878 Vikings will be releasing soon to Kickstarter backers!
According to BoardGameGeek, here is what 878 Vikings is all about:
The year is 878. For the past 75 years, Viking raiding parties from Norway and Denmark have been terrorizing the coasts of England with ‘hit and run’ attacks. The treasures and stories gained from these attacks have allowed the Norsemen to raise huge hosts of eager men seeking glory and riches. These armies now stand poised to thunder across England where they will settle and farm the fertile land they conquer. The divided English kingdoms are unprepared for this impending onslaught. The Vikings are coming!
In 878: Vikings – Invasions of England, players control the invading Vikings or the English nobles who are trying to withstand the invasion. Viking players either play as Norsemen Viking freeman or as the fearless Viking shock troops known as Berserkers. The English play as the Housecarl, the Kings’ household troops, or as the Thegns who were regional noble Leaders. The English players will also be able to call up the peasant levies, called the Fyrd, to defend their cities.
Players for each side strategize together in order to coordinate their strategies. Each side attempts to control Cities on the map to win. The English start the game controlling all of England but a Viking Leader will invade from the sea each Turn. The English players raise reinforcements from cities they control, while the Vikings must wait for a new invasion for reinforcements. The game ends when the Treaty of Wedmore is called and the side controlling the most cities wins the game.
This excellent review by Nightsbane on BGG is worth a read if you're interested but not sure if it's for you.
878 Vikings is a game with fantastic production value ...The rules are easy to navigate and teach...It is thematically well done both in a mechanic and design sense...It is deliciously tense rather than dry, and the certainty of who will win keeps on changing to the very last turn played.
How to Play
We can all breath a sigh of relief here knowing Rodney will teach us how to play (From the Watch It Played YouTube Channel):
Lastly, if you decide you're interested in the game, you can buy the game plus expansions, complete with Kickstarter Extras, here.