The life of a Viking has been glamorized and made the stuff of legend. Truth and myth have intertwined to create stories and tales of brave warriors who risked it all to find adventure, fortune, and fame. In this game, you must do the same or your name might be forgotten.
Disbelief, failure, and consequence. That is how one could sum up the reason for the 40 year curse of the Israelites who traversed the desert suffering hardship, famine, death, and despair. But it’s also a story of bravery, redemption, and of renewed and unquestionable faith. In this game, none of that happens, but your patience might be tested.
For every rule book there is a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) sheet. For every typo on a card there is an errata list. Mistakes are made and not every corner can be covered. Game designers go out of their way to ensure that their game has rules that can be followed and understood. Well, not every game designer. This game, for example, was purposely left with holes.
On our planet are two sleeping computer giants. These supercomputers command and control a vast amount of explosive and lethal military might. Their one objective is to keep their country safe. How they go about that is up to the computer, but one thing is for certain. In order to win the war, you have to survive it.
Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher, Sun Tzu, said ” Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack.” The actions of a warrior are dangerous and calculated, but nothing is for certain. Even when the enemy is upon you, the outcome of the battle is an unknown until the last warrior is standing. In this game, you will control warriors from distant lands. Victory will go to the bold, the brave, and the reckless.
As the gods’ power dwindled, they realized they were no longer a going concern with mortals. In a last-ditch effort to once again maintain their deity power and status, they form rock groups and compete in the most epic battle of the bands humanity has ever seen or heard. As you can imagine, tickets are surprisingly expensive, but the venues are outstanding.
To obtain power, one must take risks. There are others who seek the same prize as you and are just as willing to risk it all. This makes the prize all the more precious and dangerous. To the victor will go all the spoils. For those who are defeated, a shallow grave is their only reward, but such is the fate of all who reach too far and fall.
When the aliens came, none could stand against them. We fought back, and for a time, it seemed like all was lost. Then, one day, they left. All that remained was a broken planet and too few of the human race. But from the ashes, new factions arose. The land might be burning, but so were the hearts of those who wanted to survive and survival meant controlling that which almost killed us all.
The actions we take either further our own goals or the goals of others. Some believe the more we give, the more we will receive in this world and the next. Karma is like a celestial accountant, keeping track of all that we do and writing little tick marks in various columns. In this game, you are doing all you can to cook the celestial accounting books to balance in your favor.