About this project
"Without a doubt, it’s one of the best two player games I’ve ever played."
"Board Game Rank: 615, Strategy Game Rank: 383, Family Game Rank: 137, Racing Rank: 14, Card Game Rank: 133, Hand Management Rank: 209, Mythology Rank: 10, Animals Rank: 19"
Each morning Odin sends the ravens Hugin and Munin to race over the world of Midgard and report back what they have seen. The first to return wins Odin's favor, but any cunning corvid has a few tricks in store and these are the two most brilliant birds in Middle Earth.
Odin's Ravens is a two player board game, originally published in Germany, garnishing praise for its lively card duels and replay value. The game has been out of print for over a decade and fetches high second-hand prices.
Works Ltd. is proud to present to Kickstarter the newly revised Second Edition of Odin's Ravens by Thorsten Gimmler.
40 Midgard cards
25 Hugin flight cards
8 Hugin action cards
25 Munin flight cards
8 Munin action cards
2 Raven meeples
Cards are laid out from the Midgard deck to form the shifting and flowing landscape that the ravens will race over. Each raven has two decks to draw their hand from, flight cards and action cards. Flight cards allow the raven to proceed down the path. Action cards are used to manipulate the path, boost your raven, or throw your opponent for loops. Each raven must race to the end of the path and then return on the opposite side, so timing your actions is crucial.
Please watch our game introduction video for more info on gameplay:
In the decade since it was first published, Thorsten Gimmler has revised the original game rules. The changes have been introduced to streamline teaching the game to new players and to simplify the end game, without sacrificing the challenge or choices available during play. This makes the game quicker to get to the table and easier to score.
We have decided to launch the Odin's Ravens Kickstarter project with the component quality maxed out, rather than have stretch goals to upgrade subpar components later. We are proud of this game and want it to ship to you with lasting, high quality components right out of the box.
The raven meeples are custom made from New Zealand pine. The cards will be 300gsm bluecore casino quality with linen embossing. The box will be made with UV coated art paper stock to stand the test of time. Full color rule book with detailed illustrations and a color printed box insert to organize the bits.
Card size will be standard Euro/Dominion size, if you would like to sleeve them.
We have added a stretch goal at $17,500! Works, Ltd. is partnering with app developer JoubleDump LLC to bring Odin's Ravens to the iOS! If we can meet the stretch goal, we will be delivering an iOS copy of the game to everyone who has backed at the $25 level or higher. Development is currently in a preliminary stage, but we are aiming to deliver the app in Fall of 2013, pending a successful Kickstarter. The app will offer Single Player mode with two difficulty settings, Pass & Play on one device, and Game Center support for two player mode.
Thorsten Gimmler is a game designer and electrical engineer from Berlin, Germany. He is the author of the games No Thanks! (BGG #310), Aton (BGG #407), The Thief of Baghdad (BGG #1209) and others. His first game was published in 1999. In 2007, The Thief of Baghdad was nominated for the Spiel des Jahres.
A Kickstarter exclusive, 12"x18" wide format art print of the game's cover painting printed on premium 9mil photobase matte paper, suitable for framing. Please note if you would like the print signed by the artist.
Don't see a reward package that fits you? Once you have pledged at the $25 or higher level, you can add as many extras as you would like. You can use the "Manage My Pledge" feature to increase your pledge at any time. Some additional shipping may be necessary for international pledges. See the extras below:
The original game artwork by Corrine Noel is also available at several limited pledge levels. The artwork was commissioned for this project and painted in acrylic on archival quality illustration board. The five Midgard landscape paintings are each 6x6 inches, and the cover painting is 15x29 inches.
We support the "Kicking it Forward" concept, and will gladly return 5% of the proceeds of this project to future Kickstarter board games.
Thank you for your consideration!
"Huginn ok Munin fljúga hverjan dag Jörmungrund yfir; óumc ek of Hugin at hann aftr né comiþ, þó siámc meir um Munin."
Risks and challenges
In 2012 Works, Ltd. successfully funded and shipped the board game project "Rithmomachia" using Kickstarter. The project was 400% funded and shipped globally to over 25 countries.
In 2013 we are partnering with a highly regarded specialty board game manufacturing firm. There are probably already games in your library printed by Panda GM, such as "Tales of the Arabian Nights", "Walking Dead", "Eclipse", "Pandemic", etc.
The rules, artwork and graphic design are all completed and awaiting funding for manufacture. The major hurdle to a project like this is customs and shipping. We decided to give an ample reward fulfillment date in order to leave a cushion for any unforeseen delays in production or shipping.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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