Kampen om Norge (The Battle of Norway) is a strategy board game about the German invasion of Norway in 1940. Each player takes control of the armed forces of either Norway, The Allies or Germany. Using plastic soldier playing pieces that represent armies, and cards that represent war ships, bombers, fighters and special actions, the players battle for control of the six victory cities on the board. Managing the resources you get from your playing cards is crucial to succeed.
The game is fast paced and has a quick set-up, yet offers a wide range of strategic options and variations. The starting point of the game and the resources available to the different factions are based on the historical conditions, but the players have the chance to change the course of history. Kampen om Norge is suitable for 2–3 players (or teams), and is playable in 2–3 hours.
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The boxed version of the game is currently only available in Norwegian. However, an English language PDF version of the game rules (with a guide to the playing cards) can be downloaded here:
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Reviews in English
Kampen om Norge – the real surprise of the year. The Norwegian designers […] have put a really neat game together of the 1940 German attack on Norway using cards and plastic soldiers to make the three sides of the conflict – Norwegians, British/French, and Germans – play separate, but interconnected games. Seemingly simple mechanics, but […] gamers get into the battle quickly.
[…] I think that it is a brilliant game. The design is clean, and well structured. The rules are clear and its pretty easy to get into. […] You really get a sense of the risks involved for all sides and that this campaign could have gone either way. It feels very tense with victory on a knife edge. The game looks great and you don’t feel overwhelmed as you might in some of the Axis & Allies games as there are a limited amount of units in play.
The card system is a master stroke and really gives you operational options which are interesting and pushes you to think through how best to use your cards. Having said that, the game turn plays pretty quickly and with a limited amount of units, moves along nicely.
In summary, I give Kampen Om Norge – straight out of the box, even! – my most enthusiastic recommendation to fellow wargamers and look forward to more games from the impressive game design team of Bækholt & Vetlesen.
Capsule Review Rating (1 is the worst, 5 is the best)
Rules: 5 I don’t read Norwegian, but the English translation is available, and they look to be well-organized and as beautifully illustrated and clearly instructive as anything I’ve seen in the hobby.
Graphics: 5 – no question.
Ease of Play: 5, even with the «advanced» game rules, and it is highly interactive and just fun.
Solitaire Play: 5, with all the variability and possibilities of the campaign historically and of this game of it.
Historical Realism: 5 for overall simulation of the campaign. Lower, regarding an unhistorical possibility or two, even if minor.
Game Balance: 4? The game is so variable it is still too early to tell. The Germans may (or may not) have an advantage, but «D-Day»-like game-wrecking solutions have not been found.
Time of Play: 5 A comfortable evening’s game – around 3 hours – with experienced players for the advanced game. The basic game must be much faster, but – except for much younger players – why bother with it?
A very sharp package… Mounted board, slots in a tray for everything and they fit […] Again, congratulations on your fine game. We recommend it to all players and the English translated rules fulfilled their duty.
Classy game. […] The game cards gives the game an added element of tactics and unpredictability. […] Recommended.
Martin Ellingsrud (Master in History, UiO), Fortid 3/12, p. 81
This game is an important introduction to the dramatic and fatal events of 1940.
Stein W. Aasland (Second in command at The Museums of the Norwegian Armed Forces), VG, 11. June 2012
[…] I have this earmarked as a great way to learn more about the history of Norway in addition to developing my language knowledge.
David Nikel, www.lifeinnorway.net