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- For 2-4 Players
- 60-90 minute playing time
- Strategy game contains 49 pre-assembled miniatures
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The End of the World is Approaching
- 49 Highly-Detailed Plastic Miniatures
- 52 Colored Miniature Bases
- 4 Plastic Glory Markers
- 102 Cards
- 1 Game Board
- 36 Tokens
- 4 Clan Sheets
- 2 Support Sheets
Fierce clans battle over ancient lands for glory in the face of Ragnarok!
Introduce your rivals to the glory of Valhalla!
The prophesies have come true, and Ragnarok is coming. At the end of the world, players will take control of Viking clans, fighting over territory, earning glory, and dying in battle. Over the course of three ages, players draft cards and spend Rage to play them. Cards are used to complete Quests, improve the abilities of their clans, or to win battles.
The battles in Blood Rage are fought over territory using various clan members, leaders, and even ships. When the brute force of mortals in not enough to win a fight, players can summon monstrous figures drawn right from Norse mythology, like the Frost Giant, the Valkyrie, and the Sea Serpent.
The ultimate goal is glory, and whether that comes from fulfilling Quests, defeating opponents, or by being sent to the promised land of Valhalla, it’s all the same in the eyes of a Viking.
Featuring a straight forward rule set that players of all skill level can enjoy, Blood Rage will quickly have people focusing on their strategy. It’s a game steeped in mythological Norse imagery, with incredible art and dozens of beautiful miniatures. Embrace the thrill of running head long into battle. Living is for the timid. For glory!
- For 2-4 Players
- 60-90 minute playing time
- Ages 14 and older
In Blood Rage, each player controls their own Viking clanÍs warriors, leader, and ship. Ragnar_k has come, and itÍs the end of the world! ItÍs the VikingsÍ last chance to go down in a blaze of glory and secure their place in Valhalla at OdinÍs 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, fulfill quests, increase your clan's stats, or even die gloriously either in battle or from Ragnar_k, 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 ñGodsÍ Giftsî 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 opponentsÍ 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 opponentÍs 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!
Top customer reviews
It has a Zombicide style of setup where you have a "character sheet" for your clan that allows you to upgrade varying attributes of your clan. You utilize a card drafting mechanic to create powers, units, quests and abilities that you try to assemble harmoniously to earn victory points. The expansions allow for more routes to victory and choices, so those are recommended. Not just for the miniatures monkeys. This is actually a fun game.
The game is simple in rules, but gives so much depth. If you lose in the game you can see exactly you may have did something wrong. The game begins with card drafting that helps dictate what you will be doing in the coming round. The game has a total of three rounds, and so three rounds of card drafting. This drafting system is great as it makes your clan unique in what they can do. After drafting, the players begin playing actions which lasts as long as they have rage, what is used to pay for actions, or when players pillage all nine areas of the board. Actions are either invading an area of the board, march from one area to another, upgrade your clan, pillage, or play a quest card. Invading is how figures get on the board and marching is simply how figures move to other areas. Upgrades are what can change a players clan, this can be gathering more glory or discounting upgrades. Upgrades can also allow players to take some of the unique monsters that can be available to them. An example of this is the giant sea serpent that gives three strength and acts like another boat. The pillage action is what leads to great conflicts with either one or all players. The upgrade modifications taken by players can grant glory points for either winning or losing the battle. Cards drafted can also be simple attack cards that help add or change the way combat will work. Finally the last action is playing a quest card that will grant points for having the most strength in an area, or having enough dead figures in Valhalla. At the end of every round Ragnarok will annihilate an area of the board to make the game even tighter. Even when warriors die from this explosion of Ragnarok the players are given glory points for having a grand death. As mentioned before there are three rounds before the game ends, and then scoring can commence. Fast game as the longest part is drafting the cards in the game. The game can easily hit an hour and a half, and plays four players out the box with a 5th player expansion available. As a confrontation game I would recommend this, and even if players do not like that the game gives options of taking some alternate routes to victory that does not involve winning. Incredible game that will get many more play throughs before I will even get tired of it.
The game itself is spread over three ages with each age consisting of a card drafting phase, a strategy phase, and a Ragnarok phase. In the card drafting phase, each player receives a hand of 8 cards, picks one, and passes it to the next player until everyone has 6 cards. These cards might help in battle, give your units upgrades, give you objectives to earn you points, or even unlock powerful monsters for your clan. Once you finish drafting, players take actions by spending their "rage" until they have no more actions or they run out of rage. During this phase, several battle may occur as players try to pillage regions. The battles are determined by the units' strengths and cards that players can use to power up their troops. The winner receives points, but many of the cards award points for participating or losing troops, meaning the loser may get more points if they are strategic. Finally, the Ragnarok phase destroys one of the regions on the map killing all the troops there, and more importantly awarding points to those troops' controllers. Whoever has the most points at the end of the Third Age is victorious.
This game has become a hit because of the various paths to victory and because of the variety of different cards that make each game feel fresh. It has definitely gotten a lot of play and I expect it to get a lot more.
Whould consider this a "low-mid level" game in terms of complexity and depth. If all you've played is Catan and Ticket o Ride, it might be a little intimidating. Despite its symple rules and currently popular viking theme, there are a lot of original things goine on and numerous strategies to win at this game. Much of the popularlity of this game is as much to do with it high quality figurines as to the streamlined mechanic. This usually isn't the kind fof Gamer Candy that I spring for, but I think it will really be a classic.