Episode 172: Reavers of Midgard

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1) The Pegs discuss their recent game plays including Gulf, Mobile & Ohio, Musical Chairs, MegaCity: Oceania and many more;

2) All the Pegs review Reavers of Midgard by Grey Fox Games; and

3) Look back at Tiny Towns by AEG.

Join in the conversation for this episode over at our Board Game Geek guild.

Show Notes

00:01:01 – Trivia: You Can’t Take the Sky from Me

Banter

00:07:24 – Box Top Challenge Contest: Nominees announced, visit Twitter to vote

00:11:40 – Quarantine Check In with Isaac Childres of Cephalophair Games

00:48:22 – Origins Online Wisdom Check

00:51:50 – Robb and Christina guest star on Brawling Brothers

Plays

00:53:11Musical Chairs * [Buy] – Rio Grande Games; Designer: Kelly North Adams; Art: Harald Lieske;

01:01:50MegaCity: Oceania [thank you to Blade Gaming for the lend] [Buy] – Hub Games; Designer: Jordan Draper, Michael Fox; Art: Winnie Shek;

01:09:00The Search for Planet X * [Buy] – Renegade Game Studios; Designer: Matthew O’Malley, Ben Rosset; Art: James Masino, Michael Pedro;

01:19:00And now a word from our sponsor Queen Games: Escape Roll and Write Kickstarter

01:20:51Gulf, Mobile & Ohio * [Buy] – Rio Grande Games; Designer: John Bohrer; Art: Todd Sanders;

01:30:32Volcanic Isle * [Buy] – Arcane Wonders; Designer: Andrea Mainini, Luciano Sopranzetti;

01:39:11Zen Garden * – Queen Games; Designer: Mike Georgiou; Art: Dennis Lohausen;

News

01:47:05 – Kolossal Games Mea Culpa

01:51:43War of Whispers: Dark Alliance Kickstarter

01:54:02 – Spiel de Jahres Nominees

01:57:25 – City Builder: Ancient World Kickstarter by InsideUp Games

02:01:42Dungeon and Dragons Porcine Race

Reavers of Midgard

02:04:10 – Rules Breakdown

Reavers of Midgard is a 2 to 4 player worker placement game designed by J.B. Howell, with art by Yaroslav Radetskyi and published by Grey Fox Games in 2019.

In Reavers, players will lead a crew of vikings on missions to gain glory through battle, raiding, collecting treasure, and growing your crew.  The basic action is simple: The active player will place their ship token in one of several action spaces on the board.  Each action space provides different opportunities for scoring through some combination of set collection, direct award of points, treasure acquisition, and other options.  The active player will take that action along with a bonus reward – generally, a resource or additional card or tile acquisition from the area.  Then, in player order, each other player takes the same action, with the bonus being reduced or eliminated with each successive player.

Many of the actions require a cost in crew, here represented by various colored dice.  These dice may be obtained a variety of ways, but when claimed they will be rolled and stored on the player’s player board with the resulting face visible.  Different colored dice have different icons available, some of which are wild under certain circumstances, so players will always be looking for ways to add to their dice pool or find ways to modify dice to the face they need to take their desired actions.

Players may further modify the effect of actions through the placement of their Reaver cards.  These will be collected at various points in the game and, when chosen, give the player several options.  They will first use the Reaver to collect a number of crew dice for their pool as indicated on the card.  Then, they may choose to sacrifice the Reaver to claim additional dice of whatever face they choose, to make the Reaver their leader which will grant a one-time resource bonus as well as determine which die face will become Wild, or use the Reaver to Specialize, tucking it under the player board in a space corresponding to certain action spaces on the game board.  For the rest of the game, the player will gain a bonus when taking an action in that space as indicated in the Specialization section at the bottom of the Reaver card.

As players take actions they will score points throughout the game and advance accordingly along the point track.  However, the lion’s share of points will be scored during the end game, where a variety of sets, artifacts, and objectives that players have collected over the course of the game will be resolved and scored.  The game plays over six rounds, with the first player rotating clockwise each round unless a certain action is taken in the game to interrupt this.  At the end of the 6th round, final scores are tallied and the winners recognized with great huzzahs and the clank of overflowing steins of mead.

02:07:10 – Review

02:29:00 – Ratings

ReRoll

02:36:40Tiny Towns * [Buy] – Alderac Entertainment Group; Designer: Peter McPherson; Art: Gong Studios, Matt Paquette;

Check out our original review for Tiny Towns during Episode 146.

Gameplay Photos

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One thought to “Episode 172: Reavers of Midgard”

  1. Pegs,

    Wonderful episode! Hopwever, Jeremy…”Val-Holllah” ~ seriously? Hahahahaha! That was fantastic. I enjoyed the entire (nearly) three hours of entertainment!

    Cheers,
    Joe

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