A game by Thomas Nielsen, Kai Starck | Artwork: Alexander Jung


In Vejen, you slip into the role of a merchant in the early 17th century. On many trade routes (Danish: VEJEN) connecting villages in Denmark and northern Germany, you need to set up trading houses and travel long distances to buy and resell goods. Those who keep track of the exchange rate and foster their trading network best will win.

Release Date: 1st quarter 2019

About the developers

Thomas Nielsen

Thomas Nielsen was born on the German-Danish border in 1990. He discovered his passion for board games while studying pedagogy. In his final paper he examined the effects that cooperative board games have on the players. With his head full of theoretical knowledge, in 2016 he set about building and testing his first prototypes.

Kai Starck

Kai Starck was born in 1993 and has always lived in North Frisia where he was constantly surrounded by board games. His father’s games club ensured a continual supply of various games, some of which made their way onto their living-room table.
In 2016, a fan expansion he developed caught the attention of Jamey Stegmaier (Stonemaier Games) and together they developed Scythe: The Wind Gambit. After that he started to implement his own ideas.

Nielsen and Starck met at a gaming convention and immediately hit it off. While testing the prototypes of each other’s games it quickly became clear that they wanted to work together in the future.

Alexander Jung was born in 1975 in the beautiful Palatinate. In Hamburg, using brush and pen, he trained to be an illustrator and now is settled in Lüneburg with a wife and two children. As a kid he grew up with classic card and dice games. As a teenager and later as a trainee he became a passionate role and board game player. He has now been designing board and card games for numerous German publishers for over 15 years.

Download rules

Players: 2-4
Playing time: 60-120 min
Age: 12+


  • 1 Board with instructions
  • 1 Game-starter token
  • 1 Progress counter
  • 4 Player mats
  • 4 Player figures
  • 4 Place counters
  • 16 Trading houses
  • 4 Mills
  • 4 Ships
  • 2 Plague tiles
  • 12 Credit chips
  • 44 German thalers
  • 44 Danish crowns
  • 106 Resource tokens (grains, fish, lumber, iron, gate, upgrade tokens)
  • Bonus cards
  • 35 Progress cards
  • 26 Trading cards
  • 10 Evaluation cards
  • 26 Mission / bonus cards
  • 10 Zip bags
How do you pronounce the game’s title?

The Danish word Vejen means road and is pronounced “Viyen”.

What does this symbol mean?

The symbol means “any goods”, so “any goods” can be taken from the warehouse to pay.

If a player sells goods in a city with a Counting House of another player, the owner of that Counting House gets 1 coin from the player selling the good. Does the selling player have to pay an additional coin for each good he is selling (e.g. by having the Spokewheel upgraded or having goods loaded in several cities)?

No, even selling multiple goods in one turn counts only as one action and requires only one coin per opponent’s Counting House.

Can a player take multiple loans on the same product?

Yes, you can take multiple loans on the same good, but only 1 loan per round.

Can a player build multiple Counting Houses in the same city?

No, it is not possible for one player to build multiple Countinghouses in one city.

Can you buy multiple bonus cards in the border cities (Tönning, Rendsburg)?

Yes, you can buy any amount of bonus cards in one turn, but each player can only hold a maximum of 2 cards at the same time. You can pay in Krone or Thaler.

How exactly does the “Buying” action work?
  • See where your oxcart is – you can buy the goods pictured there.
  • The price of the goods is paid in the currency of the country you are in.
  • The price indicates the exchange rate.
  • Since an action can be taken as often as you would like, the available money in the corresponding currency represents the limit and/or the number of goods that can be loaded in the warehouse at the max (at the beginning there is a max of 5 goods).
How exactly does the “Loading” action work?

Keep in mind that you can only load in a city if your own oxcart as well as one of your own counting houses is in that exact city. You always load onto the counting house card of that exact city. Loaded goods can only be used for selling and not for building. Goods can’t be sold in the same city they were loaded in.

After goods have been loaded, you can use these goods for the “Selling” action. But how does the “Selling” action work?

Once you have loaded goods, you can sell them everywhere except in the city where you have loaded the goods, and also not in these cities: Tönningen, Rendsburg, Hamburg and Copenhagen – because in these cities there are no printed house symbols on the board.

What to pay attention to when playing VEJEN for the first time
  • When a plague marker is down you have to remember not to use that path when calculating your shortest route.
  • For the first few rounds, remember to count roads to calculate their distance rather than add their movement costs.
  • Remember that you can’t sell goods in spaces that can’t accommodate counting houses.
  • When an icon shows a 2 and then a picture of a coin in both currencies, it means you can get 2 coins in whatever currency you like.
  • When loading goods, don’t be confused by the large picture of the production type of the city on the card. The icon is only meant to help remind you what you produce and in no way restricts what goods can go on the card.

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