Vikings

The Captain is Dead: Lockdown is the latest episode in the Captain is Dead co-op adventure game that finds you and up to 6 other crew mates battling aliens and scrambling to keep your star ship functioning.

Even without the help of the late Captain, the crew was able to escape the alien attack in our last episode! However, the hasty repairs to the jump core did not hold, and now the crew finds themselves locked in an alien prison! Now the crew must use all their skills to hack into the alien prison’s systems, while staying hidden and avoiding alien patrols…

Also coming from AEG is a new Smash Up set titled, Oops You Did It Again.

Smash Up has turned the asylum over to the inmates yet again! After the success of It’s Your Fault, we decided to let the fans choose the factions that would make up the latest set of Smash Up, and they went for some powerful choices! A huge field was whittled down to the top four, and here they are: Cowboys call out opposing minions for shootouts, Samurai face their noble end in battle to bring glory to their player, Ancient Egyptians bury secrets deep in the sands, while the Vikings… well they just take other people’s stuff!

It looks like the fans nailed it this time with some of the best genres from pop culture represented in one expansion box.

Keep an eye out for The Captain is Dead: Lockdown in August and Smash Up: Oops You Did It Again in early September.

 

 

Grey Fox Games has started a Kickstarter for two expansions to Champions of Midgard, the popular dice management viking board game. The Dark Mountains adds a much requested 5th player to the game, as well as a new archer dice type, new adventures and new monsters. Dark Mountains also comes with a new character, a dark mountains board, and an expanded market board.

The second expansion, Valhalla, adds new leader dice, leader abilities and a new resource to manage. Valhalla also comes with its own board, a new character, epic monsters and more. There is even an option for a new box to hold the base game and both expansions comfortably. As is par with Kickstarters these days, stretch goals and Add-Ons abound.

Champions of Midgard: The Expansions is on Kickstarter until March 14, and is expected to deliver in June 2017. You can check out the campaign here.

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Minion Games has started their latest Kickstarter project, Saga of the Northmen.

Designed by Scott Leibbrandt and tested at Protospiel, Saga of the Northmen is for 2 to 4 players ages 13 and up and plays in 30 to 40 minutes.  It is a light war game set in the Dark Ages where you are the chieftain of a clan of Vikings allying and battling other clans for control of the 7 kingdoms of Europe.

A great introductory game to the area control mechanic, Saga of the Northmen is played over a series of rounds in which each player will draft influence cards which will be used to garner influence throughout the 7 kingdoms as well as populate the neutral regions with the very plunder (VPs) you will need to collect in order to win the game.  Each chieftain will also have a hidden trade route objective(s) that if completed will increase their wealth at the end of the game.

So, go forth, spread your influence, plunder the land’s riches, hire heroes to help you battle for control of contested neutral regions, establish trade routes, and conquer as many of the 7 kingdoms of Europe as you can on your way to victory in Saga of the Northmen!

To learn more or pledge today for as low as $39, <click here>.

rampaging jotunn

Lost Cog would like to announce their current project to fund a new two-player Viking-themed strategy board game that “pits players in a competitive contest of tactics and supremacy.”  The objective of the game is to survive the Jotunn’s Rampage by influencing the Jotunn towards your opponents’ armies and villages.

Players will each control three villages and two Viking armies, and will be using their armies to protect their own villages while attacking their opponents’ villages.  As they do this, the Rampaging Jotunn is the real threat as he moves across the island destroying everything he touches.

The game is easy to learn, but with deep strategy, and has high replay value due to its modular board that changes with each play.  The game has been in development for 6 years, and has received extensive play testing.

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A copy of the game includes:

  • Rulebook
  • 1 Center Hex
  • 2 Defensive Line hexes
  • 2 Dice
  • 1 Jotunn Marker and Stand
  • 2 Blue and 2 Red Viking Markers and Stands
  • 6 Wooden Long Houses, 3 in each player color
  • 2 Terrain Cards
  • 6 Movement Cards, 3 in each player color
  • 73 Rampaging Jotunn Cards
  • 12 Unique Land Tiles

For more information and to support this project, visit its Kickstarter page here.

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With March behind us it is time to look into April to see what will be coming, and Catalyst Game Labs has given us a hand in doing so.  Catalyst Game Labs has a total of four game releases and one accessory coming in April and all of them have a projected street date of April 27th.  And they are:

battletech

BattleTech Interstellar Operations, in the last release they zoomed out the conflict to a grander scale and taking it all the way up to battling for whole solar systems, now they take it up that last step to where you take on the role of House Lords as you try to dominate the galaxy.  The book will come with all the rules needed to play on that scale as well as tons more lore to be able to play this level in any era of the universe.

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Vikings: The Board Game is a strategy game of exploration and raiding for 2-5 players based upon the hit History Channel series that allows players to embrace their inner Viking. Each winter players scheme to acquire appropriate resources while convincing heroes such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Lagertha, Rollo and Floki to support them as they put their longships in the water to raid each summer. Complete quests, plunder spoils and claim foreign resources across modular tiles as you forge your path to victory. It’s a different game each time you play!

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Next is the Shadowrun Beginner Box Set, this set like its D&D counterpart has all the items needed to be able to start your journey into the world of Shadowrun.  The set includes pre-generated characters, a simplified ruleset, a ready-to-run adventure, a solo adventure for one character, adventure hooks, and non-player characters to get you fully immersed in the game right away.  Also you can pick up at the same time the Shadowrun Gamemaster Screen which allows you to have a host of useful tables and information right there in front of you at all times, making your job as the GM just a little bit easier.

Lastly is a new scenario for the Shadowrun RPG, Serrated Edge: Denver Adventure 1.

The Aurora Warrens of Denver hold a dark secret, as some people trusted to help its residents are instead giving full rein to their darkest impulses. Shadowruuners typically are not heroes riding in to save the day, but in this case the work they’re being offered gives them a chance to dig into these secrets, perhaps fix some of them, and maybe even bring a few people to justice—however they happen to define justice. With dark secrets, double-crosses, and plenty of nuyen flying around, Serrated Edge gives players plenty of chaos to keep up with while launching them into a series of adventures that will shake up the city of spies and maybe bring about a better future. Or curse it to worse.

You can check out the full press release on the Catalyst Game Labs site and look forward to their release on April 27th.

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The old Jarl is looking for a successor among the wisest and the bravest, and a salty wind carries a promise of wealth and glory.  Build your ship, gather your men, and carve your way to the throne.  Lord Odin is watching, will you become the one to rule in his name?

NSKN Games is now running their latest Kickstarter project, In the Name of Odin.  This is a strategy game for 2-5 players in which players will use Action Cards to build structures, gather men, recruit famous Vikings, and buy longships in order to conduct raids.  Each raid has a set of requirements and a reward in Fame.  The player who has the most Fame at the end of the game becomes the new Jarl, winning the game.

odin components

A copy of the game includes:

  • 1 Game Board
  • 5 Player Boards
  • 161 Cards
  • 48 Cardboard Tokens
  • 5 Wooden Scoring Discs
  • 90 Plastic Viking Miniatures
  • 1 Rulebook

For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.

Grey Fox Games has announced they will be releasing a box full of awesomesauce…err I mean they will be releasing Champions of Midgard a Viking era worker placement game with dice driven combat and mythical Norse beasts from designer Ole Steiness.

That’s right Vikings, mythical Norse beasts, dice combat, and worker placement! It doesn’t just sound amazing it looks incredible as well. With a board illustrated by Andre Gracia and card art by Victor P. Corbella it has the visual appeal to back up the mind boggling mechanics that accompanies it.

Players will collect weapons, food, and wood to build ships, carve runes and send out warriors to battle mythical beasts and gain glory. All in the attempt to earn the title Jarl of a besieged harbor town.

Players are leaders of Viking clans, who have traveled to an embattled Viking harbor town help defend it against the threat of trolls, draugr, and other mythological Norse beasts. By defeating these epic creatures, players gain glory and the favor of the gods. When the game ends, the player who has earned the most glory earns the title of Jarl and is recognized as a Champion of Midgard!

This will be a big game with the following components in the box:

  • a 20″ by 30″ board
  • 34 custom dice
  • wooden meeples
  • cardboard tokens
  • and 121 cards

Just reading the announcement has shot this game into my ‘most interested in’ list, you can read it on Grey Fox Games’ website here. Add in the fact that it has earned the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence and it’s probably at the top of that list.

Champions of Midgard is already at the printers and set to be released later this year. Grey Fox Games is hoping to have limited quantities at GenCon 2015 but if you can’t get one there you can always grab a copy from your FLGS/OLGS when they arrive. That is if I haven’t bought them all first!

 

raiders of the north sea

Raiders of the North Sea is a new worker placement style game for 2-4 players from the New Zealand game producer Garphill Games. The second in a planned trilogy of Viking games (following last year’s succesful Kickstarter, Shipwrights of the North Sea), it is designed by Shem Phillips and illustrated by Mihajlo Dimitrievski.

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Raiders takes place at the height of the Viking Age, with players trying to impress their Chieftain by succesfully raiding settlements. In this unique worker placement system, players share control of the worker pool (with different color workers being required to activate different spaces) and each player will start and end their turn with exactly 1 worker in their hand. On their turn, players will have to place their 1 worker to take an action (such as hiring crew, collecting provisions or raiding), then take 1 other worker off the board and resolve the action of the space that worker occupied. The campaign includes worldwide shipping and a lot of great stretch goals.

Check out the campaign here.

Or find more information on the game at Boardgamegeek, the online Board Game Database.

sea kings

From the fine folks at Worthington Publishing a new Kickstarter by designer Lew Pulsipher.  This game uses the name for the Vikings that they would have used for themselves.  Going a viking was an action not a description of a person originally.

This game looks very interesting.  In terms of stretch goals they seem to be modest additions that contribute to a continuance of theme but should not add tons of extra time to development and publishing of the game.  They seem to have worked very hard to keep the theming and design appropriate for what they have designed.

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Obviously until playing it no one can guarantee that his will be a game that as a finished product will appeal to you.  But with the rich history it presents this seems to be a good candidate.  Additionally Worthington Publishing has established itself as a publisher of quality games and has a reputation to keep up.  That being said the goals for when this project will be hitting backers hands does seem a bit ambitious.  As a backer I would be inclined to expect it to ship a few months late since they would need to have had the base game in production already and basically just dependent on the addition of the possible stretch goals.

With that being said I would strongly encourage you to head over to Kickstarter and check out the project here.

jarl

Catalyst Games Labs have issued a press release indicating they have acquired the rights to produce merchandise based on the History Channel television series “Vikings.”

The first game will be Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game, based on the critically-acclaimed game The Duke. This exciting new game brings a slew of new tiles for players to master, even allowing players to place their Vikings tiles directly against The Duke tiles determining the real conqueror! Catalyst Game Labs will publish Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game at the end of this year.”

Jarl sounds like it will be The Duke with a Viking theme based on the game’s description.  “In Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game, players move their tiles around the board and flip them over after each move. Each tile’s side shows a different movement profile. If you end your movement in a square occupied by an opponent’s tile, you capture that tile. Capture your opponent’s Jarl to win!

Vikings: The Board Game will be an exploration and raiding game based on the show.  Players will scheme their way to resources and heroes and plunder ships at sea and foreign lands.