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Name Yggdrasil (2011)
Complexity 2.6009
BGG Rank 1023
Player Count 1 - 6
Mechanism(s) Action Points, Cooperative Game, Dice Rolling, Set Collection, Variable Player Powers

Yggdrasil is a co-operative game in which players are different gods of the Norse mythology: Odin, Thor, Tyr, Frey, Heimdall and Freyja. Monsters, the wolf Fenrir, the huge serpent Jormungand, the Fire Giant Surt, the Goddess of the Dead Hel, the traitor Loki and the cosmic dragon Nidhögg are moving forward in Asgard inescapably and announce the impending coming of chaos and destruction on the world-tree Yggdrasil. Together the players have to resist to the impending coming of the Evil forces in Asgard, the gods' world.

Game flow

During his turn, the active player first draws an Enemy card, corresponding to one of the six Evil creatures. The corresponding counter is moved one space forward in Asgard and the associated effect applies. Then the active player performs three different actions among the nine at his disposal in order to resist to the advance:

Ask for the Elves' help

Get (or improve) a Weapon from the Dwarves

Send the Valkyries looking for Vikings' souls on the mankind world of Midgard

Fight the Fire Giants and try to gather the parts of a magic rune

Negotiate with the Vanir

Get rid of the Fire Giants who invade Midgard

Get the Vikings back from Hel's world

Exchange forces with another god

Fight against the Enemies in Asgard

Each player, depending on the god he plays, has a specific power that allows him to perform some actions better. All of these actions have to be used at the right moment or the victory will be unreachable. The players will need cleverness, calm, and team spirit to challenge the game.

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Lists with this game

Organization Year Ranker Rank List
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Anthony 75 Top 100 Board Games of All Time – 2018 Edition
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Chris 81 Top 100 2019