Claiming a place in Walhalla II - the other Viking games
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OK, so this is a list for those games (games about the Norse gods, games played by vikings or featuring vikings prominently etc.) that can't live in the original list. Please post if you find any others, and enjoy!

For Purple's original list of viking themed games, go here: Claiming a place in Walhalla - Viking themed games
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1. Board Game: Hnefatafl [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1902]
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The definitive Viking game, it is often mentioned in the sagas, runic inscriptions etc. and several complete and partial sets have been found in excavations of viking sites. It's a favourite gift shop item in viking museums in Scandinavia, Iceland, Britain etc. and not surprisingly, many current versions are viking themed.

It's suggested that vikings used Tafl ("table") games to teach each other basic battlefield strategy and tactics. There's even a legend of one viking king killing another over a lost game of Tafl, which probably qualifies as "serious" on the scale of board flipping incidents.

There's also a larger version called, surprise surprise, Large Hnefatafl.

From the Orkneys Saga, by Jarl Rögnvaldr Kali Kolsson:

Tæfl can I play,
nine skills do I know,
hardly I forget the runes,
deal with books and smithing.

I can slide on skis,
shooting and rowing are useful,
both of two things I know,
playing harp and speaking poetry.


Notice how, when boasting of his skills, he mentions playing boardgames first.
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2. Board Game: Odin's Table [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:6649]
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A 2-player game published just this year, it's a bit like Checkers or similar, but with a deck of action cards. All the major Norse Gods - æsir - are included and some, such as Loki or the two ravens, have special actions.
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3. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:760]
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A neat little 2-player game by Thorsten Gimmler, the players are Odin's two magical ravens Hugin ("thought") and Munin ("memory") that fly all across the land every day, bringing Odin information of everything they see on the way. In the game they race each other over a landscape of ever-changing cards, using Odin cards to help themselves and hinder the opponent.
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4. Board Game: The Hammer of Thor: The Game of Norse Mythology [Average Rating:4.76 Overall Rank:9915]
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"Probably the most comprehensive mythology game ever made, certainly about Norse myths."
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5. Board Game: Mjollnir [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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This is a game all about Thor's legendary hammer, Mjöllnir. After throwing it to smite an opponent, it would always return to his hand. I wish they made spanners, screwdrivers etc. like that!

It seems that this is a version of something that the vikings themselves actually played.
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6. Board Game: Thor [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2771]
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Seems that the good Dr. Knizia has decided to paste the Norse myths too on one of his games.
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7. Board Game: Freya's Folly [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2282]
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Not surprisingly, Freya's one of my favourite Norse gods!
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8. Board Game: Edda: The Viking Saga [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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This seems to weave other fantasy/mythic elements into the viking theme.
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9. Board Game: Ragnarok [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:7985]
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End of the world has always been one of the top favourites of all religions, but not many of them anticipate, and avidly describe, the inevitable demise of their own gods in a huge battle against the forces of evil! Meanwhile, in Midgard (the mortal earth - from the Poetic Edda):

Brothers will fight
and kill each other,
sisters' children
will defile kinship.
It is harsh in the world,
whoredom rife
—an axe age, a sword age (and the sun rises)
—shields are riven—
a wind age, a wolf age—
before the world goes headlong.
No man will have
mercy on another.


Looks bleak!
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10. Board Game: Ragnarok [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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And Ragnarök again.
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11. Board Game: Ragnarok [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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A 2-player traditional hex grid wargame about the last battle, it seems a bit obscure - no photos, no ratings, no comment...
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12. Board Game: Midgard [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Another Ragnarök game, this time from Japan...
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13. Board Game: Midgard [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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...and yet another.
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14. Board Game: Britannia [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:335]
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How could I forget this? Not strictly a viking game, but any historic wargame about the British Isles in 43-1086AD will feature vikings prominently as a matter of course. Three of the sixteen nations in the game are vikings (Danes, Norwegians and Norsemen - the Jutes I'm not so sure about) representing permanent and semi-permanent viking settlement in Britain. With the exception of Norsemen they also have an important role to play in the last turn of the game, which covers the battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings. Besides Saxons, the fourth 'major power' in the last stages of game is Normans - who were, of course, descendants of vikings.
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15. Board Game: Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:517]
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16. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:205]
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17. Board Game: Viking Gods [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6647]
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18. Board Game: Viking Raiders [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3482]
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19. Board Game: Viking [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:5834]
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20. Board Game: Pillage & Plunder: The Viking Longship Game [Average Rating:6.32 Unranked]
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21. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
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22. Board Game: Dragondisks:The Original Viking Battle Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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23. Board Game: Vilda Vikingar [Average Rating:4.07 Unranked]
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24. Board Game: Viking Loot [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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25. Board Game: Viking Sen So [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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