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Scythe Description


Five factions vie for dominance in a war-torn, mech-filled, dieselpunk 1920s Europe.


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.

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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While empires rise and fall in Eastern Europa, the rest of the world takes notice. Two distant factions, Albion and Togawa, send emissaries to scout the land and employ their own distinct styles of conquering. It also includes components which allow for Scythe to be played with as many as 7 players: 

--description from the publisher

Scythe Quick Info

Time to play: # of players: Recommended Age:
Clock indicating 60 minutes or more 1 to 5 players recommended Recommended for ages 14 and up
90 to 115 minutes 1 to 5 14+
Complexity: Player Dynamic Skill:
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3.44 / 5 Light Competition, Brisk Paced Economic Strategy


Scythe Additional Resources

Suggested Use

Community Building

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Please refer to the books and articles listed on the Board Game: Home page for general readings regarding board game play and psychology.  

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