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Board games reviews roundup: Vikings on Board; Elections of US America Election: The Card Game; RoboRally

Three engrossing games put the fun into planning – a Viking conquest, a presidential campaign and an after-work competition for car-plant robots

One of the fascinating aspects of the resurgence of interest in board gaming is how they have demonstrated a knack for making pedestrian or even administrative processes engrossing. Vikings on Board, superficially a game themed around preparing for a journey, is a superb example. It’s not quite a packing-your-suitcase simulator, yet the gameplay remains focused on managing a workforce and moving supplies around a harbour, all with a view to dominating the northern territories with a clan of Norsemen.

The mechanics might seem at odds with the game’s claim to be a family-friendly strategy title. However, thanks to its captivating Viking theme and a riveting betting mechanic, which sees players trying to balance predicting the fortunes of their rivals with racing to claim victory, Vikings on Board shines, whether played with the family or over drinks with adult friends. Elaborate, enthralling and lavishly produced, it can feel a little convoluted when played at the family table, but if your own Viking clan doesn’t mind flexing its grey matter, it is well worth paying attention.

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