Game Details

Name 878 Vikings: Invasions of England (2017)
Complexity 2.6429
BGG Rank 702
Player Count 2 - 4
Mechanism(s) Area Majority / Influence, Area Movement, Campaign / Battle Card Driven, Command Cards, Dice Rolling, Die Icon Resolution, Simulation, Sudden Death Ending, Team-Based Game, Turn Order: Random, Variable Player Powers

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.

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Lists with this game

Organization Year Ranker Rank List
The Dice Tower 2018 Sam Healey 11 Top 100 Games All Time (2018)
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Anthony 37 Top 100 Board Games of All Time – 2018 Edition
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Chris 16 Top 100 Board Games of All Time – 2018 Edition
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Anthony 47 Top 100 2019
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Chris 18 Top 100 2019