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Scythe Board Game

4.7
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  • A board game set in an alternate history 1920s period
  • It is a time of farming and war, broken hearts and rusted gears, innovation and valor
  • 1 to 5 Players
  • 115 minutes playtime
  • Game board measures 24.56 x 32.20 inches

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Well-balanced, well-crafted game. Tons of replayability.If you are a fan of anything in the vein of Catan, or even computer games such as Age of Empires, you owe it to yourself to give Scythe a try. I purchased this on a whim mainly because of the artwork and because I liked the theme of a steampunk 1920s.The game is all about managing workers and resources to build and upgrade your faction. You will build structures, enlist recruits which give you added benefits, and deploy mechs, which, in addition to acting as troops in combat also provide special unique benefits to your faction. While the threat of combat will almost always be looming, it is not a huge part of the game as there are pathways to victory for even the most pacifistic contestants.The board, player mats, and pieces are all of excellent quality. Play time averages about 2 hours. The learning curve is steep at first and the number of pieces can be overwhelming, but after your second playthrough you will understand the mechanics well enough to start focusing on strategy. 5Behold!! Gaze in amazement, as you have stumbled upon the greatest board game, in all the ages!Behold!! Gaze in amazement, as you have stumbled upon the greatest board game, in all the ages! Prepare yourself to be immersed in a glorious steam-punk reality of endless wonder! You my friend, are about to embark on the intrepid journey that is.... Scythe!! With the expansion pack, choose from 7 different factions, and 7 different game boards to set forth on your quest of glory! Boost your defenses, conquer your surrounding land, and take no prisoners from your enemies!I've currently played well over 100 games of scythe, which probably clocks in close to 150 hours of total game time. I can honestly say it is THE most fun board game I've played, and I'm still not tired of it. Many other board games I will vouch for as being amazing, and I've played them several times over, but at some point, even those games become a little stale, and the gameplay itself becomes boiled down to a science. Such is not the case with scythe. It's got just enough random elements to keep it fresh and new every time you play it, without making it so random that you have no control over the outcome. It's the perfect blend. And now with its most recent expansion "Wind Gambits" the game has evolved anymore. But for newcomers, don't let the expansion intimidate you. I highly recommend playing the base game of Scythe for all it's worth (which is a TON) before worrying about playing with the expansion. I am an avid board gamer, and this is truly a one of a kind game that I have yet to become bored with, and I have yet to dice up into a science. Every single game will have you attempting new strategies, and exploring new options to declare yourself the victor. One of the most exciting parts of Scythe is that when the game ends, rarely will there ever be a distinct winner before the final points have been carefully calculated. There is a Scythe app on iOS and Android that I highly recommend downloading for deciding factions at the beginning of the game, and tallying score at the end.Without going into game play detail (I'll leave that to the rulebook) What I can say is that Scythe is, on the surface, a very complex game, but once you get your feet wet and play it, it really isn't too terrifying to learn. There's only so much you can do per turn, and once you run through it a few times, you begin to see the gears of the game click and turn, and you'll have a well running engine of a faction in no time! If you're just starting out with a group of people who are also new to the game, you're going to have your questions and missteps along the way where you might find you weren't playing certain rules down to their very exact intent, but this is perfectly fine. A lot of the fun in Scythe is discovering all the things you missed, or even may have been doing incorrectly, and changing up your game for the next time.For the most part, Scythe is an incredibly balanced game. If you get into a rhythm of playing with a core group of people, you'll start to realize the few imbalances it has *cough* Industrial Rusviet *cough* and learn to play around them. Again, figuring out what each faction is good at, how to make it work with your unique play mat, and formulate the best plan of attack, are just a few of the things that make Scythe such an immersive and brilliant game that will have you wanting to re-rack the game again and again. Hour and half to two-hour sessions seem like mere minutes when you really start grasp how fun the game is.If I had one gripe about the game, it would be the amount of players that can play. It's nice that Scythe can include 7 players, especially if you have a lot of board-game savvy friends who all want to be included. But be warned! 6 or 7-player games of Scythe tend to drag on, and when that happens, more often than not, one if not more people will lose interest, and thus become unenthused with the game. And nothing kills the fun of a game, like some one who is currently playing the game and not giving a crap about it. So if you have 6 or 7 brave souls willing to stick it out, it's best that all parties involved have a vast knowledge of the game, and indeed the actually WANT to play, knowing full well what they are signing up for. The sweet spot for Scythe, seems to be around the 4-5 player mark. The games are long enough that you don't feel cheated out of an epic board game experience, but short enough that the ADD in your friends doesn't start to show itself, and manifest into playing candy crush on their phones in between turns.Scythe is a massively wonderful game of strategy that I would absolutely suggest to any board game enthusiast looking to play one of the greatest games of all time. If new to board games, I would suggest watching several Scythe tutorials on the internet or playing with some one who has played before and has a good concept of the game. Again, it's complex, but not so much that I would say anyone wanting to learn the game, wouldn't be able to, regardless of their prior knowledge of board games. If you're willing to invest a little time to learn this game, you won't be disappointed!! 5Easily one of my new favorite gamesI was introduced to Scythe about 6 months ago when a friend brought it over for game night for the first time. I was instantly impressed with the board and characters/mechs. I can't remember a board game I've played that is as balanced as this game. There are no dice to role, no luck involved other than choosing your faction and player mat. This game rewards you for efficient moves. If you can get bottom row actions early you'll do well. Each faction has a unique set of abilities and there is not a faction that stands out as "over powered." Each faction simply has their own strength and weaknesses.There is a ton of replay value with this game since there are so many different combinations, each game is different. Our group usually plays with 4 people and my wife and I play together and it is still just as fun with 2 people. There is even a single player mode that we haven't tried yet.Fast forward to now, our friend moved away for a little bit so I had to buy my own copy of Scythe because its become a staple game in our house. I would definitely recommend giving this game a try. It reminds me of Settlers on steroids because there is so much more to it. Oh and the pieces are pretty well done, they aren't extremely detailed but they do look very nice. I'd consider painting these at some point.Have fun!! 5It is all about the Structure Bonus tilesScythe Modular Board is an expansion for Scythe the board game. This expansion comes with a modular board that allows for unique setup for resources (4 hex tiles), home base tiles (7), and Structure Bonus tiles (8).A random side of the board will be chosen before the four hex tiles are randomly placed in their designated areas. The only rule is a lake cannot be placed next to a home base. Following this will have the seven home base tiles randomly distributed around the board with one of the seven tiles being an inactive location. Then a random player mat will be dealt to the players playing. The player will the highest numbered player mat will choose their faction first before proceeding in an descending order. Then afterwards the first player will be the player with the lowest numbered player mat.This expansion gives wonderful variation to the game as players will be able to change the game, and their strategy, with the placement of the modular hex tiles. This variety breathes new life into the game as it really does change strategies and benefits that a player will experience. A flaw in the random distribution of resources can be that a player has a slight edge, or hindrance. For those that have not played scythe enough, or they prefer playing the base map, this expansion also gives eight new Structure Bonus tiles. This is great as it gives variety to the goals players are trying to accomplish in their game. This adds more to the game than the hex tiles as players will be able to add these Structure Bonus tiles to the base game, and The Rise of Fenris expansion. Another small flaws of this expansion is having to play on a smaller board if players had purchased the bigger board for their game. Also, this map cannot fit in the Scythe Legendary box with the Broken Token Insert. So players will either have to carry it separately, or just make the conscious choice of just bringing the modular board. Scythe is a great game and having the choice of changing the board is great, but it was all about the additional Structure Bonus tiles that really made this a worthwhile expansion. 4This game is like those paintingsYou know those thrifted paintings you keep seeing on the internet that someone painted AT-ATs into? This game is like those paintings. It's a rural environment somewhere around WWI, but then there are all of these giant robots walking around.It's honestly a much better game than I thought it would be. My first glance at this game had me thinking that this was another war game, which I'm not a huge fan of. There is war in this game, but you don't necessarily have to fight anybody. There are other ways to win. In some ways, this game reminds of Inis. Both games are about area control, but you don't necessarily have to fight any wars to control those areas. It's refreshing, honestly, not to have to do a bunch of pretend fighting over some pretend, or not pretend, land on a map.It's sort of like economics/worker placement/war/victory points/robots.The artwork is just beautiful and that's coming from a person who doesn't like robots or Animes about people who get into mechanical suits and fight. I don't give one flying flip about Gundam, but I do like the artwork in this game. 5So far, so goodPosting a review before I get too busy.The good:Components are good, board is big. Art is pretty.The replay value is strong.The gameplay is quick once you've done a practice round.The solo mode (unfortunately, the only way I've played so far) is challenging and works pretty well. I've lost to it 3 times as I ran through some quick games to learn the rules.The upgrade/build/recruit options are fun and new to me. Almost like they took an RTS PC game and translated it to the board. Each action produces multiple results and keeps you making important decisions.There are tons of choices to make in the game. Almost too many...You'll be constantly challenged to make good decisions so you can't just sit back and coast. I think that, over time, I'll develop a better feel for which methods of generating Coins (victory points) are the most efficient.Good amount of randomness, good amount of player control, no chance for a player to runaway and get too powerful,The not so good:One little wooden heart had an odd edge to it. Kind of ugly but not something I'm going to try to get a replacement for. Especially since it was only that one piece.Only two little plastic component containers. I would have preferred 4 (one for each resource). There are abotut 10,000 tiny plastic bags for holding stuff. I ended up throwing most of them away.Combat is a little bit disappointing considering how awesome the mechs look. I understand why it is the way it is, but you'll have to approach it differently. The mechs aren't actually your military power. They just allow you to USE the power you develop. As a miniature enthusiast, it was a bit of a letdown that such cool miniatures end up playing a less pronounced role in the game.Solo mode is difficult to use at first since you learn all the basic rules, and then have to learn another set of rules on how to interact/run the AI. I think it works best for testing new strategies or getting to know the game. It will get boring eventually as the AI's plan is essentially the same every time: spread out, accumulate military strength then start attacking enemy units. The simplicity is offset by the AI's speed in accomplishing these things. Again, like a PC RTS, you can't let the computer run free or you'll be sorry in the late game.In short. I think it is a great game. I have minor complaints but even with those it is easily one of the most balanced and challenging games I've ever played. It is a bit pricey but it seems that is the going rate for decent board games these days. 5Replay Value: 10/10My wife and I bought this game about a month and a half ago, and we've already played it over 10 times now with friends, family, and just between the two of us. Usually, games of this caliber require more players to make it fun, but we have a blast with this just playing two players. There is a great balance of the "threat" of battle (actual combat seems designed to be limited, but it's always a possibility) along side of economy building. It has some elements of 7 Wonders and Settlers of Catan in it as you are trying to upgrade your player mat with special abilities as you build resources and conquer the beautiful map.The biggest downsides I can think of is that it's a long game (with two players, we average about 2:15), and if you're trying to teach friends to play, better factor in an additional hour. Besides that, I would say everyone has got to play it at some point. While the instructions and rules are dense, it never felt overwhelming and plays surprisingly smoothly from turn to turn. Haven't had a friend yet who didn't like.My only recommendation is for one person to sit down with the rules and really learn it, because most of the rules can be taught as you progress through the game. Otherwise, it's a beautifully designed game with little to no "luck" involved and you feel like the game designer really had a good idea of what this game would feel like when he made it. 5Essentially a single-player gameThe production quality of the cards, figures etc. is great, but the fundamental design of the game mechanics is a total failure in my opinion, as there is close to zero interaction between players. I see playing board games as a social event, and this game has hardly any interaction between players other than combat, and the way combat is designed makes engaging in it fairly unfavorable for almost everyone. 3Strategy packed civilization game but maybe too complex for casual game playersI got this game in hopes of finding a new board game for my wife and I to play. We both enjoy strategy games and I had read a ton of good reviews about this game so I wanted to give it whirl. After owning this game for a while now, I feel ready to write a review about this game. This is not a game about dominating other players by force. The game dynamics are focused on developing your group and accomplishing your goals. You can choose from a variety of winning, so the strategies can change depending on the group you play and the people you play with. The strategy of the game is not too convoluted to teach other people, but this game does come with a ton of rules. I definitely spent a significant amount of time reading the rules and most specifically about how to take your turn. The rules are well written and make a lot of sense but there are a lot of them. The game recommends to read some of the basics and then give it a try. You can then get a feel for how it all plays out. This works however I found that my wife and I had to stop a lot of times to figure out various issues that came up. Over time we learned how to play and it was fun, however, I find that this game takes a long time and so we are not inclined to pull it out over other games. This game usually takes close to 2 hours for us to play even though we understand all of its complexities. We find that it is easier to play Dominion, Smallworld, or Carcasonne due to their quicker game play. If you are wanting a longer commitment with a good amount of strategy, this is a fun play. It works well with 2 people or more. We have played with others, but does take a long time to explain. If you want a shorter game, it might be best to look elsewhere.If this review has been helpful to you. Please vote it as helpful, it makes me happy to know that these reviews can be beneficial to others. 4My girlfriend loves this game so much. She's the one who wrote this review.This game is amazing. I watched so many YouTube videos when I was deciding whether or not to get it. The mechanics and the components are really what caught my interest. Some people might find all the different little components overwhelming but for my taste, it's exactly why I like it. I like feeling physically involved in the games I play. Vs just receiving a card that says I have an upgrade. Instead I have to activate upgrades and move the little cube from one spot to another. The little details are what set this game apart from other board games.As for shipping, I ordered it 8pm Saturday night, received it 11am Sunday morning with amazon prime. The box came with no wear and tear. All the pieces were there and intact. It's a little heavy but it's filled to the brim with goodies. I have no complaints. Except that now I need to buy a bigger table.This is the retail version with wooden resources and cardboard coins. I bought those upgrades separately on amazon as well. A1! 5
Scythe Board Game

Scythe Board Game

4.7
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