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Year Published
2009
# of Players
2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
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Longships
Alternate Names
Northern Sea
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Longships is a Viking-themed plunder/trading game. Players start in the North Sea with an empty Longship each, surrounded by four countries: Denmark, Norway, Scotland and England. Players have to start with plundering at least one country each in order to get some initial resources to trade with. Trading is driven by differences in the countries' resources; each country produces 2 out of the 4 resources Cloth, Furs, Thralls and Mushrooms. Nearby countries differ on one resource only, while countries on opposite sides of the North Sea have a totally different set of resources. Long-distance trading is thus more profitable, but also more dangerous as changing weather conditions can make open sea-traveling fatal.

The countries themselves are weak in defense and easy to plunder. However, plundering a country weakens its trading potential, so that Vikings need to defend countries they build their trade on from Vikings plundering. Plundering a country also makes its population hostile to you, so that you can't build or repair Longships there, making you more vulnerable on expeditions to those countries. The key to success is thus to keep your hostilities at an optimal level.

Resources gained from trading or plundering can be sacrificed to the gods in order to gain additional actions. Sacrificing Thralls to Odin gets you new fresh men to throw into the fights, sacrificing to Thor lets you change the weather conditions, get yourself a beneficial trade wind or sink your foes with mighty storms. Mushrooms make you go berserk and fight and plunder more efficiently, while Freya helps cities grow and prosper and give more trading opportunities.

Resources can also be used to build new Longships, increasing the Viking's trading and military power. Just like in real life, the winner at the end of the game is the player with the most Longships.

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4 Longships rules 200912 PDF
Longships rules 200912 with graphics and clarifications from Harald added. Posted with permission from Harald Enoksson
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2010-04-09
7 Longships PDF
Rules converted from images and placed in PDF file.
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2009-12-16
2 Rules as of 20091212
Same as the last rules upload, but with plain text only.(No graphics or captions have been changed from the first edition.)
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2009-12-11
2 Rules as of 20091105
If you have the rules from any of the first 100 copies, then there are only two outright rule changes: In a 2 player game, both players can't start in the same country. The first turn, players choose a country and then directly steal 4 goods, before passing on the turn. Reason: Not playing first can be a disadvantage as players before you can place the wind in your disfavor. With this rule change, you'll see exactly what initial goods players before you will have, and thus where they will travel their first turns, and thus roughly how they will play the wind. With perfect information when you make your own starting plan, you're considerably more likely to not get the wind played against you by players earlier in turn sequence. The rest of the rule changes are just...
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2009-11-05
6 German rules 1.0 with different layout
Translation into German including explanations from the designer at Essen 2009. Different layout (no graphic examples) using the pictures from BGG gallery. Uploaded by permission of the designer. The remark "4.0" at the top only refers to my own versions. Since this is the first one uploaded here, I re-named it.
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Temporary gameboard, 20090610
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