Recap of the series:
Playing some of 8th Wonder makes me wonder why I was so caught up in it orginally. There are quite a few things that annoy me starting with the fact that it is so blatently male chauvinistic.
I started with the 2nd game in the series and was still young to game playing. I had played Ceasar II & III and it was a change, cute and watching the silly little people go about their life was rather fun. GMX Media took over the publishin for Northland and 8th Wonder. The people on the forum were a very nice group and it was nice to interact with them. I got the job of moderator by complain that we were an active forum without a moderator. It was an easy job and mainly I just encourage non-English people to post. Helped out with advice and even a save game which people could use if they were having problems with a certain quest. It was early in the game so they could still do their own thing with the rest. Northland I found a bit buggy and 8th Wonder was more an adventure game than a Village builder and it went quite quickly. I did love the ending. We were all sad when the series ended and went our separate ways.
Any resemblance to Vikings is pretty much non-existent in my opinion. They didn't do much with ships and trying to trade with ships is very laborsome. Lots of other minor things that could have been improved and added to the enjoyment of playing the game.
The editor wa a simplied version of the actual game editor. I tried to get the original editor but was missing the exe file and got involved in other things so never bothered to try and get it straightened out.
I wish I had the money to develop a really good Viking game, one that more closely resembled the real thing. That period, The dark ages, is interesting. It was a harsh time when feudal lords ruled and might was right. Come to think of it I find certain resemblance to our modern time.
Would I recommend this game? Assuming that you can buy it I would only recommend it to someone who likes cartoonish type games and can suspend belief in reality. The first game I do not think is available. I wanted to complete the series and an online friend tracked a copy to the UK ebay were I got it dirt cheap.
Blind faith is a liability: Skepticism a necessity.