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Board game review & gameplay of: Empires of the North

Game design: J. Kijanka & I. Trzewiczek

Illustrations: R. Kucharski

  • 8/10
  • 10+
  • 1-4 players
  • 45-90 minutes


In this game, you and your fellow players are building an empire in the north. You do so by playing throughout four phases over and over until one of you reaches or crosses 25 points. The one with the highest points wins the game.

Throughout the game you draw cards, construct buildings, execute all kinds of actions and send ships out to sea to conquer or plunder. All in all getting your engine going gaining resources and points.


Overall, I really enjoyed playing Empires of the North, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a beautifully designed, accessible, and fun strategy game

👍 I was blown away by its stunning design and artwork. The cards are beautifully illustrated, and the overall look of the game was top-notch.

👍One of the things I really enjoyed about this game was the fact that there were different factions to choose from, each with their unique strategies and abilities. This made the game highly replayable and allowed for different play styles.

👍The mechanics of the game are also very accessible, even for new players. However, there is still plenty of depth and complexity for experienced gamers.

👍I appreciated that the game could be played in under an hour, which made it a great option for a quick game night.

👍➖I thought the game had a good balance of luck and strategy, so it never felt like the game was too heavily weighted in one direction. However, I did notice that the game may not have as much depth as other strategy games, and some players may find it too simplistic.

➖Another potential downside is that the game could be prone to luck, and the draw of the cards could heavily influence the outcome of the game. 

➖Additionally, there is not a lot of player interaction, which may make it less appealing to players who enjoy games with more direct conflict or cooperation.

➖Lastly, while the rules were generally easy to understand, I did find that the rulebook could have been clearer in some areas. Some players may find it difficult to understand certain aspects of the game without clarification.


A copy of this game was provided to me by White Goblin Games for the purpose of writing this review. My opinion however remains my own.

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