Here’s how to set up Scythe, an interesting economic war/farming hybrid board game featuring alternate dimension artwork by Jakub Różalski. If you need a rules refresher, watch my How to Play Scythe video!

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Hi! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a Table. Here’s how you set up Scythe. It is possible to play Scythe solo, but playing against the game’s robot is complicated enough to warrant its own video.

To set up for a multiplayer human game, place the board on the table non-gigantic side up.

Next, shuffle the different decks of cards and place the combat cards here, the encounter cards down here, the objective cards here, and player-count-plus-one Factory cards over here. Put the money and resources nearby. Deal out one structure bonus card at random. Anywhere you see these encounter symbols, place an encounter token.

Deal 1 faction board and 1 player board to each player at random, and then re-jig your seating arrangement so that everyone is seated near their home base. Grab your player pieces and put your character on your home base, and two workers on the hexes adjacent to your home base.

Everything else goes on your two boards: your mechs, your cubes, your structures, your workers, and your recruits. Your pawn goes nearby. Your faction board gives you your starting power, and a number of combat cards to draw. Your player board tells you how many objective cards to draw, where your popularity should start, and how much money you begin the game with.

The player who was dealt the lowest numbered player board goes first, and play continues clockwise.

Well, does it sound interesting? If you want to learn more about the rules of the game, click the link at the end of this video or in the description below to watch my complete How to Play video, which includes the overview segment you just watched. And if you like what i’m doing, click the badge to subscribe, and the bell to get notifications. And now, we dance!


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