My Little Scythe: Pie in the Sky Expansion – Stonemaier Games – Review

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It is a significant expansion and if your children love My Little Scythe, then they will definitely want to add the Pie in the Sky!

Pie in the Sky begins on the eve of the 3000th Harvest Tournament, where stories are retold of Pomme’s ancient animals venturing into distant lands to establish their own kingdoms. To accomplish this, Pomme’s founders worked together to build the legendary Airship Kai, imbuing it with the best knowledge from all nine animal species. Sharing the ship’s powers and speed, each kingdom established its foundations. But one year, the airship and its Fox and Owl passengers journeyed into the far frontiers and were never seen or heard from again … until now.

As animals gather for the milestone tournament, the fabled lost airship emerges from the horizon, carrying Seekers from the Fox and Owl kingdoms. As if this reunion isn’t reason enough for celebration, Pomme’s Seekers realize that the Airship Kai still responds to each animal species. The state is set for the greatest Harvest Tournament in 3000 years!

-description from the publisher

Pie in the Sky adds 9 Air ship mats (one for each animal kingdom), Airship Kai Miniature, 2 new pairs of seekers (Fox and Owl Kingdoms), and extra cards, tiles, etc. to mix into the game.

Each player now has an airship mat that they will attach to the left or right of their player board. The rules say to attach it to the left, but the artwork matches on either side and I liked it on the right. ?

I am sure you are wondering why there is only one airship mini and not one for each animal kingdom, right? Well, I can answer that. Each animal kingdom can now “Seek with Air Support”. You will include the purple airship die when seeking. The purple die will allow you to move the airship. When you move the airship on a space containing an apple or gem, you may choose to:

1. Remove 1 apple or gem from the airship’s space and place it into your cargo hold.

OR

2. Perform your kingdom’s unique airship ability.

You now need five trophies to enter the Grand Finale of the tournament.

I don’t think it fixes anything because the original game was wonderful on its own. That being said, I certainly don’t think it breaks anything either. The airship mechanic could have potentially been broken had there been unique airships. But having the one airship that each animal kingdom can control on their turn balances gameplay. Also, having to choose between the two different options with the airship and not perform both is another balance. With all players moving the airship around, it can change up strategies for each player.

Of course you do! If you are like me, once you start a game, you have to see it to completion with every expansion. Sometimes, I wish I was not like this, but I am. Aside from that, it is a significant expansion and if your children love My Little Scythe, then they will definitely want to add the Pie in the Sky!

The word “need” can be subjective. I don’t think anyone necessarily needs a game. My Little Scythe is perfect on its own. But, if you have played it over and over and need something new to get it to the table more, then yes, you will need Pie in the Sky!

This is an expansion that doesn’t add a lot, but it is definitely enough. It keeps the game balanced and still gives it sometime extra to think about during gameplay. It is also an expansion that I don’t think we will ever play without now. I enjoyed how Airship Kai was almost a completely different game mechanic than the airships in the original Scythe. I liked how we all controlled Airship Kai throughout the game.

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