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Why should I play Valherjar: The Chosen Slain?
     The simple, and shortest, answer is because it gives you a fantastic world of modern conflict, political intrigue, magic, and monsters…but that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
     Valherjar also allows you to use any style of roleplaying you want as the focus of your gaming. It can be rich with political intrigue, subtle social manipulation, and high powered bargaining. It can be packed with soul shattering combat full of Vikings, Samurai, knights, Rangers, SEALs, or any other warrior you can imagine, all wielding shotguns, axes, machine guns, broadswords, bows, and sniper rifles side by side. Or it can be a balance of the two, producing a game that is full of both fighting and intrigue. But that's only the beginning.
     More than just "another roleplaying game," Valherjar: The Chosen Slain brings a number of uniquely entertaining aspects to the genre. First and foremost is our fresh and original take on one of the most classic mythologies of all time. In Valherjar, players take the roll of fallen mortals, resurrected by the gods, returned to Earth to try and change the balance of fate and avoid Ragnarok, the apocalypse. Included with this is a re-imagining of the Norse gods, a full mythology incorporating not only the Valherjar, but also their nemeses, the Jotnar, and exciting interpretations of traditional Rune Magic.
     Next there is the clash of a modern setting with historical warriors, which is totally unique among roleplaying games. Valherjar not only allows you to play literally any character from throughout history, but also lets you roleplay the dynamic of that character being reintroduced into a modern day world. Or, if your character is only recently dead, lets you roleplay the drama of being returned to a world your character will never truly be a part of again.
     Finally, Valherjar brings a depth and quality of story that is rarely seen in today's gaming market. Built on a pre-developed story arc, most of the events and developments of the Valherjar world have been designed to flow smoothly while advancing the story, and will all be told through a Real-Time arc -- which means that each year in real life is a year in game. This will allow players to experience a fast paced and ever changing adventure while following the actual progression towards the apocalypse.

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Is this a Pen and Paper or Video Game?
     Valherjar is a Pen and Paper, or Table Top, roleplaying game…though we hope to someday have video games and other forms of entertainment based on the property. This means that it is played socially, with two to six players sitting around a table, resolving most of the actions and conflict through narration by the players, using dice to add an element of chance.

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What will I need to play Valherjar?
     All you'll need to get started playing Valherjar is a copy of the Core Rulebook, a handful of six-sided dice (the kind you find in just about any board game you happen to have lying around the house), and a couple of good friends to experience the adventure with.

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What is Valherjar's Setting?
     Valherjar is set in a nefarious mirror of our own modern world, and so the vast majority of the setting is a very conventional modern world. What separates it from our reality, however, is the even more dire series of recent events they have suffered. The United Nations is no more, having been torn asunder by greed, corruption, and strife. NATO has banded together as an anti-terror police force and is now the single largest entity across the globe for resolving points of conflict. South America, France, Indonesia, and the Middle East have all erupted into varying forms of chaos, and the United States has become the focal point for attacks against the free world.
     Within this descending spiral, the forces of both the Aesir, the gods, and the Jotnar, their monstrous nemeses, engage in a covert struggle for the future of the universe. Fighting in clandestine conflicts, carefully hidden from the eyes of mortal men, the two forces desperately seek to gain an advantage that will allow them to either avert, or overcome, the apocalypse destined to engulf all of creation.

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What is a Real-Time Story Arc?
     A Real-Time story arc is one that progresses the in-game setting at the same pace as events occur in real life. This means that year by year the background for Valherjar will be constantly evolving and illustrating the actual decent towards Ragnarok.
     Primarily this is done through "Year Books," annual sourcebooks that illustrate the major changes for the year and give players an overview of changes in political power, updates in major events, and an opportunity to potentially implement real-life events in-game. In addition, it will also allow us, the developers, to incorporate actual gamer generated influence through an exciting international tournament system -- which means your personal characters may have a chance to influence the entire Valherjar world.

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What is included in the Valherjar Core Rulebook?
     Included within the Valherjar Core Rulebook is almost everything you need to have hundreds of hours of fun within our game. It includes base setting information, backgrounds and history on the gods and the Valherjar, over eighty different spells based on traditional schools of Runic Magic, more than fifty different types of modern and historical weapons and armor, dozens of antagonist templates for the Jotnar, the nemeses of the gods, and information for creating infinite varieties of your own devise, and story and campaign ideas enough to fill years of gaming fun.

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What roleplaying system does Valherjar use? Is it D20/OGL or proprietary?
     Valherjar is dual statted, so the short answer is both.
     The majority of the book is written and presented in the context of Game Monkeys' own proprietary AOR Gaming System, a fast paced and easy to learn "one-throw" system. But the books also include a full D20 appendix for Open Gaming License play. The reason for this, simply enough, is that we wanted to give gamers a choice as to how exactly they wanted to play Valherjar. Those looking for an exciting new gaming system will love the quick action resolution and unique feel of the AOR System, while D20 fans will find an invigorating rules set for incorporating the Valherjar mythos into both new and existing campaigns.
     For more information please choose either: AOR System | D20/OGL

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What is the AOR Gaming System?
     Designed to combine realism and fluidity of play, the AOR System gives players a revolutionary amount of player control while only requiring a single roll of three six-sided dice to resolve every aspect of an action. Using an attribute, plus skill, plus dice roll vs. target number mechanic, at the heart of the AOR System is the Action Opportunity Roll, an innovative concept that allows the player to decide where they want to put the emphasis for their character's action; balancing their dice between effectiveness of performance and speed of completion.

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What is included in the Valherjar D20/OGL appendix?
     D20 players looking for intriguing new story elements will love that Valherjar not only introduces an exciting and original mythology, but also includes rules for bringing any existing D20 character into the Valherjar world, or for incorporating the Valherjar world into any existing D20 campaign. Since the Valherjar are created from the ranks of the dead, we felt there was a beautiful opportunity available within the open aspect of D20 play. So rather than forcing you to discontinue playing your beloved veteran hero, we instead designed Valherjar to be universally applicable to other OGL campaigns -- by introducing the Valherjar as a character template and Prestige Class that endows your archon with the gifts and magics of the Valherjar in exchange for the lone prerequisite: that they die first. Thus you can take any existing character, kill them, and resurrect them imbued with new and exciting powers -- and then either return them to their existing campaign invigorated with a new and exciting secret or start a fresh story as avatars of the gods.
     In addition to this marvelous character enhancement, Valherjar: The Chosen Slain also includes six new Prestige Classes, a dozen original Feats, more than fifty types of modern arms and armor, and over eighty exciting new spell-like abilities to give your character an edge. All designed as tools to help you build an exciting new Valherjar campaign or integrate these great new assets into your existing game.

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How can I ask a rules question?
     First, please check the Rules and Errata section of our site to see if your question is answered there. If not, submit it to our Rules Monkey.

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How can I get further involved in Valherjar: The Chosen Slain? Is there a demo team I can join?
     There are two great ways for you to get further involved with Valherjar: The Chosen Slain. The first is by running a Sponsored Gaming Group, and the other is by becoming a Demo Monkey.

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What is a Valherjar: The Chosen Slain Sponsored Gaming Group?
     A Sponsored Gaming Group is a group of gamers who gather at their local gaming and hobby shop and run a regular campaign for Valherjar: The Chosen Slain. As a Sponsored Group you gain access to a number of cool bonuses and benefits including; Prize Support for tournaments, National Recognition for both your group and the store hosting you, input into Valherjar: The Chosen Slain story lines, and much, much, more. To get a Sponsored Group started please visit the Monkey Minions page.

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What is a Demo Monkey?
     A Demo Monkey is a player that goes from store to store, and convention to convention, spreading the Monkey lovin' by teaching other people how to play our games and getting groups started. As a Demo Monkey you get all kinds of neat and exciting goodies for your hard work, from product, to limited edition swag, to trips to gaming conventions on us! For more information see the Monkey Minions page.

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My question isn't answered in the FAQ. How can I get more answers?
     If you still can't find an answer email webmonkey@gamemonkeys.com with your question.


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