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So... before everyone just says "A Feast for Odin" (may just be it) lol I would love to hear peoples opinions on what game I should get for my wife.

We both love the TV show Vikings and my wife is Norwegian. She also loves the Volsunga Saga (she's big on norse mythology).

I'd love to have a board game to play with her that provides the following.

Norse artwork
Thematic or evokes some sense of "viking", volsunga kind of thing.
No player elimination
as little "take that" and "screwing up what you build" as she lovingly puts it as possible.
good with 2 players

here is my immediate thoughts

*A Feast for Odin (i heard this is very mutiplayer solitare and like some interaction)
*Yggdrasil

Honestly thats all that I got... why I am here!

Thanks folks, appreciate your help

p.s. Geek Gold for people who help contribute to the wife effort!

xoxo

p.s.s. my wife is awesome
/end_rant


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lol It's more on the simpler end for when you're too tired for more so maybe Vikings lol - not sure it's dripping with vikingness though lol

Edit, although there's only interaction in the rondel part, then you're kind of on your own?
 
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SaggyUK wrote:
lol It's more on the simpler end for when you're too tired for more so maybe Vikings lol - not sure it's dripping with vikingness though lol


may need some dripping bud
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Then the only other thing I have is Champions of Midgard

I'm really not being very helpful am I whistle, sorry no other new posts and I can't sleep with nothing better to do than annoy people with random game suggestions lol. Your post was fun to read though
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How about Asgard or Völuspá? Neither are based on the Volsung Saga, but both have elements of Norse mythology.
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Yggdrasil is a very pretty game, and thematic as any, but so-so fun factor (IMHO).


My absolute favorite Viking-themed game is Raiders of the North Sea.


(...and it's worth your time to look at the whole The North Sea Runesaga
which includes Explorers of the North Sea and Shipwrights of the North Sea.)
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Check out Champions of Midgard. It's one of my favorite thematic worker placement games and the Viking warrior dice are a lot of fun.
 
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Not exactly Viking themed, but definitely Norwegian.

This game meets 4 out of 5 of your criteria.

Fjords
 
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You might take a look at In the Name of Odin some of the named character cards are lifted directly from the show, it does a decent job of trying to evoke a group of Norseman trying to outfit and go on a trading/raiding voyage. The only opportunity for messing directly with another player can be by passed and handled by the AI within the game.
 
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I love Raiders of the North Sea, but there are some take that options. The first one in the trilogy, Shipwrights of the North Sea and part three - Explorers seemed less prone to scewage...maybe it's just about with whom you play the game.
 
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Ummm, if she'd like a more humorous take, how about Trollhalla
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I find this a tough question. I've studied norwegian language and culture and would love to find a good game about norse mythology. To be honest, I haven't played any but whenever I read or watch a review, I hesitate. Many games seem too plastic/fantasy for me. I guess, what I want to say is: Be careful. Stay away from too much Ameritrash if your wife is Norwegian and likes norse literature and history.

A Feast for Odin might be a good choice. I liked how Uwe Rosenberg treated Fields of Arle with autheticity and honesty.

I don't know if Phil Eklund is your cup of tea (or mine for that matter) but you might check Greenland. It's not exactly Vikings but true to the theme of norse people.
 
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Really enjoy Champions of Midgard. Haven't played it as 2 player but otherwise seems to fit what you are looking for.
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2 player games

Voluspa
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I think Völuspá is a great little game! I'm not sure it's exactly what you're looking for, but it features a nice range of Norse gods/mythological creatures and gives them abilities that make reasonable sense. It's competitive without having too much "take that" and has no player elimination. It plays very well with 2 (that's usually how I play) and also well with 3-4, especially once all players understand the game.

A couple other games I haven't played but have seen mentioned are Blood Rage (on my wishlist) and Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga.
 
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May not fit your criteria, but Jarl: The Vikings Tile-Laying Game is a two player abstract game loosely based off of the Vikings TV show you mentioned. It's kind of like chess but with tiles.
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Stay away from Vikings Gone Wild. It doesn't work at 2 players :/
 
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Your question inspired me to do a little more research (also on my own behalf).

Völuspá seems to be a nice 2p norse-mythology-themed game.
Then Hera and Zeus was re-themed as Thunder & Lightning. A third acclaimed 2p game would be Odin's Ravens (there's also a 2nd edition).

Last, Yggdrasil caught my attention as it caught yors. Looks like a very thematic norse-mythology-coop-game.
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White Elk wrote:
My absolute favorite Viking-themed game is Raiders of the North Sea.


(...and it's worth your time to look at the whole The North Sea Runesaga
which includes Explorers of the North Sea and Shipwrights of the North Sea.)


So what can you say about the trilogy? It looks like Raiders received some interest, but the others didn't... (Because of the name?)
Is every game worth it (buying it instead of, say, Raiders and two completely different games that I might have on my wishlist)?
How do these games interact?
 
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TwoZsInAPod wrote:
A couple other games I haven't played but have seen mentioned are Blood Rage (on my wishlist) and Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga.
pacman88k wrote:
Fire and Axe
Warning: Blood Rage is heavy direct conflict and "screwing up what you build", and being Area Control does not work all that well 2 player. Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga is very heavy on the "take that" aspect - most of it comes from the Rune cards - and designed for 3-5 players.

I like Yggdrasil as a coop, though the game does tend to be easier with fewer players. However, there are additional Enemy cards included with the game to vary the difficulty level.
 
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