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History Games (Playing Table Top Games with Lawler and Smith)

Industrialization and the Age of Machines

In the last of our themed sessions will look at how the Industrial age is represented in games. We’ll be playing Brass: Birmingham and Scythe. We’ll begin play at 5:00 p.m. and play through as many of the games as we can until 8:00 p.m. Meet in FO2-209 “The Center for the History of Video Games and Critical Play.”

BrassBirmingham tells the story of competing entrepreneurs in Birmingham during the industrial revolution, between the years of 1770-1870.

Scythe is an engine-building game set in an alternate-history 1920s period. It is a time of farming and war, broken hearts and rusted gears, innovation and valor. In Scythe, each player represents a character from one of five factions of Eastern Europe who are attempting to earn their fortune and claim their faction's stake in the land around the mysterious Factory. Players conquer territory, enlist new recruits, reap resources, gain villagers, build structures, and activate monstrous mechs.