Beowulf: The Movie Board Game (2007)

Average Rating: 6.41/10
Board Game Rank: 1522
Abstract Games Rank: 137
Strategy Game Rank: 744
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Year Published
2007
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Beowulf: The Movie Board Game
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Beowulf
Beowulf: Das Spiel zum Film
Beowulf: elokuvaan perustuva lautapeli
Beowulf: Gra Planszowa
BEOWULF: H TAINIA
Beowulf: Le jeu de plateau
Beowulf: Το επιτραπέζιο παιχνίδι
Беовульф
Беовульф настольная игра
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Beowulf: The Movie Board Game is a reimplementation of Reiner Knizia's Kingdoms. It's also not to be confused with the same author's Beowulf: The Legend. It's an abstract strategy clothed in a theme based on the movie directed by Robert Zemeckis. The players' goal is to score the most victory points by clever tile and figurine placement on the board, composed of squares arranged in a grid. Its layout is changed, as the game is divided into three chapters that feature slightly different sets of tiles that can be drawn. Clever hand management (of tiles and figurines) is also important in the game, as some of them can be used only once throughout the entire game. Gameplay is as follows:

1. On his or her turn, a player may either place a tile (which can be a negative or a positive number, feature a special power or not) or a figurine on the board. If the player wishes to place a tile, he/she can add one to his/her hand of two and place one of the three tiles. Special powers of these tiles may be: displace a figurine, swap a tile from the board from the one from a player's hand, block other tiles, increase the power of figurines in the same row/column, cancel positive numbers on tiles, swap two tiles on the board.

2. By placing tiles and figurines, players will form rows and columns. After the board is full, the value of each figurine is calculated. Each figurine has a value of 1-4. This value is multiplied by the sum of values of all tiles from tiles that are in its row and column. Special powers of tiles may apply here (like the increasing of figurines' power or blocking). Players evaluate all their figurines on the board and gain points equal to their value.

This game differs considerably from its predecessor (not all of these may apply to the third English edition by Fantasy Flight Games released in 2012):

1. In Kingdoms, all three acts took place on the same board. Here, the board is two-sided, with three varying grids.
2. There are more positive tiles than negative ones in this game, therefore situations when players lose points for their figurines are much less frequent.
3. Here, a player manages a hand of three tiles. In Kingdoms, the players had no hand. Instead, he/she drew a single tile which had to be placed on the board.
4. There are more tiles with special powers. More tiles can be swapped, even figurines can change their position, which didn't happen in Kingdoms.

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Components:
1 Double sided game board
4 Reference sheets
90 Tiles
40 Figures
102 Saga counters
Rulebook

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Beowulf: The Movie Board Game
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English first edition
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Artist: Kevin Childress
Year: 2007
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
2.56 pounds
English
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Beowulf: elokuvaan perustuva lautapeli
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Nordic edition
Publisher: Lautapelit.fi
Artist: Kevin Childress
Year: 2007
Product Code: 069978810962
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
2.67 pounds
Finnish, Swedish
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Beowulf: Das Spiel zum Film
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German edition
Publisher: Heidelberger Spieleverlag
Artist: Kevin Childress
Year: 2007
Product Code: HE129
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
2.65 pounds
German
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Beowulf: Gra Planszowa
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Polish edition
Publisher: Galakta
Artist: Kevin Childress
Year: 2007
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
2.50 pounds
Polish
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Beowulf
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Baltic Edition
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games, KADABRA
Artist: Kevin Childress
Year: 2007
Product Code: 10962
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian
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1 Beowulf Pictorial Special Abilities Reference
My kids love this game, but they don't read English - so I made this pictorial reference sheet for the special abilities that is completely language independent, using only pictures.
English
2014-12-22
1 Tile Reference Sheet - Eng
This file provides a short description of each of the special Tiles, useful to people who have other versions of the game. Disclaimer: The file's layout was copied from the corresponding polish version. All credit goes to the original creator
English
2013-12-16
5 Rules Summary and Game Management Cheat Sheet
Quick Reference rules summary for helping to teach the game, and remember key rules between plays.
English
2012-05-08
3 Beowulf Tegels Nederlands
De speciale tegels ven Beowulf met de verklaring in het Nederlands.
Dutch
2010-06-03
1 Aide de jeu en français pour Beowulf
Aide de jeu en français pour Beowulf the Movie Boardgame
French
2009-06-30
1 Beowulf the Movie Boardgame
Traduction française des règles du jeu
French
2009-06-30
5 Traducción resumida de acciones especiales
Spanish translation for the special actions efects.
2009-01-04
20 Universal Head BEOWULF: THE MOVIE BOARDGAME Rules Summary
The Universal Head BEOWULF: THE MOVIE BOARDGAME Rules Summary v1 (Nov08). Single-sided rules summary.
2008-11-20
2 Beowulf karta pomocy
Karta pomocy (Polish)
Polish
2008-07-05
12 How to play 'Kingdoms' on 'Beowulf: The Movie' board
The board and tiles have changed much from Kingdoms to Beowulf. But it's still possible to play the original with a bit of preparation.
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2008-04-18
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Board Game Rank: 1522
Abstract Games Rank: 137
Strategy Game Rank: 744
Num Ratings: 1237
Average Rating: 6.41
Standard Deviation: 1.20
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