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Rating: 8.5 Excellent
Players: 2-4 players
Playing time: 60-90 minutes

Official Site: Champions of Midgard Webpage at GreyFoxGames Publisher

Created by: Ole Steiness, Víctor Pérez Corbella

Published by: Grey Fox Games


Champions of Midgard (formerly Defenders of Nidaros) is a middleweight, Viking-themed, worker placement game with dice rolling in which players are leaders of Viking clans who have traveled to an embattled Viking harbor town to help defend it against the threat of trolls, draugr, and other mythological Norse beasts.

By defeating these epic creatures, players gain glory and the favor of the gods. When the game ends, the player who has earned the most glory earns the title of Jarl and is recognized as a champion of Midgard!

Placing workers allows for the collection of resources and warriors, which players may then send on journeys to neighboring villages or across the sea to defeat monsters and gain the glory they need for victory.

Resources are used to carve runes, build ships, and feed your followers. Viking warriors (custom dice) do battle with the myriad enemies the town faces.

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Without strong leadership, his prosperous port has fallen into a state of catastrophe. Fearsome creatures have sensed this weakness in Midgard and are coming in droves, driving chaos and destruction before them.

Trolls attack the town. Draugr terrorize nearby villages. Monsters strike at travelers and merchants alike. The people are suffering and they need a champion.

In Champions of Midgard, you are a Viking Leader who seeks to gain Glory for your clan and fill the boots of the old Jarl. Defeat the Trolls to keep the townsfolk on your side. Slay Draugr to earn gold to fund your journeys. …


Collect all the Viking Axemen Dice present at this location and place them in your personal supply.


Collect all the Viking Spearmen Dice present at this location and place them in your personal supply.

Draugr Card Spaces 1 & 2

During the Assign Viking Warriors Phase, commit Viking Warriors to fight the Draugr.

Hunting Grounds

Send Viking Warriors hunting for Food during the Combat Resolution phase.

(This space may accommodate several workers - there is no restriction on the number of players who may place a worker here. Favor tokens may be used to reroll here). …

Market Stall tiles function just like other board locations but provide different options for each game. Market Stalls may only be activated once per placement unless otherwise indicated.

Economic Market Stall Tiles


Return 1 Food to the supply and collect 1 Favor. You may repeat this action up to 3 times with a single activation.

Generous Merchant

Collect 1 Food and 1 Wood from the supply.


Score 2 Glory.

Wealthy Stranger

Collect 2 Coins from the supply.

Military Market Stall Tiles

Folk Warriors

Return 1 Food to the supply and collect 2 Viking Swordsmen Dice. …

I. Journey Card Effects

All Quiet - No Effect.

Kraken - Resolve Combat against the Kraken. Defeating the Kraken grants the player 3 glory. Surviving Warriors advance to combat the Monster.

Lost - Lose 2 items of your choice (2 Food, 2 Viking Warriors, or 1 of each).

No Wind - Lose 1 Food.

Storm - Lose 1 Food or 1 Viking Warrior (your choice).

Whirlpool - Lose 1 Viking Warrior.

II.Viking Leaders

Asmundr the Pious - Asmundr wishes to be Odin's Chosen representative in Midgard and has turned acquisition of Favor into a Glorious pursuit! His ability essentially allows Asmundr to use his Favor Tokens for free. He will always gain the 2 Glory from them whether he spends them on rerolling or not. …

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