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Villainous Vikings, 2nd Edition

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Jeremy Stoltzfus
Play Time:
60 minutes

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Selected as a Writer's Pick in the 2014 Game of the Year awards by iSlaytheDragon!

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

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.

What's In The Box?:

• One 20-page, full-color Rules booklet
• 11" x 17" mounted, jigsaw-cut 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


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


Villainous Vikings, 2nd Edition by Grant (The Player's Aid)
Villainous Vikings 2nd Edition is a very well put together and clean and smooth playing game that has a very good integrated theme. The game is well laid out and easy to pick up but there is depth of strategy there that must be explored over several plays to fully grasp and understand. The options for replayability are great as there are 8 different Captain cards that offer their own unique strategy, 50 different Location cards and 25 Warriors to choose from to hire. This game is very good! It also is pretty easy to setup and takedown and plays in about 1 hour. If you like Viking themed games with good player interaction and depth of strategy all with a quick play time, Villainous Vikings is a good choice for you.
Writer's Pick for Game of the Year 2014 by Jason Meyers (iSlaytheDragon)
It is very likely that Villainous Vikings: Voyage to Valhalla flew right under your radar. Although it made enough splash in its own right when Victory Point Games came out and admitted they released it under-developed, promptly halted sales, and fast-tracked a second edition with better graphic design, clarity, and refined rules. It’s that improved edition that is worth a recommendation as a near miss for Game of the Year. I guarantee this design would have garnered greater attention had a larger publisher released it. VPG is a solid stand-up company, but their titles are almost always criminally underrated because components are produced in-house and don’t compare with snazzier productions coming out of China.
Swords to the Wind! by Michael Ehr (Gaming Trend)
I can’t recommend this highly enough. The game is visually and mechanically compelling, finally living up to the rich and vibrant thematic elements. Hobbyists will love Villainous Vikings, and it is just the sort of game that can inspire young people to a lifelong interest in serious board games.
Why Such the Long Boat? by Jason Meyers (iSlaytheDragon)
Voyage to Valhalla gives Villainous Vikings two things. One, it has a more polished look that really enhances its intuitiveness. But it also sharpens game play by breaking down the various conquest and trading actions into individual options and then making you choose only two of them each turn. The question one may logically ask is, “does the second edition improve the first?” In my opinion, it does. Voyage to Valhalla is still an accessible game with a fun theme, good mix of strategy and randomness, well-balanced interaction, and high replay value.
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!

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