Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok is designed and written by Andrew Valkauskas (FOTN, FOTN:R, Maize, Infinitum, Somnambulist) and illustrated by Helena Rosova (Mlada Fronta books for children, "Peace with seals" animation CZ/IT co-production) and also illustrated by Richard Kane Ferguson (Magic the Gathering, White Wolf, Marvel).
What is the Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok 20th Anniversary Edition?
The Fate of the Norns line of role playing games are deeply set in Viking history and mythology. FOTN will be turning 20 years old in 2013! To commemorate the occasion, we plan on releasing a special anniversary edition of the latest and greatest offering called "Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok". This version of the role-playing game utilizes Viking runes as the core mechanic to resolve actions and conflicts. We have collected six years of feedback on the runic game system (RGS) and are ready to release a very well balanced and thoroughly thought out core game book.
What is the game about?
Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok is set in the end times of Viking mythology. It guides the players to explore the four ages of Ragnarok and fulfil destiny to the final battle that is prophesied to occur on the plains of Vigrid. At the start of Ragnarok the sun and the moon are devoured by the celestial wolves Skoll and Hati. This plunges Midgard into darkness, and sets in motion three years of continuous winter called Fimbulvinter. As humanity fights to survive, morality breaks down, creating a very dangerous world.
A Viking's most glorious moment is to die with valour in the heat of battle. For if one does, the Valkyries will take the slain champion to the heavens so that they could fight by the sides of the gods and jotuns in the final battle before Surt baptizes the world tree in fire.
How does it work?
It's a mix between a table top role playing game and a board game. One player runs the game as the "Norn", and the other players create characters that go on epic Viking sagas! Each player has a play-mat and a bag of nordic Futhark rune stones. These are used to resolve actions and combat and help tell the tale of a hero and an age of darkness that heralds the end of the world!
Our design mantra is "easy to learn, long to perfect". The players can create a solid fun character in as little as 5 minutes, or take as long as they would like using optional build components to add personality, back-story and customizing the character build for optimal performance.
Because we want to create something very special with our fans, and for our fans! Fate of the Norns games have been in digital format for almost 20 years now, utilizing classic art that has defined the Viking myths for a century. With the re-release of the original Fate of the Norns in hard cover print, we feel that it is time to create something new and special that you will love to hold in your hands. We plan on using the funds for:
- Creating the best art we can in order to recreate the feel of the dark ages!
- Create a beautiful book that evokes the imagery of the original Sagas on every page!
- Releasing more FOTN game content in the core book! We have all of the foundation done, but fans demand more of the extensive 20 year FOTN lore.
- Professional design and editing!
- Print runs in hard cover and colour interior!
- FOTN:R colour-coded custom rune set manufacturing on semi-precious stones and wood!
- Deluxe boxed set that will have enough goodies inside to ensure fun for all the players at the table!
As you can see, we have gone quite a ways down the creation path already, but a lot more remains to be done!
Come try it out!
Curious? Come by any of our convention open demos. We just wrapped up two successful demos at Otukathon in Montreal and at GenCon Indianapolis. Check out our facebook fan page for all news and other venues where FOTN:R will be making an appearance.
$12,500 - We will publish a PDF supplement book called "The Denizens of the North" that will be a collection of ready to use NPC's in your campaigns. All backers at $30 or over will get this.
$15,000 - We will create not one (Midgard area known as Evingard), but 3 full sized glorious maps (adding Asgard area known as Valhalla as well as Muspelheim area known as Glassisvellir). These will be poster quality renditions. All backers at $20 and over will get this in book and as a PDF. We also kick in a monsters chapter in the "Denizens of the North"! ROWRRR!
$17,500 - A 3 to 5 panel high quality Norn (GM) screen will be created that is plastered in beautiful FOTN imagery as well as important pieces of information as a lookup for both players and the Norn. This will be an extra for all pledge levels for +$10 (+$5 shipping). Our boxed sets at $250, $300 and $500 will receive them for free!! We also kick in an Artefacts & Relics chapter in the "Denizens of the North"! Every backer will have an opportunity to submit a magical item for our review. If we select it for the book, you get designer credits for it! Bonus points to anyone tying their item to a historical Viking saga!
$20,000 - We will create a very limited release saga just for you! It will be the lost saga about the lost history of Old Evingard (how fitting!). You, our kickstarter patrons, will be the only FOTN players that will know what befell the legendary town before it had to be rebuilt into the Evingard of today (at a different location!). We will mail out numbered & personalized sagas to each benefactor of $20 or more and then stop the production. This saga will take 4-6 dwellers through the final days of the town before it became the "Ancient Barrows". Destiny cannot be averted, but your destiny may be take on a different course if you choose to expose yourselves to the uncontrollable magical forces at play in Old Evingard. It is a story that must be told, but only to those ready to hear the horrific tale! "Denizens of the North" also gets more! Every backer will get the +$33 extra for free: you submit a dweller for the characters section chapter with design credits! Bonus points to anyone tying their item to a Fate of the Norns previous Saga (any edition)!
$22,000 - 3 Tear away dweller sheet notepads will be created for each archetype in the game (one for actives, one for passives and a third for skills). More details to come on price and eligibility.
$24,000 - A set of high quality initiative markers will be created to commemorate this achievement! More details to come on material, price and eligibility.
$26,000 - A set of high quality condition markers/tokens will be manufactured for use with the miniatures and hex mat. More details to come on material, price and eligibility.
We have made it possible to customize your gifts should you require more than what is offered at your favourite pledge level:
+$25 On top of your existing pledge, you get an extra set of runes. Max 10 sets of runes. Each additional set, please add $5 shipping.
+$60 On top of your existing pledge, you get an extra set of semi-precious rune stones. Max 10 sets of runes. Each additional set, please add $5 shipping.
+$40 On top of your existing pledge, you get a limited edition FOTN:R t-shirt! If we spot you with one of these t-shirts at a convention (Q4 2012 to Q4 2013), we will sign the t-shirt and give you a complimentary piece of swag that we have at our disposal at that moment (game accessories, runes, books, different t-shirts, etc...)!
+$33 On top of your existing pledge, you get early access to the dweller creation rules and are invited to create a character of up to level 20 for submission to a rogues gallery that will appear in a PDF supplement called "The Denizens of the North". Your name will appear under the name of the dweller you created. Each $33 extra that is donated entitles you to submitting one more dweller (there is no maximum).
+$133 On top of your existing pledge, gets you everything the $33 extra gets you, but you also get a sketch of your dweller that gets published as well! This extra also has no maximum! If our final page count allows, we may include one or more of these in the main rule book!!!
+$100 On top of your existing pledge, gets you a silver commemorative ring. It's engraved with "Fate of the Norns" on the outside and "Ragnarok" & "20th" on the inside. There are no additional shipping cost for someone already paying shipment fees for their other pledge gifts, however insurance is recommended. If you don't have anything shipping to you and wish to get this extra, shipping will be $5 for North America and $10 International.
+$150 On top of your existing pledge, gets you Andvarinaut: a solid sterling silver ring engraved with "Fate of the Norns" on the outside and "Ragnarok" & "20th" on the inside. Each ring is hand crafted and engraved with a unique number. First come, first served- send us a message as soon as you up your pledge for this extra so we can reserve your unique number. There are no additional shipping cost for someone already paying shipment fees for their other pledge gifts, however insurance is recommended. If you don't have anything shipping to you and wish to get this extra, shipping will be $5 for North America and $10 International.
Additional books can be obtained from the multi-book pledge levels.
$10 Pledge level is a PDF book
And it shall come to pass...
The Twilight of the gods nears,
Brother will kill brother,
Families sundered by incest,
Four ages afoot,
An Axe Age, A Sword Age,
Where shields are cloven,
A Wind Age, A Wolf Age,
Where the world falls,
No one shall be spared...--Voluspa
- (38 days)