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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, October 1 2016 9:28 PM UTC +00:00

About

About The Game

Northern Winds is a Role-Playing System unlike any other, focused on how your character interacts with their fate, finds their calling, and becomes a legend! The unique blend of myth and magic, brutal combat, and real history sets the stage for truly epic storytelling, making the characters a part of the world, rather than simply traipsing over it. Character's reputations, histories, and backgrounds have real, tangible effects on the world of the North-Lands.

Players new to tabletop role-playing games will find a straightforward system, with logical rules and clear explanations that are easy to jump into, and most important of all, fun to play! There are even tiered variants of rules, designed for faster, simpler gaming, which are easy to adjust, whether you want a more magical environment, or a more visceral, historical game. 

Veteran gamers will see the potential for infinite possibilities in our Character Creation System. No more being locked into the “Best” build for one playstyle or another: YOU decide what makes your character Epic! Our Renown System allows you to harness your character’s growing reputation to become whatever you desire. 

Game-Masters will find a rich, varied world, a flexible story-telling style, and a variety of tools to help you design or modify adventures to suit your party! Our Fate System allows GM’s to adapt quickly to unpredictable players, and generate new content with ease. 

About The System

Northern Winds is a dice-based system, using polyhedral dice, from d4 through d12. The mechanics of the system are based in exploring a character’s natural abilities, their fate, and their eventual fame. 

Characters begin the game with 8 Traits, such as Might, Swiftness, and Wisdom, and a variety of Skills, such as Tracking, Swimming, or Bartering, at which they are naturally gifted. Players may choose to capitalize on these natural gifts, using what Fate has granted them, or choose to ignore, or even fight against them. After all, a mighty warrior might wish only to be a simple farmer, and a scrawny fisherman might aspire to stand on the Shield Wall in a great battle. 

As characters have experiences, they gain Wyrd, representing their spiritual power, and control over their Fate. These may be spent to increase their Traits and Skills, as well as to alter the course of events. 

They will also, in time, gain Renown, gaining Titles befitting their Glorious Deeds; Once Bjorn the Farmer slays a bear, he will thereafter be known as Bjorn the Bear-Slayer! In the world of Northern Winds, these Titles represent a kind of inertia of reputation, granting characters bonuses to the tasks for which they have become Renowned. 

In time, the Character’s Renown itself becomes a vehicle for further adventure; They may be granted lands to protect by their Jarl, or may even attract the attention of supernatural beings. 

Fate Tables allow the Game-Master to randomize certain events, such as encounters while travelling, and they are also used during Character Creation. They are used by drawing a Rune from a set of the 24 Elder Futhark Runes. Sets of these are available as a Backer Reward; alternatively there is a conversion chart for Percentile Dice, or you can make your own using slips of paper, or whatever else you choose. 

Combat in Northern Winds is based in Historical Martial Arts, reconstructed from a variety of sources, based on the extensive research and martial arts experience of the authors. Combat is fast, and fatal for the unprepared. Great Skill alone may allow you to triumph, but Techniques employed by the crafty may allow your Character an edge: Axes may hook a shield, pulling it out of the way for an easier strike. Swords and seaxes may pierce through armor with a thrust, and Great-Axes may smash an opponent’s shield or armor to bits! 

Magic in the North-Lands ranges from the subtle bewitchment and illusion of the Kona to the mighty thunderbolts from a Valar of Thor; Based on descriptions from historical sources and sacred texts, including Odin’s Quest for the Runes in the Havamal, a variety of spells and magical abilities are available to those wise enough to find them, and skilled enough to learn them. 

Crafting is an integral part of Northern Winds. Characters with the skill to work metal or leather will find themselves able to make superior weapons and armor. Those who cannot may still commission customized weapons and armor from a craftsman, to best suit whatever dangers they face. 

 About The World: 

The North-Lands exist in a balance between the reality of 10th Century Norway, and the world of Myth and Legend. History buffs will recognize the names of famous heroes, and infamous villains; Haakon the Good, son of Harald Fairhair is High King, through a series of careful alliances and diplomacy. But his murderous half-brother, whose tyrannical reign he deposed, has sailed across the Western Ocean to plot his downfall. Yet magic has intertwined with history here: Rumours of Jotunns, the Frost Giants of legend, have begun to spread. Some swear they have seen them on the inland glaciers, moving about on mysterious errands, grim and unknown. Others claim to have heard the mining-chants of the Dvergar, deep in caves, or seen a fleeting glimpse of one of the Alfir, in the verdant reaches of the forest. One thing is for certain: The peace the North-Lands now enjoy cannot hold forever. Are you ready to seize Glory from whatever Fate may bring?

About Our Backer Rewards: 

Gladsheim Games believes in Frith, the Norse customs of hospitality and generosity. So, we’ve tried to make sure our Backer Rewards represent the best value to you that they possibly can. What follows is a brief description of each item available as a Backer Reward, at various Tiers: 

Thank You E-Mail  
We appreciate each and every donation to help make this game a reality, and we want to thank you for your contribution! We will personally write an e-mail to each and every backer who donates to our Kickstarter.  
Core Book The Core Rules includes Character Creation, Combat Rules, a list of available Equipment, Weapons, and Armor, the complete lists of abilities for each Class, as well as a Bestiary, a Game Master’s Guide, full of helpful tips for running or writing your own game, and more besides. This edition contains everything you need to run your very own Northern Winds game, aside from some pencils, paper, and some creativity. That means no more buying three books before you can even start a game! The Digital Edition will be formatted for clear, easy reading on a tablet or laptop, and searchable to help you find what you need quickly and easily. The Print Edition will be Perfect-Bound, with black-and-white illustration throughout, with color illustration as a possible stretch goal.

North-Lands Guide
This handy guide is something like a Location Book in other systems. It includes a list of locations, features, characters, and maps. It also features a guide to Norse culture, religion, and customs to use in your own game. It's packed with adventures in every location, from simple caravan escorts, to daring rescues and tremendous, sea-spanning raids. In addition, it contains histories for each location and character, allowing you to play in the rich and storied world of the North-Lands. The Digital Edition will be formatted for clear, easy reading on a tablet or laptop, and searchable to help you find what you need quickly and easily. The Print Edition will be Perfect-Bound, with black-and-white illustration throughout, with color illustration as a possible stretch goal.

 Basic Rune Set 
A set of each of the 24 Elder Futhark Runes, letters of the Norse alphabet, thought to be imbued with magical power by Odin himself. This set is on handsome glass beads, in a variety of colors, complete with a drawstring bag. 

Deluxe Parchment Character Sheets
Isn’t your mighty adventurer more worthy than a simple sheet of printer paper? Record your heroes’ deed in Epic fashion on this set of 8 Character Sheets, printed on fine Parchment Paper. 

Amber Wyrd Beads 
Wyrd is a measure of your character’s control over their Fate, how well they meet the challenges set before them. It is granted by GM’s for skilled play, and spent by characters to increase Skills and Traits, or to turn Fate in their favor. These amber-colored beads give you the satisfaction of a physical object to move around the table as a reward, complete with a drawstring bag for storage. 

Blue Alu Beads
In Northern Winds, Alu is a magic-using character’s source of power. It represents how aligned with the will of their patron deity their actions have been, and is expended to cast spells and use other abilities. These blue glass beads aid players in tracking their character’s Alu, and include a drawstring bag for easy storage. 

Stone Rune Set 
Suitable for the Epic gaming table, these Runes are made from matched sets of semi-precious stones, and carved with the Runes, as well as painted for easy visibility. 

NPC Creation:
 At the Honored Thegn level, we will contact you about making your very own Northern Winds character (This also means you’ll see the Character Creation rules before we ship), and write their backstory as a part of the world of the North-Lands. Depending on the type of character you create, they may be a humble merchant in town, a mysterious traveler on the road, or a warrior the party may find on the battlefield. At the Legendary Thegn Level, your character will play a significant part in an adventure in the North-Lands Guide. Are they a brave Huskarl who will try to defend their Lord in a time of peril, only to join the party to avenge his death? Or will they be a bandit leader, plaguing a humble village with theft and violence? The role you play in the legend is up to you! 

Game With Us!
At the Eternal Thegn of Gladsheim Tier, we would be honored to run a game of Northern Winds for you and the rest of your gaming group! We will make every effort to arrange a game for your group, either at our location, or yours, and run an adventure custom-built for your group! Because we are located in Virginia, this may be subject to additional travel expenses, based on location. Please contact us, and we’ll make it happen! 

We appreciate your time, and hope you'll consider backing us, as we keep bringing legends to life at your table.

"With half a loaf and a tilted bowl, often have I found myself a friend"
-Havamal, Verse 52

Risks and challenges

Since we have been developing and testing Northern Winds since 2012, The Core Book is largely complete, requiring only some filling in in places like descriptions of enemies (we've been too busy slaying them!).

All of the lore and world-building already exists as well, it simply needs to be formatted into adventures ready for your party!

Your donations will allow us to have the book professionally formatted, arranged, and printed. We will be working with a team of talented illustrators to give Northern Winds a unique art style and feel. This might represent a delay, as the creative process always takes time, but we've attempted to mitigate this by having a team of illustrators with similar styles, who can "cover" one another if needed. However, we have total confidence in our illustrators.

We have already made arrangements with a printer, as well as graphic designers (The incredible folks at QLAB Creative, who produced our video above) to fulfill our editing and graphic design needs, and they are standing by to make your copy of Northern Winds a reality.

The primary place where issues might arise is in delays during the formatting and publishing process, since these are outside of our direct control. However, if these arrangements fall through, or experience delays, we are prepared to pursue other options and contact as many printing houses or illustrators as are necessary to fulfill your orders.

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