Famed designer Uwe Rosenberg turns from farming in his earlier games Agricola and Caverna: The Cave Farmers to more thematically engaging fare in A Feast for Odin, in which you play Vikings striving to expand their little villages and conquer the world. Watch this quick synopsis to get the gist, or venture farther with my complete How to Play A Feast for Odin video.

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Hi! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a Table, and this is A Feast for Odin, a worker placement puzzle game about Vikings with a push-your-luck mechanic, for 1-4 players. Here’s The Deal.

You and your friends play Viking chieftains expanding your little empire by hunting, trading, pillaging, plundering and raiding. You know – Viking stuff! You start with five chieftains at your thing, with 7 more waiting in the wings up at this banquet table.

Each round, you’ll move one more chieftain down to your thing, and then you’ll use those chieftains to claim worker placement slots on the common board to gain resources, ships, and money, convert goods into more valuable goods, breed animals, build new structures, claim new territories, and play powerful occupation cards.

Towards the end of the round, you’ll have to fill up your banquet table with food to throw a feast in Odin’s honour, and the table holds more and more food as each Viking chieftain is called to the thing. If you can’t feed your Vikings, you lose points. If you can’t cover up all the -1 point spaces on your home board, houses, and conquered lands, with various goods, you lose points. But you GAIN points for the animals, silver, ships, and occupation cards you play, and for sending your people off to settle distant lands. At the end of the 7th round, you weigh your point-earning activities against your point-losing priorities, and whoever has the most points, wins!

Well, does it sound interesting? If you want to learn more about the rules of the game, click the link at the end of this video or in the description below to watch my complete How to Play video, which includes the overview segment you just watched. And if you like what i’m doing, click the badge to subscribe, and the bell to get notifications. And now, we dance!

Get Your Own Copy of A Feast for Odin

You can generally tell when a board game has captured enough interest to become financially viable when it spawns an expansion, like A Feast for Odin has with The Norwegians. To begin the first leg of your Viking journey, use the Amazon link below to buy your own copy of the game, and we’ll receive a small commission.