Stonemaier Games

STM600

Scythe

Rated 4.8 out of 5
6 Reviews
 
average rating 4.8 out of 5
Based on 6 reviews
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6 Reviews
Reviewed by Spimmo, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Compelling

I love Scythe. It's beautifully designed, both visually and in terms of how it works -- the design helps you to remember and follow the steps for your turn, so even though it's pretty complicated, it's easy to work through your turn without getting lost. The game play is sophisticated, and there are so many different strategies you can follow, it won't get dull. For older children and adults.

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Reviewed by Aislinn, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Hooked after first play

When we first got this game I was slightly sceptical about whether or not I would enjoy it, it's not really like anything we own. Even during set up and watching a YouTube video I still wasnt sure, but when we began playing (with more than a couple of glances at the rule book) everything made sense and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. We both played very different strategies, as there are just so many different aspects to the game and we hadn't quite come to grips with it all yet, but we're already planning on playing it again tomorrow. I would have to agree with my boyfriend when he says it's already firmly in his top 10 favourite games!

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Reviewed by Stephanie, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Completely captivating

This game had everything we've loved in previous games - resource hexes and trading in Catan, the tactile economy in Concordia and the logic and artwork of Wingspan. The different characters and play mats make for a brand new game every single time. The backstory is engrossing and you can't wait to pick a faction and get going! We were surprised with how quickly we got to grips with it after the first setup. Can't recommend Scythe enough, it's worth losing an evening to!

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Reviewed by Lee, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

Scythe

Although daunting at first, Scythe has an interesting, challenging logic to it. Area control with occasional battles. Feels a bit like Catan crossed with Inis. Beautiful artwork and components.

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Reviewed by Nigel P., from United Kingdom
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Scythe has an incredible presentation

Scythe has an incredible presentation and enjoyable game mechanics. It is not as complicated as it first seems yet there is a lot of depth. I feel that I am still scratching the surface of the best tactics to use and with 25 different player setups there is plenty to discover.

I’ve played competitively and Solo and enjoyed both. The AI deck of cards used for Solo games is very well done and Solo games were quicker than I was expecting. They took about an hour to play, not including set up and tear down, which is perfect for fitting into an evening.

Unfortunately, Thirsty Meeples do not have a copy of Scythe you can try in the café, but the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable about the game. I would recommend doing some research before committing to a purchase since the game may not be what you think it is (It is not primarily a combat game, it is more of a cold war. I think of it as Risk crossed with Stone Age) I knew what I was getting into when I purchased the game and I wasn't disappointed. :-)

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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 an engine-building 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 Europe 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.

Every part of Scythe has an aspect of engine-building to it. Players can upgrade actions to become more efficient, build structures that improve their position on the map, enlist new recruits to enhance character abilities, activate mechs to deter opponents from invading, and expand their borders to reap greater types and quantities of resources. These engine-building aspects create a sense of momentum and progress throughout the game. The order in which players improve their engine adds to the unique feel of each game, even when playing one faction multiple times.

 

 1-5 PLAYERS  |  90-115 MINS  |  AGES 14+

 

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average rating 4.8 out of 5
Based on 6 reviews
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100% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
6 Reviews
Reviewed by Spimmo, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Compelling

I love Scythe. It's beautifully designed, both visually and in terms of how it works -- the design helps you to remember and follow the steps for your turn, so even though it's pretty complicated, it's easy to work through your turn without getting lost. The game play is sophisticated, and there are so many different strategies you can follow, it won't get dull. For older children and adults.

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Reviewed by Aislinn, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Hooked after first play

When we first got this game I was slightly sceptical about whether or not I would enjoy it, it's not really like anything we own. Even during set up and watching a YouTube video I still wasnt sure, but when we began playing (with more than a couple of glances at the rule book) everything made sense and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. We both played very different strategies, as there are just so many different aspects to the game and we hadn't quite come to grips with it all yet, but we're already planning on playing it again tomorrow. I would have to agree with my boyfriend when he says it's already firmly in his top 10 favourite games!

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Reviewed by Stephanie, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Completely captivating

This game had everything we've loved in previous games - resource hexes and trading in Catan, the tactile economy in Concordia and the logic and artwork of Wingspan. The different characters and play mats make for a brand new game every single time. The backstory is engrossing and you can't wait to pick a faction and get going! We were surprised with how quickly we got to grips with it after the first setup. Can't recommend Scythe enough, it's worth losing an evening to!

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Reviewed by Lee, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

Scythe

Although daunting at first, Scythe has an interesting, challenging logic to it. Area control with occasional battles. Feels a bit like Catan crossed with Inis. Beautiful artwork and components.

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Reviewed by Nigel P., from United Kingdom
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Scythe has an incredible presentation

Scythe has an incredible presentation and enjoyable game mechanics. It is not as complicated as it first seems yet there is a lot of depth. I feel that I am still scratching the surface of the best tactics to use and with 25 different player setups there is plenty to discover.

I’ve played competitively and Solo and enjoyed both. The AI deck of cards used for Solo games is very well done and Solo games were quicker than I was expecting. They took about an hour to play, not including set up and tear down, which is perfect for fitting into an evening.

Unfortunately, Thirsty Meeples do not have a copy of Scythe you can try in the café, but the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable about the game. I would recommend doing some research before committing to a purchase since the game may not be what you think it is (It is not primarily a combat game, it is more of a cold war. I think of it as Risk crossed with Stone Age) I knew what I was getting into when I purchased the game and I wasn't disappointed. :-)

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Our warehouse operates Monday to Friday, except bank holidays. Orders placed on a working day before 1:30pm will be packed and despatched that same day. All order are sent tracked via the Royal Mail. You will be able to follow your order from our warehouse to your delivery destination once your order has been fulfilled.

Postage is worked out by spend and delivery type. These options are listed below. There is also the option to collect your online order at our café, no delivery charge is made.  

Important note on shipping times: none of the below shipping times are guaranteed. From time to time unforeseen problems that are outside of our control can lead to postal delays. We do not accept responsibility for this these and will not refund shipping fees in these circumstance. If it is imperative that your order must reach reach you the next working day please contact us so that we can quote for a guaranteed next day postal service.

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STANDARD SHIPPING: ROYAL MAIL TRACKED 48 - UNITED KINGDOM 
This is a tracked service so you can check your delivery is on the way. Your order should arrive 2-3 working days from day of despatch. Deliveries are made on Saturdays. You will be sent an email or SMS message to confirm delivery. We charge a flat-rate of £4.00 for Tracked 48 orders, meaning you can order multiple items with no increase in shipping costs.

COLLECT AT THE CAFÉ (SUSPENDED DURING LOCKDOWN 2.0)
At check-out you will to have the option to collect your order from our cafés in either Oxford or Bath and avoid the shipping charge. We will notify you by email as soon as your order is ready to collect. Allow up to 3 days for Oxford collection orders and 7 days for Bath collection orders. Orders will be held for a maximum of 21 days before being returned to our warehouse.

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