Scythe Board Game (2016)

Scythe board game review and walkthrough

If you are a fan of board games, then there is no doubt that you are going to love the Scythe. It is one of the recently launched board games designed by Jamey Stegmaier and Jakub Rozalski. Just like many other board games, the above employs different mechanism including grid movement, variable player powers, area influence/area control, and storytelling. The average number of players that can participate in this game ranges from one to five, with the recommended age of fourteen and above. In most cases, the game lasts for between 90 to 115 minutes.

Well, that being said, it is now time to unrest in the great 1920s Europa. Indeed, up to now, the ashes of the first Great War darken the snow. To appreciate the experience of that era, Scythe is one of the greatest engine board games that bring the history of the 1920s back to life. We all know that this was the period of war and farming, rusted gears and broken hearts, valor and innovation.

In this game, each participant takes the role of one of the five character factions emanating from the Eastern Europa. These characters are out there in the battlefield with the aim of walking away with the fortunes and faction’s stake from a land nearby the mysterious Factory. Players are required to conquer territories, reap resources, build structures, activate large mechs, enlist new recruits, and gain villagers.

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A perfect board game for a casual geek evening

At the beginning of the game, each player has different resources at their disposal (coins, popularity, combat acumen, and power). Besides that, they have different starting points and of course, a hidden target. Often, the starting locations are calibrated so that each player has unique and asymmetrical nature of the game.

It is fair to say that this board game gives players an ultimate control over their fate. Apart from the participant’s individual hidden objective card, ‘encounter’ cards drawn by players as they interact with other people of the newly explored lands are the only key elements of variability or luck. Indeed, a single encounter card provides players with several options that allow them to gain more success. It should be noted that choices purely drive combat, and not by randomness or luck.

If you want a streamlined action-selection mechanism, then Scythe is perhaps the right option. Typically, this mechanism ensures that the gameplay has no phases or rounds, thus the issue of downtime between turns is reduced significantly. Despite the fact there are plenty of direct conflicts for players seeking it, there is no apparent player elimination.

It is important to understand that every part of the above board game has an element of engine building to it. In other words, players have to upgrade actions if they need to improve the level of efficiency, build structures to improve their position on the game map, activate mechs to prevent opponents from invading, enlist new recruits to advance character abilities, and of course, expand borders to reap more resources. The engine-building element creates a sense of progression and momentum throughout the game. Overall, the order at which a player improves his/her engines adds to the unique feel of the game.

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