I recently have been having the opportunity to do some play-testing for an upcoming board game by New Zealand game designer Shem Phillips (author of other great games such as Tanzania, Cibola, Plethora and more) of Garphill Games. Titled "Shipwrights of the North Sea", it's a game where you side off against other Viking clans, trying to be the first to construct a fleet of ships while expanding your village and fending off incursions from your opponents.
I've really been enjoying it and it just seems to get better with every play.
The blurb on the BoardGameGeek site states...
Shipwrights of the North Sea is set in the early years of the Viking Age, circa 1000 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!
On top of it being a really fun game, the artwork by Mihajlo Dimitrievski is just fantastic. It's quirky cartoony style just fits perfectly.
Watch this space ... it's going to be hitting Kickstarter shortly!