Reavers of Midgard: Initial Thoughts

We played Reavers of Midgard last night for game night. Finally! Took us about an hour to muddle through the rules together and start playing, but when we got going it was a lot of fun. It took about two rounds for us to become comfortable with the icons and symbols and what they all mean, so not too shabby.

It's a worker placement game, but only four workers are placed each round. The player who places their worker on a location pays the cost (if any) and takes the action, plus a bonus. The next player in line can choose to pay the cost and take the action as well, however their bonus is a bit less appealing than that of the first player. Sometimes there is no bonus for players 2-4. This mechanic creates an interesting "follow" mechanic that can be potentially rewarding. If you can't pay the cost or simply don't want to, you can rest, which allows you to take a die of your choice or two foods instead.

I really like the mechanics. It's less dice chucking than Champions of Midgard, and more operating within the scope of what you have. I find Champions to be more exciting thematically, but I will definitely need to play Reavers a few more times before dropping my final judgement on it. At this point, I really liked it and am happy I backed it.

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Supporter12 months ago

This game just looks so impressive. I really want to try it. Do you guys usually try to learn and play a game in the same sitting? 

12 months ago

Yeah we generally do that. More often than not we’ll learn a new game (or new to someone) and then play it. I was going to go over the rules before game night but ended up night having time. Thus, the muddling haha

Owner12 months ago

Definitely seems like my type of game (still really want to play Champions of Midgard!)

I also like how colorful it is but in a way that's not blinding/overwhelming :)

So are the two games (CoM and RoM) different enough that you could see both of them coming out into the table often to serve different needs? Or do you feel like one of them will eventually end up staying and the other will slowly fade out of the group?

Supporter12 months ago

I completely agree here

Supporter12 months ago

Phil we need to sit down with Ben and play some Champions of Midgard. 

12 months ago

Yessssssssss!

Owner12 months ago

Lol that would be a blast. Are you two meeting next week???

12 months ago

It doesn't look like it. Our availabilities conflict. Such is the life of board gamers, unfortunately. 

12 months ago

Yeah, the two games are both pretty different and definitely serve different needs. Playing one won’t hurt the other’s chances of getting played. I like that it’s similar enough, yet still very different. 

Supporter12 months ago

I know it’s early, but do you like one more than the other at this point?

12 months ago

Champions is still ahead in the polls for me. But, yes, it is still early. I think the two will end up being quite close to each other in my personal rankings. 

Supporter12 months ago

Did you have problems with the game trayz insert? 

How many did you play with? Do you feel like it should scale well? 

I love their wooden bits. 

12 months ago

The game trays game bundled with rubber bands, which kind of bent the bottom of the trays where they were tight. But it didn’t cut through or anything and are completely fine. 

We played with four, which is the max player count. I can see it scaling pretty much perfectly with two or three players. In four players, everyone places one worker (which is a wooden boat). Two players, each player places two workers. In three players, one additional (grey) boat is given to the first starting player, who then gets to place two workers while the others place just one. This boat is passed to the next player after each round, and with six rounds, each player will have placed it twice. So it seems like it would scale really well. 

Supporter12 months ago

That’s a great system. Fair and logical. 

Supporter12 months ago

That does sound like it would scale well. 

Supporter12 months ago

Wow, looks like there is a lot going on! Looks cool. I like the little Viking ships player boards. 

12 months ago

Yeah, the player boards are pretty cool. It all is really well done artistically. Very happy about that. 

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