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Mythic Iceland: Legend and Adventure in Viking-age Iceland (Basic Roleplaying) Paperback – March 21, 2012
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Did you know that Knights Templars likely visited Iceland in 1217? How about the evidence to support the speculation of a Roman incursion? How about the visit by Greek sailors, described by Pliny the Elder in Natural History, AD 77? This is not an in-depth work of Icelandic history but enough history is given within the pages of this book to initiate the uninitiated; along with plenty of adventure seeds for a historical game.
The only draw back is the editing. For those of you familiar with role-playing game books, this will be nit picking. There are some truly horrid proofreaders working in the RPG industry. As far as that comparison goes, this book is trouble free. However, there were a few glaring grammatical mistakes but not enough to diminish the work. I also wish the book's publisher would have given this work a hardcover binding. The price certainly compares to hardcover books offered by other RPGs publishers. The content of this one merits such treatment.
This work won the Silver Award for its class at the 2013 ENnie Awards. It is well worth picking up, especially because the book is largely system neutral. I am unfamiliar with the BRP system but I did grok the idea behind the mechanics described because the text was well served by a writer's flowing hand. This is a definite buy recommendation.
However, the copy that I received through Amazon was an advance proof copy. This means it was meant for review before the actual release of the book. It has placeholder cover art, no fold-out map, and the page references in the text just say "see page xx."
I returned that copy to Amazon with an explanation and request for the finished book, but was sent another copy of the proof edition as a replacement. I kept that one, because I really do love the book's content. I only wish I had the complete edition!