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Boardgames and lesser pursuits

Scythe

Meh.

In the game’s defense, my first play took way too long and had the wrong crowd. (I suggest against a five player game with multiple new players). Obviously this game appeals to people — it’s popular.

I guess its capitalizing on the War-euro. (Wareuro? Weuro? I never know how to spell that contraction). It has combinatorics (you combine faction with resource chart). It felt like a point salad game with some clever warish designs to score bombs (win a combat? Get a star! And maybe steal some resources). Fine …. but it didn’t grip me.

If it took 1.5 hours instead of 2.5, that would have helped, but mainly because I could have played something else afterwards. I suspect if I think hard I could better describe my problems with the game, but for now I just say:

Rating — Indifferent, I may try it again and see if I missed something.

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Written by taogaming

February 13, 2017 at 10:48 pm

Posted in Reviews

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  1. 1,5 hours is the standard playing time if you’re not with new comers. Could be even less.

    reixou

    February 14, 2017 at 5:34 am

  2. I’ve played it once and enjoyed it, but wasn’t entranced with it. I think it’s probably correct to say that each setup has an optimal path that finishes in X turns, and luck/player interaction can each tweak it up or down by 1/2 turns. The trick of the game is knowing who has the lowest X at any point and interfering with them it it’s not you (or ideally convincing someone else to do it).

    Mark Delano

    February 14, 2017 at 11:00 am


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