My Comics about the Vikings: One Step Further

If you are reading this, chances are that you have come seeking further knowledge from my previous post regarding comics about the Vikings and where to begin. If not, well, you are in for a double bill and you can find the first part of this here: https://manaburnt.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/my-comics-about-the-vikings-where-to-begin/

So, you have gone around reading about Thorsfinn, Sven the Badass, the reckless Siegfried and our daring Valkyrie and you have thought to yourself: I need more. I need that extra layer. Then, you are now part of the brotherhood and I shall guide you throughout this process. The next three pieces I present you with provide different looks on to Early Scandinavian society and the Viking Age. The vary in tone and style. But I think, above all, what they provide us with is a further degree of immersion. Now I appreciate Northlanders is pretty good for that…but I never said it was about better quality: this is just about the extra bits.

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My Comics about the Vikings: Where to Begin

It’s been a while since I have gone down the comic business, mostly because I have been caught up with other stuff that was non-comic related. I have been playing lots of board games lately, I guess that has been more on my mind. But, as you all know, comics and I are like bread and butter. I have noticed that there was one thing that I had not done yet, which perhaps some of you may find interesting, and that relates to my studies directly. So as I have been revising my sources for a paper I am currently writing, I thought, “Hey, why not share some of these bad boys to the rest of our friends?”. Therefore, here I present you with my list of, badass, cool (and in most cases historically accurate) comics and graphic novels regarding the Vikings :3

You will find the big boys, aka Marvel and DC, do not publish much on the subject of historically related subjects in their mainstream stuff, which SUCKS. You gotta go to Image and independent publishers to get this sort of things. So if you haven’t heard of a lot of these people, don’t panic.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 – An RPG actually for Roleplayers

The latest PC RPG in the Divinity series by Larian Studios was released a few weeks ago. It’s a true RPG in the classic style, with a top-down view, turn-based tactical combat, and plenty of dialogue and story to sink your teeth into. We’ve had quite a few RPGs of this classic style appear in recent years. Original Sin 2 doesn’t just aim to bring back that classic experience though, it really takes things to the next level, with excellent modern graphics, full (and hilarious) voice acting, and a bunch of slick modern updates to the formula in terms of combat, UI, and design. The game was in Steam’s Early Access before this full release for just a year and has been successfully launched with a high level of polish, showing all the other Early Access developers how it’s done.

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I’m just going to jump straight in and tell you the what the best thing about this game is, as alluded to by the title; the roleplaying potential, and the story. These days it feels like most RPGs are missing what their purpose should be. Especially with the lines becoming increasingly blurred between genres, which isn’t a bad thing, but there are so many games with ‘RPG elements’ which seems to just mean that there’s a bunch of stats, loot, and grindy leveling. If that’s the average impression of what identifies an RPG, then something is terribly wrong here. What I’m getting at here is that Original Sin 2 seems to actually aim to realise the true purpose of an RPG, which is quite simply, Roleplaying! Continue reading “Divinity: Original Sin 2 – An RPG actually for Roleplayers”

The Great House of Snarfari – Epic (Or Not?) Tales of a Noob Playing Crusader Kings II

Earlier on this year, I was introduced to Crusader Kings II. I have played a few times since, but I must say, this run I will be sharing with you today was, by far, the most successful – and dare I say the most enjoyable. I decided to play in Denmark at the very beginning of the early middle ages, (with all the settings historically accurate, why would you have Aztecs invading Europe?! Why?!?!). I also decided I would be creating my own faction, customising the Danish king to my liking because VikingGalGeekHistorianHasObsessionProblems… So this is how I ended with a 16-year-old queen that no one liked…To begin with.

The reason why I said this has been my most successful run of the game is not because of an incredible score (I think I ended around the 5000 something, borderline 6000 prestige points, which I guess wasn’t terrible. Actually in comparison to the noble family that you are given as a point of reference from history, it seemed fair considering that at this stage I didn’t have a clue of what the hell I was actually doing!). I am saying this has been my better game because the ones I have played since have been utterly disastrous, even though I now technically understand how the game works better…

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Geek Obsession #9 – Terry Pratchet’s Discworld

I haven’t done one of these for a while, but considering that just last week the exhibition about Terry Pratchet opened in the museum of Salisbury (UK), I thought it would be fitting. I am hoping Alex and I will get to go to the actual gallery and show you what they have there, but in the meantime, you will have to conform yourselves with what I have myself at home! If you have been following us for a while, you would be aware of some of our Discworld collection because of some goodies we obtained when we attended the Terry Pratchet memorial at the Barbican in London. (Here it is in case you didn’t see it or don’t recall – https://manaburnt.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/terry-practchett-a-memorial/ ).

Hacia bastante que no hacia una de estas y ya que han abierto la exhibición sobre Terry Pratchet en el museo de Salisbury, pues me aprecio apropiada. Espero que Alex y yo podamos ir a echarle un vistazo, y de paso enseñaros lo que hay por allí, pero, hasta entonces, os tendréis que confirmar con nuestras propias frikadas. Si nos seguís desde hace tiempo, igual ya conocéis alguna de ellas ya que las adquirimos al ir al memorial de Sir Terry en 2016 en el Barbican de Londres. (Aqui teneis el link de aquella entrada en caso de que no la conozcais – https://manaburnt.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/terry-practchett-a-memorial/).

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Geek Etymology – Drow and Dark Elves

Time to have another crack at looking at the origins of geeky terminology. This time I’ll be looking at where the ‘Drow’ came from, as well as taking this as an opportunity to look at where the concept of a ‘Dark Elf’ originates and how the two terms came to be linked.

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First of all we should establish what the current understanding of the term ‘Drow’ is. The Drow are a fantasy race that are dark skinned, usually white-haired, and share most other characteristics with other Elves. They are generally depicted as being evil and living deep underground, and having an affinity for dark magic, stealth, and spiders. The D&D 5th Edition Player’s Handbook says of them:
“Descended from an earlier subrace of dark-skinned elves; the drow were banished from the surface world for following the goddess Lolth down the path to evil and corruption.”
As I mentioned, the Drow are also referred to as ‘Dark Elves’, a term that is used far more widely than ‘Drow’, which is mostly limited to Dungeons & Dragons and things that take inspiration directly from it. There are Dark Elves in many other fantasy settings, including The Elder Scrolls, Warhammer, Kingdoms of Amalur, and the ‘Night Elves’ of Warcraft share a resemblance.
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My Top 5 Actual Play RPG Podcasts

If you like RPGs, but can rarely get a group together to play, or even have yet to try one, then you may be able to scratch the roleplaying itch with an ‘actual play’ podcast. This is essentially just a recording of someone’s RPG session, rather than something scripted or otherwise retold, hence ‘actual play’.

These kind of podcasts can be really useful to give you ideas and even show you a good example of what playing an RPG is like if you’ve never had the chance. Before I started playing RPGs several years ago I looked for something to show me how it’s done and I stumbled across an actual play podcast called ‘Critical Hit’ from majorspoilers.com, and that gave me a pretty good idea of D&D 4th Edition, which is what I started with. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them now, as I haven’t listened to them in over 5 years, but you can find all the podcasts at their website HERE. They are still going to this day.

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The first I would really recommend on my list, in no particular order, isn’t technically a podcast, but more of a Twitch stream and youtube series, but it can be easily converted to audio. This is High Rollers D&D, done by a few people from the Yogscast from Youtube. Continue reading “My Top 5 Actual Play RPG Podcasts”