Jotuns, sea serpents, dragons and trolls!
Skaldi, Fenrir, Loki and Hel!
Völuspá is an excellent two-player game. The play concept is similar to dominoes, in the aspect that the board is built through the placement of tiles.
Each player places one tile per turn (unless otherwise allowed by special rules) and scores (or doesn’t) points totaling the number of tiles in the row.
But! Each tile has special characteristics that turn this otherwise quick and simple game into one of strategy and multi-turn planning. Fenrir multiplies, trolls block, Valkyries protect and Skaldi hunts.
We both had to think quite a bit for each turn, finding the game to be much more complex than the small box would indicate. The Saga of the Eddas we also found to be an excellent addition, giving Völuspá more depth.
The special rules associated with each character tile is what gives the game replay value and complexity.
Attractive and fun, Völuspá is also portable. All these pieces will fit easily into a drawstring bag.