Champions of Midgard (formerly Defenders of Nidaros) is a middleweight, Viking-themed, worker placement game. Players are leaders of Viking clans who have travelled to an embattled Viking harbour town to help defend it against the threat of trolls, draugr, and other mythological Norse beasts. By defeating these epic creatures, players gain glory and the favour of the gods. When the game ends, the player who has earned the most glory earns the title of Jarl and is recognized as a champion of Midgard!
Placing workers allows for the collection of resources and warriors, which players may then send on journeys to neighbouring villages or across the sea to defeat monsters and gain the glory they need for victory. Resources are used to to carve runes, build ships, and feed your followers. Viking warriors (custom dice) do battle with the myriad enemies the town faces.
This expansion adds a fifth player! In addition, there are brand new enemies to defeat, land journeys to traverse, and archer dice to liberate and recruit to help you in battle!
While The Dark Mountains expansion extends the current game with more players and new challenges to defeat, the Valhalla expansion adds new mechanics in the form of a new resource to manage, secondary leader abilities, and leader dice which join on the battlefield. Now when your warriors die in battle, they help you by gaining favor in Valhalla. Will you use your fallen warriors to defeat the epic monsters or will you gain favor with the Valkyrie and receive their help in the form of blessings, artifacts, and powerful berserkers and shield warriors?