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With iron grips they held their ships at sea. Face to the wind, back to the mist, they cut the water in their dragon prow ships, bringing the song of death and plunder upon the backs of gods that rose from the maelstrom of eternity. With axe and sword, shield and spear, they rose as if from the ether and opened the world to a storm of primeval lust.

The Codex Nordica plunges into their world, exploring the myths and cultures of the Vikings, from Odin's Ravens to the Jotun fortress of Gymirsheim. Brian Young explores the Nine Worlds of the northmen, the legends and myths, the magical creatures, gods, heroes, giants and monsters that peopled them.

All this is presented as a backdrop to the game you are already playing. Expanding upon the core Castles & Crusades material Codex Nordica brings a host of new wizardry and enchantments, gods for the characters, warriors and battle craft. Added on to all this, are new materials for the Castle Keeper, all designed to enhance rather than hinder play.

Codex Nordica brings the Viking myths to life at the table

Author: Brian Young

Cover Art: Peter Bradley

Interior Art: Jason Walton

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Chet C March 27, 2020 7:36 pm UTC
One more tidbit to add, which Thomas D's comments brought to mind. Thomas, you couldn't have said it better - that this is what gaming information should look like. It's comparable to Chaosium's best work on Gloranthan religions. And for the first time since certain runs of a comic book Thor (I'm looking at a specific serial which Roy Thomas wrote.) Odin is written as he appeared in the old stories: A rough guy who really IS king of the gods and would do anything - sacrifice anyone, even most of his kingdom and subjects - to postpone Ragnarok for as long as possible, even though he knows it's STILL going to happen eventually. Makes for some really good stories and RPG campaigns.
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Thomas D March 27, 2020 6:30 pm UTC
Recently picked up the hardcover (and the closely related Codex Germania) and was blown away with how well researched and written this book is. This is what I WISH the Norse Mythology chapter in the original Deities and Demigods had been like. Serious scholarship, faithfulness to the source material, and well adapted to our favorite RPG. My only gripe is the maps could be better.
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Stephen C March 27, 2020 7:19 pm UTC
@Thomas D. -- Thanks for that! We appreciate that and you'll be pleased to know we are working with Dungeon Fog and a crew of hard working folks to upgrade our maps, so at some point all those maps in all our books will be updated and then the PDF files will be updated as well. ~ Tim
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Chet C April 18, 2015 5:35 pm UTC
- review originally posted at TLG's site, from where I bought my PDF and softcover -

One of the more meticulously researched books on the Scandinavian lands and legends, not just game-related. There's so much rich material here. Here is the rich ore from which Kirby and Lee mined and alloyed so successfully and has been put on the screen. No, this isn't the Marvel version of the legends - this is the stuff from which they made their own version, their own adventures.

Now, players and gamesmasters have even more data than Lee & Kirby had, with which to build their/our own adventures, our own cosmic odysseys. We'd have given our eyeteeth for this book in 1978!

How could the book be improved? Color. More pages. Maybe hardback printing. In other words, more of what it already is.

And it's just plain fun to read. Kudos to everyone involved!

*jeep! and God Bless! (Thank you, Red!)
----Grandpa Tzhett

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