LOST WARHAMMER: NORSCA

This post is part of a series on unpublished Warhammer works. The first post in the series is here.

The freelance writer Paul Vernon was involved with WFRP1 from an early stage. In the first-edition rulebook he received a credit for “additional material”. It was planned that his involvement would extend to supplements for the game. His first effort, a campaign in the Border Princes, hit a wall, but his second, a guide to Norsca, apparently progressed further.

Jim, Phil, and I tasked him with putting together a proposal for a Norsca supplement. He did a pretty thorough job of creating a Viking sourcebook for WFRP, but like Testubo [sic] which was also in development at the same time, it didn’t nail the Warhammer feel and languished in a to-be-developed file before disappearing completely.

– Graeme Davis, comment on Awesome Lies

The supplement turned out to be Vernon’s last project for WFRP. Despite my best efforts, I have sadly found no other trace of it. If anyone knows more (or happens to have a copy of it lying in the attic), please feel free to share!

Title art by Alan Lee. Used without permission. No challenge intended to the rights holders.

3 thoughts on “LOST WARHAMMER: NORSCA

  1. There was a French official unachieved Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay’s campaign, produced by Descartes Éditeur, licenced by Games Workshop and directed by Hervé Schneider, which was titled Les Architectes de la destinée [Destiny’s Architects]. The campaign started in Middenheim, 2515 IC, after the events of the Empire in Flames.

    Only the first supplement, Pour la gloire d’Ulric [“For Ulric’s Glory”], illustrated by Jean-Dominique Lavoix-Carli, was published, in October 1995. Warpstone reviewed it here: https://www.warpstone.org/pdfs/reviews/gloireulric.pdf

    More than ten years ago, I had access to leaked rough part of what would had been the second volume: the setting of Norsca, where the adventure was intended to take place… I alas no longer have it. I am however quite confident that Hervé Schneider didn’t had access to Vernon’s last project for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.

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    1. It would be interesting to hear more about this, but I suspect I’m not the best person to write about it. I have so far restricted my researches to the English version of the game.

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  2. Should you ever get to ‘Lost Warhammer: Border Princes’, there’s another potential inspiration I haven’t seen mentioned here yet – the 1981 solo boardgame Barbarian Prince. To quote from page one of the rulebook:

    “Evil events have overtaken your Northlands Kingdom. Your father, the old king, is dead – assassinated by rivals to the throne… to escape the mercenary and royal guard, your loyal body servant Ogab smuggled you into a merchant caravan to the southern border…”

    The border in this case is a river rather than Black Fire Pass, but still – the ‘southern lands’ are a sandboxy hex map of generic fantasy encounters and locations- ruins, the odd settlement or castle, geographically inappropriate terrain variations – that you have to navigate to raise enough gold or diplomatic support to return home and win back the throne.

    BP was quite popular and influential in the 80s (to anyone curious, the original version can be easily found as a free download) – I’d like to think it was at least a subsconscious inspiration for somebody…

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