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My wife, Tove Gillbring, has been a champion for Swedish roleplaying games during the three last decades. Together we have published and developed games, gaming magazines and hosted gaming events at gaming conventions all over Sweden. Tove has always encouraged and supported other gamers and game creators. In our view, the entire gaming hobby benefits when a game is successful, be it our own or somebody elses. Now I want your help to show Tove how appreciated she is, and to make it easier for her to accomplish the creative fireworks she wants to set off in the midst of the bad news she is coping with. Her old breast cancer is back, and has spread beyond the possibility to cure her completely. Her lungs, skeleton and lymphatic system is affected, but she is a fighter. We got help to battle the medical issues, thanks to great doctors and medical teams in combination with the best treatment available for her kind of cancer. But Tove wants the rest of her life to be about more than merely surviving. She wants to focus on the things she loves to do. To develop and publish gaming titles, working with some of the people she loves most.


In the midst of the horrible news, Tove has been an inspiration. She considers herself lucky to have lived a good and full life, even if she had hoped it would be longer. Tove is not afraid to die and takes on all treatments her doctor suggests, to battle the cancer. She wants to get as many days as she possibly can to working on her favorite projects. Tove looked me straight in the eye on the very day she was told that there is no cure and said:

“I want to spend as much of the time I got Ieft with you, and keep doing the things we love. I want to see all of the projects we have planned in print before I go, I look forward to each and every one of them and will enjoy working on them to see them completed. That’s a lot of titles, so we need to step on the gas to make it happen. I want you to take time off from your regular work to make it happen, and hopefully our friends and freelancers will help us out too. I will not pass silently into the night, I prefer going out in a crescendo of creative fireworks”.

Since Tove can no longer walk, she needs my help to get around. I have been able to cut down my time at work in half in order to be home with Tove. While I work, Tove is stuck in her bed. It gives her time to rest, but if I could be with her all the time both Tove and I would be able to work more and plan our days better.

It might sound crazy to want to work on the creative fireworks at such a harsh time in our life, but it is what Tove wants to do and a testament as good as any on how much she has enjoyed her life. And we have been down this road before. When Tove got cancer the last time around, we had just started our Swedish gaming magazine Fenix. We could easily have cancelled the magazine right away, but instead Tove insisted that we should keep it up. Thirteen years later we have just published our 84th issue on a bimonthly schedule. We work well under pressure, especially when doing things we love (and with a little help from our friends).


Tove and I have worked together in the gaming hobby since back in the eighties, at the dawn of Swedish roleplaying games. Right from the start, our pet project was Western – a wild west roleplaying game. Our fourth edition will be released in English next summer, followed by a multitude of scenarios, source books and even choose your own adventure books. Many of the titles will be available in both Swedish and English.


Joe Dever contacted us in 2013, and asked us to be his Swedish publishers. Our Lone Wolf production line is mainly in Swedish (with a few exceptions soon to come), while Freeway Warrior will be released in both English and Swedish. There are quite a few titles coming up to both these production lines, where we are happy to have material left to publish based on our close co-operation with Joe Dever while he was still among us.


Our Swedish gaming magazine Fenix is also at the core of our production, and Tove is adamant about wanting to be there for at least the 100th issue. Most of the magazine is printed in Swedish, but thanks to great contributions from esteemed game writers such as Kenneth Hite, Graeme Davis, Pete Nash and Will Hindmarch, there are a couple of articles in English each time as well. We have already published three “Best of Fenix” volumes, and Tove wants to make more of the magazine available to gamers all over the world. For a while we were contemplating a twin magazine in English, but now it is more likely to make pdf-files of issues or articles available – or to release some more volumes of Best of Fenix.


Other projects on our drawing board? The German choose your own adventure success Rider of the Black Sun by Swen Harder, a second comic strip album of Åke Rosenius’ Birger Barbaren (possibly followed by an all English Bernard the Barbarian album), a Collector’s Album of an award winning comic made by some talented Swedish gamers and Åsa Roos’ cool Keyring RPG, in an English edition. This was one of the very first successfully crowdfunded Swedish games. This game is small enough to carry on a Keyring, yet packed with gaming material and fully functional. Easy and fun to play and the coolest gift ever! We could stop there, but … we actually have some other dreams too. So keep your eyes open!


We hope to be able to finish as much of the fireworks together as we possibly can, but please know this. I will honor my wife’s legacy by keeping her dreams alive, even when she is not. I will not abandon her dreams or her projects, instead I will take it upon myself to see them through.



Do you want to help us and get something in return for your kind support? Since we are gaming publishers, there are lots of titles from Åskfågeln you can buy for yourself or others. We always want our titles to be played and read, so spreading them to new gamers is just an added bonus. There are lots of places you can get hold of our games and books. You can always look for Åskfågeln at your local gaming store (even outside Sweden, since we are part of Modiphius’ distribution network). Or you can find us online at:

Åskfågeln.se
Our company web store and the only place where you can buy Gift Cards from Åskfågeln, if you already got all of the titles we already published and want to be sure to get hold of upcoming books as well. Please note that many of our titles are only available in Swedish.
www.åskfågeln.se

Modiphius
To begin with, you can find the spectacular photo book on dice at

Dice – Rendezvous with Randomness

or Freeway Warrior – Highway Holocaust at
https://www.modiphius.net/products/freeway-warrior-1-highway-holocaust

but as we add new titles in English to our production line, you will find them at Modiphius to.

Indiepress Revolution
The International home for our Best of Fenix volumes in hardback (as well as in pdf)
http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/manufacturers.php?manufacturerid=279

Drivethrurpg.com
Here you will find an increasing amount of pdf-files of gaming titles from us at Åskfågeln. Please note that some titles are in Swedish only, while others are in English. When we add issues of the gaming magazine Fenix, they will consist of material in both Swedish and English.
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?keywords=askfageln

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50 K – let’s celebrate with unlocking some Stretch Goals if funded!

Our Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1152089861/the-keyring-rpg

for the coolest roleplaying game gadget ever is getting closer by the day. With one week left to go, we have now crossed 50 000 SEK and are close to getting funded. We decided to celebrate this milestone on the road. Once we get funded, we will through in some goodies that we absolutely want to see done with the game no matter what. Once we hit 60 000 SEK, we will not only get funded, we will also make sure every game is printed in full color, with hardcover and chapter illustrations. Just because we can and love this game!

Still, we want your help to spread the word about The Keyring Rpg even further! Share the campaign, tell friends on Twitter, Instagram or wherever you talk games! The link is

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1152089861/the-keyring-rpg

This is one of the first installments of the Creative Fireworks we plan to set off in 2018. Any help to make it happen will make us happier than you can imagine. We fell in love with Åsa’s game with the very first edition, when she gave us one of the five completely handwritten games. Now we long to be part of spreading her game around the world. We would never do it, if we did not love it and believe it lives up to all of the high quality standards we always want you to associate a new title from Åskfågeln with.
Carry the stories with you, wherever you go

Tove & Anders
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Progress report

You might have already noticed that the Creative Fireworks are coming through pretty neatly – which makes us so happy. Finding our way through our new situation, tackling Tove’s cancer each and every day is so much easier when we get more time together to do the stuff we love. But all is not work, not even on the gaming titles we love.

Today was a great day. Tove has the help of a great physio therapist, helping her to train the best way possible to gain more strength and thus increase what she can do. The hardest thing? To hold back and not try to do everything on will and stubbornness alone. Today she was finally allowed to try walking with crutches for the first time since she got home. It was not for very long, but it worked and give us hope of even more progress to come later on. In the long run, the wheel chair is probably here to stay, but to be able to do short movements on her two feet is a way to gain freedom and possibilities hard to imagine when all is well.

Life is good. Progress is being made on all fronts at the same time. We hope your lives are as good as ours right now!

Tove & Anders

P.S. If you want to Love Tove and support the Creative Fireworks – go to www.gofundme.com/lovetove . If a complete rpg on a keyring is more of your thing, check out https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1152089861/the-keyring-rpg . If you want to get hold of the best gaming material from the first decade of our Swedish gaming magazine Fenix in English and hardprint, we got a campaign over at http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Best-of-Fenix-Volumes-123-Print-PDF.html and if you love playing scenarios at a convention, we got five of them available at GothCon this Easter! Life is good and full of fun stuff.
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The Creative Fireworks # 2 – The Keyring Rpg

The Creative Fireworks have just begun. We are now close to print on The Keyring Rpg, and have just launched a Kickstarter to make it happen. The game designer and writer behind this project is Åsa Roos. Her idea is both fun and functional, with a roleplaying game small enough to let carry the stories with you at all times complete enough to offer fun and functional gameplay and at a price competitive enough to beat anything out there. For less than $20 you get the Basic Keyring Rpg sent to you anywhere in the world. Double that and you get a boxed game with a specially marked pen and dice to keep your game protected when you leave it at home.

The Keyring Rpg is a quick campaign, starting now and ending February 18. After that, the prints will be running and we hope to send the game to our backers as early as April 2018. And all this thanks to Åsa Roos, the accomplished graphic designer Dan “Dante” Algstrand and the illustration artist Jens Reuterberg.

Do you want to know more? Check out

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1152089861/the-keyring-rpg

Thank you for helping us to find the time and circumstances to make the Creative Fireworks possible. We appreciate your help so very much!

All the best,

Tove & Anders
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Creative Fireworks #1 – The Swedish gaming magazine Fenix has been printed!

Next week we will release the very first issue of the Swedish gaming magazine Fenix in 2018. It is an extended magazine, with 84 pages in full color and full of gaming material and gaming reviews. The overall theme is appropriate for this time of year: DARKNESS.

Fenix is a publication on the Swedish market, with most of the material written in Swedish. We do however always feature some material in English as well. This time both Graeme Davis and Pete Nash took a closer look on Darkness in game play, and how to make the most of it in your gaming sessions.

We follow that up with a lot of gaming material to Swedish roleplaying games such as Hjältarnas Tid, Ensamma Vargen, Eon, Western and not the least Sagospelet Äventyr (featured twice, once with the Midnight Academy and the other with a portrait of Queen Tove – a sweet gaming version inspired by yours truly and easy to use as an ally in gameplay).

Why stop at gaming material to games already out there? We also offer some solid adventures, monsters and discussions on the forces of Light and Darkness for games such as the upcoming urban fantasy game Legend and the new version of the iconic horror game KULT. Gunilla Jonsson and Michael Petersén, the original authors and game designers behind KULT as well as the upcoming KULT novel Death is only the Beginning have written the scenario Seven Sisters. Their adventure for pre-constructed characters is the centerpiece of this issue, spanning 22 pages in total. The setting this time is Berlin in 1945, it won’t get much darker than that …

Add some previews, such as the cyberpunk game Neotech Edge, and the comic strips of Bernard the Barbarian to that and you have a treat to look forward to. Subsribers (in Sweden only) can look forward to their magazine next week, when you can find it in Swedish gaming stores as well. Or purchase individual issues at www.åskfågeln.se

Thank you for helping us to find the time and circumstances to make the Creative Fireworks possible. We appreciate your help so very much!

All the best,

Tove & Anders
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