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Offline Grim.Reaper

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Scythe Boardgame for PC
« on: June 15, 2018, 05:10:10 AM »
Just curious if anyone has experience with the boardgame....thought I read in different places this was a very popular boardgame and noticed it was now released to Steam in early access.  Any opinions on it?

https://store.steampowered.com/app/718560/Scythe_Digital_Edition/


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Re: Scythe Boardgame for PC
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2018, 05:26:39 AM »
Iíve got this on my wish list too, havenít seen too much talk around here on the boardgame though.
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Re: Scythe Boardgame for PC
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2018, 07:21:54 AM »
Just curious if anyone has experience with the boardgame....thought I read in different places this was a very popular boardgame and noticed it was now released to Steam in early access.  Any opinions on it?

https://store.steampowered.com/app/718560/Scythe_Digital_Edition/

How is a board game conversion in early access ? I mean it's either the full board game or it's not isn't it ? Bit wary of reviews saying just like the board game when by implication of the fact it is in early access suggests it not ?
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Re: Scythe Boardgame for PC
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2018, 07:35:25 AM »
Early access means the programming code of course, not the boardgame.  ::) Are there bugs if you click a button, etc.

It can be bought cheaper for Tabletop Simulator, as a really nice conversion, but of course it's mostly manual not an actual computer adaptation, no AI, pieces have to be picked up and placed manually.

I'm keeping an eye on it leaving Early Access.
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Re: Scythe Boardgame for PC
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2018, 08:19:55 AM »
There is an RTS with the same theme right? Iron Harvest
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Re: Scythe Boardgame for PC
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2018, 08:30:01 AM »
Yes, same game world, funded on Kickstarter.
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Re: Scythe Boardgame for PC
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2018, 09:23:06 AM »
I've never played Scythe on the table. 

Heard good things, and maybe a few nitpicks, but I never gave it a spin because it came across as more of a "Euro" style game.  i.e. Worker placement.  As in the main strategy consists of allocating pieces to areas which, in turn, rack up resources/points over time.  It seems to have a bit more theme to it than many Euros but I still got that Euro impression of the gameplay mechanics.  Looks kinda cool, though.

Many people love Euro-style boardgames.  I usually skip them because the game mechanics tend to have more of an abstract strategy focus, rather than having a heavy rules tie-in with the fictional or historical theme as with war/strategy games or adventure games.  Again, Scythe appears to be a bit better at that than full-on Euros, however, so my impressions could be overwrought in this case.

Just be aware that personal preference is probably a big factor of whether this boardgame is considered great or meh.  Sorry for the unfulfilling non-answer!   <:-)

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Re: Scythe Boardgame for PC
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2018, 10:57:14 AM »
I tried the Tabletop Simulator version of Scythe but found the set up and overall mechanics too tedious to be enjoyable.

I've taken the plunge on this version mostly to support the developer during EA because I'd like to see more really good board games converted to PC.  PC game development too often seems like graphic engines in search of an actual game.  Kinda like a movie based on a premise instead of a script.  There are good, proven scripts out there if more developers would look at them.     

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Re: Scythe Boardgame for PC
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2018, 01:24:34 PM »
Two of the gaming groups I attend regularly often play Scythe and enjoy it.  I personally donít care for it very much.  The art is fantastic and the production quality of the physical game is excellent.  I just donít care for the gameplay very much.  It may look like a combat focussed game with the Steampunk WWI aesthetic and the mech minis, but itís not.  Itís a resource management Euro with a bit of area control built in.  Youíre basically trying to find the most efficient way to earn points each turn while being artificially constrained as youíre not allowed to take the same action two turns in a row (unless youíre the Russia stand-ins). Points are earned in a wide variety of ways and this, to me, makes the game rather a dull affair because it means everyoneís essentially playing solo and trying to complete their points salad rather than paying attention to what other players are doing and then interacting with then to thwart their plans.  Itís a giant scramble of points optimization. 

I donít hate it but I definitely donít look forward to playing it either.

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Re: Scythe Boardgame for PC
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2018, 03:35:08 PM »
Once again, an appropriate post for your avatar.
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Re: Scythe Boardgame for PC
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2018, 03:44:01 PM »
Once again, an appropriate post for your avatar.

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Re: Scythe Boardgame for PC
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2018, 05:22:52 PM »
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Re: Scythe Boardgame for PC
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2018, 09:38:54 AM »
Two of the gaming groups I attend regularly often play Scythe and enjoy it.  I personally donít care for it very much.  The art is fantastic and the production quality of the physical game is excellent.  I just donít care for the gameplay very much.  It may look like a combat focussed game with the Steampunk WWI aesthetic and the mech minis, but itís not.  Itís a resource management Euro with a bit of area control built in.  Youíre basically trying to find the most efficient way to earn points each turn while being artificially constrained as youíre not allowed to take the same action two turns in a row (unless youíre the Russia stand-ins). Points are earned in a wide variety of ways and this, to me, makes the game rather a dull affair because it means everyoneís essentially playing solo and trying to complete their points salad rather than paying attention to what other players are doing and then interacting with then to thwart their plans.  Itís a giant scramble of points optimization. 

I donít hate it but I definitely donít look forward to playing it either.

I watched a couple more videos, and I think I agree with you here. Not a lot of action, not a lot of excitement. If I want a worker placement game, I'll stick with Lords of Waterdeep.