Valheim is self-described on Steam as a “…brutal exploration and survival game for 1-10 players, set in a procedurally-generated purgatory inspired by viking culture. Battle, build, and conquer your way to a saga worthy of Odin’s patronage!” It has been variously compared to Terraria and Starbound and likened to a 3D version of Runescape. The game is available for early release now.
How do you not like a game that says its release date will be “When Odin is pleased.” That’s awesome!
That said, we honestly didn’t hadn’t even known about the game until we watched some of it played by a Valheim Twitch streamer. So a tip of the hat, er, horned helmet, to Dagnolio for turning us on to it. Here’s some info to get you started.
“Explore the 10th World”
Norse mythology held a belief of Níu Heimar, The Nine Worlds, all held in the roots and branches of the Yggdrasil, the World Tree.
Those were Midgard, Asgard, Vanaheim, Jotunheim, Niflheim, Muspelheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim (Nidavellir), and Hel.
Apparently, Valheim is the tenth.
Valheim Boss Lineup
According to Fandom, The Elder (which looks kina Ent-ish) is the second boss of Valheim (after Eikthyr). He/it is summoned from a location in the Black Forest. Here’s something important to note if you’re going to fight him: he doesn’t give up, stop, or despawn if you’re forced to flee. Like the RoleMaster “Black Reaver” of old, he just keeps on coming.
Valheim Early Launch
As of February 2021 Valheim reportedly passed a million sales on Steam Early Access, with 160,000 peak concurrent users and 127,00+ viewers on Twitch during the first week along.
You can find and download the game on Steam.
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For Viking life hacks
To get some Viking-themed advice on how to live life (such as a well-reasoned explanation of why you should wear your sword every day no matter what), read the Hávamál. The Havamal is a collection of epic Old Norse poems, relaying the “Words of Odin the High One”.
For instance, check out the first stanza.
At every door-way,
ere one enters,
one should spy round,
one should pry round
for uncertain is the witting
that there be no foeman sitting,
within, before one on the floor.
Solid counsel! Give it a read.