RPG Encyclopedia: Finnish
- 1st ed by Risto J. Hieta, Hans Zenjuga (1999) Artic Ranger Production
A small-press Finnish-language comedy RPG in which the PC's are
single-celled creatures. The adventures can't be too difficult --
try to slide forward some inches and get some food, for example.
ANKH - Adventurers of the North - Kalevala Heroes
- 1st ed by Pasi Janhunen (1988) Nelostuote KY
A Finnish-language fantasy RPG nominally set in Iron Age Finland, but
very similar to D&D.
It comes in a boxed set with two booklets (one for the player, another
for the game master) and one quick adventure for a beginner GM.
The boxed set includes a bag of dice (d4 through d20).
- 1st ed by Piia Makkonen, Pasi Silander (1995) SLS/FELM
A Finnish-language Biblical RPG set in the New Testament era,
role-playing missionaries of St. Paul. It uses a live-action system.
- 1st ed by Risto J. Hieta, Hans Zenjuga, Ari Tukiainen (unknown) ACE-Pelit OY
A Finnish-language horror RPG.
- 1st ed by Risto J. Hieta (1993) ACE-pelit OY
A fantasy-genre RPG set on a world dominated by elves. The world
also includes humans, dwarves, orcs, bologs (an ogre-like race)
and a gnome-like race called kah'jaar. However, the book
recommends that the PC's all be elves, who have some unique powers.
There are three sub-races of elves: forest, mountain and plains
elves. The game is mid- to high fantasy in theme, and rather
light-hearted in tone. The system uses 4-20 range of dice.
- 1st ed by Piia Makkonen, Pasi Silander (1993) Lastenkeskus Publishing
A Finnish-language Biblical RPG, whose title translates as
"Time of the Kings". It is published by a Lutheran church for
the purposes of fun and entertainment regarding how the world was
during the time of the kings (Saul, David, Solomon). It uses
a rules-lite system, with no stats were for weapons.
- 1st ed by Risto J. Hieta, Hans Zenjuga (2000) Artic Ranger Production
A small-press Finnish-language RPG in which the PC's are live toys
(as in the Disney film "Toy Story"). It uses a fast d6-based system,
and allows you play with real toys (cars, trains, dolls, soldiers..)
Miekka ja Magia
- 1st ed by Risto J. Hieta (1987) Ultimate Oy
A small-press Finnish-language fantasy RPG, whose title translates
as "Sword and Magic". It is a rules-lite version of
The classes include "barbaari" (barbarian), "taistelija" (fighter),
"seikkailija" (adventurer), "metsäläinen" (ranger), "velho"
(wizard) and "kerubi" (cherub -- something that can turn into
a spirit at will). This was the successor to a generic RPG
adventure entitled "The Secret Treasure of Raguoc in the Acirema
- 1st ed by Ville Vuorela (1994) Burger
A Finnish-language baroque fantasy RPG, with heavy swashbuckling
elements. The title translates as "swordsman". It is set on an
original fantasy world called Arleon, a cross-breed between the
Roman Empire and 17th century Europe with supernatural elements.
The PC's are swashbuckling heroes, facing an evil magical force
known as the Darkfire which spawns monsters and is worshipped by
cultists. Areas that had fallen under its influence turned into
representations of hell. There are witches with powerful magic,
although they rely on numerous ingredients for their spells to
- 1st ed by Mike Pohjola (2003) Johnny Kniga Publishing
A Finnish-language fantasy RPG aimed at immersion in character and
emotional realism. The text focuses on setting and GM instructions,
with simple rules provided for both tabletop and larp. The book
describes the semi-medieval world of Valenor, with a spaghetti
western look and strong political themes. The mechanics aim to
emphasize the character's experience rather than the physical reality.
- 1st ed by Ville Vuorela, Petri Hiltunen (2000) Burger
A Finnish-language fantasy RPG, based on a series of fantasy comics
by Petri Hiltunen. The game takes place in the ancient land of
Jaconia, now a fragment of living land surrounded by cursed ruins
of an ancient superculture, Borvaria. Jaconia consists of about a
dozen kingdoms or city-states, as well as large tracts of unclaimed
land inhabited by barbarian tribes. Adventurers are "praedors",
honourless adventurers who brave the dangers of the Cursed Lands
for loot and magical treasures, only to find that the decadent
courts and shadowy alleys of Jaconia can be even more dangerous.
Stalker - The SciFi Roleplaying Game
- 1st Finnish ed by Ville Vuorela (2008) Burger Games
- 1st English ed by Ville Vuorela (2012) Burger Games
A post-apocalyptic sci-fi RPG, based on the novel Roadside Picnic by
Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Alien visitation has created numerous
Zones dozens of kilometers across, where physical reality has changed
and various artifacts are scattered. Teams of Stalkers travel into
the Zones to recover artifacts, but they risk being destroyed by
anomalies within. It uses a diceless system called the FLOW system.
Resolution works by the GM assigning Idea and Roleplay values to the
action based on player's description. Both values get a +1 if the
character has an applicable ability. The two values are then
multiplied, and if the product is higher than the target number,
the task succeeds.
- 1st ed by Mike Pohjola (2007) Riimuahjo Publishing
A Finnish-language near future roleplaying game where the player characters
are members of a Maoist mutant girl band in the Finland of 2017. The
action of the game revolves around dating, school, parents, rehearsals,
fans, gigs, managers, celebrity and so forth. It uses a resolution
mechanic based on interpreting fortune cookie fortunes.
- 1st ed by Aleksi Stenberg (1997) Saruwine
A Finnish-language fantasy RPG, set on the world of Tasnar
focusing on the land of Medharmark which is modelled after
- 1st ed by Ilmari Virtanen (1995) self-published
A Finnish-language unusual fantasy RPG, whose title is an acronym for
"The Hunters Of Golden Sirbul". It is set on a strange fantasy world
with over 100 intelligent races (25 of which are suitable for character
races), such as the hyper-intelligent Xiga, who float in the air and
have two heads (!).
- 1st ed by Risto J. Hieta, Hans Zenjuga (2001) Artic Ranger Production
A small-press Finnish-language cartoon RPG based on the work of
Finnish cartoon artist Jukka Tilsa. It uses a simple system to
emphasize play as working as if you were drawing a cartoon.
Ultima Thule: Roolipeli muinaisessa Pohjolassa
- 1st ed by Ilmari Piela (1999) Suomalaisen kirjallisuuden seura
A Finnish-language historical RPG set in medieval and pre-medieval
Finland. Although this game touches the national epic of Kalevala,
it does not focus on it. It includes magical spells and monsters,
including historical resources for authentic-feeling spells.
It uses a rules-lite system.
Zombeja! Ovella! / Zombie Cinema
- 1st ed by Eero Tuovinen (2007) Arkenstone Publishing
- 1st English ed (2008) Arkenstone Publishing
A horror genre storytelling game about a zombie apocalypse, that mixes
board game and role-playing elements. Players take turns directing
scenes, and by conflicts with other players their character token may
move closer to the zombie token. If the zombie token is in the same
scene, the player describes how their character is killed. The game
comes in a boxed set that includes a game board, tokens, rules sheet,
and 27 Cinema Cards. Players choose from three types of character
cards for creating their characters.
- 1st ed by Risto J. Hieta, Hans Zenjuga (1999) Artic Ranger Production
- 2nd ed (1999) Artic Ranger Production
A small-press Finnish-language tongue-in-cheeck horror RPG, whose title
translates to "Zombie Roleplaying Game: the Dead". A thin and small
A6-sized booklet, printed by Tehokopiointi KY. The PC's are zombies,
generated by various random-roll methods including previous profession
(lumberjack, celebrity, hobo, mafia boss,...) and how the character
died (i.e. the burglar shot back or bondage game gone too far).
Action resolution uses d6 and d8. There is a live-action version
of this game entitled "Elokalmo" (roughly "Life-Dead").
John H. Kim
Last modified: Thu Apr 14 22:02:47 2016