The Banner Saga

It doesn’t happen often that I cover computer games on this blog, but there are a few exceptions to the rule. Today I want to make such an exception for The Banner Saga, an epic roleplaying game inspired by Viking legends, which I picked up from Steam this weekend. Even if you are an avid tabletop gamer, there’s much to love in The Banner Saga.

The first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful, handpainted artwork that gives the game its distinctive style. Nowadays computer games often use 3D graphics but The Banner Saga’s presentation harkens back to the golden age of 2D adventure games. I’ve included a couple of screenshots below for your convenience.

DownloadIn The Banner Saga you control the fate of two groups of people: an army of varl (huge  horned giants) accompanied by the son of the human king and his retinue and a group of human refugees fleeing from the dredge. The dredge are the main antagonists of the story, large golem-like creatures who are waging a terrible war against varl and humans alike. The game confronts the player with a lot of difficult situations and more often then not you have to make hard choices and every decision has dire consequences. Do you allow a group of fighters you meet on the road join your army or you let them fend for themselves? Do you charge into battle or do you pick a more defensive stance? Do you fight against your fellow men or do you avoid that? Do you buy more supplies for your army, or do you acquire items which will help you during battles? Every bad decision may lead to the loss of lives.

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WotO Part VI

Sci-Fi Fridays! Wanderers of the Outlands Part VI

Thanks for coming back dear reader. Here is part 6 of the continuing series where I share can’t the background and rules for my upcoming Savage Worlds sci-fi campaign. This one is a long post, the house rules for the campaign. I use many sources, mainly the Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition, the new Science Fiction Compendium, some ideas from Daring Tales of the Space Lanes and from Agents of Oblivion. Also I have to give credit to the wonderful supplement Savage Space, created by the wonderful Chaotic GM. There is a LOT in here taken directly from his work. He’s given me permission to reproduce it here. Thank you for your kindness.

These are the link for the previous entries in the series if you came on-board late: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and Part V. Continue reading

WotO Part V

Sci-Fi Fridays! Wanderers of the Outlands Part V

I can’t believe this is the 5th week of the series… Thanks for coming back for another installment of Sci-Fi Fridays.  This is a continuation from last week’s look at the greater galaxy beyond the Outlands, the setting of my upcoming Savage Worlds sci-fi campaign. These are the link for the previous entries in the series: Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV.

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