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Name A Feast for Odin (2016)
Complexity 3.8506
BGG Rank 23
Player Count 1 - 4
Mechanism(s) Automatic Resource Growth, Dice Rolling, Grid Coverage, Income, Push Your Luck, Solo / Solitaire Game, Tile Placement, Turn Order: Pass Order, Worker Placement

A Feast for Odin is a saga in the form of a board game. You are reliving the cultural achievements, mercantile expeditions, and pillages of those tribes we know as Viking today — a term that was used quite differently towards the end of the first millennium.

When the northerners went out for a raid, they used to say they headed out for a viking. Their Scandinavian ancestors, however, were much more than just pirates. They were explorers and founders of states. Leif Eriksson is said to be the first European in America, long before Columbus.

In what is known today as Normandy, the intruders were not called Vikings but Normans. One of them is the famous William the Conqueror who invaded England in 1066. He managed to do what the king of Norway failed to do only a few years prior: conquer the Throne of England. The reason why the people of these times became such strong seafarers is due to their unfortunate agricultural situation. Crop shortfalls caused great distress.

In this game, you will raid and explore new territories. You will also experience their day-to-day activities: collecting goods to achieve a financially secure position in society. In the end, the player whose possessions bear the greatest value will be declared the winner.

--gameplay description from @StoryBoardGamer's review:

A Feast for Odin is a points-driven game, with plethora of pathways to victory, with a range of risk balanced against reward. A significant portion of this is your central hall, which has a whopping -86 points of squares and a major part of your game is attempting to cover these up with various tiles. Likewise, long halls and island colonies can also offer large rewards, but they will have penalties of their own.

Each year follows a familiar pattern of preparation, worker placement, and then meeting the requirements of your feast. The main phase of each year is a worker placement affair. You start with a selection of Vikings, and a large action board with a whopping 61 different options to choose from. Each of these will be arranged from left to right in one of four columns. Each column requires an additional Viking to activate, but they are proportionally more powerful.

At the end of each round, you will need to fill a feast table with food, alternating between plants and vegetable matter. You will also have a chance to lay the valuable green and blue tiles into your main hall. The configuration of these tiles must follow certain requirements, but your main goal is to both cover up a line of coin icons to increase your income, while otherwise encircling certain printed icons to generate those.

You will build your engine over time, following an alternating pattern of outward expansion and hunting against development and cultivation. It all comes down to how much you’re willing to take on at any one time, and what risks you’re willing to set yourself up with for their rewards.

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Rahdo Runs Through 2019 Rahdo 7 Top 10 Uwe Rosenburg Games
The Dice Tower 2018 Tom Vassell 10 Top 100 Games All Time (2018)
The Dice Tower 2018 People's Choice 52 Top 100 Games All Time (2018)
Stonemaier Games 2018 Jamey Stegmaier 2 Top Worker Placement (2018)
The Dice Tower 2016 Tom Vassell 7 Best of (2016)
The Dice Tower 2016 People's Choice 6 Best of (2016)
Rahdo Runs Through 2019 Rahdo 6 Top 10 Worker Placement Games
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Anthony 8 Top 100 Board Games of All Time – 2018 Edition
Board Game Squad 2019 5 Top 100 Board Games of All Time: Analyzing Your Favorite Reviewers’ Top Games Lists
Sickledrips 2019 Tom Heath 3 Top 10 Solo Games
Sickledrips 2019 Tom Heath 19 Slickerdrops Top 50
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Anthony 6 Top 100 2019
The Dice Tower 2021 Tom Vassell 9 2021 Top 100
Board Game Halv 2020 1 Top 10 Worker Placement
Heavy Cardboard 2021 Edward 6 Top 10 Regular Solo Games