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April 2017 Update

Hi! I hope you had an excellent month of gaming in March. We have a big announcement this month, so I'll get right to it: There's going to be a new expansion for Scythe!

Scythe: The Wind Gambit contains two modular expansions: airships and resolutions. The airship module was originally created and shared in the Scythe Facebook group by Kai Starck. I read over the rules and was impressed both by what the airships added to the game and by the effort Kai had put into the expansion through writing the rules and playtesting it. So Kai, Jakub, and I collaborated to hone the airship module.

In the airship module, 2 airship tiles are randomly paired at the beginning of the game (one passive and one aggressive). Each player's airship miniature (a new type of unit; 1 big miniature for each of the 7 factions) has those abilities, as well as the core ability that airships are free to move onto any territory (land or water) and across rivers. Each player starts with their airship on their home base, so they can start moving out of their home area right away.

The final airships will be in each faction color (1 per faction) with clear plastic stands. They'll be 80mm long, and they were designed by Heriberto at Märchen Atelier.

While we were working on the airship portion of the expansion, I also brought in an expansion idea I had been toying around with: resolution tiles that add a twist to the way each game ends. There are 8 of them, and 1 will be used each game. They often have an impact in the decisions you'll make throughout the game.

We've spent the last few months blind playtesting The Wind Gambit. Thanks to over 700 playtesters, the expansion has been tested over 450 times, and it's currently in the hands of our graphic designer.

Scythe: The Wind Gambit will be available in Q4 2017 (hopefully at Essen). We're still working out the production details, so we don't know the exact cost yet, but it should be around the $30 MSRP of Invaders from Afar.

We won't be running a Kickstarter or pre-order campaign for this expansion--you'll get your copy from your preferred retailer (in English or any of the languages Scythe is published in).

Depending on how you organize your Scythe box, The Wind Gambit may or may not fit. If this is a concern for you, you may be interested in a "big empty box" option we're exploring.

International Tabletop Day

Several retailers are running Stonemaier-specific International Tabletop Day events on or around April 29: You can also share your story about how gaming has changed your life by uploading a short video to the International Tabletop Day website.

Product Updates
  • If you're looking to enhance your favorite games, our realistic resource tokens are currently in stock at Top Shelf Gamer.
  • Our friends at Meeplesource have put together several bundles of Scythe accessories and promos to make it easier for people to buy "all the things."
  • Our future printing form is always available for you to share what you want us to make. If enough people want something, we'll make it.

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What I've Been Playing: The Colonists, Dragoon, Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Islebound, Healthy Heart Hospital, Terraforming Mars, Unusual Suspects, Clank w/Expansion

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— Jamey Stegmaier
Stonemaier Games

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