In Raiders of the North Sea: Fields of Fame, enemy jarls have joined forces to help defend against the onslaught of recent raids. But despite their threats, there is fame awaiting those willing to stand against them. Encountering a jarl is sure to bring injury, but now is no time for the faint-hearted. Onwards to the battlefield!


Components

  • 1 Township Board
  • 1 Black Worker
  • 3 Grey Workers
  • 3 Reference Cards
  • 1 Ship Card
  • 6 Encounter Boards
  • 9 Score Markers (In 6 Colours)
  • 30 Townsfolk Cards
  • 50 Wounds
  • 12 Jarl Tokens
  • 2 Valkyrie Dice
  • 6 Multiplier Tiles

Setup

Setup Raiders of the North Sea as described in the original rulebook, with the following changes and additions:

Place the Township Board alongside the bottom-right side of the Main Board. Shuffle all Jarl Cards and place them facedown on the lower card space of the Township Board, forming the Jarl Draw Pile. The space above is for the Jarl Discard Pile.

Add all Jarl Tokens into the Black Bag before placing any Plunder or Valkyrie. When placing Plunder, Valkyrie and Jarl Tokens, remember to place the required amounts on the new Township spaces, along with the 3 Grey Workers too.

Place 1 Score Marker of each player's color on the '0' space of the Fame Track H , on the Township Board. Place all Wounds in the Main Supply.

Each player receives 1 Encounter Board. This will be used to keep track of any Jarl encounters during the game. Shuffle all new Townsfolk Cards together with all cards from the base game of Raiders.

When playing with 4 or more players, a new card draft is recommended. However, this may also be used with less players. To use the new draft follow these steps:

  • Deal 5 cards facedown to each player.
  • Each player looks at their hand of cards and chooses one card to hire for free (no silver required . For now, players should place this card facedown in front of them.
  • Of their remaining 4 cards, all players pass 1 card to the player on their left and 1 card to their right.
  • All players must now turn their previously hired crew card faceup.
  • All players should now have a hand of 4 cards (2 from their starting hand and 1 from each neighbor.

Encountering Jarls

Enemy jarls have joined forces, to put an end to your recent raids. Will you give in to their threats, or meet them on the battlefield, axe to axe?

During setup, Jarl Tokens were added to various sets of Plunder and Valkyrie. When a player claims a set containing a Jarl Token, they must turn over the top Jarl Card from the Jarl Draw Pile. After seeing the Jarl Card, they must choose from 1 of 3 options:

  1. Kill
  2. Subdue
  3. Flee

When picking up more than 1 Jarl Token in a single raid, reveal as many Jarl Cards as there are Jarl Tokens. The current player must decide in which order they will encounter each Jarl (the order in which they are drawn is irrelevant . However, all encounters must be resolved in the order shown above (Kill > Subdue > Flee. A player cannot Flee from the first Jarl and then choose to Kill the second.



For example, the current player encountered 3 Jarls during their raid. They decided to Kill the first 2 Jarls and Flee from the third. Another option may have been to Subdue 1 Jarl and Flee from the last 2.

Important Notes:

Jarl encounters happen before resolving any Valkyrie in the same raid. Once a player has revealed a Jarl Card, they must encounter them (they cannot change their mind and choose a different set of Plunder.

When resolving each encounter, the current player should place the Jarl Token onto the associated area on their Encounter Board. Once placed, Jarl Tokens will remain there for the rest of the game.

It is important to let new players know that all Jarl Cards have a Military Strength of 5 or 6 and a Silver cost of 3 or 4. As you will discover, it helps to know this before entering any encounters.


1. Kill

Killing an enemy jarl is no easy challenge. Your crew is sure to leave weary and wounded. When Killing a Jarl, the current player will need to take Wounds, equal to the Jarl's Military Strength +1.

Taking Wounds

Killing and Subduing Jarls will always result in your crew getting wounded in the battle. In both cases, the current player must take the required Wounds from the Main Supply and place them onto their crew.

Each Crew Member may take a number of Wounds, up to the same value of their printed Military Strength For every Wound a Crew Member takes, their Military Strength is reduced by 1 in future raids.

  • Even though they may have more strength, Heroes can still not take more Wounds than their printed value.

  • Crew Members with 0 Military Strength cannot take any Wounds.

  • Crew Members cannot die from taking Wounds.

Wounds should not be limited by the supply. Should the Main Supply ever run out, players should use another token in place of Wounds temporarily (perhaps Valkyrie if available.

After taking the required number of Wounds, the current player receives the bonus Kill action, shown on the bottom-right of the encountered Jarl Card. They also gain 2 Fame for each Kill. This is done by moving the current player's score Score Marker 2 spaces up the Fame Track. Lastly, they place the Killed Jarl into the Jarl Discard Pile.

For example, the current player has encountered Jarl Ylva and have decided to Kill her. They take 7 Wounds, gain 1 Armour and 2 Fame. They then discard Jarl Ylva and place the Jarl Token onto the Kill space of their Encounter Board.



2. Subdue

While granting your enemies a glorious death sounds great, persuading them to join your crew may prove more beneficial in the long run.

When choosing to Subdue an enemy Jarl, the current player will need to take Wounds, equal to the Jarl's Military Strength -1.

After taking the required number of Wounds, the current player must pay the Silver cost indicated on the Jarl Card, to the Main Supply. The Jarl Card is then placed into the current player's crew.

Note: Subdued Jarls cannot take Wounds or be targeted by Valkyrie in the same raid that they were encountered. However, they can take Wounds and be targeted by Valkyrie in future raids.

For example, the current player has encountered Jarl Borg and have decided to Subdue him. They take 5 Wounds, pay 3 Silver and add him to their crew. If Jarl Borg is still in their crew at the game's end, they will score 3 VP if they have not fled any Jarls.



Once an enemy Jarl has been Subdued, it is considered a hired crew. However, there is one exception: Jarl Cards can never be added to a player's hand (by use of the Gravedigger or any other means . Players are limited to having no more than 5 Crew Members (including Jarls) at the end of their turn (after resolving Valkyrie.

At the game's end, players may score additional Victory Points for any Jarls still alive in their crew. These Victory Point conditions are shown on the bottom left side of each Jarl card.


3. Flee

Sometimes it's easier to just run away. So long as you can accept the shame and mocking that is sure to follow. When choosing to Flee an enemy Jarl, the current player discards the Jarl Card without taking any Wounds. They must then choose to lose either 1 Fame or 1 Victory Point. If they have neither, nothing happens.

If a player cannot Kill or Subdue a Jarl, they must flee.


Curing Wounds

The only way to cure Wounds is by some Town Hall actions, or of course... a glorious death.

If a Crew Card is removed for any reason (Valkyrie, Crew action, Town Hall action, or anything else, all Wounds on that card are returned to the Main Supply (they are not transferred to other Crew Members.


Fame in Battle

In a culture drenched in warfare, only the greatest battles will be remembered.

When players exceed the maximum Military Strength for scoring on their current raid, they may gain Fame for their excess Military Strength.

For example, if a player raided this Monastery with 26 Military Strength, they would have an excess of 6 (over the maximum of 20 for scoring). The chart on the Township board shows 3 thresholds for gaining Fame during a raid.

Since they have at least 4 excess Military Strength, they would gain 1 Fame. Likewise, if they raided the same Monastery with at least 32 Military Strength, they would gain 3 Fame.

Any Fame received during a raid is recorded by moving the current player's score Score Marker up the Fame Track. Just as Harbours do not award Victory Points for Military Strength, they also do not award players with Fame when raiding.


The Township

The new Township offers 3 additional raids for Black or Grey Workers to enter. There is an opportunity to score Victory Points from Military Strength, however no dice are rolled when raiding the Township.


Valkyrie Dice

The 2 supplied Valkyrie Dice offer an optional variant for players who enjoy some added risk.

During setup, replace the original red dice with these. They have the same die results, but also have a Valkyrie icon each each '2' side.

When rolling a Valkyrie icon the raiding player must treat it just as if there is an extra Valkyrie in the plunder they choose. If they happen to roll 2 Valkyrie icons (1 on each die, they must resolve both.


End of the Game

At the game's end, players will score final Victory Points, as outlined in the original rulebook.

Players will also score Victory Points for how high their Score Marker is up the Fame Track (in the same manner as the Armour and Valkyrie Tracks.

Additionally, players may also score Victory Points for any Jarls still alive in their crew.


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