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Midgard: Northlands (PFRPG)

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Take up your axe and raise the dragon's head upon the longship's prow!

The time has come to brave the frozen empires of the savage north. Here honor is more common than steel, trolls and giants battle the gods, and a hero lives by strength of arm and reckless courage. Northlands is a 114-page sourcebook detailing the icy northern realms: their geography, culture and magic.

  • 12 Original Monsters based on Finnish, Inuit, Viking, and other legends of the north.
  • Rune and Grudge Magic offer all-new magic, plus new spells, magic items and incantations.
  • New Haunts and Hazards: the spirits of the land, the dangers of the trail! Tools to make any adventure exciting, and turn every encounter into a nail-biter.
  • New Equipment: From skis to Northern alchemy, lots of new toys and tools for PCs or villains.
  • Feats, Traits, and Class Features for any cleric, barbarian, oracles, sorcerer, and more, both regional traits, teamwork feats, and metamagic. Rich roleplaying elements and exciting new twists to make the Northerner come alive!

Northlands covers campaign sites for adventurers to pillage or save:

  • Trollheim is ideal for low magic or pseudo-historical campaigns focusing on human opponents; feuding clans, wars and viking raids.
  • Thule is a classic land of monsters, focusing on giants and environmental hazards caused by the elemental clash of fire and ice.
  • Hyperborea is a tropical lost world at the northern pole, based on Greek myth.

This official Midgard setting sourcebook is easily portable to any setting. Written by Dan Voyce with project patrons for the Pathfinder RPG.

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The title of this has me wondering....Northlands....Southlands? Might there be a Southlands Midgard book in the future?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

The current major project is the Midgard campaign setting. Which will cover the north, south, east, and west. Not quite in as much detail as the Northlands though. After that, who knows? Depends on what patrons want to commission.


Twin Agate Dragons wrote:
The title of this has me wondering....Northlands....Southlands? Might there be a Southlands Midgard book in the future?

Midgard is currently cranking on the Goblin Wastes and the Magocracies of Bemmea and Allain. The 7 Cities were recently tackled, and I'm not sure which section Jeff Grubb's got next.

A "Southlands" book is certainly feasible-- that part of the map is a vast desert and a river delta kingdom. :) It would be nice to see more of an Axium take on an desert culture than an Egyptian one, that's for certain.

-Ben.


Hi all!

Thanks for the various supportive comments and great reviews! I'll be hanging out here, in the shadow of the holmganga stone, if anyone has other comments of queries they'd like to share. I'll answer what I can... although my default answer to everything is of course "BUY MY BOOK OR FACE THE WRATH OF WOTAN!"


This looks like it would mesh nicely with FrogGod Games Northlands Saga as well.


Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Dan Voyce wrote:
I'll answer what I can...

Could you possibly copy and paste the Open Content / Product Identity statement from the book here? I need to know how much of it is OGC before I decide to buy it.

Cheliax

jreyst wrote:
Dan Voyce wrote:
I'll answer what I can...
Could you possibly copy and paste the Open Content / Product Identity statement from the book here? I need to know how much of it is OGC before I decide to buy it.

Now that's an interesting viewpoint....


Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
joela wrote:
Now that's an interesting viewpoint....

The overall percentage of OGC vs. non-OGC is a major determining factor on where I spend my gaming dollars. Paizo (and some select 3PP) gets virtually 100% of my monthly gaming dollars due to their OGC status. I'd be happy to spend on other publishers who also support the OGL to such a great degree.

Cheliax

jreyst wrote:
I'd be happy to spend on other publishers who also support the OGL to such a great degree.

I like that.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I don't have this one yet. But most Open Design products (two I checked so far) have had:

Declaration wrote:


The spells and magic items in the "XX" chapter and the Defense/Offense/Statistics/Tactics/Ecology sections of the "Monsters" chapter are open content. All other material -- including descriptions, proper names, characters, story elements, designer's notes, setting material, flavor text, and society information -- is product identity.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Same story with this one. The locations, art, characters, and other setting elements are protected, while the feats, spells, creatures are open.

I'm also happy to say that the first print run is likely to sell out soon, and I expect we'll do a second printing.


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Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Same story with this one. The locations, art, characters, and other setting elements are protected, while the feats, spells, creatures are open.

I'm also happy to say that the first print run is likely to sell out soon, and I expect we'll do a second printing.

Excellent! This book appealed to me greatly from everything I read. Now I know I'll be buying it :)

Andoran

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Dan Voyce wrote:

Hi all!

Thanks for the various supportive comments and great reviews! I'll be hanging out here, in the shadow of the holmganga stone, if anyone has other comments of queries they'd like to share. I'll answer what I can... although my default answer to everything is of course "BUY MY BOOK OR FACE THE WRATH OF WOTAN!"

Be honest... are you secretly Bragi, or did you just get hold of some of the mead of Kvasir? :)

Seriously, this thing's brilliant. Are there any other products you've done? Because I think I may be legally required to go buy them now.


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Stark Enterprises VP wrote:


Seriously, this thing's brilliant. Are there any other products you've done? Because I think I may be legally required to go buy them now.

A quick search for Dan Voyce here on Paizo shows he wrote an adventure for Tales of Zobeck. I'm sure he's contributed elsewhere though.


Stark Enterprises VP wrote:


Seriously, this thing's brilliant. Are there any other products you've done? Because I think I may be legally required to go buy them now.

He also wrote two of the adventures in Tales of the Old Margreve, Challenge of the Fang (level 4 characters) and Blood and Thorns (level 7).

Patrons of Open Design may also know his work from Halls of the Mountain King, which was the last closed project-- in 2009.

-Ben.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Reviewed.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Reviewed.

Wow, that was fast! Definitely on the must buy list. Those fey dwarves have got me curious. I still have my old Time Life Ancient Mystery books and they have a nice one on dwarves in folklore and mythology. Definitely presents them as having a fey vibe vs. their current beer drinking, orc bashing, Tolkienish depiction.

Cheliax

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John Benbo wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Reviewed.
Wow, that was fast! Definitely on the must buy list. Those fey dwarves have got me curious. I still have my old Time Life Ancient Mystery books and they have a nice one on dwarves in folklore and mythology. Definitely presents them as having a fey vibe vs. their current beer drinking, orc bashing, Tolkienish depiction.

I got a advanced copy I have had it for almost a week now. As for the dwarves well they are a lot like normal dwarves but their is fey influences on them. So likely somewhere between the ones you are thinking and the ones in Pathfinder.


Dark_Mistress wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Reviewed.
Wow, that was fast! Definitely on the must buy list. Those fey dwarves have got me curious. I still have my old Time Life Ancient Mystery books and they have a nice one on dwarves in folklore and mythology. Definitely presents them as having a fey vibe vs. their current beer drinking, orc bashing, Tolkienish depiction.
I got a advanced copy I have had it for almost a week now. As for the dwarves well they are a lot like normal dwarves but their is fey influences on them. So likely somewhere between the ones you are thinking and the ones in Pathfinder.

*Drool*

Not that I am jealous or anything.

((So jealous))


deinol wrote:
Stark Enterprises VP wrote:


Seriously, this thing's brilliant. Are there any other products you've done?
A quick search for Dan Voyce here on Paizo shows he wrote an adventure for Tales of Zobeck. I'm sure he's contributed elsewhere though.

'Men of Honour: Alternate Paladin Codes' was the last thing I had in Kobold Quarterly (#14), and many moons ago, I also wrote Desire and the Dead, an introduction to 3e Planescape for both DMs and players (which with impecable timing came out 3 days before 4th edition was announced). Its probably horribly overwritten and amateurish by professional standards but the heart is there, and its what gave me the confidence to try Open Design... which turned out to be pretty good for me!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Uh oh!! Next thing you know, you'll be stolen away to write for Paizo, the way Brandon Hodge and Adam Daigle were.

Wait: those guys write for KQ and Open Design *AND* for Paizo. Crisis averted. :)

Seriously, Dan, if Northlands isn't the breakout book for you, I don't know what would be.


Just watched the vid for the second time. Could have sworn I caught a glimpse of Margreve on the map. Is Midgard part of the the larger world of the area of Margreve?

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yes, absolutely! The Margreve is near Zobeck, and the Northlands are, not surprisingly, north of the Margreve.

All part of the same world, based on my home campaign but with lots of additions by Tim Connors, Dan Voyce, Jeff Grubb, Brandon Hodge, and others. You can read some previews of the Midgard shared world at the Kobold Quarterly blogor on Facebook.

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Dark Sasha wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
John Benbo wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Reviewed.
Wow, that was fast! Definitely on the must buy list. Those fey dwarves have got me curious. I still have my old Time Life Ancient Mystery books and they have a nice one on dwarves in folklore and mythology. Definitely presents them as having a fey vibe vs. their current beer drinking, orc bashing, Tolkienish depiction.
I got a advanced copy I have had it for almost a week now. As for the dwarves well they are a lot like normal dwarves but their is fey influences on them. So likely somewhere between the ones you are thinking and the ones in Pathfinder.

*Drool*

Not that I am jealous or anything.

((So jealous))

The perks of doing a lot of indepth reviews. *hint hint* :)


....and ORDERED to go out with next subscription shipment. :)


and just in case anyone is still havering, here's a preview of the Northlands map that appears in the book.


Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Yes, absolutely! The Margreve is near Zobeck, and the Northlands are, not surprisingly, north of the Margreve.

All part of the same world, based on my home campaign but with lots of additions by Tim Connors, Dan Voyce, Jeff Grubb, Brandon Hodge, and others. You can read some previews of the Midgard shared world at the Kobold Quarterly blogor on Facebook.

Very cool. I'll be buying this and Margreve next month then. Also, are there any nods to Sunken Empire in the campaign?

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Twin Agate Dragons wrote:
Very cool. I'll be buying this and Margreve next month then. Also, are there any nods to Sunken Empire in the campaign?

Yes, the Sunken Empires material is part of the Midgard campaign, and Brandon Hodge (the designer of Sunken Empires) is one of the Midgard lead designers as well.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

A post and complete review at Stargazer's World today that's worth calling out.

Stargazer wrote:

I love that it plays to the Pathfinder RPG strengths, uses all the options and systems developed for the game. This is not a D&D project with a few bells and whistles added to call it Pathfinder; it is designed for the system. Dan Voyce and all the other designers involved deserve to be praised for their work...

If you are a Pathfinder fan get this book and embark on your perilous adventure to the north!


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Ordered!!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Got my print copy at the local FLGS today. Content wise, I'm liking what I've read so far. The plain white background is also more reader friendly than the darker background of Tales of the Old Magreve (highly recommended) which I like. I do have one minor layout quibble. On some pages, for example page 85 and 97, there is a nice Viking style drawing of a dog (I think it's a dog) in the corner of the page. The only problem is the image overlaps the text making it harder to read the text there. I'm guessing the image printed out darker than intended.


This book is AMAZING


Being that the print book is now back in the warehouse, does that mean that the defective copies were replaced? I'd like to have a clean version of this book but don't want to get burned a third time (already have two defective copies of this book).


Conclusion of my review:
Layout adheres to the two-column standard and is clear and simple/easy to print out. The artworks, while a bit sparse for my tastes, are top quality. Formatting is top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Editing could have been better, though - I noticed more than 10 glitches over the 114 pages. That being said, artwork is rather sparse and while the pdf is more printer-friendly than Sunken Empires, the book is not as beautiful as SE. It's longer though, and while I would have loved to see it full color, I recognize the limitations of the format. These are the only two points of criticism I can muster - in all other respects, this book is VASTLY superior to Frostburn and thankfully gets the topic right - I am passionate about Scandinavian mythology and mindset, subsequently being rather picky about "my" north. I hate books that add [environmental descriptor] to nations and cultures and leave it at that and this book does the entire opposite: It does more than an awesome job of providing a backdrop that is not only easy to scavenge from, but rather should be considered THE resource for just about any adventure/campaign set in the north. Even better, for those of you out there who are interested in the topics, the book contains some nice insiders and new takes on classic tropes - if you'll excuse me now, I'm off to Holmgard and beyond. I forgot my rating? Well, due to the editing glitches and the rather plain and boring layout, I'd settle for 4.5 stars, but this is too much up my alley, too great a book, so I'll settle for 5 stars. Detract a star if you're very nitpicky about layout and editing and if you care to, drop me a line how you liked e.g. the introductions to the chapters and the skald.

Thanks for reading my review,
Endzeitgeist out.

On a personal note: I originally didn't want to put a final verdict into the review due to my involvement, but seeing that today is my birthday and that this is my 250th review here on Paizo, I thought I'd do it anyways.
Finally: A big thank you to all people who encouraged me to keep it up and continue to read my reviews!


Endzeitgeist wrote:


Conclusion of my review:
Layout adheres to the two-column standard and is clear and simple/easy to print out. The artworks, while a bit sparse for my tastes, are top quality. Formatting is top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Editing could have been better, though - I noticed more than 10 glitches over the 114 pages. That being said, artwork is rather sparse and while the pdf is more printer-friendly than Sunken Empires, the book is not as beautiful as SE. It's longer though, and while I would have loved to see it full color, I recognize the limitations of the format. These are the only two points of criticism I can muster - in all other respects, this book is VASTLY superior to Frostburn and thankfully gets the topic right - I am passionate about Scandinavian mythology and mindset, subsequently being rather picky about "my" north. I hate books that add [environmental descriptor] to nations and cultures and leave it at that and this book does the entire opposite: It does more than an awesome job of providing a backdrop that is not only easy to scavenge from, but rather should be considered THE resource for just about any adventure/campaign set in the north. Even better, for those of you out there who are interested in the topics, the book contains some nice insiders and new takes on classic tropes - if you'll excuse me now, I'm off to Holmgard and beyond. I forgot my rating? Well, due to the editing glitches and the rather plain and boring layout, I'd settle for 4.5 stars, but this is too much up my alley, too great a book, so I'll settle for 5 stars. Detract a star if you're very nitpicky about layout and editing and if you care to, drop me a line how you liked e.g. the introductions to the chapters and the skald.

Thanks for reading my review,
Endzeitgeist out.

On a personal note: I originally didn't want to put a final verdict into the review due to my involvement, but seeing that today is my birthday and that this is my 250th review here on Paizo, I thought I'd do it anyways.
Finally: A big...

250 reviews! I am so not worthy.

*Bows to Endzeitgeist*

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Thank you for the review, and congrats on 250!


Dark Sasha wrote:

250 reviews! I am so not worthy.

*Bows to Endzeitgeist*

Don't sell yourself short, DS! I always enjoy reading your reviews!

Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Thank you for the review, and congrats on 250!

Thanks for the great books and the congratulations! :)

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Nice review as always End.


Pardon my asking this question, but is there any chance of getting this in the future as a combination print book/PDF like the Book of Drakes?

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

Yes, you can get that right now at the Kobold Quarterly store, and you should be able to get it here at Paizo in the not-too-distant future.

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Wolfgang Baur wrote:
Yes, you can get that right now at the Kobold Quarterly store, and you should be able to get it here at Paizo in the not-too-distant future.

Done, mighty Kobold-in-Chief!

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Wow, Northlands has been chosen as the #1 best Pathfinder book of 2011 by a 3PP by not one but TWO of the regular reviewers, Endzeitgeist and Dark_Mistress!

Congratulations to Dan Voyce and all the project backers who made this project great!


I have a question for anyone who has the book or PDF: just who or what are these "Sons of Fenris" I've heard mentioned in connection with this book?


Eric Hinkle wrote:
I have a question for anyone who has the book or PDF: just who or what are these "Sons of Fenris" I've heard mentioned in connection with this book?

Wolves with scales underneath their fur that possess an acidic breath, a poisonous bite, and a pair of snakes in place of a tongue.

Good luck domesticating them. ;-)


Wow. Thanks, Urizen. I wonder how much of that is original to the game and how much is from actual Scandinavian and Norse myth.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

They are CR 15 monster in the book, written up on page 106.

Northlands wrote:
Red eyes gleaming, deathly breath stinking, a huge wolfish thing with pitch-black fur and the suggestion of scaled skin moves with a menacing grace. The gape of its slavering jaws reveals sword-length fangs dripping green ichor and writhing serpents in place of a tongue.

Qadira Contributor; Publisher, Kobold Press; RPG Superstar Judge

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Given that we had a number of Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, and Finns as backers of the project (a few of whom complained about being forced to read the sagas in high school)...

The mythology is remarkably good, and often closely linked to Norse legend. Turned up to 11, though.


Is there any hope for a 5-10 page expansion on Rune magic? That section is my favorite. I know the historically accurate runes are limited in number, and I think it's cool that they were used, but there's so much that could be done with it.

I will give you money, naturally. Real money, even!

EDIT: I do have a question though, about the Mannaz rune on page 63. The first level ability granted by the rune grants the ability to awaken an animal or plant? As the spell awaken? It's italicized so I assume so, but I can't help feeling like that's in the wrong place. Awaken is a 5th level druid spell, minimum CL 9.

I don't think I'm complaining, just confused by the apparent design decision.


Wolfgang Baur wrote:

Given that we had a number of Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, and Finns as backers of the project (a few of whom complained about being forced to read the sagas in high school)...

The mythology is remarkably good, and often closely linked to Norse legend. Turned up to 11, though.

This will be a bit OT but I have to say, I'd rather a million times over have been made to read the Norse sagas and the Kalevala in high school than the pretentious dreck they did have us reading.

And thanks for quoting that description of the Sons of Fenris. Every time I hear more about this book I become more determined to get a copy.


I love this book! I keep looking for a page that has what is Open Content and what is Product Identity but I can't seem to find it. Am I missing it or is it not there?

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