Scythe: PnP expansion – “Scavengers of Europa”

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The two components from The Rise of Fenris which are used for the mini-expansion are the Infrastructure Mods and the Mech Mods. I thought these were fun elements of the campaign, and I wanted to use them in regular games of Scythe, but I wanted to do something more interesting than just draw 2, pick 1 at setup. I wanted players to earn the mods somehow. One option was to spend resources for it, but I didn’t want to mess with the balance already in place in the game (e.g., metal is already used for mechs) and I didn’t want anything overly complicated (e.g., invent a new resource). Another option I considered was placing them on the board face down (like Encounter tokens), but I felt that would give disadvantage to slower factions (Togawa and Albion) and would maybe get unbalanced at low player counts where one player luckily had no neighbors to compete with.

This is when I thought of airships. Assuming one uses the standard rules, all airships follow the same rules regardless of faction. In other words, Togawa’s airship is just as fast as Rusviet’s, even if her mechs are slower. The other reason I liked this concept is that airships sometimes don’t get used much, and anything that motivated players to move their airships more often seemed like a good thing. In fact, in my playtests of this mini-expansion, aggressive and passive airship powers ended up getting used 2-3 times more often than in a standard game, almost by accident, because airships got out into the field of play earlier and more often.

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January 27, 2021
2021-04-08 13:30:40
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Scavenger Board:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17teR2PDc0mBuF_mg9pZSR_vigDRDe6nA/view?usp=sharing

Automa Scavenger Board (for solo play):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YdcOpdDAGJU2UT94GtpWfUZmKnNQed84/view?usp=sharing

 

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