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Scythe - A 1920's dystopian Europa

Updated: Jan 6

Who's faction will dominate this war-torn land?

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Scythe is probably my favorite game to date! While a bit on the pricier side, this game is well worth it even at the higher price point. I introduced this game to several friends and family (including my in-laws) and it has become a pastime at many holiday visits. If you are up for a challenge, then this is the game for you. It combines several elements of other games I love such as Catan and Ticket to Ride, but definitely increases the complexity through all the different strategies one can use. Finally, it even has an Automata capability that lets you play by yourself.


In this alternate history, you are faction leader with a pet familiar assigned 1 of 5 possible factions (25 possible combinations) and responsible for the success of your faction during a tenuous period in Europa. By collecting different resources (each faction has an affinity for certain ones), each player in Scythe seeks to build out their factions and conquer as much territory as possible to regain honor in the eyes of the "the factory", the mysterious city at the heart of Europa. The leader to best build out their faction through enlistments, structures, mechs, and territory wins.


This game is a lot of fun! It did take my friends and I quite a while to learn and play via several tutorials and rule book consultation. Nevertheless, once we learned how, play time was exponentially faster. So, if you grind through learning the game, the reward is great. I'm never bored with this game!


Complexity: Medium-Hard

Players: 1-5 (7 with Invaders from Afar)

Age: 14+

Setup: ~20 minutes

Duration: 1.5-3 hours


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