Soldiers clash on the battlefield, their axes raised high, hacking away at the enemy's shields. Archers rain down arrows from afar, trying to thin the numbers of the enemy. Overhead, ravens soar. That's a good look at what goes down in Battle Ravens, a new viking board game that's up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
As the shieldwalls clash, ravens fly overhead and lurk where the gory carnage is at its greatest. Command your Warriors, place your Ravens to create their carrion, dice for the luck of the Gods, and break your opponent’s shieldwall before your own army loses heart and flees. Victory shall belong to the most cunning warlord, whose name shall be written into the Sagas.
Battle Ravens is a game of Viking Age warfare: a brutal clash of strength, cunning and luck, where subtlety and nuance are neither welcome nor commonplace. You need to out-think and out-fight your opponent to win the battle. You do so by choosing whether to command your battle line to attack, defend, or redeploy through clever use of action points. Combat is resolved by the roll of dice, and armies consist of Hirdmen (armoured warriors), Bondi (unarmoured warriors), and Thralls (cowardly but useful skirmishers).
The game is most of the way to their goal, but only has 9 days left to finish up.