Having finally gotten my mitts on my Xbox Series X (thanks, Amazon…) I finally got around to starting Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. What a beautiful game, taking full advantage of the Xbox Series X hardware and injecting a graphical steroid shot into what is already a gorgeous game, I think I’m going to be taking endless in game screenshots of the surroundings, lighting and Eivor in weeks to come. Below is a quick shot I got less than an hour into the game.

However, despite the realistic world and ridiculous lighting thanks to ray-tracing technology, one small part of Valhalla keeps calling me back over everything else, and it’s not the intense combat or flying limbs. I cannot get enough of the dice game Orlog. It’s a tactical, strategic dice game that is at first rather intimidating until you grasp its simple yet fantastic rules. I did a quick bit of research on the origins of Orlog, and it seems to be an Anglo-Norse concept linked with Wyrd about fate, you can read more about that here.

A tactical game that’s very simple in its premise, each dice has two types of attack, who types of defence and a change to steal a god’s favour from your opponent. You can also gain god favours in order to deal devastating attacks, heal or more with whatever gods you have chosen to play with (up to three maximum per game). 

All in all, it’s a simple game of strategy, tactics and luck. Winning requires a sharp mind and a keen eye, keeping track of the dice, your opponent’s moves and what potential god’s favours they could call upon.

My only request is that Ubisoft please making this a spin off small game, mobile would be great as well as console, dedicated to Orlog that expands this game further. In fact, why don’t you guys go and create a real physical version of the game too, it’s definitely something I could spend hours playing at the table with family and friends.

Anyway, I think Ubisoft should definitely capitalise on Orlog’s addictive, time syphoning fun and whilst I run around ancient Norway and England in beautiful 4K, I’ll also be playing this immersive dice gaming in all its glorious 4K, HDR, ray-traced glory – yes, it really does make a difference.

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