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2 hours ago, Zoe said:

Ooh, just ordered Scythe and the expansions this past weekend. Really excited to try it.

I have all the expansions but the last one, and its on pre-order for me. I even have the upgraded resources for the game which look awesome. The latest expansion is a campaign where you will unlock boxes like a legacy game, but nothing is destroyed. Meeple Source offers a special where you can buy secret upgraded components for the campaign. I brought them. They come in small black bags you can’t see through and are labeled with which box you are suppose to open them with.

Now I must impatiently wait until my preorder of the expansion actually arrives. Suppose to come in August, but I don’t know the actually date.

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I'm down to 3 heroes only needing some essence of pearl to be put on the bases (and gluing the magnets on), 1 monster almost done, 2 monsters not started or barely started, and 3 more heroes then I'm "done" with painting Massive Darkness.  Unfortunately Jaemus has been in Indiana since GenCon.  He bought a bunch of Massive Darkness while at GenCon.  After a few emails back and forth, I saw he got 2 expansions I passed on (rats and reptiles - another one I didn't get because I got half of it as an exclusive).  KS wanted $32 a piece, but Amazon had both on sale and I ended up getting them both for under $60 including taxes.  So instead of almost being done painting the game, I'm back to almost 50 miniatures to go.  Why do I do these things?

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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.

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@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.

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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..

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1 minute ago, Zoe said:

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..

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.

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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.

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@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."

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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?

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2 hours ago, Zoe said:

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?

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.

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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...

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12 minutes ago, Zoe said:

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...

That was me, yes :).

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Gift from a Carcassonne Forum's friend, a signed tile by the author, a custom meeple of my friends, and some new stamps. :) 

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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. 

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22 minutes 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. 

I will be unboxing mine right after sending this message.

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19 hours ago, Serge Darveau said:

Gift from a Carcassonne Forum's friend, a signed tile by the author, a custom meeple of my friends, and some new stamps. :) 

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I've got a bunch of stamp stuff I haven't touched in over a decade upstairs.  I should go through that stuff and give 98% of it to my cousin's husband.  There is a first day issue stamp/envelope of the first man on the moon I would want to keep and frame, and maybe something else.

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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.

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I haven't been able to really play many games given my work schedule.  Ironically this past weekend I got Rise of Fenris, Zombicide Green Horde, and Too Many Bones Undertow all the same day.  I got Brass the week before.  Now they just stare at me mocking me.

Definitely have catching up to do. :) 

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39 minutes ago, tgpumpkin said:

I haven't been able to really play many games given my work schedule.  Ironically this past weekend I got Rise of Fenris, Zombicide Green Horde, and Too Many Bones Undertow all the same day.  I got Brass the week before.  Now they just stare at me mocking me.

Definitely have catching up to do. :) 

I'm still waiting on a shipping notification for my Undertow pledge. :(

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11 hours ago, tgpumpkin said:

I haven't been able to really play many games given my work schedule.  Ironically this past weekend I got Rise of Fenris, Zombicide Green Horde, and Too Many Bones Undertow all the same day.  I got Brass the week before.  Now they just stare at me mocking me.

Definitely have catching up to do. :) 

I know how you feel. Went all summer getting few games. Then in the last week or two of summer, a bunch of games in. I've got a number of games sitting on shelves and tables near me right now that I haven't played. Now that school has started, my time is very limited.   

Unplayed new games:

  • Scythe: The Rise of Fenris
  • Star Realms Frontiers
  • Star Wars Destiny (I picked it up for $5 on sale)

New games only played once:

  • Expedition Luxor
  • Luxor
  • Pioneers
  • Mint Works
  • Mint Delivery

Did play Founders of Gloomhaven twice.

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Who Goes There is a lot of fun.  It took a lot of time to get started though.  We started with 4 people, then realized all these things we screwed up and decided to restart.  By that time a couple of people showed up so we went with 6 players.  I think 6 was too many.  4-5 players seems to be the sweet spot.

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On 8/23/2018 at 7:57 PM, RomyCat said:

I know how you feel. Went all summer getting few games. Then in the last week or two of summer, a bunch of games in. I've got a number of games sitting on shelves and tables near me right now that I haven't played. Now that school has started, my time is very limited.   

Unplayed new games:

  • Scythe: The Rise of Fenris
  • Star Realms Frontiers
  • Star Wars Destiny (I picked it up for $5 on sale)

New games only played once:

  • Expedition Luxor
  • Luxor
  • Pioneers
  • Mint Works
  • Mint Delivery

Did play Founders of Gloomhaven twice.

Still waiting on Luxor and Mint Delivery/Works. ?

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33 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

Still waiting on Luxor and Mint Delivery/Works. ?

Wow, you are having to wait a long time. Got both of mine several weeks ago. I remembered that you had to finish you pledge manager for one of them.

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10 hours ago, RomyCat said:

Wow, you are having to wait a long time. Got both of mine several weeks ago. I remembered that you had to finish you pledge manager for one of them.

Apparently China didn't send the extras.  So now I wait for another boat.  With Luxor, they wanted to know if I wanted an add-on game.  I sent my response weeks ago, but they didn't process my answer.  So now I'm at the back of the queue.  Both of these are examples of how not to run a campaign.

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