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Scythe continues its very good year (11 posts)

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  • Avatar Image redben8026p said 10 months, 1 week ago:

    Scythe, the board game by Stonemeier Games and based on the artwork of Jakub Rozalski, continues to have a storming twelve months. Over the weekend it added ‘Game of the Year’ from the Origins Game Fair awards, to its Jeu de l’Année “Expert” award from Cannes (the equivalent of the Kennerspiel des Jahres), the Swiss Gamers Award, and a swathe of BGG Golden Geek awards, including ‘Game of the Year’. Pretty much the only people the game has failed to impress have been the judges at Spiel des Jahres, who didn’t even give it a recommendation.

    The critical acclaim is leading to commercial success also, as the game recently passed 100,000 in sales as well.

  • Avatar Image tankkommander90p said 10 months, 1 week ago:

    I’m really not sure what people make a fuss about this game. A hotch potch of systems put together to make a function but uninspired game which does little to live up to the great theme. An average mid weight euro game that seems to have got massive hype for reasons that elude me.

    Nothing crushes freedom as substantially as a Tank.
  • Avatar Image torros4373p said 10 months, 1 week ago:

    I’ve played this. Have to say it was a pretty tedious experience

  • Avatar Image trukdawg43p said 10 months, 1 week ago:

    Never played, but the Art made want to anyhow……

  • Avatar Image zorg3740p said 10 months, 1 week ago:

    any one remember the tripods? on BBC very similar.

  • Avatar Image mage6119p said 10 months, 1 week ago:

    Looks like I’ll have to get this at some point :)

  • Avatar Image tankkommander90p said 10 months, 1 week ago:

    @trukdawg said:
    Never played, but the Art made want to anyhow……

    Just buy the art book and buy one of the many much better euro games on the market :)

  • Avatar Image zoidpinhead178p said 10 months ago:

    I’ve played this quite a few times with my games group, all of us are experienced boardgamers, and this is a firm favourite. It takes a couple of plays to get used to the mixed mechanism play but it is well worth the investment in time. The variety of win strategies available and the subtleties in the gameplay will likely mean it stays a firm favourite for a while. I can certianly understand why it is doing so well, after all it is #7 on BGG and has been in the top ten since it came out.
    I agree about the quality of the concept art. Jakub Rozalski’s concept art is really engaging and the art book is worth tracking down.

  • Avatar Image ultramarine4089p said 3 months, 3 weeks ago:

    I know this is resurrecting a pretty old thread but I was super excited to receive Scythe (retail edition) for Christmas from my wife and kids.

    My wife who tolerates my miniatures hobby is not a big gamer as such but enjoys board games (our current home ruler of Catan) grasped it really quickly and the game mechanics are very fast once understood. 4 player < 1 hour completed.

    I would recommend this to anyone who finds Catan or similar simplistic / social board games a bit mentally boring without being of the complexity or time investment of a game of Twilight Imperium.

    Knowledge is Power!
  • Avatar Image angelicdespot1063p said 3 months, 2 weeks ago:

    I went the opposite direction to a lot of people on this: was interested in the hype and the artwork but then thought the gameplay looked pretty dull and so didn’t back the Kickstarter. It got glowing reviews, but generally in terms which made me glad I’d stayed clear.

    But a friend bought a copy a couple of months ago and a few of us had a game and I loved it. Certainly the theme and the artwork helps the enjoyment, but that’s true of a lot of board games. I still don’t find the board itself particularly attractive, but I loved the game. It was a mix of systems, but I liked the gradual build up, and the feeling of customisation and that every turn you got to do something that would make you a bit better.

    It wasn’t stressful in the sense that it does move quite slowly, but there’s a building tension, a realisation that while you’re trying to make everything perfect, your opponents are doing the same.

    I bought a copy just before Christmas!

  • Avatar Image solar1352p said 3 months, 2 weeks ago:

    They are making a computer game based on this now which is looking quite good