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Odin's Ravens: A Mythical Race Game
 
 
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Odin's Ravens: A Mythical Race Game

Second Edition


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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30 minutes 2

Designer(s): Thorsten Gimmler

Manufacturer(s): Osprey Games

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Product Description

Every morning Odin sends his ravens, Huginn and Muninn, across the entire world to bring back news of what life is like on Earth. Naturally, after thousands of years, they've gotten a little competitive. Race through the landscape in opposite directions to be the first to return to Odin. Focus on speed, or enlist the help of the trickster god Loki to create shortcuts and hinder your opponent. Can you be certain Loki's changes won't help your opponent instead? There's only one way to find out!

The revised edition of Thorsten Gimmler's award-winning Odin's Ravens has been completely redesigned, with new rules and a beautiful new art style inspired by Norse mythology.

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Average Rating: 4.7 in 16 reviews

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by Rick Nichols
Unique and brilliant
March 12, 2007

This is one of my very favorite two player games. The race path is a great mechanism that I haven't seen in any other game. It is simple and simply brilliant. Games between two good players can be very intense and still be wrapped up in 30 minutes. My wife and I still pull this one out frequently.

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by JR
Too simple for greatness
March 01, 2007

The game is a nice, easy to teach filler or holiday game ideal for children. However, it is not in the same league as battleline or lost cities. There is room for some simple strategy, but anyone wanting to exercise their grey cells should try lord of the rings the confrontation instead.

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by Brad N.
Odin's Ravens Earns Its 5 Stars
March 01, 2007

My wife and I play a lot of two player games and she is convinced that Lost Cities is the best. I thought Carcassonne was the best two player that we owned. We recently received Odin's Ravens as a gift and we've played it several times. Both of us love this game. I think words like brilliant and great get overused when describing good games, but Odin's Ravens probably deserves both words, especially for a two player game.

It is a unique game with a clever "auxiliary stack" mechanic that allows you to set yourself up for a big play on your next turn if you are stuck on your current turn. It gives me the feel that I can do something positive on each play.

When we went through the rules for the first time, my wife questioned the Magic Way card and how it seemed "awkward" that you would play cards to it during the game. Both of us have since learned that this aspect of the game provides another positive play when you may otherwise be stuck and provides for some challenging decisions when you and your opponent have already played several cards to the Magic Way. Do you go for the 3 points by adding another card or will you need that card to win the race as you near the finish?

I don't think there is any doubt that Lost Cities, Carcassonne and Odin's Ravens are the three best two player games I have played and I've played a lot of them!

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