My name is Gunder and I am a Viking. I have traveled across the sea with a horde of my shield brethren to find riches and claim my own fertile land.
878 - Vikings: The Invasions of England is a fast paced and easy to learn 2-4 player game that is perfectly suited to accommodate both veteran and new gamers.
Take on the role of either the Vikings or the English. As the Vikings, you will invade with a huge army every round. You will feel invincible as you cut deep swaths into English territory, capturing their key cities. When playing as the English, you will need to protect those cities at all costs, as they provide your supply of troops. Use your peasant Fyrds to whittle down the Viking hordes, causing them to overextend themselves and become easily vanquished. Either way, you will need to make shrewd decisions on where to move your armies, how to engage the enemy, where to deploy reinforcements, and how to play your unique set of historical event cards. In the end, the side who controls the most key cities will claim victory.
Fighting in Guthrum’s army has taken us across Angleland. We have expanded quickly, taking city after city and slaughtering everyone who has dared stand against us.
878 - Viking Age expansion has allowed us to explore more of this fascinating era’s history and how it should affect gameplay. 878 - Viking Age includes 9 different expansions that can be added to the game in any combination. Each expansion takes on a different aspect of rich Viking history and changes the gameplay accordingly. This allows you to tailor the base game to suit your preferences and provides a much deeper experience.
Three of the English kingdoms have fallen with no real effort. Only the Kingdom of Wessex remains.
Unlike the other English pretenders who either died or joined us, King Alfred has proven to be a worthy foe.
We have not been able to break Alfred or his peoples’ spirits, even after we plundered and burned their holy churches. Their god’s weakness to us has only emboldened them to line up for the slaughter.
Alfred burned our ships, keeping us from being able to retreat north with our spoils or to send gold home for new recruits.
Now fate has brought us to this glorious day. The day our two mighty shield walls face each other in no mere battle, but Ragnarok!
I feel the spirits of our fallen brethren and heroes at my side. I swear to Odin that Ragnar has locked shields with me.
As our shield walls clash, our war cry makes the wind howl, setting our raven banner fluttering in a sign of victory from the gods.
As my axe cleaves the heads and rends the limbs of one pathetic Englishman after another, I become a legend among my men and will not be forgotten for long after I die today!
Our Gods lied to us when we cast our rune dice that morning. Maybe it was a foul trick of Loki’s, but our scrying did not tell us the enemies’ greater numbers would encircle our flank and tear our battle-line to pieces.
I wait, kneeling with my brethren by the bank of the river, surrounded by grey-cloaked English. We wait to be killed when word comes that Guthrum has converted to Christianity. We are to be baptized and spared. Now, my God-given name is Godric and I am Christian.