Being a Viking wasn’t an easy life. Somehow, between the constant cold and drinking ale, they found time to pillage, conquer and otherwise be very angry, bearded men. Marching and growling across 9th Century Europe doesn’t sound like a great deal of fun, but after playing Stoic’s crowdfunded tactical RPG, they may have changed my mind about that. Giants, mechanical nightmares, and the end of the world may not sound like the makings of a good road-trip, and you would typically be right. The first act of the Banner Saga however, isn’t your typical game and has a lot of fun amongst the bleakness.