Scythe: Invaders from Afar

Scythe: Invaders from Afar

Jamey Stegmaier

This expansion for Scythe adds 2 news factions (Albion and Togawa) and the ability to play with up to 6 or 7 players.

90-140 minutes / $30 MSRP

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Download the Invaders from Afar rulebook (many languages available) or download the extended achievement sheet (created by Rick Goodrow).

While empires rise and fall in Eastern Europa, the rest of the world takes notice. Two distant factions, Albion and Togawa, send emissaries to scout the land and employ their own distinct styles of conquering.

This expansion to Scythe, Invaders from Afar, adds 2 new factions. Each faction contains the following:

  • 5 miniatures
  • 31 custom wooden tokens
  • 1 faction mat
  • 4 cardboard tokens

It also includes these components, which allow for Scythe to be played with as many as 7 players:

  • 2 new player mats
  • 6 Automa cards
  • 1 custom plastic insert designed to fit into the expansion box or the original Scythe box.
  • 2 cardboard tokens to replace the Wayfare and Meander abilities in 6-7 player games
  • 1 rulebook
  • 7 cardboard coins ($50)

The expansion works seamlessly with any version of Scythe (i.e., if you have special resource tokens, that’s fine–the expansion doesn’t have any resource tokens).

Originally the game was to be capped at 5 players, but I wanted to include 2 new player mats in the expansion. I realized that some people were going to use the mats to play 6-7 player games no matter the what the box says, so I needed to make sure the game worked for them! To scale up, the expansion includes alternate abilities for some of the original factions.

Invaders from Afar will be available in November 2016 with an MSRP of $30. You can request it from your preferred retailer (stock code STM615). We’ll post teasers on BGG and the Scythe Facebook group.

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FAQ

Why don’t the expansion factions have power dials?

It’s a matter of coherency and consistency. The Scythe expansion is a retail product that is compatible with any version of Scythe, but as a retail product, it needs to be cohesive and consistent with the retail core game. If a retail customer opens an expansion box to discover 2 new power dials, they might wonder if they should have gotten 5 in the original game. While I highly, highly value our backers, in the long run, the majority of people who own Scythe will have the retail version, so consistency with that version is the long tail.

When considering things like this, we also look necessity and impact on price. Only 2 dials are ever needed in any game of Scythe. It’s not like combats are happening so quickly that you don’t have time to pass the dial to your neighbor. It’s nothing more than a nice bonus to have extra dials, hence how it’s ripe for a promo product. Also, more dials equals higher cost, and higher cost equals higher price. Adding the dials would increase the price of the expansion from $30 to $35, and we don’t think it’s fair to charge all people for something only some people want.

The dials will be available as promos in 2017.

Is the expansion compatible with my special Kickstarter edition of Scythe?

Of course! Everything you have in your special KS edition already covers what you need to play the expansion (coins, resources, power dials, etc.). We’re making expansion-themed coins and power dials for sale in early 2017, but they’re ancillary, not necessary.

Help! Why are my Albion mechs broken?

Here’s the detailed story.

Will the expansion be available in other languages?

Yes! We’re projecting a release of spring/summer 2017 for international versions of the expansion.

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