Josh, Jed, Tami, & Melissa thought to try their hand at commanding hordes of fearsome vikings. Josh had reviewed the rules and passed on what he could.
We dealt the initial hand and opted to forego the draft for the first round. Melissa took over Mannheim, and left no question that the kingdom was hers. Jed & Tami's troops wrestled over the provinces in Alheim, with Josh's vikings making a few token appearances. Josh & Tami both had strong representation in Jotunheim. After the first round of scoring, Tami had a strong lead. A large portion of her points came from doomed warriors and their glorious feasts in Valhalla.
In the second round, we drafted. After the first few actions of that round, it was evident that Jed & Josh had both strongly pursued Jotunheim cards. Melissa continued to dominate in Mannheim, and oddly enough, no one touched Alheim that round. There was a tie in Asgard both the first and second round. This second round, though, Josh was able to get 2 kingdom tokens from his domination of Vanaheim. Jed was able to secure three of the 4 Jotunheim provinces, and so pulled into a strong lead.
After the final round of drafting, Tami was first again. She and Melissa both began aggressively pursuing land in Jotunheim. Jed and Josh both pulled up staked and headed over the Alheim, for their final, bitter struggle. Jed's raiders were fiercer, and in the end, Josh was left with control of almost nothing on the board. Jed even evicted him from Asgard.
Then came the moment of truth. After Ragnarok, Jed was in a strong lead of 81 points. Then kingdom tokens were revealed, and Tami and Josh both rose to meet him.
The tiebreaker, you may recall, goes to the player who collected the most kingdom tokens overall. Josh had 22, and Jed had 17. Interestingly enough, Jed had zero complete sets of kingdom tokens, and yet still scored impressively high.
I was delighted with my first time playing, and feel that this game is a great filler for someone who wants to cleanse the pallet with a little head to head conflict & conquest.