Blood Rage

Blood Rage

Product #CMNBLR001

Regular Price: $79.99

Special Price: $67.99

10 In stock

Manufacturer: Cool Mini or Not

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Ragnarok has come! The end of the world is upon us.


But we are Vikings! This is no time for despair. It is time for glory! Death is nothing to fear, for the glory of battle will earn you an eternal place in Valhalla at Odin's side!


In Blood Rage, players control powerful Viking clans in a quest for glory before the world comes to its apocalyptic demise. As Ragnarok consumes the land, Vikings will do what they do best: invade and pillage; kill and die in epic battles. Life is fleeting, but glory is eternal!


For a Viking there are many pathways to glory. You can invade and pillage the land for its rewards, crush your opponents in battle, fulfill quests, or even die gloriously. Players draft cards representing gifts from the gods that will help them in their quest. These gifts offer many strategies, aiding you in battle, providing cunning tactics, or punishing those who defeat you. Upgrade your clan with mighty Vikings, unique abilities, or even recruit legendary creatures from Norse mythology to fight at your side!


When the world ends, only glory will be remembered!

Contents:
49 Highly Detailed Plastic Miniatures
52 Colored Miniature Bases
4 Plastic Glory Markers
102 Cards
1 Game Board
36 Tokens
4 Clan Sheets
2 Support Sheets


Ages: 14+
Players: 2-4
Game Length: 60-90 minutes



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All in one box
Area control, strategic card drafting, placement and battles all in one box to amass the most glory easy to learn and teach.
Comparing it to Rising Sun should not be done, this came out first (2015) Rising Sun came out in 2018, both were designed by Eric Lang.
Blood Rage has a minimum player count of 2, Rising Sun is 3 both can play up to 5
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Review by Mike on 4/23/2019
Great Game!!!
This game is great, area control, amazing theme. Amazing artwork, components. I do have all the kickstarter extra's but I originally bought only the base game.
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Review by CHeninger on 1/20/2019
I really wanted to like this, but I dont.
Box of toys. There isn't much strategy to be had, very little in the way of planning and almost no interesting objectives to accomplish. There is truly more weight in your average game of risk. This is ok if you just want to clash with miniatures, but even then, by the time you actually get the mega-sweet giant on the board in the third age, you get one move with it and in anticlimactic fashion.... the game ends. I love me some high quality minis in a game, but I also step back and ask "would this game be so highly praised if I replaced the minis with wooden blocks?" In some games (scythe for example) the answer is yes, while in blood rage, the answer is no. Also, that you can gain some points by dying in battle doesn't save the fact that battles are tiny, predictable, and just not very exciting. Sold after about 7 plays.
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Review by Patrick on 11/16/2018
A really great area control and strategic game
You know, I held off on buying this one for the longest time because I kept hearing that it was basically the big brother to another board game called Rising Sun (which is an excellent game btw). I was thinking to myself, “Why spend the money on another board game that will pretty much play just like one I already own”. And as I’m sure most of you reading this review know, there are a TON of board games on the market right now to choose from, all with different playstyles and themes. Took a good 2 months before I finally broke down and bought Blood Rage. And UGH why didn’t I buy this sooner?!

After playing Blood Rage I found that it has enough differences to the game play to differentiate itself from Rising Sun, not to mention the theme that if there are any of you out there worried about the same thing, well, you will not be disappointed with this purchase. So let’s get down to it! Blood Rage is a 2-4 player game based around a cool Viking Norse mythology theme that is taking place during the events of Ragnarok! Ragnarok is basically the end times in Norse mythology. In the game you are placing your warriors on the game board to try to take control of certain areas to gain the benefits of said area. All in an attempt to gain Victory Points which is ultimately how you win. Now of course there are multiple different ways to acquire these victory points and that’s where the fun comes in.

The beginning of the game you and the other players do this fun card drafting where you pick a card from a hand of 8 and then pass the remaining cards to the player on your left and rinse/repeat. This is a cool way to equalize the playing field so to speak as far as starting hands are concerned. Each player has a player mat of their clan which are all identical save for the clan names and colors. However they are the same starting out (equalized) over the duration of the game each one will change little by little depending on your playstyle. There are 3 different skill tracks on each player board that focus on either number of units on the board, total amount of rage you get each turn (action points) and how much glory you get for winning battles (victory points).

The cards in the game all pertain to a particular Norse god. Depending on what cards you decided to keep during the draft at the beginning will kinda give you an idea of how you want to play the game and which of the skills to upgrade. For example if you kept some Thor cards then you would gain more points for winning battles so you would focus perhaps on upgrading your skill for gaining glory for winning battles. On the other hand if you kept Loki cards you actually gain more points for LOSING battles (such a trickster) so you might wanna focus on upgrading your skill track to getting more units on the board to basically sacrifice. And these are just examples, there are so many other strategies and the fact that there are 6 different gods with totally different strategies for each.

As you go around the board and everyone expends their rage points to do stuff like battle or take over territories the turn phases will proceed. Once everyone has spent their rage points the game moves on to the discard phase where you discard all your cards save for one and then complete any quests you have played which give you different bonuses for completing specific situations during your turn. THEN RAGNAROK! During this phase one of the lands on the board gets obliterated and any units on it go to Valhalla (they DED). Again if you are focusing on Loki here it might be beneficial to move units to the place getting Ragnaroked just for the victory points. Any killed units during the regular play also go to Valhalla and after Ragnarok happens all units are released back to their respective players to be played to the board again during the next phase.

There are 3 total rounds like this with new more powerful cards being drafted at the beginning of each round so each round plays a bit differently. Also keep in mind that any units that survived the previous round are still on the board, so…..killing off your units may have some benefit but it’s makes it that much harder to take over areas when you have to keep building up your army. Oh did I mention the MONSTERS! There are a few different powerful beasts that you can summon to the board to help you in a variety of ways. Each one has a different ability and once a person summons it, it belongs to them the rest of the game but they can be killed as well so they are not TOO over powered. Your player board has spots on it to upgrade your basic warriors, your leader, your monsters and your ship! Yes! You have 1 ship that you can place in fjords along the coast of a territory that acts as part of your army. These are unique in the fact that they border 2 different lands at the same time and give you strength in both.

Now all that out of the way, I would say I really really liked this game. It’s pretty fast paced and I love the card drafting at the beginning. The minis look great as with any CMON game if you are familiar with them. What really surprised me though was how easy this game was to learn. I looked through the manual as I was setting the game up for the first time and by the time I had the game setup I pretty much knew how to play, 20 minutes tops. I referenced back a couple times for specific things but the player boards and the turn tracker board pretty much explain everything you need to know right there.

If I were to point out something I don’t like about the game I guess it would be that there is a max of 4 players out of the core box. This is of course alleviated with the expansion for a 5th player but I absolutely hate the way a lot of game companies are releasing an extra player as basically boardgame DLC and charging for it. You can see this with Rising Sun as well. That said, if you usually play with 4 or less then this game is perfect.
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Review by Wickdawg01 on 10/9/2018
Great game
This is a really fun game that is relatively simple to understand. There's still a lot of different strategies you can use to win. I haven't even explored all the options yet. It seems to work better with more than two players, though.
I got the kickstarter version with all of the expansion.
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Review by Nathan on 6/9/2017
Don't think, just buy! You won't regret it!
This game is amazing! A great mix of mechanics that combines Euro and Ameritrash games. Plus, Vikings....that's always a good thing.
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Review by BearxBlaine on 3/4/2017
Oh Glorious Death
Amazing game that actually brought me back to playing board games once again. Played it nearly 30 times and still is a blast each time. The area control and card drafting mechanics are great. The miniatures are of excellent quality. Highly thematic and a ton of fun. Even when you're dying! To Valhalla with Glory!
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Review by JustaGamer on 10/23/2016
A good tactical board game that suffers from a drafting mechanic.
A tactical board game with drafting elements. Each of three rounds begins with drafting cards, upgrades, units, and quests. After drafting, players take turns summoning units, battling for control of the game board, and sending their dead to glorious Valhalla. The game could be very strategic except for the drafting mechanics, a strategy can quickly be unplayable due to lack of cards and other players can surge ahead with lucky deals. Players cannot reliably plan ahead and have to take everything turn by turn. It is a good game but lacks the real depth and planning that my group prefers.
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Review by Charles on 10/18/2016
Wonderful area control game!
A fantastic game! Production quality is top notch. The more you play the more you realize you have to deny your opponents rather than focusing purely on your own points gain. Lots of depth.
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Review by D6Damager on 8/18/2016
Great!
This game is pretty cool. Its all about fighting and dying in equal amounts. Each way leads to great glory!

Its a very cool card drafting game. Its got hard replay-ability without the mystics expansion which gives more units and more cards for more tactical abilities.
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Review by Eli on 4/26/2016
amazing game!
Really my favorite game right now just love everything about it, the card drafting, area control, player boards with your upgrades, have played the game over 10 times and still find new strategies to the game its crazy good!
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Review by smith2332 on 3/9/2016
Play and Die for the Glory
This game plays like a mix of Small World, Risk, and Survive. In other words, it's a lot of fun and a quick pick up for those who are familiar with these games. The hardest part of playing this game is the sheer amount of cards for each round and knowing how they work together, veteran players will have an advantage in that area of play over new players during the card selection phase. Fortunately, this game has great replay value with several paths to victory. One of my favorite ways to play is planning on letting my ships and warriors die and go to Valhalla to get the accompanying card points. Also, players should remember to play as many goals as they can easily on. Overall, a well designed game that will be around for a while in my "yes, I'll play" group.
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Review by christopher on 2/26/2016
Recommended if You Like Kemet
This game reminds me a lot of Kemet's gameplay, but with a dash of Arcadia Quest (or other dungeon crawler) customization via the Upgrade system. A totally fine game, just not my niche. Minis and production are excellent, as to be expected from CMON.
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Review by Austin on 11/30/2015
The hype was not real for me.
Fun game, but nothing more, I felt it lacked depth to it, some combos are way too overpowered (made around 140 points in my last turn yikes) if the other players dont play to deny game is over.
Cool miniatures but the gameplay crumbles in itself.
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Review by Carlos on 11/20/2015
FOR BLOOD AND GLORY!
I cannot say enough great things about this game. This game has your controlling a Viking clan to gain glory during Ragnarok. At it's heart, this is a very simple area control game...but boy is it fun. It's faced paced and easy to learn. And it's pretty...so very pretty.
Cool Mini or Not puts out some of the best miniatures in the business, and they do not disappoint here. The minis are very high quality, both in sculpt and material. The art is also phenomenal in this game. This is a great price for as many minis you get in the box.
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Review by Brett on 11/13/2015
A very fun game with great miniatures
This game is combination area control with player to player combat. Players reveal combat cards simultaneously to add to their army strength. There are multiple paths to victory and good diversity in play. The miniatures are insanely cool sculpts with really nice detail.
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Review by Dagon on 11/9/2015
Vikings, Miniatures, Territory Control, War, and Glorious Deaths Galore
Blood Rage is a great example of beautifully-entertwined, tried-and-true game mechanisms, gorgeous components, and concise gameplay encircled by an amazing theme: Norse Mythology.

In Blood Rage, 2-4 (5 w/expansion) players take on the role of a Viking clan bent on dying most gloriously in Ragnarok. Cool Mini Or Not has once again done a fantastic job with their components, and with the central game mechanisms of Territory Control, Action Selection, Resource Management, Card Combat, and Objective Achievement masterfully delivered in this design by Eric Lang.

Your first game or two will likely take 1.5x to 2x longer than the printed time of 60-120 minutes, especially if you play with 4 or 5 new players. However, once players understand the rules and become familiar with the cards, the game can move along at a decent clip.

For a strategy game using the above-mentioned mechanisms, no game delivers this much game, this well-honed, and immerses you in the Norse Mythos as Blood Rage. Highly recommended...and you WILL want to paint these miniatures for an even richer thematic experience.
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Review by John on 10/24/2015
Good game
Very well done game components. Good gameplay, makes you feel like reading every Norse saga. Plan for the game to take over the allotted time, but it's well worth the time and money.
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Review by benjamin on 10/1/2015