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Welcome To Elk

Tales of real stories

Elk is an island with tales of real stories. Stories from people who have experienced them or who have heard first-hand accounts, like Lauge who lived in Greenland and rural California. (Lauge is also brother to Astrid, the director on Elk.)

Tragic stories told with love and sometimes humour

On Elk it’s known that humour, love and death go hand in hand. Life may seem hard sometimes, but it is always followed by laughter.

Unique mini games

Help your new friends on Elk through playful mini games. All games are uniquely tailored to underline the story and the mood of the game.

Story

You play as Frigg, a young carpenter traveling to Elk for an apprenticeship. She is used to an outgoing and hectic lifestyle in the city. How will she handle the isolated life on Elk with only few young people around her and no internet?

Make new friends

On Elk, you will meet weird and wonderful characters – people whom the world has either ignored or forgotten. Follow their ups and downs, their odd drinking rituals and their unique ways of tackling whatever life throws at them.

Meet the people who told the original stories

We value the importance of storytellers, those who carry the tales of others and share them. That’s why, in Elk, you will also meet the living storytellers who inspired us to make this game.

Release 2020

Follow our Letters from Elk and get a postcard!

When was the last time someone sent you an actual letter, a real one, handwritten and with a stamp? Let us send you one!

Everyone who subscribes to Letters from Elk, can choose to receive one handwritten postcard from someone on the team. If you want a postcard then leave us your address! We will only use it this one time and delete it after.

Our Letters from Elk are the true stories the game is built on – don’t worry they won’t spoil the game, but are part of the whole mystery surrounding the island of Elk.

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True Stories

Sometimes someone tells you a story, a story so good, crazy or weird that it’s hard to believe this actually happened. We have created Elk using stories like this.

We have changed names and places in the real stories, most of them are write-ups from transcripts of Lauge telling the story to the team behind Elk (often including beers). We will post a new story each month here on the page and in our newsletter.

A story from Karsten

In the North, it’s not only cold, it’s also dark. Especially in December – it’s as cold as it is dark!

But December is also a joyful time, with Christmas and family festivities happening. The town’s Christmas tree stands tangled in electric bulbs and yellow paper stars sit in windows, casting a cosy dim light on the snow.

But in Marie’s house, there was no joy. Jakob, her […]

She is someone

I was working as a carpenter in Greenland. I was young at the time and it was my first winter in the bygd (small settlement in Greenland) All days were cold and dark and nothing like what I was used to back in Denmark. 

I was working all weekdays with almost no daylight, when I was hammering nails, the nails would stick to my glove because of the frost. […]

Killing Klumben

I had promised my friend Asta that her rabbit Klumben would be in good hands while she lived in the US for some months. We had 3 rabbits in total, Jim Seven, Ponyo and Klumben, they all lived in nice cages Asta had built for them at the university garden. 

It was winter, and the rabbits were all fluffy and winter-furry, but Klumben wasn’t feeling well. […]

When a muskox walks on your head

This is a story about my friends, back when I was living in Greenland.

Musen, Carsten Sur and a girlfriend to one of them (I can’t remember who’s girlfriend she was, but she was the nurse from the seaside town where we lived) went on a fishing trip, traveling away from the ocean and instead towards the mainland. 

They went by plane so they could get farther up […]

Lauge and the diamond smuggelers

I was around 20 years old when Rosa (a good friend of mine) and I had rather spontaneously decided to go to India. It turned out to be a backpacking trip made of nightmares. Rosa lost her passport (or didn’t have one), we missed a plane in Istanbul and I ate something which gave me such a running stomach to the point where I had no […]

Sue, George and The Bikers

It was before George went to prison when Sue and him were still young. They were each other’s best friends and siblings too.

The two of them would spend most days hanging together at the Hermit bar. They did not have much else to do other than drink and play cards with the rest of the people there.

Sue and George looked tough and would sometimes […]

Out of beer out of here

Bobbie and Sue lived up the road. They were very much in love and could go hours without speaking, enjoying the quiet company of one another.

The couple would spend most of their days walking to get beer. They would drink so much beer that they didn’t really ever need to eat food. If they felt hungry, they would just eat a biscuit.

(I guess some […]

The frozen man

We called him “A Tall Whiskey a Day”, he worked at the weather station, I think he had been an actor back in Denmark. A good man with a lot of humor who could drink a whole bottle of whiskey a day and still do a good job at the weather station.

I was in Greenland back then, in the early 80’s working as a carpenter. On the day where […]

When Anders died

Anders lived up in the woods in the trailer that his parents had left his sister Annie and him. Each day he would walk through the woods to the Hermit bar when they opened around 12 noon. He would stay until the bar closed and before going back home he would buy himself some more beers for the walk.

Sometimes if he felt the night was still young […]

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