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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.


Each player begins the game with different resources (power, coins, combat acumen, and popularity), a different starting location, and a hidden goal. Starting positions are specially calibrated to contribute to each faction’s uniqueness and the asymmetrical nature of the game (each faction always starts in the same place).


Every part of Scythe has an aspect of engine-building to it. Players can upgrade actions to become more efficient, build structures that improve their position on the map, enlist new recruits to enhance character abilities, activate mechs to deter opponents from invading, and expand their borders to reap greater types and quantities of resources. These engine-building aspects create a sense of momentum and progress throughout the game. The order in which players improve their engine adds to the unique feel of each game, even when playing one faction multiple times.


This is the Collector's Edition of Scythe, which add the option of an expanded board, as well as metal coins and improved resource tokens.

  • Complexity


  • Player Count

    1 - 7 Players

  • Playtime

    105 - 120 Minutes

  • Expansion Info

    Inlcudes the "Invaders from Afar" Expansion in the box, which adde two new factions and allows up to seven players.

  • Type/Tags

    Action Drafting, Economic, Fighting

  • Cooperative or Competitive?


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