Free League Publishing acquires the Coriolis tabletop RPG property

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Free League Publishing, designers of the Tales From the Loop and Alien tabletop roleplaying games, today announced the acquisition of the Coriolis game property from Paradox Interactive.

The Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG was released by Free League in 2017, but under licence from Paradox. Now the RPG, which features an intriguing mix of hard science fiction and mysticism, is in the hands of its original creators, Mattias Johnsson Haake, Mattias Lilja and Martin Grip, who all work at Free League Publishing (or Fria Lagan, as it’s known in Sweden). This is hopefully a move which signals the start of a new wave of Coriolis projects in the years to come.

Coriolis is a science fiction game set in a remote cluster of star systems called The Third Horizon. It is a place ravaged by conflicts and war, but also home to proud civilizations, both new and old. Here, the First Come colonists of old worship the Icons, while the newly arrived Zenithians pursue an aggressive imperialistic agenda through trade and military power.

As a space opera, it is unique in drawing upon the Arabian Nights, rather than more Western mythology, and it has some similarities with the Fading Suns setting, but also the Expanse and Dune franchises. It has a grittiness that would allow you to play Firefly-style games quite well, too. There are reviews at RPG.net and Stragazer’s World.

Coriolis – The Third Horizon was awarded the ENnies Judges’ Spotlight 2017. It is designed by creators of roleplaying games such as Mutant: Year Zero, Symbaroum, Tales From the Loop, Forbidden Lands and Alien.

Coriolis now joins fantasy franchises Symbaroum and Forbidden Lands in the family of game properties fully owned by Free League Publishing. This move opens up a wide field of possibilities in the science fiction field for many years to come. We want to thank Paradox Interactive for their stewardship of Coriolis, and our close partnership with them continues for the Crusader Kings boad game,’ says Tomas Härenstam, CEO of Free League Publishing.

‘Coriolis was the first ever brand we created from scratch, and it feels fantastic to have the it return to base,’ Coriolis Game Director Mattias Johnsson Haake says.