Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is a huge ass game full of time wasting open world nonsense, but you want to know what is actually pretty dope and doesn’t feel like a waste of my time whatsoever? Orlog, the dice-based mini-game that you can play with various people you meet in the game’s depiction of England and Norway. According to a report from Dicebreaker, Ubisoft is collaborating with collectible producer PureArts to ship a physical version of the game to help it escape its video game confines and enter the real world as a playable tabletop game. While the details on the deal are scarce, it’s a reasonable business move to try and capitalize on one of the best pieces of side content in the game by making it a product people can buy.
Orlog is a strategy game, with each side of a die representing a type of a attack (axe or arrow), a corresponding defense (shield or helmet), or the ability to steal resources from your opponent. While the use of dice means there’s an element of chance, you’re able to re-roll any number of your dice up to three times in order try and roll better attacks and defenses to line up with your opponent’s rolls. So even with the randomized dice rolls, you still have something strategic to consider with each turn. The goal is to get enough attacks that bypass your opponents rolled defenses to attack them directly and eventually take out their pool. But you also have to be considerate of your own defenses with your rolls too. You can’t just bludgeon your way through their defenses without also putting some up to protect your own life pool.
Not gonna lie, while I haven’t spent a ton of time playing Orlog in my ongoing playthrough of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, the thought of having a physical version of it to play with friends and family is pretty appealing to me. I don’t usually get into extensive mini-games like this, such as Gwent in The Witcher 3 or Sphere Break in Final Fantasy X-2, but even as I was playing my first round of it in the first area of Valhalla, I was quickly drawn in by its deceptive simplicity as I learned the rules and realized how complex it could get. We’ll see if I’m still feeling Assassin’s Creed enough by the time this finally comes to fruition though, as Valhalla is my first and maybe my last foray into the series for multiple reasons. But that’s a story for another day.
If you don’t know what Orlog is, whether by having not played Valhalla or just by skipping over the dice game entirely, here’s a full match courtesy of RaptorRoll Gameplay on YouTube.
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When I’m not playing Orlog, most of my time playing Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla has been in pursuit of the one plow sword the game will not give me, and trying to see if protagonist Eivor can continue to charm me despite being an invader and the game just constantly deciding to not confront that fact in any meaningful way.
For more on Valhalla, be sure to check out our extensive guides on the game.