A Feast For Odin board game
A Feast For Odin board game

A Feast For Odin

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Overall Rank: #60 | Trending Rank: #33

Delve into the world of Vikings and dabble in trading, hunting, raiding, pillaging, plundering, and raiding some more. Build houses, explore new worlds, and every round, have a feast in Odin's name.

The large variety of actions and occupations guarantees your Notherners long-lasting fun, with each game creating a new world on your player board!



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  • Wow what a game! Surprisingly thematic and really interesting gameplay. Tons of options and possibilities leads to unique games each go. Fantastic solo mode as well.
  • Great fun. Probably prefer Agricola, but this puzzle keeps bringing me back. The openness tends to distract me from my strategy and kill my points ... which is half the fun.
  • A very large, puzzly worker placement that I would like to spend more time with.
  • Extremely fiddly and lots of and then this kind of rules about the different things you can do. I'm told it scales very well though and I'd be in to playing this more in the future. But it really didn't grab me as something I need to play very much going forward if the opportunity doesn't present itself.
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I feel like winning #A Feast For Odin this time. It trades places in my wish list top 3 with #Root and #Star Wars: Outer Rim for a while now!

I played my first play through of#A Feast For Odin 2p. Man this is a big game. Not sure we got everything right, but def. not the last time playing it. I will have to read the rule book once again to get all the actions right for next time.

I agree with most of the commentary below about Wingspan. It's a game I enjoy and really admire it but when I personally think of highly thematic games I don't think it's as good as others. I think the most spot on point is that while some of the mechanics are thematic (predator birds, birds that migrate habitats) plenty are not and it always feels like an engine builder for points rather than running a bird sanctuary. With that said, I think it does a great job setting a fantastic mood for the type of game it is, and the eggs, the wooden dice, the dicetower, the unique bird cards, the art on the player boards etc do a fantastic job of that. I do think it's important to remember what a great place Wingspan exists in in terms of being an inviting gateway game and I believe that how thematic it is is going to depend greatly on what your experience in gaming is up to that point.

 

I think Wingspan exists in an area of strategy games where the components themselves do a great job keeping it from being a dry game and giving it a mood and then the more the mechanics match the more thematic it feels. I think of #Viticulture: Essential Edition and #Agricola (Revised Edition) as games that do a great job of this with both mechanisims and components. I think #Root #Everdell #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar and #Teotihuacan: City of Gods all do a great job setting the scene with their art and then matching it in varying degrees with mechanics. 

 

I can think of countless "Ameritrash" games that are highly thematic but skill checks often ruin that dynamic for me personally. Even a game like #Forgotten Waters which drips with story and theme after awhile didn't feel like much of a game to me and lost its immersiveness. While still not in my wheelhouse I found #Gloomhaven and #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion to be much more immersive because the card play makes you feel like you are really dictating what happens and controlling your character. Conversely #Scythe was a game where the theme was almost non-existent to me until I played #Scythe: The Rise of Fenris and from then on the game was far more thematic in my mind than it had been previously. The most thematic game I've ever played would have to be #Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and much like with Rise of Fenris, that experience has made other #Pandemic games feel more thematic just because I have seen how immersive it can be. 

 

A game that hasn't gotten any mentions yet that I've seen that's both a strategy game and highly thematic, in my opinion, is #Brass: Birmingham the historic accuracy that went into that game is remarkable and it really comes through in the most unique aspect to the game- the sudden switch from canals to rails. The included history of the characters in the rulebook is also a nice touch. I would contrast that with a game that I also love but don't find thematic which is #A Feast For Odin which, in true Uwe fashion, comes with what is essentially an entire book explaining the history that exists in the game but if you never read the book you would never really know and it's dry enough that you really don't need to and it becomes vikings playing tetris. 

Most likely yes. I pretty much won't buy anything that's not on the wishlist unless it's a deal that I just can't pass up. Even then I may not keep it, haha. I recently flipped a new copy of #A Feast For Odin for a $20 profit. I put it toward backing #Western Legends: Blood Money.

The shelf holding #A Feast For Odin looks like it's bending under the weight XD

We have 3 game stores here kn town. They are all at least MSRP (usually significantly more!) ... except every once in a while they have good deals. I snagged a copy of #Marvel Champions: The Card Game for my friends birthday for $59.99, which is comparable to online prices. At the other game shop I snatched up a copy of #Root: The Riverfolk Expansion for $40, which didn’t seem unreasonable. 

On the flip side the one shop has #Wingspan for $90, which is obscene. And another wanted $100 for #Tapestry

So for the most part the local stores are really too overpriced for me to do serious purchases there. I am grateful that they are in town and I do enjoy browsing their shelves, but I find it difficult to make purchases. 

We have two Targets and they have a pretty pathetic game section. Not usually worth looking at. 

We have one B&N it has a decent selection but still MSRP. 

Two of my most favorite purchases have been from Facebook marketplace. I got the #Empires of the Void II Kickstarter deluxe edition for $50 and a really nice copy of #Trajan for $25. 

The public library here in town also sells board games occasionally and I managed to snag a copy of #A Feast For Odin (only played once) for $60. 

But otherwise I do most of my purchasing from online stores. It’s tough to beat their prices and selection.  

I would not consider #Wingspan#PARKS, or #Root as worker placement games.  Wingspan is Tableau building with resource management, PARKS is sort of worker placement but it's like #Sierra West where it's more worker management combined with resource management.  Root is are control mostly.  

That's all for my naysaying...lol.  #Viticulture: Essential Edition I agree with and I think that deserves a spot at or near the top.  I haven't played #A Feast For Odin and can't speak to that one.  #Robinson Crusoe is pretty much worker placement and exceptionally challenging at that.  I think it earns a top 5 for me due to it's difficulty (but also great gameplay).  #Paladins of the West Kingdom competes for my top worker placement spot and it probably depends on my mood as to whether I'd place they one first or Viticulture.  

#Architects of the West Kingdom is a great game and I think a lot of folks would consider it high on their lists if they;ve play'd it.  It's more interactive than #Paladins of the West Kingdom.  The next one gets left off become it may be considered tableau building rather than worker placement but #Everdell has a significant worker placement component to it's gameplay.  #Lewis & Clark is similar in that it's more of a deck builder but worker placement is quite significant.