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Maand: november, 2014

Là-Bas, a weird and literary board game

bannerDownload the free Print & Play version of Là-Bas here:


If you are wary of downloading .zip files you can download the PDF’s straight from my other site:

Là-Bas is a board game for 2 players.

To win you must become the most decadent poet of Paris, but beware, you are being hunted by an unnameable evil from the outer dark!

Everything you need to play is included in the .zip file. You will also need three tokens of a different color and one dice.

This is a free version. It has been test-played but may still have some rough edges here and there. I will continue to refine it as time permits. Feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions and/or questions.

An expanded, possibly color version will be made available for purchase if enough people enjoy and express interest in this version.

This board game was inspired in part by 19th and early 20th century weird tales such as the works of Algernon Blackwood (especially “The Willows”), W.H. Hodgson, H.P. Lovecraft and Robert W. Chambers. Other sources of inspiration were the lives of the decadent poets and writers such as Baudelaire, J.K. Huysmans.

In the game, the protagonists want to become the most decadent writers in Paris. But unbeknownst to them, they are being hunted by an evil power from the outer dark. The deeper they sink into their decadence and the more they dabble in the occult, the greater the danger becomes. Of course, when things get too real, quickly repenting and converting to Catholicism is an option… O yes, being the decadents that they are, they are drunk on Absinthe all the time.

The Print & Play version as it should look after a bit of cutting & pasting:


Below are some images of the different stages of development of the game:

Early version:

Hand sculpted tokens with interesting facial hair


Designs and inspirations for the final board, old version of the manual, test version of the board

Suggested reading

Anyone familiar with the weird and the decadent will probably find the story and gameplay of the game  quite easy to understand. For anyone not familiar with this type of thing, here are some works you can read to gain a better understanding of what’s going on:

The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
Bas, translated as Down There or The Damned by J.K. Huysmans
The Casebook of Carnacki by W.H. Hodgson
The H.P. Lovecraft Omnibus by H.P. Lovecraft
Moonchild by Aleister Crowley



Als een blog meer dan een jaar ongebruikt blijft zou je kunnen denken dat de mens erachter alle interessante activiteiten heeft stopgezet. De waarheid is in dit geval dat ik iets beters te doen had, namelijk een nieuw boek schrijven, bordspelen ontwerpen en de wereld opnieuw ontdekken samen met mijn dochtertje.
Nu enkele projecten eindelijk afgerond geraken zal er hier dus binnenkort terug meer te beleven zijn, te beginnen met de mogelijkheid om mijn bordspel ‘Là-Bas’ te downloaden in een Print & Play-versie. Hiervoor verschijnt binnenkort een nieuwe post.

When a blog isn’t in use for more than a year you might think that the person behind it has stopped doing anything interesting. In this case however, it just meant that I had better things to do, such as writing a new book, designing boardgames and rediscovering the world with my young daughter. Now that certain projects are finally reaching completion new things will be appearing here soon, starting with the possibility to download my boardgame ‘Là-Bas’ in a Print & Play version. A new post will appear here soon with the downloads.

oerzEen proefversie van het nieuwe boek. Ofwel mijn beste of wel mijn slechtste werk tot nu toe.
Proofreading version of my new book. Either the best or the worst thing I have written so far.
LABASEen bordspel? Jawel, een bordspel. Ik was het beu duistere boeken te schrijven dus maakte ik een duister bordspel.

A boardgame? Yes, a boardgame. I was getting tired of writing dark books so I made a dark boardgame.