Blood Rage board game
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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  • Nice combo of mechanics.
  • I usually prefer my area majority games a bit more abstract in presentation, but Blood Rage with its fantasy viking theme isn't bad. The rules are beginner friendly, but the drafting of cards is not: Experience definitely helps.
  • So far, it was fun. I'm leaving this rating. MIght go up with future playsFOFA Candidat
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    Vikings, Area Control, a clever battle system, everyone always feels like they’ve still got a chance - this one isn’t famous just because of the awesome physical pieces! But those are insanely cool too.
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So, which do you prefer. Do you prefer if drafting is "the game" as in #7 Wonders, #Sushi Go!, #Fairy Tale etc....? Or do you prefer if it is something that is a part of a bigger game, as in #Inis, #Blood Rage, or even #Agricola?

It definitely seems like an interesting mix of #Blood Rage and #Root. I loved Root and was indifferent to BR, but this game does appeal to me! Is this why you leaned away from Root in your last giveaway win?

I'm surprised #Blood Rage never made it to the top spot! 


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