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Là-Bas, a weird and literary board game

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

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

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

Early version:
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Hand sculpted tokens with interesting facial hair

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

Lapscheure

Lapscheure

Lapscheure is een dorpje in West-Vlaanderen. Ik vond het een inspirerende naam en verzon er dit verhaaltje bij dat ik in de vorm van een kinderboek goot. Natuurlijk heb ik Lapscheure ook even bezocht, en het verschilde niet veel van het beeld dat ik er van had. Zo werden we bijvoorbeeld niet bediend in het locale café, ondanks het feit dat het vol zat met mensen die net van de mis kwamen. Fictieve genocide leek me dus wel op zijn plaats.
Van Lapscheure maakte ik ook een filmpje, met vertelling door Katrijn Van Bouwel, dat een dag lang vertoond werd tijdens Kulturama 2011 in Leuven.
Download hier de PDF van dit boekje, en leer er misschien uw kinderen iets mee bij over negatieve theologie:
Nederlandse versie: Lapscheure_Kolja

Ragrenton (an approximation in English of what the actual name ‘Lapscheure’ suggests) is a small village in the west of Flanders. The name inspired me to make up this story, which I put in the guise of a children’s book. I made a brief visit to Lapscheure too of course, and it’s wasn’t much different from how I had imagined it to be. For example, we didn’t get any service in the local pub, despite it being full of people who had just come back from mass. So fictional genocide seemed appropriate.
Download the PDF of the book here, and maybe use it to teach your children some negative theology.
English version: Ragrenton_Kolja

Beeld Muziek Woord Festival 2

I will be premiering a new short film called “No” here, as well as screening some older works. I will also be selling/trading It’s a Mess magazine there. Mess 2 will appear in public here for the first time.

A taste of Mess

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Here is most of Mess 0 and Mess 1 in PDF format, for your perusal. Mess 0 was a bit of a test, and layout, font etc have since changed, but nevertheless it had some good content. Mess 1 was already more what we were going for and has sold out as a physical object.
Mess 2 is our best so far of course, and that will only be available as the physical object that it is. Because we like physical objects.
If you think it looks interesting, great, let us know if you feel like it. If you think it looks good but that it would be better with your contributions, then send us your stuff! If you want to order a Mess: the thing costs 5 euro, postage included. Just send us a message and we’ll give you payment info etc.

Send correspondence to:

Gods and Men

Gods and Men

Another old Urzon track. This was actually played on Radio Centraal by Ernst H. Stohrzendr  during ‘The Horny Hour’.
Put the dog or cat outside, he/she won’t like it.

Vlad Siffleur

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Finally, here are all the Occult Adventures of Vlad Siffleur in one PDF to download. Starring enigmatic occultist Vlad and his apprentice Mr. Bouvier and set in a sort of pseudo-Victorian London or Paris.

It started out as a joke, of course, and continued from there.

You might notice that, apart from mouth and eyes, the two gentlemen don’t move too much. Drawing the same figures over and over again was a bit too much too ask. (If only I had a monkey with some artistic talent, and the will to work of course). But they talk a lot, especially Vlad.
You will notice that I left our heroes in the middle of something. I had (and still have) a whole storyline laid out for them. But I started to feel that the things I was ridiculing weren’t really worth the effort anymore. Also, my own attitude to the subject matter changed (and changes still), so if I wanted Vlad’s teachings to stay consistent I would have had to start ‘faking it’.
And when the creative and the magical are combined (as they should be), faking it won’t do.
Besides, no one was reading it anyway.
But now, anyone can!

Rex Tremendae

Rex Tremendae

An old gnostic protest song I made as part of an “industrial Requiem” back in 2006. I got better. I will be posting the whole thing eventually. Sit back, relax, put on the strobe lights and play loud. Allow yourself to be crushed by despair and meet the Archon in the end.

Made with a borrowed keyboard, pots and pans and noise. Charlton Heston on vocals.