Nidhogg, the weird, spectacular fencing game from Mark "Messhof" Essen, is finally ours. After years being exhibited--and refined--at game tournaments and other public events, the dueling simulator is now available from Steam for $12.

Marked by its lurid but exquisitely-animated art style, Nidhogg pits two fencers in a frenetic, swashbuckling duel. The victor wins the right to be eaten alive by the titular Norse worm-god. Local and online multiplayer modes are included, as is the soundtrack, by Daedalus.

At Venus Patrol, Brandon Boyer talks to Messhof about the game's unusual gestation.