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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.


At first I wasn't at all hyped about this game, it just didn't caught my attention yet. But now that I've played it, I'm so enthusiastic about it! It is a really smooth engine building game, that feels just so good! Really well designed.

There are 6 clan decks available, so there is a lot of variation possible. Besides this there is also a separate solo booklet available with different scenarios, each having different actions and happenings throughout the game. Combined with the different clan decks, this is top notch replay value.


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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