Blood Rage board game
Blood Rage board game

Blood Rage

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In Blood Rage, each player controls their own Viking clan's warriors, leader, and ship. Ragnarok has come, and it's the end of the world! It's the Vikings' last chance to go down in a blaze of glory and secure their place in Valhalla at Odin's side! For a Viking there are many pathways to glory. You can invade and pillage the land for its rewards, crush your opponents in epic battles, fulfil quests, increase your clan's stats, or even die gloriously either in battle or from Ragnarok, the ultimate inescapable doom. Most player strategies are guided by the cards drafted at the beginning of each of the three game rounds (or Ages). These "Gods' Gifts" grant you numerous boons for your clan including: increased Viking strength and devious battle strategies, upgrades to your clan, or even the aid of legendary creatures from Norse mythology. They may also include various quests, from dominating specific provinces, to having lots of your Vikings sent to Valhalla. Most of these cards are aligned with one of the Norse gods, hinting at the kind of strategy they support. For example, Thor gives more glory for victory in battle, Heimdall grants you foresight and surprises, Tyr strengthens you in battle, while the trickster Loki actually rewards you for losing battles, or punishes the winner. Players must choose their strategies carefully during the draft phase, but also be ready to adapt and react to their opponents' strategies as the action phase unfolds. Battles are decided not only by the strength of the figures involved, but also by cards played in secret. By observing your opponents' actions and allegiances to specific gods, you may predict what card they are likely to play, and plan accordingly. Winning battles is not always the best course of action, as the right card can get you even more rewards by being crushed. The only losing strategy in Blood Rage is to shy away from battle and a glorious death!

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  • I see the box, I see the title, I expect some hot blood chaos combat and all I have is a card game with slow and restricting movements. Not really impressed honestly
  • Great classic wargame, I highly recommend it
  • Fun war game. Fight to win honor in Ragnorak and go to Valhalla.
  • Nice combo of mechanics.
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I started with #Rising Sun too before picking up #Blood Rage in their digital edition kickstarter.  I have also pre-ordered the third game in the trilogy, #Ankh: Gods of Egypt, which I am excited about!

For RPG systems, I really love how streamlined and accessible D&D 5E is.  It's just such a pinnacle of decades of learning.  I started with D&D in the 90's during 2E, and have also played Rifts, 3E, 3.5E.  Other than those, Battletech tickled my fancy ever so slightly, but never really captured my atention for very long.

I love #War of the Ring: Second Edition, such an epic experience.

I haven't played #Blood Rage but I really like #Rising Sun, it has one of my favourite combat systems.

What is your favourite RPG system? I am just embarking into that world

I will check it out! Thanks!

#Blood Rage is fun because there are strategies for fighting battles, for area control, for dying in battle, for just picking fights, etc etc. So many options...

Incredibly, I don't own it. I have played it, but found it boring at the end and becomes just a simple math problem of trying to maximize the points. It does start well, but I find the end very dull.

I do enjoy Space theme, but I've played a little of everything and enjoy almost any type of game of theme. One of my favorite games is #Root and #Blueprints

I'm on the hunt for #Blood Rage since I remember fondly enjoying it with my brother.

I see! I had this issue with #Blood Rage. One of my friends just annihilated us every game it made it so not fun so I see the barrier there!

Hmm the most common comparisons I've heard are with games like #Blood Rage, #Cyclades, #Kemet, and #Rising Sun. Inis seems to be a little more on the abstract end though