Nika is an absract game for 2 - 4 plyaers by Josh Raab that plays in 30 to 60 minutes.


You command a Greek city's hoplite soldiers who must force their way through enemy lines. Your troops can push or rout those who would block their way across the narrow battlefield. Coordinate attacks with your ally to secure victory, but make sure to watch your flanks!


Notes from the Designer - Josh Raab:


"Nika  came to me in a dream while I was studying abroad in Athens. At least, the board and starting piece configuration did – the rules were honed across nearly two years of testing. The board shape and core mechanics were inspired by ancient Greek geography and warfare.


Greece has many narrow valleys and mountain passes, and sometimes the only way to defeat an enemy force was to collide with them head-on and literally push them off the field. This othismos  (“shoving”) is thought to have been the critical phase of most battles between hoplite armies. (Hoplites  were the heavy infantry that dominated ancient Greek war for four centuries.) This game was actually called Othismos  for most of its development. I changed the title partly to support the “Nika” mechanism, a late addition, and partly to make it catchier.


# of Players: 2 - 4
Mfg Suggested Ages: 8+
Playing Time: 30-60 min




  • 1 board
  • 24 pieces (6x white, 6x red, 6x blue, 6x black)
  • Rulebook
NIKA Rules
Rules for Nika
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]
NIKA Board

Overview of Nika with Eagle and Gryphon Games, at BGG.CON 2014

Origins Summer Preview 2014: Nika 

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Nika 1.6.15.pdf
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