Ragonarok

Ragonarok is a hack for John Harper’s RPG Agon that lets you play Norse adventurers instead of mythic Greek heroes. This is not a complete game! In writing it, I’ve assumed that you’re familiar with the base rules of Agon, so if this seems intriguing but you don’t know what’s going on, give the original game a read through, it’s great. This is mostly a cosmetic adaptation, as the rules are so tight and balanced for competitive play that I didn’t want to muck them up. Also, very little needed changing, as suggested in the conversion notes at the end of the rulebook. As such, I’m only going to describe the changes – anything not mentioned works exactly the same as normal. So grab your horned helmet and axe and go berserk!

Ragonarok PDF

Ragonarok

What you’ll need to play:
* A copy of Agon by John Harper
* This Hack and the sheets that come with it
* All the usual roleplaying stuff, as detailed in the Agon book

Stuff that might come in handy:
* The reference sheets included with this hack
* Some tokens to represent heroes, npcs, monsters, et cetera on the range track
* Snacks and drinks. Mead and ale are entirely optional but strongly recommended
* The Poetic and Prose Eddas, Beowulf, The Volunga Saga, other tasty Norse mythic material

A Note About Accuracy
As with the original game, accuracy is not really the goal here. Certainly not historical accuracy, and even the myths have been played somewhat fast and loose to give the players more to do and some room to maneuver. One of the most notable examples is the expanded number of gods offered worship by heroes in the game, whereas in real life it was mostly just Odin, Thor, and Freyr by the time Christianity showed up. If your group is a bunch of hardcore Norse mythologists, then by all means change things up to be more accurate, but the game works fine with cheesy Viking stereotypes and some more modern fantasy tropes thrown in for kicks. Don’t worry about it to much, kill some monsters, and boast about it in the mead hall.


4 Responses to “Ragonarok”

  1. nemomeme Says:

    Wonderful! I love me some Greek mythos but I *lurve* me some Norse (and Celtic) mythology.

    I was planning to put this very thing together and now I don’t have to. Thanks so much!

    • As I said in the other comment, glad you like it! Since this is my own blog, though, I’m gonna shamelessly self-promote and encourage you to check out my game-in-progress “The Book of Threes”, since Celtic and Norse myth are the main sources for it.

  2. I just read through it and I’ll probably run it at the next Vegas Game Day. Downloaded! 🙂

  3. That’s absolutely great, guys, glad you like it!

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