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.
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.
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.
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.
We want to introduce you to Mister Bo.
Mister Bo is one of a kind. A man who doesn’t just generate one story but hundreds, even if most are probably rumours.
It would be true to say Mister Bo has a lot. He lives in a big house full of expensive bits and bobs. He owns a bar, which he only opens when he wants to hang out with friends. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
We already told you about how Anders died three times, (if you have not read it – you can find it here https://www.welcometoelk.com/2019/01/23/when-anders-died/) this is the story about how Anders’ sister Beth “died” too.
When Beth was not working she would hang with the rest of the people at the Hermit bar.
The Hermit bar was where everyone met, they did […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
How we have used true stories in Welcome to Elk.
True stories? How to use a true story in an ethical way? This is how we have dealt with it in Welcome to Elk:
The stories in Welcome to Elk are told by the people who we know and/or were there when the events took place. All are told from memory. The way they are used both on our web page, and in the game, is true to the core story. However everything like names, locations and other details are changed, renamed and often re-framed to protect the real people behind them, therefore, we call them tall tales. The stories are not 1:1 like you would experience in true crime for example. They are rewritten and combined into one linear narrative. Characters may play a role in one story where they were not a part of originally, and it’s only us who designed the game that will ever know – or come close to the real truth of the stories.
Welcome to Elk might look like a “fun” game but it’s about telling stories – some are filled with humour, others are dark, but they go hand in hand.