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Battle Ravens is a game of Viking Age shieldwall warfare, designed by Daniel Mersey and illustrated by Peter Dennis!
Battle Ravens is a game of Viking Age shieldwall warfare, designed by Daniel Mersey and illustrated by Peter Dennis!
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Daniel Mersey's Battle Ravens: The Shieldwall Board Game

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LATEST UPDATES: BATTLE RAVENS HAS FUNDED.  

STRETCH GOALS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 UNLOCKED: Tactics Cards for all armies, a mounted board, more dice in the box, optional rules, additional plastic stands, and a printed inlay tray. Every backer will also get an additional rulebook!

Every KS pledge level includes a Scottish army for free! Thanks for backing us!

RETAILERS: Scroll down to the Retailer section for info on joining the Battle Ravens campaign.

As the shieldwalls clash, ravens fly overhead and lurk where the gory carnage is at its greatest. Command your Warriors, place your Ravens to create their carrion, dice for the luck of the Gods, and break your opponent’s shieldwall before your own army loses heart and flees. Victory shall belong to the most cunning warlord, whose name shall be written into the Sagas.

ABOUT THE GAME

Battle Ravens is a game of Viking Age warfare: a brutal clash of strength, cunning and luck, where subtlety and nuance are neither welcome nor commonplace. You need to out-think and out-fight your opponent to win the battle. You do so by choosing whether to command your battle line to attack, defend, or redeploy through clever use of action points. Combat is resolved by the roll of dice, and armies consist of Hirdmen (armoured warriors), Bondi (unarmoured warriors), and Thralls (cowardly but useful skirmishers).

The game board.
The game board.

The Battle Ravens core game features Anglo-Saxon and Norse armies. Each army has its own artwork!  We're offering additional armies as optional buys (Norman, Scottish and Welsh armies), and Tactics Cards as stretch goals (these add extra flavour to the army you’re playing).

As a thank you for supporting our Kickstarter campaign each pledge level includes a FREE Scottish Army (MSRP GBP £10.66)!

Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Scottish armies - you'll get all three when you back our campaign!
Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Scottish armies - you'll get all three when you back our campaign!
Norman and Welsh armies are available as optional buys!
Norman and Welsh armies are available as optional buys!
Samples of Norse Tactics Cards.
Samples of Norse Tactics Cards.

Battle Ravens is designed by the twice Origins Award-nominated tabletop wargaming writer Daniel Mersey (whose miniatures rules include Dux Bellorum, Lion Rampant, Dragon Rampant, and The Men Who Would Be Kings). And we are delighted to announce that the playing pieces are all illustrated by well-known and popular historical artist Peter Dennis, based on his 'Paper Boys' concept (presented here on quality cardstock with plastic stands).

Our 'Brunanburh' pledge level includes a signed copy of Daniel's book 'A Wargamer's Guide to 1066 and the Norman Conquest' (published by Pen & Sword).

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • 1 x rulebook 
  • 1 x game board
  • 2 x Anglo-Saxon army punchboards 
  • 2 x Norse army punchboards 
  • 9 x dice
  • 78 x plastic stands  
  • 20 x Tactics Cards

And our optional-buy army bags each include:

  • 2 x army punchboards (Norman, Welsh, or Scottish)
  • 1 x information sheet
  • 10 x Tactics Cards

As a Kickstarter Exclusive, we are also offering additional Anglo-Saxon and Norse armies as optional buys.

HOW TO PLAY

Battle Ravens is pretty simple to play!
Battle Ravens is pretty simple to play!
Place your ravens...
Place your ravens...
Then spend ravens to attack - roll the dice...
Then spend ravens to attack - roll the dice...
And remove any warriors who did not successfully block hits.
And remove any warriors who did not successfully block hits.

There's a bit more to it than that, of course … YOU CAN READ A DRAFT OF THE RULEBOOK HERE!

Meeple University have produced a short overview and a more detailed look at game play. These are great introductions to Battle Ravens - thanks to the Meeples University team for making these!

  

STRETCH GOALS

As the amount of funds pledged rises, we'll unlock the following stretch goals:

Stretch goal 1: TACTICS CARDS - UNLOCKED! 

We'll upgrade each army to include its own set of 10 Tactics Cards!

By using Tactics Cards, a Norse army becomes an all-out battering ram and an Anglo-Saxon army forms a solid line that’s hard to break down. The Normans increase their mobility across the battlefield, and Welsh and Scottish armies emphasise skirmishing tactics and aggression.

Stretch goal 2: MOUNTED BOARD @ GBP £6,500 - UNLOCKED!

We'll upgrade the core game's board from heavyweight card to a mounted board!

Stretch goal 3: EXTRA DICE @ GBP £7,000 - UNLOCKED!

We'll increase the number of dice in the core game from 5 to 9 (the most dice you ever need to roll is 9).

Stretch goal 4: OPTIONAL RULES @ GBP £7,500 - UNLOCKED!

We'll add the designer's set of optional rules to our Scottish, Welsh and Norman army bags, giving further ways to enhance your games. All Kickstarter backers will receive these as each pledge level includes a Scottish Army!

Stretch goal 5: ADDITIONAL PLASTIC STANDS @ GBP £8,000 - UNLOCKED!

As a Kickstarter Freebie we’ll give you a set of 39 plastic stands to use with a third army. If this stretch goal unlocks, we’ll also make them available as an optional buy if you want to equip all of your armies with their own stands.

Stretch goal 6: PRINTED INLAY @ GBP £8,750 - UNLOCKED!

We'll pretty up the core game's box with a printed inlay featuring Peter Dennis's superb box art.

Stretch goal 7: EXTRA RULEBOOK @ GBP £9,500 - UNLOCKED!

As a Kickstarter Exclusive, we will give you an additional copy of the rulebook - so there's one for each player.

Stretch goal 8: CUSTOM DICE @ GBP £11,000

We love custom dice! So as a Kickstarter Exclusive we will give you a set of 9 Battle Ravens custom dice - the most you'll need to roll at any one time.

Stretch goal 9: Watch this space...!

OPTIONAL BUYS

Buy additional armies to fight against your Anglo-Saxons, Norse and Scots! (The Anglo-Saxons and Norse are included in the core game, and the Scottish Army is a Kickstarter freebie.) 

Each army has its own artwork and its own set of Tactics Cards.

To add any of the 'Optional buys' shown below, click the 'Manage your pledge' button on the Kickstarter page and add the correct amount of funds to cover the optional buys you wish to add. You will be able to select what this extra money is spent on when we send out our pledge manager survey after the Kickstarter campaign has closed. 

You may add any (or all!) of the following optional buys to your pledge:

  • Norman Army @ GBP £7.93 (MSRP GBP £10.66)
  • Welsh Army @ GBP £7.93 (MSRP GBP £10.66)
  • Additional Scottish Army @ GBP £7.93 (MSRP GBP £10.66)
  • Kickstarter Exclusive Additional Anglo-Saxon Army* @ GBP £7.50 
  • Kickstarter Exclusive Additional Norse Army* @ GBP £7.50
  • Set of 39 plastic stands @ GBP £3.50

Our optional-buy Norman, Scottish, and Welsh army bags each include: 2 x army punchboards (Norman, Welsh, or Scottish); 1 x information sheet; 10 x Tactics Cards.

* Please note that the Kickstarter Exclusive Anglo-Saxon and Norse armies do not include Tactics Cards or info sheets - you will receive only the two army punchboards.

In addition to the Battle Ravens optional buys shown above, we're also offering the following games from our catalogue at the discounted prices shown below: 

  • Martin Wallace's Lincoln @ GBP £30 (MSRP GBP £35)
  • Ian Brody's Quartermaster General: The Cold War @ GBP £45 (MSRP GBP £50)
  • Ian Brody's Quartermaster General: 1914 @ GBP £40 (MSRP GBP £45)
  • Richard Borg's The Battle of Britain @ GBP £50 (MSRP GBP £60)
  • Richard Borg's The Great War Centenary Edition @ GBP £60 (MSRP GBP £70) 
  • Richard Borg's The Great War Tank Expansion @ GBP £32 (MSRP GBP £40)
  • Richard Borg's The Great War French Army Expansion @ GBP £40 (MSRP GBP £45)

WHAT THE REVIEWERS SAY ABOUT BATTLE RAVENS

We sent out preview copies to a number of people; here are some of the reviews we've seen so far:

We've added some of the video reviews to our campaign page, but please click on the links above too. You can also check out the Boardgamegeek review page HERE. Our thanks go out to these reviewers for offering their honest opinions on Battle Ravens.

PRODUCTION STATUS

Daniel Mersey has completed the rules and playtesting. 

Our components are all complete and ready to send to the manufacturer - although we hope that a few changes might be unlocked as stretch goals! 

Our manufacturer has been appointed and is waiting to begin production.

SHIPPING

We are delighted to announce that we have dedicated Kickstarter fulfilment hubs in place for Battle Ravens, offering cost-effective local shipping for our backers in the following locations: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, and the European Union. In other destinations, taxes and import duties may be charged by your local postal service. 

Shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter campaign ends. When the Kickstarter campaign ends, we will send you a shipping survey asking for your shipping address, and our pledge manager will use this to calculate and charge you for shipping. 

Please note that the prices shown below are our current shipping estimates (which may change) for the Maldon Pledge for Kickstarter backers. If you add optional buys to your pledge, your shipping cost will increase. 

  • UK: GBP £3.50
  • USA: GBP £9.50
  • EU: GBP £9.50
  • Canada: GBP £12
  • Australia: GBP £10
  • New Zealand: GBP £16
  • Rest of the World: GBP £20

RETAILERS

Retailers can join the Battle Ravens campaign!

Please email Anita at PSC Games (anita-theplasticsoldierco@hotmail.co.uk) to confirm your requirements, your retailer status and trade discount, and terms if you are a new customer.

You will receive one set of unlocked, free stretch goals per copy of Battle Ravens and will benefit from special discounts. You will be able to order optional buys.

Risks and challenges

We are a seasoned Kickstarter publisher, with 11 successful campaigns under our belt. Battle Ravens is our 12th Kickstarter campaign.

Unexpected delays may affect any production schedule. In our case, these would most likely be associated with shipping, manufacturing, or customs processes. Should any delays occur, we will endeavour to keep our backers up to date every step of the way.

Please keep in mind that the shipping date shown in our Kickstarter campaign is only an estimate. Items ordered as Optional Buys will be shipped at the same time as the Battle Ravens core game. Also, due to the logistics of international shipping, backers in some regions of the world may receive their rewards sooner than others.

Please note that our game's stretch goals and final design may differ from those shown in our campaign – sometimes we need to make technical changes as we go, improve our designs, or find a better way to do things. Items offered as a Kickstarter Exclusive are produced for Kickstarter backers, with remaining stock available at conventions and through special promotions only.

If you’re unsure about committing to our Kickstarter, please remember that you’ll be able to buy the game once it hits the shops, but without any Kickstarter Exclusives or the benefit of special Kickstarter prices.

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    One copy of the Battle Ravens core game PLUS one FREE Scottish Army PLUS all unlocked, free stretch goals PLUS one SIGNED COPY of Daniel's 'A Wargamer's Guide to 1066 and the Norman Conquest' book (MSRP £12.99).

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    One copy of the Battle Ravens core game PLUS one FREE Scottish Army PLUS one Norman Army PLUS one Welsh Army PLUS all unlocked, free stretch goals.

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    The MSRP for this pledge level is £66.98.

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