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Monday, March 19, 2001
Rune: Halls of Valhalla Details
8:53 AM | Toby Allen | Comment on this story

Rumors of an expansion pack for Human Head's Viking "hack and sack" Rune have finally come to an end -- Gathering of Developers' Askin' Haskins column has revealed that Human Head's next project will be making an expansion pack named Rune: Halls of Valhalla. This expansion seems focused on the multiplayer aspect of Rune, and features some innovative game types. While we still await Human Head's official press release, Askin' Haskins has given some information about the content of the expansion pack. Two new game type will be included: Arena Pits, similar to Quake's Clan Arena, and Headball, a grisly version of capture the flag. Here are the details:

Arena pits players against one another in 1-on-1 combat, and some maps and servers will allow for larger teams. You equip yourself with weapons and shields, then take you place in a queue until it’s your turn to get it on. A number floating above your head indicates your place in the queue and, after a countdown, you’ll be transported into the arena. Survive your battle and you’ll walk away with full health and all your weapons for the next bloodbath.

HeadBall could best be described as ‘basketball for Vikings’. Once an opponent’s head has been severed, any player on your team can pick it up and make a mad dash for goals strategically placed around the maps. Some goals are open to any player; others are team-specific. Variant maps contain multiple goals where each scores a different number of points per head, with tricky or distant goals worth more.

“But Haskins,” you ask, “What about arms and legs?” Fear not. If you set up the server, you can elect to throw ‘limb scoring’ into the mix, giving new meaning to the phrase ‘taking your opponent apart’…

The expansion should also contain many requested elements to fill in the "holes" in Rune online play, such as more mutators, female player models, more balanced weapons and of course more fantastic maps.

As with most expansion packs, Halls of Valhalla will have to be ported to the Mac OS; whether or not this will happen is up to publisher Gathering of Developers and Mac porting team Westlake Interactive. This expansion pack is still in the early stages of development, and no projected release date has been given.

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