Heorot – Roleplaying in the World of Beowulf Beastslayer, hardback roleplaying game, by Jonathan Green
““Fierce in battle, Hrothgar brought home more treasure from his conquests than any ring-giver before him. And he decreed that a mead-hall should be raised, the like of which had never been seen under heaven, and named it Heorot.”
HEOROT (pronounced ‘Hay-or-ot’) is a rules-lite RPG, designed to be picked up and played with minimal preparation. It is inspired by the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, Viking legends, Norse mythology, and the Icelandic sagas, as well as the ACE Gamebook Beowulf Beastslayer.
In HEOROT, players take on the role of noble heroes and their brave companions, who are guided through their adventure by the Skald (or Gamesmaster).
There are three different ways to enjoy the game but all involve an element of storytelling, for it is through telling tall tales of their heroic deeds that players increase their Wyrd, which in turn gives them the ability to perform heroic feats during their adventures that would otherwise be beyond the capabilities of mortal men.
The Storytelling Contest format will suit short gaming sessions, while longer ones are ideal for extended Heroic Sagas. Alternatively, you can play through the Songs of the Skalds – traditional scenarios and campaigns that have been designed specifically for the RPG.
Written by Jonathan Green, creator of the ACE Gamebook series of interactive retellings of classic works of literature and author of’TWAS – The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas, HEOROT is ideal for both an established gaming group and as a way of introducing new players to the wonderful world of role-playing games.”