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Scythe (SCY) Links Email GM   Last updated May 28, 2018
Class B: Beginning Players Welcome You may play if you have read the rules, played previously, or participated in a scheduled demo. Be on time for the scheduled demonstration. The GM will remain for only 15 minutes if no one is present.
Schedule  GM: Ken Samuel (1st Year)
Round Day Start Time Duration Location
Demo 1 FSa 9 1 Exhibit Annex Table 3
Heat 1/3 FSa 12 3 Grand Ballroom
Heat 2/3 FSa 18 3 Grand Ballroom
Heat 3/3 FSa 23 3 Alpine
Semifinal FSu 15 3 Grand Ballroom
Final FSu 18 3 Laurel
2018 Tournament Format HSW

Some people love Scythe for the excellent artwork. Some love it for the creative storyline. Some love it for its ample replayability. And some love it for its challenging strategies. For whatever reason, come play Scythe. And if you don't know Scythe, come to the demo. You'll love this game.

Like last year, factions will be randomly paired with player mats, and players will bid for the opportunity to choose them. But unlike last year, the player mats will be arranged numerically (increasing clockwise around the table), and all boards in a heat that have the same number of players will have the same mat pairings and structure bonus card. There will be a time limit to choose factions, so if you arrive early, you’ll have more time to analyze the mat pairings.

The expansion factions won't be used in five-player games, and no other expansion rules will be used in any of the games. However, there will be one rule change. The rules of the basic game say, if a player places their 6th star, the game immediately ends. I hate when that happens. So here is what we'll do:

  • When a player earns their sixth star, all of the scores will be computed; whoever has the highest score will be declared the winner, and they will get 12 Tiebreaker Points (TPs).
  • Then the game will continue, starting with the player to the left of the one who earned six stars. When another player earns their sixth star, the scores will be counted again. This time the player with the highest score will get 8 TPs, and the player with the second- highest score will get 4 TPs.
  • Once more, the game will continue with the player to the left of the one who last earned a sixth star until a third player earns their sixth star. At that time, the scores will be counted again, with the highest-scoring player getting 3 TPs, the second-highest-scoring player getting 2 TPs, and the third-highest-scoring player getting 1 TP.
  • At this point, the game will end.

And yes, it will be possible for players to earn more than six stars, which are worth the same number of points as their other stars.

If a game has not finished when there are only ten minutes remaining in the event, the active player will complete their turn, and then each player will have one more turn.

I strongly prefer five-player games, so latecomers will be welcome only if they are needed to get a multiple of five players. But I will prefer six and seven player games to four player games. The number of players in the semifinal round will be 25 and there will be five players in the final game.

Players will be chosen to play in the semi-finals based on the following tiebreakers, in the following order:

  1. Win in first heat entered
  2. Most wins in all heats entered
  3. Win in second heat entered
  4. Win in third heat entered
  5. Win in fourth heat entered
  6. Most TPs in the player's best game
  7. Most heats in which the player brought a copy of the game
  8. Average finish in all heats entered (fourth and lower places count as sixth)
  9. High dice roll

Additional Prizes: Scythe accessories, such as expansions, metal coins, power dials, foam storage trays, promotional cards, realistic resources, a board extension, etc.

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