Last year Shem Phillips and Garphill Games produced a solid game that incorporated card drafting, worker placement, resource management, and more, and wrapped it in gorgeous art from Mihajlo Dimitrievski. That project, Shipwrights of the North Sea, funded very well and is easily one of my favorite games of last year, and by far the Kickstarter I’ve gotten the most plays out of since receiving it. You can read my review of that title here.
I was extremely excited when a mutual friend of me and Shem clued me into Shipwrights of the North Sea getting a second game. My friends and I had mused since we received the first game that its focus on shipbuilding represented the first phase of Viking invasions, and that it would be cool if that prelude was followed up with some good ‘ole fashioned raiding and pillaging. Well, our hopes have been answered and Raiders of the North Sea is now on Kickstarter! Seating 2-4 players, this new iteration in the series pits players against each other trying to impress the Chieftain by collecting crew and provisions in order to launch raids and acquire gold, livestock, other loot, and maybe even glory in battle. Incorporating many of the same mechanical elements that made Shipwrights so successful, including a much-expanded worker placement element, I think Raiders stands a good chance of being one of our top games of 2015.
Raiders of the North Sea’s campaign page is well done, and shows off some of the excellent new art from Mihajlo. It’s hard to tell exactly how detailed the board will be from the images I’ve seen, but if the player boards from Shipwrights are any indication the board will likely look great up close. We’ve got more close-up examples of the card and character art, and I think they look absolutely stunning. Additionally, the campaign makes clear exactly what you’ll receive in the box, and since the game funded in less than 24 hours it’s already well on its way to hitting the initial stretch goals. The last campaign was good about revealing new goals throughout the campaign with backer input, and I expect we’ll see the same here. What’s more, if you missed out on Shipwrights you’ve got a chance to grab a copy during this campaign. Don’t even think about it- just do it, you won’t regret it!
The campaign page lacks the traditionally-necessary reviews of the game, but I think it’s a testament to how good Shipwrights of the North Sea was, and how much faith previous backers of Garphill Games have in Shem’s design and the production value Raiders of the North Sea will likely have. For those who want to learn more about the game, however, the page does include two videos that discuss the rules and walk players through some game turns. I’ve included one below for your convenience and highly encourage watching. Then, after you’re done, click the link below the video to visit the campaign page and get-to-backing!