is a fast-paced party game (kind of like a cooler multiplayer version of the classic Snake but with Vikings instead) it made sense to stick with a simple excuse plot for... read more
is a fast-paced party game (kind of like a cooler multiplayer version of the classic Snake but with Vikings instead) it made sense to stick with a simple excuse plot for the game.
We needed to explain why a bunch of Vikings would run around in small arenas all mad and literally unstoppable, but while we were at it we had to keep the background story short and memorable as there would be little room for explaining it in the game (and we wanted to keep it optional – players shouldn’t need to be aware of it to enjoy the game).
The background story is as follows; in the realm of Meadgard a grand tournament has been held in honor of Thor, the Viking god of thunder, since it’s his birthday or because he slew a few fire giants or whatever (maybe both). The players are mortal warriors participating in his thunder league and will fight in different games and arenas to prove that they’re worthy of a place in Valhalla.
To increase the intensity of the tournament Thor has provided all champions with the gods own beverage of choice – thunder mead. Any mortal who drinks the stormy liquid will fly into an instant rage, completely unable to slow down or stop moving. Beyond providing magical mead the god’s involvement ensures that anyone slain in the arena will be resurrected by Valkyries, in order to keep the competition (and the god’s entertainment) going.
All was fine however until Loki, the god of trickery, became jealous of the attention Thor was getting and decided to sabotage his thunder league. To promote cheating in the honorable tournament Loki stole some of the god’s legendary weapons and started to distribute them at random to the mortal participants, which angered Thor and the other gods greatly.
That’s basically it; a short excuse plot which explains the core mechanics (thunder mead increases speed and prevents players from slowing down or stopping), why there’s respawn (with the aid of Valkyries), why there’s power-ups (Loki throws them randomly to the players from above) and of course why the game’s called Thunder League as the whole tournament is dedicated to the Norse god of thunder.