted: Fri 16 Dec 2016, 02:58
by ysarius
You could have a look to Cloak & Dagger (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087065/), maybe Never Ending Story (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088323/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3) + Dark Trailer of the movie : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg39tCOpocQ

Maybe there is some cross over with RPG like World of Darkness: Innocents, Changeling the Lost or Changeling the Dreaming (children transformed by fairy creatures).
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