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Scythe Board Game - £53.95 delivered @ Chaos Cards

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Posted 9th May
Still a great game and one I enjoy getting to the table. A decent solo mode on it too.

8.3 on BGG.

It is a time of unrest in 1920s Europa. The ashes from the first great war still darken the snow. The capitalistic city-state known simply as “The Factory,” which fueled the war with heavily armored mechs, has closed its doors, drawing the attention of several nearby countries.

Scythe is a 4X 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. In Scythe, each player represents a character from one of five factions of Eastern Europa who are attempting to earn their fortune and claim their faction’s stake in the land around the mysterious Factory. Players conquer territory, enlist new recruits, reap resources, gain villagers, build structures, and activate monstrous mechs.

Each player begins the game with different resources (power, coins, combat acumen, and popularity), a different starting location, and a hidden goal. Starting positions are specially calibrated to contribute to each faction’s uniqueness and the asymmetrical nature of the game (each faction always starts in the same place). Scythe gives players almost complete control over their fate. Other than each player’s individual hidden objective card, the only elements of luck or variability are “encounter” cards that players will draw as they interact with the citizens of newly explored lands. Each encounter card provides the player with several options, allowing them to mitigate the luck of the draw through their selection. Combat is also driven by choices, not luck or randomness.

Scythe uses a streamlined action-selection mechanism (no rounds or phases) to keep gameplay moving at a brisk pace and reduce downtime between turns. While there is plenty of direct conflict for players who seek it, there is no player elimination.
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Great price.

Cannot pull the trigger though due to pile of shame!
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Great price.

Cannot pull the trigger though due to pile of shame!
I didn't put an NBP as Amazon appears to be next at £80 but that's far too expensive. Should be £65ish
Love a bit of Scythe.... masterpiece of component design - what could be a quite complex system made simple by the way you move your pieces around revealing and hiding relevant symbols on the player boards.

Worth noting that the digital version is part of the current Humble Asmodee bundle if anyone fancies - good way to learn it, but way more fun pushing the beautiful bits around the board obvs.
I’ve been looking for my first solo game and also one that can be played with friends and family. I keep seeing this game pop up but never realised it had a solo mode... Would you recommend this for a solo first timer?
If anyone has recently bought the Asmodee Steam bundle and have a code for this they do not need then I would be happy to make use of it and try before I finally buy this game. Art fab. Not sure it is my type of game mechanic though.
bazpoint09/05/2020 15:19

Love a bit of Scythe.... masterpiece of component design - what could be a …Love a bit of Scythe.... masterpiece of component design - what could be a quite complex system made simple by the way you move your pieces around revealing and hiding relevant symbols on the player boards. Worth noting that the digital version is part of the current Humble Asmodee bundle if anyone fancies - good way to learn it, but way more fun pushing the beautiful bits around the board obvs.


Yep, that humble bundle is a bargain.

Scythe was the first Stonemaier game I played and it was an instant hit with me.
I've found it very easy to teach as well and who doesn't want to pilot giant mechs?
The player boards are lovely too, really tactile.
I need to get Rise of Fenris and get playing this again!
eayragt09/05/2020 15:17

Great price.Cannot pull the trigger though due to pile of shame!


I'm not too bad now, only Scotland Yard and Munchkin Bites unplayed
Went a bit mad looking up solo modes for everything I own before lockdown so been making sure I get at least one game of it in
RobynSellers09/05/2020 15:20

If anyone has recently bought the Asmodee Steam bundle and have a code for …If anyone has recently bought the Asmodee Steam bundle and have a code for this they do not need then I would be happy to make use of it and try before I finally buy this game. Art fab. Not sure it is my type of game mechanic though.


Its essentially a engine builder. With a bit of area control and worker placement thrown in.
The minis are almost a distraction as combat is pretty secondary to the other actions in this game (unless you are a certain faction that is). It's very asymmetric (which I love) and has a fair bit of variety.
I'd recommend it to anyone remotely interested in those mechanics
Edited by: "jayhutton10" 9th May
micprice09/05/2020 15:20

I’ve been looking for my first solo game and also one that can be played w …I’ve been looking for my first solo game and also one that can be played with friends and family. I keep seeing this game pop up but never realised it had a solo mode... Would you recommend this for a solo first timer?


The solo mode uses a deck so can be a little complex if you aren't used to that sort of thing. Once you get the hang of it it works work really well though and is pretty hard on the more difficult settings.
I've played it solo more than once and enjoyed it (and had a different experience) each time.
Edited by: "jayhutton10" 9th May
micprice09/05/2020 15:20

I’ve been looking for my first solo game and also one that can be played w …I’ve been looking for my first solo game and also one that can be played with friends and family. I keep seeing this game pop up but never realised it had a solo mode... Would you recommend this for a solo first timer?


I've never played it solo but the Stonemaier stuff always seems to put a lot of effort into its solo modes.

If you want a purely solo experience I highly recommend Hostage Negotiator, bloody love that game. But I don't think you'll go far wrong with Scythe, especially if you can find some willing opponents sometimes.
jayhutton1009/05/2020 15:27

The solo mode uses a deck so can be a little complex if you aren't used to …The solo mode uses a deck so can be a little complex if you aren't used to that sort of thing. Once you get the hang of it it works work really well though and is pretty hard on the more difficult settings.I've played it solo more than once and enjoyed it (and had a different experience) each time.


I like a challenge and am enjoyed all the games I’ve picked up so far (well apart from Exploding Kittens that’s getting a bit long in the tooth now) Sorry I know this is off topic but could you recommend any solo player games as it would be nice to play one when the family can’t be bothered
bazpoint09/05/2020 15:33

I've never played it solo but the Stonemaier stuff always seems to put a …I've never played it solo but the Stonemaier stuff always seems to put a lot of effort into its solo modes. If you want a purely solo experience I highly recommend Hostage Negotiator, bloody love that game. But I don't think you'll go far wrong with Scythe, especially if you can find some willing opponents sometimes.


I've fallen in love with LOTR: Journeys in Middle Earth for solo. I absolutely love that game.
eayragt09/05/2020 15:17

Great price.Cannot pull the trigger though due to pile of shame!


Oh lord.... cannot comment on this, other than to say my pile of shame would definitely make you feel better about your pile of shame. On a positive note, finish my degree in 4 weeks, then gonna start ploughing through that pile!
micprice09/05/2020 15:34

I like a challenge and am enjoyed all the games I’ve picked up so far ( …I like a challenge and am enjoyed all the games I’ve picked up so far (well apart from Exploding Kittens that’s getting a bit long in the tooth now) Sorry I know this is off topic but could you recommend any solo player games as it would be nice to play one when the family can’t be bothered


Robinson Crusoe is supposed to be great solo but very hard.
This War of Mine gets a lot of love.
Scythe (and any of the Stonemaier games with automata) work well.
I'm currently playing Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle Earth.
Gloomhaven is good solo, playing that on TTS currently.
Others will have different recommendations I'm sure.
bazpoint09/05/2020 15:33

I've never played it solo but the Stonemaier stuff always seems to put a …I've never played it solo but the Stonemaier stuff always seems to put a lot of effort into its solo modes. If you want a purely solo experience I highly recommend Hostage Negotiator, bloody love that game. But I don't think you'll go far wrong with Scythe, especially if you can find some willing opponents sometimes.


Great thanks I’ll look into hostage negotiator I’ve only got into board games recently due to @jayhutton10 posts. I have Splendor, Patchwork, TTR + Europe and most recently Catan (I’m not counting exploding kittens ) and I’m sucked into this world now
Edited by: "micprice" 9th May
Got this in the humble bundle yesterday. look forward to giving it a play
micprice09/05/2020 15:37

Great thanks I’ll look into hostage negotiator I’ve only got into boa …Great thanks I’ll look into hostage negotiator I’ve only got into board games recently due to @jayhutton10 posts. I have Splendor, Patchwork, TTR + Europe and most recently Catan (I’m not counting exploding kittens ) and I’m sucked into this world now


Wow, glad you managed to find a way in through my posts! That's great and the reason I did them in the first place
jayhutton1009/05/2020 15:39

Wow, glad you managed to find a way in through my posts! That's great and …Wow, glad you managed to find a way in through my posts! That's great and the reason I did them in the first place


Yeah I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again...I really appreciate the time you take to post these deals Feel like a kid in a sweet shop now I’ve discovered this whole new world
micprice09/05/2020 15:34

I like a challenge and am enjoyed all the games I’ve picked up so far ( …I like a challenge and am enjoyed all the games I’ve picked up so far (well apart from Exploding Kittens that’s getting a bit long in the tooth now) Sorry I know this is off topic but could you recommend any solo player games as it would be nice to play one when the family can’t be bothered


A couple more good solos for you:

Lost Expedition is good and very pretty - I don't know if I'm just rubbish though but it's bloody hard, I've never beaten it. Often available at bargain prices from the online bookshops such as Books Etc.

Some co-ops can work really well solo by just playing a few characters. This has the advantage that they're great for the family too. It doesn't work so well for those where you are supposed to have closed hands of cards, but for others it's perfect. My personal fave of that type is Flashpoint: Fire Rescue - I've played with 3 or 4 firefighters a few times and it's brilliant.
micprice09/05/2020 15:20

I’ve been looking for my first solo game and also one that can be played w …I’ve been looking for my first solo game and also one that can be played with friends and family. I keep seeing this game pop up but never realised it had a solo mode... Would you recommend this for a solo first timer?


Games I have that I like solo are Robinson Crusoe. railroad ink and Sagrada are good if you don’t mind beat your own score types. Architects of the West a kingdom plays solo straight out the box. I also like One deck dungeon and Maquis.
Edited by: "RobynSellers" 9th May
Pandemic can be played solo also. Very fitting for the current climate
RobynSellers09/05/2020 15:54

Games I have that I like solo are Robinson Crusoe. railroad ink and …Games I have that I like solo are Robinson Crusoe. railroad ink and Sagrada are good if you don’t mind beat your own score types. Architects of the West a kingdom plays solo straight out the box. I also like One deck dungeon and Maquis.


And Sprawlopolis is a fab cheap solo game. If you haven’t heard of button shy games take a look.
Great game!
RobynSellers09/05/2020 15:55

And Sprawlopolis is a fab cheap solo game. If you haven’t heard of button s …And Sprawlopolis is a fab cheap solo game. If you haven’t heard of button shy games take a look.


I like the look of that but can’t seem to find that in stock anywhere?
micprice09/05/2020 16:04

I like the look of that but can’t seem to find that in stock anywhere?


Ah. I have just checked boardgameprices and the usual retailers in the UK are all out of stock. I got mine for Chais cards with all the mini expansions. Maybe set up some stick alerts with some of the shops.
RobynSellers09/05/2020 16:07

Ah. I have just checked boardgameprices and the usual retailers in the UK …Ah. I have just checked boardgameprices and the usual retailers in the UK are all out of stock. I got mine for Chais cards with all the mini expansions. Maybe set up some stick alerts with some of the shops.


Cheers that’s what I’ll do I was just going to take a blind punt on that one as it’s cheap and has a decent BGG score. I like the look of Scythe but I’m torn, it’s a good price for a highly rated game but on the other hand I’ve been looking at sushi go party, good cop bad cop and poss another which I could get for the money.
micprice09/05/2020 16:19

Cheers that’s what I’ll do I was just going to take a blind punt on th …Cheers that’s what I’ll do I was just going to take a blind punt on that one as it’s cheap and has a decent BGG score. I like the look of Scythe but I’m torn, it’s a good price for a highly rated game but on the other hand I’ve been looking at sushi go party, good cop bad cop and poss another which I could get for the money.


Sushi Go party is great. Lots of fun.
Very very different games though, depends on which one you'd get the most play out of I suppose
RobynSellers09/05/2020 15:54

Games I have that I like solo are Robinson Crusoe. railroad ink and …Games I have that I like solo are Robinson Crusoe. railroad ink and Sagrada are good if you don’t mind beat your own score types. Architects of the West a kingdom plays solo straight out the box. I also like One deck dungeon and Maquis.


Maquis is good fun, there's a decent set of PnP files for it too iirc.
jayhutton1009/05/2020 16:22

Sushi Go party is great. Lots of fun.Very very different games though, …Sushi Go party is great. Lots of fun.Very very different games though, depends on which one you'd get the most play out of I suppose


At the moment I’m quite open to trying different games, so far I’ve loved them all and they each have their own place and time. I’m sure I’ll come across one at some point that I’m not keen on and will get sold on but so far so good
micprice09/05/2020 16:26

At the moment I’m quite open to trying different games, so far I’ve loved t …At the moment I’m quite open to trying different games, so far I’ve loved them all and they each have their own place and time. I’m sure I’ll come across one at some point that I’m not keen on and will get sold on but so far so good


Sushi go party is fab. Massive family favourite with my kids.
RobynSellers09/05/2020 16:31

Sushi go party is fab. Massive family favourite with my kids.


Yeah I’ve been trying to resist the urge to buy the cheaper (£7.99) non party edition and just go for the higher rated party edition. My wife and 2 kids love TTR + Europe and Catan that’s their go to game. So looking for another family game
Edited by: "micprice" 9th May
micprice09/05/2020 16:37

Yeah I’ve been trying to resist the urge to buy the cheaper (£7.99) non pa …Yeah I’ve been trying to resist the urge to buy the cheaper (£7.99) non party edition and just go for the higher rated party edition. My wife and 2 kids love TTR + Europe, Catan that’s their go to game. So looking for another family game


How old are you kids?
micprice09/05/2020 16:37

Yeah I’ve been trying to resist the urge to buy the cheaper (£7.99) non pa …Yeah I’ve been trying to resist the urge to buy the cheaper (£7.99) non party edition and just go for the higher rated party edition. My wife and 2 kids love TTR + Europe and Catan that’s their go to game. So looking for another family game


The party edition is a larger box but includes the cards from the basic version anyway so if you were thinking of getting party, there's no point getting basic.
Sushi Roll is supposed to be good (but I'm not a massive fan of dice, generally)
RobynSellers09/05/2020 16:38

How old are you kids?


I’ve got a 7 year old boy and a 9 (going on 19 ) year old daughter. I’m surprised how well my boy has picked up the rules. when reading the rule book I honestly thought they may be too complex for my daughter never mind him. I know in the board gaming world they aren’t particularly complex games but coming from monopoly and game of life they are.
micprice09/05/2020 15:41

Yeah I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again...I really appreciate the ti …Yeah I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again...I really appreciate the time you take to post these deals Feel like a kid in a sweet shop now I’ve discovered this whole new world


Another one to throw into the mix are the Unlock games. Basically escape rooms in a box with 3 rooms. Can do those on your own easily, better as a 2-3 to bounce ideas off but fine solo. Only thing with them is once you've done them there's no point doing them again but they resell pretty easily as you don't have to destroy/deface anything during play.
Edit: I play the Unlock games with my 8yr old son and he loves them
Edited by: "jayhutton10" 9th May
micprice09/05/2020 16:42

I’ve got a 7 year old boy and a 9 (going on 19 ) year old daughter. I’m sur …I’ve got a 7 year old boy and a 9 (going on 19 ) year old daughter. I’m surprised how well my boy has picked up the rules. when reading the rule book I honestly thought they may be too complex for my daughter never mind him. I know in the board gaming world they aren’t particularly complex games but coming from monopoly and game of life they are.


Sushi go party is a yes yes from me and Jay then. Port Royal is a good inexpensive family game too. And Kingdomino also fairly priced.
RobynSellers09/05/2020 16:48

Sushi go party is a yes yes from me and Jay then. Port Royal is a good …Sushi go party is a yes yes from me and Jay then. Port Royal is a good inexpensive family game too. And Kingdomino also fairly priced.


Kingdomino is a good shout ghost fightin treasure Hunters is a good coop game for kids too
micprice09/05/2020 16:42

I’ve got a 7 year old boy and a 9 (going on 19 ) year old daughter. I’m sur …I’ve got a 7 year old boy and a 9 (going on 19 ) year old daughter. I’m surprised how well my boy has picked up the rules. when reading the rule book I honestly thought they may be too complex for my daughter never mind him. I know in the board gaming world they aren’t particularly complex games but coming from monopoly and game of life they are.


My kids loved ghost fightin treasure hunters. It's a lot like pandemic really and a great stepping stone into the more complex games. Also, have Scythe.. and love it. But I wouldn't say it's for kids that young
And a bit more on this game, I think it says you can play a game in an hour or so.. but that would take some monumental speed. A good play with perhaps 4 people can take around 3 hours I would suggest. Also, the art work in this game is really really lovely. It's fairly complex but the rule book is easy to decipher. You do need quite a large playing area to take it on however.
micprice09/05/2020 16:42

I’ve got a 7 year old boy and a 9 (going on 19 ) year old daughter. I’m sur …I’ve got a 7 year old boy and a 9 (going on 19 ) year old daughter. I’m surprised how well my boy has picked up the rules. when reading the rule book I honestly thought they may be too complex for my daughter never mind him. I know in the board gaming world they aren’t particularly complex games but coming from monopoly and game of life they are.


Oooh, if you don't end up picking up the OP from this thread, then your kids are right in the age bracket for My Little Scythe!

Also if you want a real lock-down adventure then Mice & Mystics or Stuffed Fables could both be great at those ages too.
Edited by: "bazpoint" 9th May
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