The Terror Meets Deadwood in Space in Coriolis: The Great Dark, From Free League

Emanuela (20. February 2024 15:00 )
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Coriolis: The Great Dark Roleplaying Game Announced – Coming to Kickstarter March 19

Free League's Original Science Fiction RPG Returns


Stockholm, Sweden (February 20, 2023)  Free League Publishing is proud to announce Coriolis: The Great Dark, a brand-new science fiction roleplaying game about exploration, mysteries, and intrigue at the far edge of space. Venture out into the unknown on mighty Greatships, delve deep into ancient ruins, and partake in the Byzantine schemes of powerful guilds.

Coriolis: The Great Dark will launch on Kickstarter on March 19. Inspired by 19th-century polar expeditions, deep sea diving, and pulp archeology, Coriolis: The Great Dark offers a new take on sci-fi roleplaying that emphasizes mystery, a sense of wonder, and breathtaking visuals.

Coriolis: The Great Dark Kickstarter-Sign Up Page

All backers who pledge levels with physical rewards within the first 24 hours will receive a soon-to-be-revealed bonus item.

Backers and retailers alike eager to enlist can visit the Kickstarter pre-launch page and sign up to be notified the moment the campaign goes live. If successfully funded, all backers will get the PDF version of the game months ahead of the official release.

Coriolis: The Great Dark functions as a fully standalone game and a sequel to the critically acclaimed Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, Free League's very first science fiction RPG. Coriolis – The Third Horizon was granted the Judges Spotlight Award in the ENNIE Awards 2017 and was one of the first international releases from Free League.


Coriolis: The Great Dark launches you into a desolate part of space – The Lost Horizon. Here, a fledgling human civilization who fled war tries to stake out a new life in a harsh environment while expeditions are sent out into deep space to find resources for survival and valuable artifacts.

As explorers in forgotten star systems, players will partake in expeditions on mighty Greatships and venture into old ruins after a long-lost civilization of God-like beings. Coriolis: The Great Dark is a game about hope and enduring against all odds.

This sequel to Coriolis — The Third Horizon showcases an all-new setting and mechanics – with a focus on exploration, a sense of wonder, sci-fi action, and faction intrigue. The rules include explorer generation, combat, exploration, and expeditions.

A boxed campaign set entitled The Flowers of Algorab is also part of the Kickstarter and will launch alongside the core game.



The rules of the game are based on the acclaimed Year Zero Engine — used in award-winning games such as ALIEN The Roleplaying Game, Blade Runner The Roleplaying Game, Tales From the Loop RPG, The Walking Dead Universe RPG, and the upcoming The Electric State RPG — but uniquely tailored for this new game.

As part of the new release, Free League is creating a new free and open license for third-party content for Coriolis: The Great Dark as well as Coriolis – The Third Horizon. With this license, all creators will have an irrevocable, worldwide, and royalty-free right to freely create, produce, and sell content and expansions for both games and their settings.

Free League is one of the most funded RPG publishers on Kickstarter, raising over $10M across 34 successful campaigns including Dragonbane, Alien The Roleplaying Game, Blade Runner The Roleplaying Game, The One Ring™ RPG, Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying, Forbidden Lands, and Tales from the Loop RPG. 

Free League co-founders Kosta Kostulas, Nils Karlén, and Martin Grip took the lead in designing the game with a new version of the award-winning Year Zero Engine created by Tomas Härenstam. Original artwork comes from lead Blade Runner RPG, Alien RPG, and Coriolis – The Third Horizon artist Martin Grip, with graphic design by Christian Granath. 
More details will be shared via Free League's social media accounts in the weeks leading up to launch. Follow them on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube, and visit their official website at to stay updated.

About Free League Publishing

Free League Publishing is a game studio and publisher dedicated to speculative fiction based in Stockholm, Sweden. We have published a wide range of award-winning tabletop roleplaying games and acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.

Our upcoming games include Zone Wars - A Mutant: Year Zero Wargame and The Electric State Roleplaying Game

Our current game portfolio includes the official The Walking Dead Universe RPG, the fantasy RPG Dragonbane, the MÖRK BORG spin-off RPG PIRATE BORG, the official Blade Runner RPG, The One Ring™ roleplaying game and The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying for 5E, Tales From the Loop - The Board Game, the official ALIEN RPG (Gold ENNIE for Best Game 2020), the Gothic horror game Vaesen (winner of three ENNIE Awards 2021), the pitch-black fantasy RPG MÖRK BORG (winner of four ENNIE Awards 2020), the alternate '80s Tales From the Loop RPG (winner of five ENNIE Awards 2017, including Best Game), the retro-fantasy Forbidden Lands (winner of four ENNIE Awards 2019), the postapocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero (Silver ENNIE for Best Rules 2015), the science fiction games Coriolis - The Third Horizon (Judge's Spotlight Award 2017) and Death in Space, the dark fantasy game Symbaroum, the weird-fantasy Into the Odd Remastered, the cyberpunk RPG CY_BORG, and the new edition of the RPG classic Twilight: 2000 (Judges Award for Best RPG at UK Games Expo 2022).

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