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Can go up to 5 players but works well with 3 and 4, too.
It is a card drafting, trick taking, area control game in a beautiful box:
On the map, you can see towns/cities in 3 colors: red (war), blue (church) and yellow (marriage). There are 8 regions that will gift victory points to the player having the majority of towns in a region at the end of the game.
To the right, there is a church space, where a player can place influence to gain the majority and get as a reward a monastery ring that will upgrade a single town, making it count as 2 instead of 1 in the majority game.
To the left is the marriage track, where a player can arrange marriages. The spouse will bring a nice dowry in form of a town, victory points or money. The last spouse will always be Estrid, princess of Denmark. She will bring all viking towns as a gift.
Top left is the viking area, where the vikings are waiting to raid the land. You need to collect axes to slay the vikings. If any single viking is left alive, then there will be a raid where the weakest player will lose a town. Player with most kiled vikings (strongest) gets to decide, which town! After the raid, strongest player will get VPs for defending the land.
Every region has a victory point value (counted at the end of the game) e.g. Munster with 7 VP and a trigger value e.g. 5 If there are occupied towns equal to the trigger value in a region, that region will be counted for VP. Number of towns below the trigger value, nothing happens. For ties in number of towns also nothing happens.
The player with the ring of power will place it on an unoccupied town and play the card of the same color (or a colorless royal wildcard). Cards range from 1 to 25. Other players do not need to follow suit. However, if you want to fight for the town, you need to follow suit with a same color card with a higher number.
Each card has 2 rewards. On the top of the card, you get this reward if you win the trick. On the bottom of the card, you get this reward, if you do not win (choose 1 if there are more box options). The higher the number, the less rewards are listed on the top.
Important to not that for church influence, marriage track or vikings slayed. The winner of the topic will lose all his progress (reset) but gain the reward. Other players will keep their progress for the next round.
These are the basics. Complete rules can be found here:
Who else wants to fight for the high crown of Ireland?