Fight For Power In Osprey’s New Brian Boru Board Game

April 26, 2021 by brennon

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Osprey Games previewed a new board game scheduled for release later this year in October 2021. Brian Boru: High King Of Ireland is a new Historical strategy game on the way from industry legend, Peer Sylvester.

Brian Boru High King Of Ireland - Osprey Games

Brian Boru: High King Of Ireland // Osprey Games

Featuring illustrations by Dierdre de Barra, Brian Boru is set during the 11th Century and has players vying for control during a cutthroat period of history. You will battle, trick and influence in order to try and claim the title of High King Of Ireland.

"In Brian Boru, you will strive to unite Ireland under your domain, securing control through might, cunning, and matrimony. Join forces to fend off Viking invaders, build monasteries to extend your influence, and gather support in towns and villages throughout the land. To become High King of all Ireland, you will need to navigate a web of shifting alliances, outmanoeuvre your enemies, and grab history by the reins."

The foundation of the game is based around trick-taking mechanics which will be familiar to many. When you win tricks you'll be able to gain influence over towns and regions across Ireland which work well alongside the tactics of Boru himself. Match his victories in battle, favour with the Church and keen use of political marriages and you'll be on the way to the throne.

I like that as well as working towards a specific target, you're also having to consider the machinations of the other players. Maybe you'll find some use in failing to win a particular trick so that you can gain an advantage later on down the line?

Brian Boru: High King Of Ireland sounds like an intriguing game from a designer who has already managed to nail this experience in The King is Dead. I am intrigued to get a better look at the game and what it has to offer in the coming months.

How apt that we got this announcement after talking about Clontarf?!

"Match his victories in battle, favour with the Church and keen use of political marriages and you'll be on the way to the throne..."

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