Shipwrights of the North Sea


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A card drafting hand management trading game for 2-5 players set in the world of Vikings. The first game in the The North Sea Trilogy.

Shipwrights of the North Sea is set in the early years of the Viking Age, around 900 AD. As Viking shipwrights, players compete to build the greatest fleet on the North Sea. Players must collect oak, wool and iron, as well as getting other craftsmen on board to help. Gold is a precious commodity, and must be spent wisely. As you would expect, the township is filled with an array of characters, bad and worse. Better hope they’re on your side!

Aim of the Game

The aim of Shipwrights of the North Sea is to be the player with the most Victory Points at the game’s end. Points are gained by constructing various Ships and Buildings. The game ends after the round where 1 or more players constructs their 4th ship.

Gameplay Overview

The game is played over a series of days (rounds). Each day follows the same pattern:

Morning Phase – Planning (Each player receives 3 cards)
Afternoon Phase – Working (Players take actions and play or discard their 3 cards)
Evening Phase – Resting (Players receive Gold and Workers for the next day)

Designer:  Shem Phillips
Publisher:  Garphill Games
Player numbers:  2-5
Recommended Age:  10+
Game Time:  60 mins

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Product Contents:

128 Cards
5 Player Boards
5 Player Reference Boards
1 Illustrated Rulebook
1 Pioneer Token
5 VP Markers

Wooden Components:
5 Gold Ships
25 Oak
25 Wool
25 Iron
50 Workers


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