For such an hyperbolic macho title, Blood Rage is surprisingly thinky and slow. I really like it, but it’s pretty susceptible to overthinking.
The premise is great: four Viking clans vie for glory as Midgard approaches Ragnarok. The map is slowly collapsing, with areas going out of play and sending everyone there to Valhalla, and more glory.
You’re balancing opportunities to improve your clan, field units, tussle, and set up to earn points for quests (which mostly involve area control at the end of each of three Ages). Timing out your plays, staying under budget, penciling out combos: very Viking, so rage, wow.
The pieces are beautiful and really cry out to be painted. There is, alas, one clan of hotties. I’ve seen some paint jobs that hide the bared midriffs and underboobs with paint, but it’s still there. The rulebook art has the same thing going on.
That hiccup aside, it’s a solid, smart game. No idea how to win it, and I ended up so far in last place that I got lapped on the score track.
Today was also the last time we got to see a dear friend and great gaming buddy. We’re pretty sad to see him move away.