[BRP] Mythic Iceland: Your thoughts?

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[BRP] Mythic Iceland: Your thoughts?

Post by Angel Tarragon » Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:06 pm

This is a book I'm considering getting next year as I am a huge sucker for putting an rpg twist on real world locations. Do you own it and if so what do you think? What are the high points? What stands out (the good and the bad).
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Re: [BRP] Mythic Iceland: Your thoughts?

Post by Boneguard » Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:52 am

I own it and I personally like it. Granted you need the core BRP book to be able to use it as it is more of a setting book, but overall it's a good book (and try to get the 2 (free IIRC) adventure on the Chaosium website).

Overall it give us a good history of Iceland, introduce Troll/Giants, Elves and other mythical animals. The God and Magic sections were also quite interesting as well as the CoC Dark Age Appendix/Conversion sections at the end. The character creation favors the "classless" approch as most Norse were Fighter/Farmer(fisherman)/everything rather the completely set in one profession.

Aside from the lack of Dverg, there's not much bad I can say about it.
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Re: [BRP] Mythic Iceland: Your thoughts?

Post by Havard » Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:30 pm

I have this book too. I found it to be really well researched and provides alot of detail about old Icelandic culture and history. It also gives you information about many other parts of the Viking Age world, including not only Scandinavia, but also Greenland and North America. I really liked how adherence to the Gods has game effects and how Rune Magic works. I think some of this is based on the rules from the core BRP book, but I dont have that one yet.

The addtional section for using the book as a sourcebook for Call of Cthulhu: Dark Ages is a great addition, and I am surprised that they didn't advertise for that on the cover.

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Post by Angel Tarragon » Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:19 pm

Sounds like a very interesting book. Just jumped up to my must buy list.
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Re: [BRP] Mythic Iceland: Your thoughts?

Post by Jorkens » Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:29 am

I would definitely get it if the subject interests you; I found it just Ok personally, its pretty well researched and written, but it just didn't evoke an interest in actually using it. Strangely, with all the good rpg books on the subject (GURPS, Runequest, this one etc) the only one that gets my imagination going is the Ad&d book, even if that one might be the weakest one where authenticity is concerned.

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