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King's Table: The Legend of Ragnarok (DOS)

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Description

A version of an old Norse board game called King's Table. The game has black and white teams, like chess, but each team has different pieces and a different raison d'etre.

The white team has a total of 13 pieces, the most important one being Odin the King, who starts in the centre of the 10x10 board and moves in the same way as a chess King, whereas black has 20 pawns and four other pieces. White wins if Odin can reach one of the corner squares; black wins if it surrounds Odin on all 4 sides. The pawns actually move the same way as chess queens, but pieces are captured by surrounding them on 2 sides (although some special pieces must be surrounded on 3 sides). The specials are chosen from the selection at the start of the game, and have a variety of abilities, some 'borrowed' from chess.

The presentation of this interpretation is similar to Battle Chess, with bold 3D graphics and lots of animation.

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King's Table: The Legend of Ragnarok DOS Game just began
King's Table: The Legend of Ragnarok DOS Intro sequence
King's Table: The Legend of Ragnarok DOS Title screen
King's Table: The Legend of Ragnarok DOS One of your opponents

Alternate Titles

  • "The Legend of Ragnarok" -- German title

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The Press Says

Svenska Hemdatornytt May, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 68 out of 100 68
Power Play Sep, 1992 68 out of 100 68
WIZ Jul, 1994 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1993 37 out of 100 37

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Trivia

Atari ST version

An Atari ST version was also prepared by Imagitec, with Kevin McIntosh as coder, but was apparently never released on the shrinking ST market.
B.L. Stryker (20697) added King's Table: The Legend of Ragnarok (DOS) on Aug 31, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (63198)