Là-Bas, a weird and literary board game

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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