Selling my Collector’s Edition copy of Scythe wasn’t easy. After all, it is one of the highest rated tabletop board games of all time. Just owning the Scythe, especially the upgraded Collector’s Edition, provides a certain level of geek cred.
Some of you are pulling out your hair right now, I can tell. “You sold your Kickstarter version of Scythe!? Are you mad?” Or, “How can you not like Scythe? It is the greatest game ever!” Yeah, I get it. But quite honestly, I think I liked the components better than the actual gameplay. The components were definitely fun to play with; just looking at them was enjoyable. But, after a few gameplays, it was clear that Scythe wouldn’t hit my gaming table very often.
Initially, the thought of selling Scythe didn’t enter my mind. After all, I have more than a couple board games that mostly exist on a shelf; they rarely, if ever, get played. But I don’t sell them. Instead, I cling to a false hope that one day they’ll hit the table. For Scythe, I never really thought I’d sell it. It was just too sought after and hyped up of a game that the thought of selling it was akin to selling a much needed organ. I just couldn’t fathom it.
But almost a year after Scythe was delivered to my door, with Scythe constantly mocking me from its home on my shelf, the Kickstarter campaign for Kingdom Death: Monster launched. I tried to stay away from Kingdom Death: Monster, I really did. It was very difficult to justify the price, for one, but I also didn’t know if I’d actually have time to invest in a campaign style game. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always thought the Kingdom Death miniatures look amazing. More finely detailed minis don’t exist. It just wasn’t something I needed to invest in so heavily for it to sit on my shelf and never get played.
But with the Kickstarter campaign for the 1.5 version of Kingdom Death: Monster soaring ever higher, it was hard not to notice. It was difficult to ignore and the fear of missing out was real. So I started doing some research, for the first time, about the actual gameplay. I polled my friends and internet acquaintances. Some said the game wasn’t for them, but they all described it in much the same way. The settlement phase, and everything that goes along with building something, keeping them alive, facing off against the unknown, was appealing. And damn it all, I really liked the minis. So, with the Kickstarter campaign breaking records, I decided I needed to hop on board.
I told myself that in order to help fund Kingdom Death: Monster I’d have to sell some of my hobby collection that was largely unused or mostly collecting dust. Some items were easy to identify as candidates for selling: an old, but essentially new in the box, Warhammer Orc and Goblin Battalion, a bunch of old Warriors of Chaos minis, several old, but unopened, metal Confrontation miniatures, and so on. I have a lot of miniatures; I could take two lifetimes and still not get around to painting all of them. With some of them being unopened and in like-new condition, they were an easy target. After all, I haven’t sat down to play a tabletop war game in over five years.
Next I looked at my board game shelf. This proved to be a little bit harder to find items I could easily part with as I cling to the delusion that I’ll one day play all the games that never seem to make it to the table. However, if I was serious, I knew I needed to get rid of a few board games as well. Games I hadn’t played in five years, or games that I knew I wouldn’t play for another five years, were first one the list and not every game that met this criteria ended up getting the axe. Some games, I really, really hope to play more of in the future.
Taking a hard look at my board game shelves led me to Scythe. An off-handed comment from a friend alerted me to the fact that the Collector’s Edition of Scythe was selling for upwards of $300. A quick search on eBay showed a few copies that were actively selling, with bids, for $280. At first, I put the thought out of my head. I mean, this was Scythe. Scythe isn’t just another run of the mill board game. It is something to show off, something to take pride in owning, something to covet.
A few things made the decision a little easier. The first is that my wife, the person I play most board games with, absolutely does not like Scythe. She loves Viticulture and likes Euphoria, so it’s not like she doesn’t like Stonemaier games. But Scythe just isn’t for her. So, even when guests are over, guests that like to play board games, she’s always going to want to play anything but Scythe. Her veto power is strong and the game just wouldn’t get played at my house. Secondly, I know plenty of people that own Scythe. It is a game I see being played frequently, so if I ever get the desire to play the game in the future it won’t be that difficult to find people willing to grant my request. Third, Stonemaier sells Treasure Chests—boxes full of board gaming bits/components. These components are what I enjoyed most about Scythe and the fact that I can buy them (maybe not exactly the same components but close enough) separately really lessened the blow. Also, around this time, I started seeing a bunch of less than stellar reviews/comments about Scythe online and that helped me feel like I wasn’t alone in not thinking Scythe is the greatest game the world has ever seen.
With an uneasy determination, I started listing my old miniatures and board games, including Scythe, on eBay. Within the week, my items started selling, and so I hunted for more things to list. Selling off my old possessions was kind of liberating, and it felt good to remove some of the clutter from my life. Now, I’m without Scythe and whatever void I feared would come from selling it isn’t there. In place of the void is a huge amount of anticipation from Kingdom Death: Monster. I can’t wait to get my hands on that game!