Vikja the Viking board game
Vikja the board game takes players on a journey across the Viking age from 793 to 1066 AD. This Viking themed board game tries to capture the atmosphere of Viking life itself. Players can live through quests, adventure, combat, exploration, colonization, power and trade on a grand-scale. The word Vikja itself comes from the Old Norse language and means to move or to head into a direction. The board game is exactly about that, as you can travel through the Viking world and unfold your story as you go. The Viking game has a number of quests and scenarios, including historical, to shape your story and give it a varied and realistic setting. As a Viking character you can experience a severe winter, a Viking funeral, a Viking conquest, a historic event, a colonization, a power struggle and many more. The duration of the game is adjustable ranging from a single objective to a long campaign. This all depends on what kind of objectives and characters you like to include. The game can be played with 1 to 10 players and has multiple difficulty settings.
In Vikja you are playing an adventurous Viking character who tries to accomplish certain goals in the Viking world. These goals are set by quests and partially by the player itself. Your character can sail across the seas by ship or traverse over land by foot, horse or cart. Traveling around the Viking world will enable you to do quests, hunt animals, fight villains, explore caves, hire mercenaries, gain renown, command armies, conquer lands or colonize them. The player decides what their character will do next. Are you going to be a hero or do you take a darker path?
All characters can gain items such as weapons, armor or other objects to increase their wealth and survivability. Heroes and heroines can also try to improve their skills and increase their knowledge in their profession. A character will also be able to acquire a title to increase status and wealth. You can become a quartermaster, an expedition leader, a captain, a chieftain, a jarl or a member of the Thing. Titles give you more power and opportunities. It will allow you to pick additional maneuver- or tactic cards to aid you or your friendly forces. Other possession cards like fields, settlements, mines, trade contracts and warbands can also be aquired which add even more possibilities in the Viking world. Some character professions are easier to play then others but this offers a nice opportunity for player groups to choose a healthy mix of new and experienced players.
Vikja offers a lot of replayability and gives players a lot of options on how to play the game. Character development is extensive and the Viking world can be set up in many different ways. Various play options can be explored to make the world feel more vibrant. In Vikja you can also play a villain, which can act as a antagonist against the hero group. You can also choose multiple villains to play against or even play a historic character yourself. There is a lot of freedom in setting up your favorite playstyle and choosing your specific difficulty level.
Solo, cooperative and competitive gameplay
Vikja the board game can be played solo, cooperative or competitive with 1 to 10 players in 30 minutes or more. This all depends on the scenario you choose. A solo scenario is often focussed on defeating a villain which can be tracked down along the different locations on the map. The player needs to complete certain objectives within a number of turns which will affect the amount victory points that are scored. A player can divert from the main quest to do side quests or other things to gain more power, which make it easier to defeat the villain.
In cooperative scenario there is one common goal for all to work towards. For example a player group can decide to colonize or conquer a region on the map. They can also play a historic scenario to dethrone a king and expel him from his capital and lands. In a cooperative game all participants need to work together to score as many victory points as possible within a certain time frame.
In a competitive scenario players can rule over settlements and lands across several regions. Here players try to conquer new lands or attack other player lands. You need a tactical mindset and a little luck to outbeat the other players in size and victory points. Many game variants can be set up to play against each other, you can also for example play as single heroes and try to score as many points individually.
Vikja the board game is set in a pseudo Viking world. Therefore a number of inaccurate elements in the game exist. For example a number of topographical regions are supplemented for play which have never been inhabited by Vikings in the past for example Svalbard or Eastern Greenland. Also many settlements have been added on non-existing locations or have a name different from their historical counterpart. The game atmosphere is mainly focused on adventures, quests and exploration. The Viking feel and setting has been enhanced by adding historical characters, locations and constructions which were present over the different ages.
Some specific game mechanics have been added to the game which make it a unique experience. The game uses dynamic seasonal events, a fun power system, an engaging tracking mechanic, a useful search and hide mechanic and a fair renown and infamy system. Some characters have special skills and abilities which effect the game in a different way. For example the scout can have a look at cards or events that will be picked from different decks before he or she arrives at a location. The seeress has a way to look into the future by looking at the top cards of the event deck or adjust the weather die.
The website has a blog section for explaining different aspects of the game in more detail. There is an elaborite character section with descriptions of playable heroes, heroines, villains and historic characters. Many other sections can be seen in the menu on the left. The content of the website will gradually expand as more texts and details are written. If you are interested in following this game about Vikings then you can leave your mailaddress on the contact page. You will be notified when the kickstarter starts, in the meantime feel free to browse around. Happy reading!