878 Vikings - Invasions of England

  • 878 Vikings is an area control boardgame in which 2 - 4 players play as the invading Vikings or the English nobles who are trying to withstand the invasion. Viking players control the Norsemen Viking freemen and the fearless Viking shock troops known as Berserkers. The English control the King's Housecarls and the landholding Thegn noblemen.

    Players for each side work together in order to coordinate their strategies. The English start the game controlling all of England, but then the Viking players invade from the sea to strike deep into English territory! Players decide when to end the game by calling for the Treaty of Wedmore. The team controlling the most cities by the end of that round wins the game.

    Players for each side work together in order to coordinate their strategies. The English start the game controlling all of England, but then the Viking players invade from the sea to strike deep into English territory! Players decide when to end the game by calling for the Treaty of Wedmore. The team controlling the most cities by the end of that round wins the game.

    The mapboard represents the areas of England that were invaded by the Vikings in the 9th century. The English start with control of the entire continent, but every round, a new Viking leader invades from the sea and threatens to conquer England! Viking Leaders are a new addition to the familiar ruleset employed in the “Birth of America” series. Leaders bring huge waves of Viking Reinforcements, and they add exceptional mobility to invading Viking armies, allowing them to continue to battle and pillage as they move.

    Unlike the “Birth of America” games that 878 Vikings shares many of its rules with, army units are represented with unique faction miniatures. There are unique models for all four playable factions, as well as the “Fyrd”, the peasant militia units that rise up to defend their cities when attacked.

    All four factions and the Fyrd have their own combat dice. For each 'Hit' result rolled, an opponent loses one unit. For each “Flee” result rolled, you lose one of your units to the Fled Units box where it will return later as a reinforcement. For each blank face rolled, you have a 'Command Decision' and may use that to retreat a unit in the battle to an adjacent area.

    Each faction deck contains Event cards, Movement cards, and one Truce card. Every turn, each faction will play a movement card to maneuver their troops and zero, one, or two event cards. When both factions of a side (English or Viking) have played their truce cards, the game will end on that round!

    Each deck has a specific number of movement cards in it and managing them is an important part of the game. There are also special event cards that can be played on your opponent's turn, reflecting various historical events such as the conversion of some Vikings to Christianity or the infighting between various English kingdoms.

    As part of the “Birth of Europe” series, 878 Vikings brings the tried-and-true system of the “Birth of America” series to a new continent and era. 878 Vikings offers both simple and unique game mechanics, beautiful game components, and attention to historical detail and flavor. Ragnarok is coming!

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  • Expansions + Accessories

    878 Vikings Accessory

    Viking Leader Miniatures

    878 Vikings Accessory

    Viking Building Miniatures

    878 Vikings Accessory

    Vikings Giant Map Mat

    878 Vikings Accessory

    878 Vikings Wooden Card Holders

    878 Vikings Accessory

    Treaty of Wedmore Board
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  • Living Rule Books

    878 Vikings Rule Book (EN)

    English Language, PDF Format.

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    Viking Age Expansion Rule Book (EN)

    English Language, PDF Format, v18 - Updated 2/21/18

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    878 Vikings Rule Book (RU)

    Russian Language, PDF Format.

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    878 Vikings Rule Book (JP)

    Japanese Language, PDF Format. Translation credit Ryo Ogawa. -Updated Apr 13, 2018

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    Viking Age Expansion Rule Book v14 (JP)

    Japanese Language, PDF Format. Translation credit Ryo Ogawa. -Updated July 26, 2018

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    Vikings FAQ

    878 Vikings FAQ (EN)

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    878 Vikings FAQ (JP)

    Japanese Language, PDF Format. Translation credit Ryo Ogawa. -Updated Apr 13, 2018

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    Scenarios & Player Summary Sheets

    Relic Quest Scenario (EN)

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    Relic Quest Scenario (JP)

    Japanese Language, PDF Format. Translation credit Ryo Ogawa. -Updated Apr 13, 2018

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    Northumbrian Raids Scenario (JP)

    Japanese Language, PDF Format. Translation credit Ryo Ogawa. -Updated Apr 13, 2018

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    Player Summary Sheet (EN)

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    Player Summary Sheet (JP)

    Japanese Language, PDF Format. Translation credit Ryo Ogawa. -Updated Apr 13, 2018

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    Event Card Translations

    878 Event Cards v12 (JP)

    Japanese Language, PDF Format. Translation credit Ryo Ogawa. -Updated Apr 13, 2018

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    Viking Age Event Cards v11 (JP)

    Japanese Language, PDF Format. Translation credit Ryo Ogawa. -Updated Apr 13, 2018

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    878 Event Cards v1 (NL)

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  • Reviews

    Armchair General

    'It's fantastic!" -Rick, Armchair General

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    A Wargamer's Needful Things

    "A swift flowing game of action and reaction!" -Michael, A Wargamer's Needful Things

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    The Board Game Family

    "For [those] who like strategically involved battling games, it's a hit!" -Trent H., The Board Game Family

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    For our Russian Fans! - Russian Review of '878 Vikings'

    "Simple, but Smart" - Victor, Tesaru.ru

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    For our Russian Fans! - A Playthrough of '878 Vikings'

    Victor plays through '878 Vikings' over on Tesaru.ru!

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    Awards

    • 2017 - Wargame of the Year - Golden Geek Awards
    • 2017 - Dice Tower Seal of Excellence - The Dice Tower
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A swift flowing game of action and reaction!

Michael, A Wargamer's Needful Things

Anyone who enjoys strategy games will enjoy this game, even if you like lighter strategy games.

Alan and Karen V, Tantrum House

The blend of cards and options, tough choices, making the best of what you have in your hand right now, and facing the wild possibilities that the dice can bring all mingle together to bring high levels of excitement without diversions into 'what does the rule say about X?

Kevin D.

It's fantastic!

Rick, Armchair General

For [those] who like strategically involved battling games, it's a hit!

Trent H., The Board Game Family

Simple, but Smart

Victor, Tesaru.ru

This is a great game!

Sam Healey, The Dice Tower

Another big hit!

Kevin Burkhardsmeier, Game Toppers

Finally! A viking's game that is true to its theme and is historical too!

Reuven "Groovin' Fischer

My new favorite and a great addition to the series!

Patrick "Viking Berserker" Dignam

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