RPG Encyclopedia: Danish

1st ed by Palle Schmidt, Malik Hyltoft (2000) Høst and Søn
A Danish-language science fiction RPG, set in Denmark in 2012 of a dark future. In the year 2007 a new "self-protection" act gives over much power to private citizens. The PCs are all private detectives belonging to the same firm, which is left to the GM to define. The background is focused on the Danish capital of Copenhagen, where most of the action occurs. It uses a simple dice-pool system, where you roll d6's equal to attribute + skill (both rating 1 to 6). Any roll of 6 gives you a success, but if you roll more 1s than you have in either skill or ability, you get a fiasco. Note that it is possible to get both a success and a fiasco.
1st ed by Jacob Octavius Jarlskov (1991) Caligula Forlag
2nd ed (1999)
3rd ed (2003)
A Danish-language fantasy game, whose title translates as "LEF: The Collected Works". "LEF" is an acronym for "Levende Eventyr og Fantasi" -- meaning "Living Adventure and Fantasy". It is set in the world of Valhel, a medieval fantasy world with humans along with elves, dwarfs and trolls. It uses a d6-based rules system, where action resolution is skill plus 2d6 vs difficulty (with some complications for combat). Character creation is point-based: pick one of two broad classes ("learned" and "practical"), and then spend starting experience points on attributes and skills. Attributes range from 1 to 3 dice, with 1 being the default (except for magic which starts at 0). Skills range from 1 to 6. The cost varies depending on skill and class, and starting rank is randomly determined as a 1d6 roll. There is a magic system with five types of magic, each of which work differently. The core rulebook is a oversize black hardback (30 by 19 by 3 cm), with a bookmark ribbon sewn in, and embossed logo of a crowned horse on the spine and back. There is a picture at the Danish Alexandria site. The original system concept was from 1981 -- with first publication in 1991, second in 1999, third in 2003.
Med ild og sværd
1st ed by Jørn Eriksen (1984) self-published
A Danish-language fantasy mini-RPG, whose title translates as "With fire and sword". It claims to be "the first fantasy roleplaying game in the history of Denmark" which is probably correct. The rulebook is 20 A4 pages with a sketched cover. It is essentially a basic system focused on miniatures combat, with no explanation of what role-playing is. There was only one edition and no supplements.
På eventyr i Vildmarken
1st ed by Klaus Johansen, Paul Hartvigson (1986) Forlaget Stavnsager ApS
A Danish-language RPG of wilderness adventures. The title translates as "Adventuring in the Wilderness". It assumes a generic realistic setting (Earth or near-Earth fantasy). The basic game includes a set of generic historical characters and a wilderness region complete with hex-maps. It uses a simple system aimed at beginners.
Skæbner og Skatte
1st ed (1986) unknown
A Danish-language RPG, whose title translates as "Destinies and Treasures". It comes as a box-set with 3 small booklets (A5 size), dices, and a overhead-pen and coated hexagonal sheet (which was actually the inside of the box). It includes a pulp genre introductory scenario of a white explorer in the jungle, but also supports medieval scenarios.
1st ed by Mads Lunau Madsen, Troels Christian Jacobsen, Malik Hyltoft (1990) Bogfabrikken Fakta
A Danish-language historical RPG about the daily lives of Sandinavian vikings in 800 A.D. It concentrates on historical detail and has no fantasy or mythological elements. There are optional rules for folk magic, including using runes for prediction and herbal concoctions. There are two adventures published: "Glemt af Valhal" (Forgotten by Valhalla) and "Rejsen til Nordhavet" (The Journey to the North Sea).
VP: Via Prudensia
1st ed by Gimle Larsen, Ask Agger (1994) Modtryk
A Danish-language universal RPG system with no specific setting. It is a 128-page A4-size book with a color cover. The rules are similar to GURPS and focused on combat. There is only a single edition and no supplements, but it has had some popularity within Denmark.

John H. Kim <jhkim@darkshire.net>
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