Nevsky is a board wargame about the storied clash between Latin Teutonic and Orthodox Russian powers along the Baltic frontier of the mid-13th-Century.

  • English
  • From 14 years old
  • 4h and more
  • 2 player(s)

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Nevsky is a board wargame about the storied clash between Latin Teutonic and Orthodox Russian powers along the Baltic frontier of the mid-13th-Century.

In Nevsky, two players take the roles of “Russians” and “Teutons”, respectively. The Russians represent the wealthy city-state of Novgorod and its allies. The Teutons comprise German and Danish landholders—including the Teutonic Order—expanding a Baltic dominion.

The sides every 40 days will levy various lords and vassals and their forces, transport, and capabilities, backed by higher political authorities—a papal legate for the Teutons and Novgorod’s city council (veche) for the Russians. Each lord is rated for fealty, lordship, service, and command and lays out his forces and assets on a mat. Wooden pieces represent units of knights, mounted sergeants, light and Asiatic cavalry, men-at-arms, and unarmored serfs and militia. Assets include counters for transport such as carts, boats, and sleds; provender to feed the army; and coin to pay for longer service or booty captured by ravaging or conquering enemy regions.

The players then plan and command a campaign for that 40 days with the lords who have mustered. To represent the limits of communications on medieval operations, stacks of command cards commit players to activating lords in a sequence that may or may not meet the needs of the developing situation. Cylinder pieces on the map show the lords’ maneuvers, while markers on a feudal calendar show how much longer the lords will serve, influenced by success or failure in their campaigns. When lords clash in field battle or storming a castle, players array their lords’ mats left, right, center, and reserve and attempt to rout the enemy. Various event and capability cards reveal cultural and technological particulars that influence levy, campaign, and combat.


  • A 17” x 22” mounted game board
  • One wooden Legate pawn
  • Fourteen wooden Lord cylinders
  • A small Lords sticker sheet
  • Twelve 5” x 5” cardboard Lord mats
  • One 5” x 5” cardboard Battle mat
  • 56 wooden wedges (Knights, Sergeants, Light & Asiatic Horse)
  • 66 wooden bars (Men-at-Arms, Militia, Serfs)
  • Three sheets of markers
  • Four decks of 21 each Russian and Teutonic Arts of War and Command cards
  • Two 11”x17” player aid foldouts
  • Three 8½”x11” Russian Lords, Teutonic Lords, and Arts of War decks reference sheets
  • Two optional 8½”x22” 3-panel screens
  • Six 6-sided dice
  • A 24-page rule book with multiple scenarios
  • A48-page  background play book.
Theme(s) Middle AgeHistoryWar
Language(s) English
Mechanism(s) SimulationConfrontationWargame
Author(s) Volko Ruhnke
Note globale 4.4
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The Customers have given a rate of 4/5 on this product
  • on 02/03/20


    Le "médiéval opérationnel" a désormais un système de jeu profond, ludique, et original (il simule, entre autres, les durées de service des vassaux appelés par leurs suzerains, obligeant les joueurs à en tenir compte dans leurs entreprises militaires). Si le film "Alexandre Nevsky" vous évoque quelque chose, foncez! Ce wargame de complexité raisonnable vous comblera.

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