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Dogs is a family friendly board game about rescuing man's best friend.  Pick up strays, care for them and be a Hero!
Dogs is a family friendly board game about rescuing man's best friend. Pick up strays, care for them and be a Hero!
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Dogs has been previously published in Brazil (selling out 3 print runs) and is a complete game.  This is an English language translation of that same game with some small enhancements to the layout and components as well as a revised two-player variant. The game, its art, and all the components are complete.  The funds raised through this Kickstarter campaign will be going directly to printing costs.

To be clear, upon successful funding of the project we will be moving aggressively to collecting the Dog Names and then sending everything to the Printer. Our goal is to have this game in your hands by August, 2017.

In Dogs, each player owns an Animal Rescue Center and wants to turn it into the largest and most comfortable shelter for city and country dogs. Each game round is divided into three phases:

In Phase 1 players move their trucks through two different areas of the board, Country and City, collecting various stray dogs. Certain dogs will provide immediate financial rewards, while other lost and abandoned dogs of differing breeds will need medical care and food, yielding valuable points at the end of the game. Players will be competing for the same breeds, so tactics and strategy should be carefully considered.

In Phase 2 players select special cards and can perform important actions in five different places: City Hall, the Warehouse, the Pet Shop, a Veterinary Clinic, and the Dog Fair. The number of players who can use each location in the round is limited so choosing the right action is crucial to bringing about good results. In addition, there are three types of resources in the game (gas, food, and medicine) and it is essential to manage them successfully in order to avoid penalties.

In Phase 3 players feed the dogs in their kennels, pay the salaries of assistants, and organize the board for the next round.

Upon completion of a certain number of rounds, the kennel with the highest score wins the game!

The basic game is the same as the original version which was released in Brazil.  We have made some changes to the art and added new rules for the two-player game as well as some advanced options for when you’re ready for even more of a challenge.

The two-player game changes things up a bit, there are fewer dogs and resources making decisions tougher.  Roadwork tiles are added to the bag and appear on the board randomly, costing extra valuable gas to move through.  Several new game end triggers were also added, so keep a close eye on your opponents' actions!

Advanced options are flexible, add in just one or select them all. Use the two-player Roadwork tiles in a 3 or 4 player game.  Limit the amount of food and medicine that can be purchased from the Pet Store.  Use one or two of the two-player end game triggers. The choice is yours.  While Dogs is primarily a family game, it also has enough depth to engage the strategy  gamer.

 

We have two reward levels.  For the Standard level, you will receive the game and all the stretch goals (shipping costs vary by country).  For the Name reward level, you get the game and all stretch goals and you also get to personally name one of the dogs!  The Name reward level is split into 12 categories, one for each breed of dog in the game.  There are 7 tokens for each breed, giving a total of 84 opportunities to name a dog.  For this option, the dog's name and city will appear on the back of chosen breed's token, as well as in the rulebook. This is a family game so we do reserve the right to decline a name that is not family friendly.  Space is limited to 12 (Latin characters only, sorry no pictographic) characters for the dog's name as well as for the city. Your dog's name will appear in all copies of this Kickstarter edition. As a thank you for putting your dog in our game, worldwide shipping is on us for these Name reward levels.

This project will ship around the world but we have been working with our distributors and can offer EU, AU, Canada and US friendly shipping!

 

 

We have three stretch goals defined with more to come if we unlock the third.

At the $21,000 level, we will be upgrading the cardboard worker tokens to wooden meeples.  Your workers deserve arms and legs don't they?

At the $22,000 level, we will be upgrading the cardboard kennel tokens to wooden dog house tokens.  Your furry friends deserve good looking kennels.

At $23,000 level we will upgrade the starting player token from cardboard to a wooden dog token.  This will make the starting player truly the top dog!

We have some other great stretch goals as well, which we will reveal as the campaign unfolds.

 

 

 Dogs includes:

  • 1 Mounted Game Board
  • 4 Animal Rescue Centers
  • 20 Player Tokens
  • 4 Player Truck Tiles
  • 42 Country Dog Tokens
  • 42 City Dog Tokens
  • 9 Reward Dog Cards
  • 42 Bonus Cards
  • 24 Money Tokens
  • 36 Gasoline Tokes
  • 22 Food Tokens
  • 22 Medicine Tokens
  • 1 Action Space / Dog Fair Board
  • 4 Wooden Trucks
  • 6 Roadwork Tokens (for 2 player or advanced game)
  • 1 Starting Player Token
  • 2 Draw Bags
  • 1 Rulebook

 

 

 

 Want to see what others think of Dogs?  Here are some video reviews!

This is the original Rahdo Runthrough about Dogs:

Rahdo recently did an update based on an early copy of our new version!  Take a look!

 The folks over at The Cardboard Stacker have posted up a play though of Dogs with the new 2 Player Rules.  Many thanks Guys!!!

 

 The awesome team over at the Unfiltered Gamer have posted their overview of the game!!!  Thank you guys so much!  Take a look:

 

To find out more about the game check out these links.

 

 

Special thanks to Nick Peck for the great sound design, Debbie Gatton for lending us her amazing voice, and Indie Game Alliance for their advice.

 

 

 

 

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Dogs has been previously published in Brazil and is a complete game. The art and some 2-player mechanics have been updated, but everything is ready to send to the printers upon successful funding and Dog Name collection. Your support helps pay for printing and shipping costs. We will make sure to communicate any potential issues related to the project from the initial launch date to the day the game reaches your doorstep.

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