" Essentially a standard dungeon crawl, it replaces the typical 'for characters level 6-9' with 'take on the role of a lesser god'. "
Title: Doom of Odin: Tales of the Norse Gods by Avalanche Press
Format: D20 Sourcebook
Reviewing Monkey: Our Ape Masters
The Hype: Play the ancient gods of the Vikings in a valiant attempt to fight the forces of evil and stop Ragnarok- the Norse apocalypse.
What This Monkey Thought...
Story and Drama: Doom of Odin is really an adventure more than a sourcebook. As such, the drama is mostly incorporated in tips and hints about how to convey NPCs and their culture and ideas for adding drama for your players. That being said, I found Doom of Odin to be very mid-line in what it offers for story. Having played it through it made for an interesting nights worth of gaming but provided nothing memorable to the overall theme. 3 out of 5
Layout and Presentation: In a word: Cheap. Oh yes, very cheap. There are almost no illustrations and what little there are definitely looks like holdovers from another project. Added to this is a very half assed border and knot work system that was more of an irritant than a mood setter. 2 out of 5
Playability: Pretty straightforward in it's activities, the adventure in Doom of Odin is decidedly standard. Essentially a standard dungeon crawl, it replaces the typical "for characters level 6-9" with "take on the role of a lesser god". Again, a nice nights gaming that was neither amazing nor disparaging. 3 out of 5
Desired Content: Everything you'd expect to have for an adventure is in here. NPCs, monsters, culture, and items are all listed in a nicely presented scenario. Especially interesting is some of the interpretation of the gods and their magics, which, for any Norse aficionados out there, might be worth purchase price by itself. 3.5 out of 5
|I wish I had more to say but, sometimes, a game just falls into that category. It's fun, it's nice, and it is neither extraordinary nor negative.|
The Good: Fun Norse myth and magic info.
The Bad: Poorly illustrated for the price.
The Overall Ugly: Fun. Not great but fun.
What it's Worth: Market if you're in the mood for some Viking fun.