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  1. Okay, finally posting my Scythe update!!!

    A few weekends ago, we had a six player game with two newbies who don't play much. This went terribly for me because I focused wayyyy too much on my objective, was really stubborn about my plans, and.. well, I probably had too much hard cider, honestly.

    Me (Olga & Changa, making this even more embarrassing, because yes, I ended on the factory): 20 points...
    Newbie 1 (Gunter & Nacht): 30 points
    R (Connor & Max, from the expansion): 30 points
    Newbie 2 (Anna & Woitek): 45 points
    A (Akiko & Jiro, from the expansion): 47 points
    Isaac (Zehra & Kar): 65 points because of course

    Then we played the weekend after, back to our original four, and all of the stars aligned, finally... I think this was the best game we've had so far and it's clear we all figured out wtf to do now.

    Isaac (Connor & Max): 58 points
    A (I forget who she was playing??): 81 points
    Me (Gunter & Nacht): 96 points
    R (Akiko & Jiro): 110 points

    would have won if R hadn't been ballsy and gone into combat with Isaac at the end, I think. Isaac also made a mistake getting into combat with me at the very end there. He thought I wouldn't put all my power into it (I was almost at max), but I'm an all or nothing kinda gal, especially because I wanted another star on the board. So, even though I only had one piece and he had three, I crushed him. He had nearly zero power, because he was focusing a bit too much on the objective he had, which required him to be at zero. It was an awesome game, though. It felt like all four of us were playing, instead of Isaac & A and R & me playing our own games within one, hahaha. I also didn't partake in any alcohol for that one, so... this lightweight may keep that habit up for Scythe.


  2. 12 hours ago, RomyCat said:

    Got Scythe The Rise of Fenris in. Got to say the opening story in the booklet was intriguing.  Very intriguing. I now understand the history of Scythe. I will never look at mechs the same again.

    Can't wait until my sister and I have time to start playing the campaign. I'v very impress with what I have seen so far. 

    Oooh. Oh dear. I need to go read that.


  3. 15 hours ago, 88east said:

    So I sponsor a Sci-Fi club at the high school where I work and today was our annual club fair. We had a small attraction going where if you rolled a nat 20 you didn’t have to pay your dues. And I got to show off some Dog Might goodness. 21CE86A3-FF29-46C7-A524-711F786C760F.thumb.jpeg.7a1ca205238e12202a312c6474fe762f.jpeg5FEC5157-85E9-4C15-ADE5-9D192122E922.thumb.jpeg.52c3ace6ce12ac3965c62adc833b1cd2.jpegB91491AA-1F00-4339-8626-02FC9F204244.thumb.jpeg.06e43cd125c0546b971c0272b4a3a1ec.jpeg

    This might be the most amazing, honorable use of one of our products ever. I fricken love this.


  4. 1 minute ago, Thomas Browne said:

    I have to admit that I've only played Scythe twice - but I just haven't been able to get in to it.

    For me- both times it just felt like the game was getting started when someone won.  Maybe I just don't get the mechanics/strategy of it - but it's always been a bit disappointing to me to feel like I'm just starting to do something when the game is over.

    Ahh, I do understand that feeling and often feel that way about Agricola (but I also have a Dream and Obsession with having a bunch of sheep... @WxCougar was the one with livestock, right?!). I was worried I'd feel that way about Scythe but at least this first play through was okay for me. Then again, I've also been playing board games with these three for years, so I know how these games tend to break down with them.

    And I know that next game, the three of us will be ganging up on my boyfriend...


  5. 11 hours ago, RomyCat said:

    @Zoe I'm glad you had a blast playing Scythe. My version is all decked out with upgraded tokens and coins. Can't wait until the latest expansion arrives later this week. One of the major things I like about Scythe is that it is more about resource management than war, yet the threat of war is always hovering over your head. When my sister and I play as a two player, we don't have many fights and that is only to earn a star or two. But when I have played with larger groups, some have been very aggressive, focuses on conquest.  

    I remember one game where I taught three newbies how to play. One guy played very aggressive, taking over lots of territory but I beat him. To win all the battles required him to lose a lot of popularity, one of the downsides of being a conquer. The people don't like you. Also puts checks and balances in the game. Playing smart is more important than playing "destroy everything."

    Yes!! We only had two scuffles I think, and I believe they only had two or three the time they played without me. I like the tension of the threat while you are just trying to get some metal.

    Hah! The popularity is so huge. I'm not sure if you can win while still in the bottom tier, if everyone else is in the second or third?


  6. 7 minutes ago, Adam said:

    The player boards being different but same is such a cool part of the game. It's such a simple and subtle component, but adds so much to the game.

    Yes! It makes every game so different. I love it.

    The three of them like the randomization of the characters but I think we should get to pick. ? But that's just because I have animal preferences.


  7. 35 minutes ago, Adam said:

    @Zoe Glad you finally got to experience Scythe! I did the same as you in the beginning and didn't worry too much about popularity...I soon learned that is one area you should pay more attention to. Hearing your tale makes me want to get this back to the table ASAP.

    It's sooooo good!!! I just love how things click together. I was so lucky, too - the board I got to go with my bird lady was perfectly in sync with her. If I had more experience, I would have been able to devastate pretty well. I'm probably going to get the boyfriend to play 1v1 with me during the week at this rate.

    I started with the highest power and highest popularity, but zero combat cards. I thought it would be smart to focus on combat cards because of my ability and because one of my objectives was to get 8 cards and win a battle. I should have focused on the other objective - which was to control 5 territories around a lake, which isn't so hard if you have the wayfare ability - and just casually took up combat cards for resources. My priorities were too split.

    GAH. Yeah, I'm itchin' to play again..


  8. Alright, finally got to have a game weekend (because I finally got to stay home this weekend).

    First we played BarBEARian Battlegrounds which bf and I had tested out just the two of us earlier in the week. We played it with our couple friends, A & R. I played the winter/blue bears and even though I was in last for the majority of the game, I HAD A PLAN. I stayed super defensive, locked my glory flags all the time so they couldn't be stolen when people did successfully attack me, and then just stocked up on resources like crazy. Bf thought he would've had all the resources, since he monopolized the specialists, BUT HE PLAYED TOO SAFE. I went all in and did a grand offering, then fulfilled my objectives rapid fire and SHABAM. Won. It was awesome. It was a pretty close game. Definitely not as great with just two players. 3-4 is definitely where it's at.

    THEN FINALLY... I got to play Scythe. Bf, A, & R all tried it out when I was at GenCon. We have all the expansions, including Rise of Fenris now, but we kept it vanilla for now while we all learn.

    Before I give my report, I should note that both my boyfriend and A are crazy good at Agricola, so A's husband and I usually expect defeat in these types of games (not that we give up, but we are prepared). I will say I enjoyed Scythe more than Agricola, I think. More my style.

    Here's how it went down while I was gone:
    A had Zehra & Kar (Crimean) - 43 points
    R had Bjorn & Mox (Nordic) - 32 points
    Boyfriend had Gunter & Nacht (Saxony) - 62 points because he's an absolute jerk

    And here's how it went this weekend with the four of us this time (all of them now having more experience than me):
    A had Nordic this time - 77
    R had Saxony - 75
    I had Crimean - 39
    Boyfriend had Polania (his dream faction) - 90 stupid points

    HOWEVER!!!

    As Zehra & Kar, I can use combat cards as resource tokens. I also had an objective of having 8 combat cards in my hand along with 1 combat victory. So I enlisted near the very beginning to get the combat card bonus any time the people to my left or right (or myself) enlisted. This worked pretty well. I amassed combat cards.

    While my boyfriend had three people on the factory, I went in with three of mine. At this point, everyone else had 4-5 stars on the table, I only had two. But I knew if I got him, I'd get two stars. I had two 5s and a 4 in my combat cards and was pretty confident. Additionally, I'd get the factory...

    This was easily one of our best game moments. We knew it wouldn't win me the game but it could've had a major effect on Isaac's win and either way it was a bit ballsy for a last placer, lmao. If I lost I was gonna be pretty screwed.

    I thought for sure we would either tie (I'd still win) or he'd beat me by 1 point with three 5 cards.

    The four of us held our breath. It was quite tense.

    He turned his cards over... 5... 4... 4!

    I WON! We all exhaled and even though Isaac lost, he gave me kudos. ;) So that was pretty sweet. I think I did pretty good playing my first time. My BIGGEST downfall is that I COMPLETELY NEGLECTED POPULARITY. I was in the bottom tier multiplier at the end, which is completely why I was so much lower. If I had been higher, if I had just built my monument instead of my armory, I would have done better. I probably would have stayed in last place but it would've been closer.

    So I certainly learned my lesson and had a blast. Definitely addicted to this like I have been with Netrunner and Seasons. You're building this engine and I can see my mistakes along the way, which makes me just wanna play again and again and again. I LOVE improving things and tweaking things and making things more efficient, so I get hooked fast. But it was nearly a 3 hour game so we stopped. ?

    Hoping to play Scythe again and/or Root for the first time next weekend.


  9. 17 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

    I really like the technical paints from Citadel (though the names drive me crazy).  Bronze (Vallejo) and "leadbelcher" for the metals.  Then I added  "typhus corrosion" and "blood for the blood god".

    HAHAHAHA I know at least blood for the blood god is a 40k reference. I wouldn't be surprised if they're all Warhammer-themed. (Speaking as an ex-40k player.) Loved those paints, though.

    And I agree, those horns look fricken sweet!


  10. 2 hours ago, Konas said:

    That is an exceedingly accurate depiction of what occurred. Including the 'deflated' Konas.

    Yes, Con Crud is a very real thing. Bets on who from the DMG crew gets it first?

    I'm betting on myself. Can I do that? I felt like complete garbage yesterday. Annie would be my second choice. Jeremiah's a tank, though, it's rather unfair. I definitely didn't take enough vitamin C.

    1 hour ago, Zoxe said:

    I saw your apology above, but it's really not necessary. We totally set you up, and I should have immediately waived you off. But I do LOVE the sentinel box, so wanted to hear what you had to say. ??

    I had a brief hint of the crud on Saturday morning but was able to thwart it. Still on vitC while here on business travel.

    How distracting/irritating was it to be situated across from the cosplay deviants? Do you get any hint who your neighbors will be?

     

    I thought it was so awesome!!! I asked for a few photos of the girls standing along the booth but sorely regret not getting a photo of Fran from FF12. (She made it herself!! It was such a good costume!) They were all super nice and the people helping run their booth & line did so very respectfully for a family-friendly event. We probably bothered them more, what with our DOG MIGHT screams for Cheese Weasel every 15 minutes. ?

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