In the Name of Odin is a strategic game for 2–5 Viking warriors. On their turn, players use Action Cards to construct new structures in their villages, gather their men, recruit famous Vikings, and buy longships – all to go on raids. Each raid comes with its own set of requirements, and a prize in Fame. At Game End, whoever has gathered the most Fame will become the new Jarl, the chosen of Odin – and the winner of the game.
As ambitious Northmen, you are trying to prove yourself as cunning leaders and bold raiders to gain the most Fame before the game’s inevitable end. To do that you will go on Raids. Each Raid is a card that (depending on its position on the board) requires a longship of a certain range to reach, a combination of three types of Vikings under your banner, and a famous persona to lead the expedition. It means you will have to gather or build all these elements and turn them in to claim the Raid card and score its Fame value.
In the Name of Odin plays fast, minimizes the downtime by limiting the immediate choices available during a given turn, and giving players full knowledge of what they will be able to make use of during their next activation. And although it is a game about the ruthless Norsemen, it does not introduce any direct, negative interaction.
In the Name of Odin is a rather easy game to play, yet it offers a lot of choices. Watch a complete game with Michael Wißner from MiWi’s Walkthrough Videos:
Type: Strategy game, family game
A game by Krzysztof Zięba
Art by: Odysseas Stamoglou, Enggar Adirasa, Victor Perez Corbella, Shen Fei, David Nash, Quico Vicens
No. players: 2-5
Playtime: 45-75 min