Villainous Vikings, 2nd Edition

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For 3 to 5 players, Villainous Vikings is a rousing game of Viking exploration and conquest. With players confronted by constant Raid or Trade dilemmas, the decisions will take you to the highest seat in Asgard next to Odin.

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The longship's prow cuts into the sea after each swell, splashing salt water into my face as the crew rows hard towards this new land. I grip the railing to keep my feet, dreading the day because of the völur's prophecy. The shore approached fast and I have no way of knowing if raiding the town or trading with its people will bring the doom I fear. - Ingvar the Far-Travelled

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Your goal in Villainous Vikings (Voyage to Valhalla), by designer Jeremy Stoltzfus, is to amass as many Valhalla Points as possible so that after Ragnarök occurs your Captain has the best seat in Valhalla to tell his tales of battle and drink his mead. You will gain Valhalla Points by raiding, trading, and battling the other Captains who are also vying for Odin the All-Father's favor.

After one of the players has been declared the victor of Ragnarök, each player will tally up their Valhalla Points to determine their overall standing with Odin the All-Father and the other Gods; whoever is in the best standing is considered the greatest Viking(s) in history!

In this Second Edition, everything in the box has been revised for better balance and clarity: the map, the cards, the rules, and even the counters.

Note: This game is currently only available in the boxed version.

What's In The Box?:


•   One 20-page full-color Rule book
•   One mounted game board
•   14 thick, laser-cut, multi-shaped counter pieces (minor assembly required)
•   Eight Viking Captain cards
•   Six Combat dice, with six sticker sheets
•   100 cards
•   One bright red, 9 1/4" x 5 7/8" Standard cardboard VPG game box
•   One beautiful box cover sleeve
•   One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
•   One charcoal desiccant packet

Credits:


Game Design: Jeremy Stoltzfus
Producer & Developer: Kevin Fortuna
Graphic Design: Michelle Ball
Artist: Brett Mitchell
Inspired by: TriviumOak, and Hector Borrero, Martin Calderon, Pedro Miranda
Playtesters: John Buffington, Deon Carrico, Juan Crespo, David Deitch, Alan Emrich, Wes Erni, Keith Ferguson, Taylor Flynn, Nathan Hansen, Tim Hitchings, James Leesch, Tobias Loc, Noah Massaro, Scott Means
Proofreaders: Leigh Toms, Ian Wakeham, Karen Wolterman

Game Data

Number of Players 3-5
Age 13+
Playing Time Approximately 45 minutes
Difficulty N/A
Solitaire Suitability N/A
Designer Jeremy Stoltzfus
Developer Kevin Fortuna

Reviews

Villainous Vikings, 2nd Edition by Joe Salerno (BoardGameGeek)
The game is gorgeous, and the component quality is excellent. This is my first VPG game, and I really dig the laser-cut tokens and standees. Why is this component type not more prevalent in the hobby game industry? The rule book is very well written and very clear. If there were problems with the first edition rules, they are not showing up here. The mechanics seem very elegant - simple but able to convey a lot of game depth... I really like how small historical aspects of the Viking Age has been incorporated into the game. All of the artwork and graphic design in this game are stellar. Beautiful aesthetic throughout.
Ragnarök Stars (Villainous Vikings, First Edition) by Jason Meyers (iSlaytheDragon)
I like Villainous Vikings a lot. Just to be up front as to why; it has most of the elements that put a game right in my wheelhouse. It’s not difficult to teach and learn. It has a popular theme, with some history and adventure behind it, and enhanced by smooth mechanics. It offers choices, but not a paralyzing array of them. Collecting victory points is intuitive with a recognizable set collection aspect. It doesn’t shy away from player interaction, yet there’s no elimination and it’s never severely crippling. There are lots of variable powers. And luck is not out of control, but rather keeps everyone engaged and on equal terms. Villainous Vikings offers a great mix of Euro and Ameritrash elements with mechanics that blend well with its theme. It is eminently playable and plenty of fun. Alas, it does not include any beards. (8.5 / 10)
Villainous Vikings (First Edition) by Boardgames in Blighty
For me, a good Viking game has to have the feel of an epic Viking saga along with a sense of the historical. If it’s too silly and reliant upon the myths, I’m not sure it would be as interesting.

Villainous Vikings really gets the balance right. It leans more towards the historical feel which makes it more interesting. You certainly get a feel for the strategic scope of exploration and raid and trade aspects. The mythology aspect is there but just enough.

I would say that Villainous Vikings is a really fun and interesting game which doesn’t lose its bite after a number of plays. The design is sound with an emphasis on fun play rather than the detailed minutiae. Combat and trade are nicely abstracted and quick. The pace is good, the tension high, as you seek the right combination of conquests to build a strong combat position.

The bottom line? Villainous Vikings is one of my favourite games of 2014 and I highly recommend it if you are interested in the theme and a lightish game with a good balance of luck, choices, and player interaction. It would not surprise me at all if this game become one of VPG‘s stronger sellers.
Villainous Vikings (First Edition) by Maurice Fitzgerald (Club Fantasci)
With the varied abilities of the captain, hero, boss, and map cards, each game is an interesting experience and the cards balance nicely, not making any captain feel over or underpowered. The distinct differences in play style needed for each captain gives the game very good replay value and most importantly, a lot of fun!

Thematically, the game has a great blend of history and mythology to get you in the mood of the game. You definitely feel like a Viking leader, prowling the seas in search of conquest and glory. (7/10)
Don't Mead and Sail (Villainous Vikings, First Edition) by Steven Riola (BoardGameGeek)
Victory Point Games has done it again, completely taken me by surprise. This is the 3rd or 4th title of theirs that surpassed my expectations. The art is fantastic, completely capturing the theme of the game, [and] the laser cut pieces are sturdy and well done.

We've had a lot of fun with Villainous Vikings, and I see us continuing to raid locations for a long time. ... If you're looking for a proper Viking game with excellent theme and mechanics, Villainous Vikings is a must have for your collection!