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Vikings


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  • For 2 to 4 players
  • Play time of 60 minutes
  • Viking era exploration
  • It is a board game
  • Civilization building

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  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 2.9 x 12.5 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000S1AI9O
  • Item model number: 314RGG
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,861 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Each player is the leader of a band of Vikings. His task is to scout and then settle the islands off the coast of his homeland. As the Vikings uncover the size and shape of the islands, each band seeks to control as much of these new lands as possible. The bands build yards and churches and invite goldsmiths, scouts, fishermen, and nobles to settle on their island to establish the most profitable settlements. But, warriors are also necessary. As, the islands soon attract ships bound to attack them to pillage the new settlements.

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Each player is the leader of a band of Vikings. His task is to scout and then settle the islands off the coast of his homeland. As the Vikings uncover the size and shape of the islands, each band seeks to control as much of these new lands as possible. The bands build yards and churches and invite goldsmiths, scouts, fishermen, and nobles to settle on their island to establish the most profitable settlements. But, warriors are also necessary! As, the islands soon attract ships bound to attack them to pillage the new settlements.Author: Michael Kiesling.

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I hoped she would like it since we're descended from Vikings- and she did!
AJ Simons
The rules are very simple and explained brilliantly in a very well designed rules book.
M. Fonseca
I gave this to my husband for Christmas and we enjoyed playing it with family members.
PerpetualPonderings

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Baron Von Cool on October 14, 2013
Format: Toy
Vikings is a great game, sadly out of print. Although Z-Man Games currently holds US rights after Rio Grande didn't renew their license, they currently have no plans to reprint it and people are charging ridiculous prices for it. However, you can now play Vikings (the base game and/or the Progress/No Auction advanced rules) free at Yucata online. The rules are there too. A good way to test-drive the game, especially if you are considering paying for a copy at these prices. You can also try Hawaii and over 40 other board games out free there.

The game mechanics for Vikings are a bit similar to Hawaii (another Rio Grande game I gave a 5 star review). You are trying to build and expand five rows of islands (villages in Hawaii). Unlike Hawaii, each row only supports one kind of meeple: Warriors, Nobles, Scouts, Goldsmiths, and Fishermen. A sixth type of meeple called Boatsmen go on your home base and are used to transport other meeples to your islands if they are acquired but cannot be placed on an island immediately (or you choose to save them for later). Each round, a dozen tiles will come out, a combination of Viking ships and island pieces (lefts, middles, ends), each with a different meeple on it. You get both the tile and the meeple when you buy it. Island tiles must be placed immediately. If they cannot be, they are discarded. Meeples may be immediately placed or stored on your home base for later. Islands must be placed in a certain way so that you must be careful which ones you work on expanding or you will screw yourself up. The ship tiles go on the top row (a special sixth row for ships only) menacing your meeples in the rows immediately beneath them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PerpetualPonderings on January 2, 2011
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If you're into the European game craze the way my husband and I are, then go ahead and have no fear adding this one to your shelf. What we especially enjoy is the fact the game can be played within 45 min. once everyone is familiar with the rules. If you're not into long drawn out games, but still like the strategy-driven games, then Vikings is for you! I gave this to my husband for Christmas and we enjoyed playing it with family members.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Fonseca on September 8, 2010
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This games delivers what it promises on the box cover: at about one hour you can play a complete game.

The rules are very simple and explained brilliantly in a very well designed rules book. Components are also top notch.

It is for four players maximum.

Beware that this is no "blood battle" game. It's really a fun and family game, and also a very good gateway game intro to Eurogames strategy games.

I highly recommend it.
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Vikings is a great game through and through. It's a board game. Players compete for the most victory points after 6 rounds of play. Each round consists of acquiring land and ship tiles, which you then place on your own board that you create as you go. With each tile, you gain a viking token. There are several different types of vikings. Some score, some provide money, and some protect your land tiles from ships. One great element is that available tiles/vikings sets are positioned around a numbered wheel each round, and players buy the available ones they want each turn for the cost shown on the wheel. As tiles are removed, the wheel can be turned and sets become cheaper. So do you spend more for the ones you want, or do you wait for them to become cheaper and hope no one else buys them first? At the end of each round, scoring occurs. After 6 scoring rounds, a final scoring occurs. Highest point total then wins.

Components are pretty good quality, and should last with normal use and care. Rules are very clear, and they consist of about 4 pages. There are many ways to score points, but don't be overwhelmed when you read the rules. There are excellent reference cards provided, and the board contains helpful illustrated symbols to assist with board set-up and scoring round reminders. I wondered how easily this would play when I got it and read it. Then I played, and it was surprising how smooth and how quickly play progressed. After a few turns you'll forget the details and will concentrate on the strategy. And there is plenty. The game is challenging, and the design and mechanics are first rate. It will certainly be among my regularly played games, and dust will have to settle elsewhere.
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