Blood Rage Launches On Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
In Board Games
Mar 2nd, 2015

Guillotine Games brings out the viking in you with Blood Rage, their latest board game to hit Kickstarter. The campaign just launched. Go check it out.
The game design is from Eric Lang, creator of such games as Dice Masters, Quarriors, and the Battlestar Galactica board game. You want cool-looking minis? They’re by Studio McVey, a worldwide leader in miniature creation.
Players are in charge of a viking clan trying to gain the most honor before the end of the world. It’s part worker placement, part resource management, part territory acquisition. Card-based with a unique drafting mechanic for how you get your hand of cards, Blood Rage brings a lot of tactics to the tabletop.

From the campaign:


Blood Rage is a Viking board game created by acclaimed game designer Eric M. Lang. In this fast-paced yet highly strategic game, 2 to 4 players take control of Viking clans, invading, pillaging and battling in a quest to gain as much glory as possible before Ragnarök finally consumes the land!

From Guillotine Games, the studio that brought you Zombicide, comes the ultimate Viking saga. The game’s striking visuals are a combination of Adrian Smith’s highly evocative artwork, and Mike McVey’s amazingly detailed miniatures. Blood Rage comes with 46 pre-assembled miniatures, including some huge and impressive legendary monsters.

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  • Sisyphus

    Once bitten, twice shy Mr. McVey.

    • Odinsgrandson

      I think he feels that way too.

      I can’t speak for the Blood Rage minis, but I know they changed casters since Sedition Wars, and did a whole lot of the plastic casting for the Others game (they had the plastics on display at Gencon, and even some for sale).

      The detail was WAY better than I have previously seen on this type of mini, and quite impressive.

      • Sisyphus

        China can take your money, smile, and go tell you to slit your wrists for all they care. I know well about Chinese productions as I have friends who did production runs for their companies… and it seemed like absolute madness at times.

    • Daniel R Weber

      You mean just his name on the box is enough to say ‘no’? No forgiveness or understanding of the earlier KS he didn’t fully comprehend? What about that CMON stamp (it’s really them publishing it), or Guillotine who has a good track record (With CMON publishing their games)? What about Eric Lang? The article lists some of his games, but with something like this you should really have Chaos in the Old World as one of his credits, he knows how to do strategic boardgames well. But if McVey’s awesome art is a deal breaker, then so be it.

      • Sisyphus

        I suspect he was just in over his head with Sedition Wars. For whatever reason… let him be creative director… but production and rules… mmmm…

        • Odinsgrandson

          I’m with you on this. I don’t think he liked being in charge of Sedition Wars rules and production.

          So, bring in Guillotine and Eric Lang, right?

    • The recent Wrath of Kings minis are a vast improvement on Sedition Wars (I have both games). Things have obviously changed production-wise. What hasn’t changed is that McVey is a first-class miniatures sculptor.

      • Vince Dudzinski

        Mike doesn’t do the sculpting… he’s more of a creative director, who leads a team of sculptors… he is, however, amazing at it, and an astounding painter.

        • Odinsgrandson

          He doesn’t even paint as much as he used to.

          But he’s got the best sculptors doing his line, and I honestly think he gets the best work out of them on a consistent basis.

          And the sculpts for this game are fantastic.

          • Sisyphus

            Then I might bite. It wasn’t the miniatures per say that made me upset with McVey… it’s the fumble about taking care of the system and the whole lack of rules checking and finally SW does look rather dead right now because of all the above as well as looking like abandonware.

  • Grimbergen

    I love Eric Lang’s designs, but I did not know he worked on any of the FFG BSG games (at least that I’m aware of officially credited).

    • Daniel R Weber

      Me neither. Corey Konieczka is all over them, though. He did, however, design the Chaos in the Old World classic for FFG.

  • Lexthilian

    I’m not sure about the actual game, but I would definitely like to use these minis as other units and Heroes for the Conan board game.

    • Odinsgrandson

      Holy crap- someone’s wish was just granted.

      • Lexthilian

        I knew it!! When you wish upon a star…. and all that stuff. 🙂

  • Jason McFarland

    It has a CMON stamp, so I’m out

  • Peat Moss

    Not sure about the actually board game….but i’m in for the minis….will make fantastic leaders to my viking hoard….may be bit tall for the saga minis….but weren’t most vikings tall…bigger. at 2.50ish a mini per box….thats a hell of a deal……..double down for me…….and bonus a board game

  • Odinsgrandson

    I haven’t played a whole bunch of Eric Lang’s games (that I know of, just Arcadia Quest). What are his hallmarks?

    • Grimbergen

      These are some of his popular and/or highly rated games: Chaos in the Old World, Kaosball, Marvel/DC/YuG/DND Dice
      Masters, the new X-COM, FFG’s Star Wars Card Game and Warhammer Invasion (he
      also co-designed the FFG’s Game of Thrones and Warhammer 40k Conquest card

  • surprize

    After Sedition Wars no way am I going in on another kickstarter from Mcvey. I don’t completely rule out getting the game later on, but it’s very much risk/reward, you take the risk that buying everything blind and ‘off plan’ is worth it for getting the bags full of extra minis. After SW I’d rather wait for some reviews and know what I’m buying.