I am seriously pumped up for Ragnarok: Heavy Metal Combat in the Viking Age, a new strategic miniature based skirmish game coming from Osprey Games in late May of 2019. Mostly, well, because I play every game like a Viking berserker, which makes Monopoly a little hazardous at my house.
Ragnarok is a campaign-driven skirmish game in which players form a Viking war clan seeking to prove itself worthy of becoming the new pantheon. The use of a mechanic called Godspark means that battles are no longer determined by merely striking an opponent and dealing damage. Instead, warriors will be pushing, throwing, and crashing their opponents around the battlefield, making their very environment a weapon. As the war clans develop, they may gain glorious new powers that will bring them closer to godhood, or win the respect of the denizens of the realms, allowing them to bring dire wolves, dwarves, and even the dreaded giants into their war clans. With strategic gameplay and epic storytelling, players must write their own sagas and tell of how their war clans have, through blood and steel, clawed their way up from ruin to stand before the halls of Valhalla.
The premise behind Ragnarok is a pretty cool one, with old Norse Gods defeated and warbands vying for dominance. Here’s Ragnarok creator/author Tim Korklewski:
Ragnarok takes everything we love about comic books and Vikings and smashes it all together to create something visceral and epic. Much akin to many comics and other fantasy works, Ragnarok did not happen as was told by our mythologies. In the world of Ragnarok, the dread dragon Niddhoggr the Malice Striker has devoured the roots out from under the World Ash, Yggdrasil, and the great tree has toppled onto its side, crashing the nine realms of mortal and supernatural together. Asgard, located at the top of Yggdrasil, was utterly destroyed upon impact, the realm exploding into nothingness, killing all of the Aesir. With the Aesir dead and the fires of ruin consuming the worlds, your war clan of Viking warriors know what it must do to survive the desctruction of the Nine Realms and restore order: THEY must become the new gods!
There are already so many great miniatures on the market that can be used for Ragnarok, including the fantastic Barbarians plastic kit for Frostgrave!
This is sounding more metal by the minute! Ragnarok: Heavy Metal Combat in the Viking Age will be released on May 30th, 2019 from Osprey Games, and comes in a hefty, 208 page hardback book. Check your local game store for pre-order information!