'100 Oddities for a Viking Encounter' Released by Skirmisher!

Michael O. Varhola

Skirmisher Publishing is excited to announce the release of 100 Oddities for a Viking Encounter, the tenth volume in its popular "Oddities" series! This largest and most ambitious title in the series contains lists of 100 Items, 20 Places, and 30 People & Monsters and is available from DriveThruRPG and RPGNow (20 pages, $2.99). 

The 150 entries in this thematic sourcebook can be used separately or in conjunction with one another to add evocative details to a Viking-themed encounter or to construct one from scratch. These entries routinely cross the line between actual mythological elements and meta-references to them, and storytellers can decide in any given case whether they are dealing with something legendary or merely evocative of it. 

Oddities are intriguing things that stand out from the ordinary and awaken curiosity and creativity in player and storyteller alike, adding interest to an encounter, or even making one out of nothing. Traditional combat encounters with stock monsters in standard subterranean rooms, followed by obligatory searches and looting, tend to run together after a while and become unmemorable to players. A crippled blacksmith found trapped in a mountainside cave, however, who is repairing an oversized iron plow that he says once belonged to a goddess and which must be fixed in time for an important annual ritual, is more likely to stick with them. 

Other volumes in this series include 100 Oddities for a Creepy Old House100 Oddities for a Graveyard100 Oddities for a Thieves’ Guild100 Oddities for a Wasteland100 Oddities for a Wizard’s Library100 Oddities for an Enchanted Forest100 Oddities for a Found Car, and 100 Oddities for a Wizard’s Tower