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Our favorite board games with dogs

Posted Monday, 31-Aug-2015

What hardcore gamer could possibly turn down a game featuring man’s best friend?

Contributed by Bruce Linsey

What red-blooded gamer could possibly turn down a game including dogs?  Man’s best friend is a most appealing game theme, and he sometimes works his way into the game mechanics as well!

 

Picking a board game with a dog?   Try Pick-a-Dog

In the fast-and-furious card game Pick-a-Dog, a grid of cards is laid out face up, and each player gets a starting card.

 

Pick a Dog
Pick a Dog

 

Each card has a picture of a dog with various attributes: large or small, dark or light, with or without sunglasses, etc.

 

Players try to pick as many different cards as possible in this fast-paced dog-themed card game.
Players try to pick as many different cards as possible in this fast-paced dog-themed card game.

 

 

At the word “GO!” each player tries to grab cards quickly and add them to his hand so that each card differs from the previous one by no more than one attribute.  When a player thinks he can grab no more, he yells “STOP!”.  Each player’s stack is checked, and those who did not make a mistake get to keep their cards.  Each player can start a round, or just play as many rounds as desired. The game can be paired with its sister game, Pick-a-Pig.

 

Combine Pick-a-Pick with the original Pick-a-Dog for more challenging game-play.
Combine Pick-a-Pick with the original Pick-a-Dog for more challenging game-play.

 

The combined decks of Pick-a-Pig and Pick-a-Dog allows for more challenging game-play and can accommodate eight players.

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Race to victory in Snow Tails!

Another tack entirely is taken in the dog game Snow Tails, which is expected to be re-released this October.

 

Snow Tails Board Game
Snow Tails Board Game

 

 

Snow Tails is a terrific game of dog sled racing in the Arctic.  Each player owns a sled and a team of huskies represented by a deck of cards.  The course varies in length and difficulty because the track pieces are modular.  Sleds must move not only forward, but also around curves.

 

It is recommended that you play Snow Tails with the most number of players possible for the best dog race experience.
It is recommended that you play Snow Tails with the most number of players possible for the best dog race experience.

 

Each sled has two cards in the front and a third “brake” card in back.  Its speed is the sum of the two front cards minus the brake; its drift is the difference in the direction of the stronger front card.  Each turn the player can play new cards on top of the old ones, but with restrictions leading to sometimes unfortunate results.

 

Beware of obstacles in Snow Tails!
Beware of obstacles in Snow Tails!

 

 

Beware of obstacles that damage your sled and clog up your hand! The game was later reimplemented as Mush Mush: Snow Tails 2; the revision has more streamlined mechanics (“Look Ma! No brakes!) and accommodates up to 8 intrepid racers.

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Walk the Dogs by Alan R. Moon

Alan R. Moon’s game Walk the Dogs is long out of print, but must be mentioned for its cuteness factor.   (see: 10 things you didn’t know about game designer Alan R. Moon)

 

Walk the Dogs by Alan R Moon
Walk the Dogs by Alan R Moon

 

63 miniature dogs of 7 different breeds are placed in a line, and players use cards to try and collect the breeds they want from either end of the line.  All would be easy, except that the dog catcher, bone and leash cards can muck up the best laid plans!

 

Walk the Dogs by Alan R Moon
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Walk the Dogs is a delicious game for dog lovers young and old.

 

Who will inherit the dogs in Last Will?

Finally we must mention Last Will, a game in which players are trying to spend an inheritance from a rich uncle the quickest.

 

Last Will Board Game
Last Will Board Game

 

There are dogs in this game too, playing a more minor role than in the afore-mentioned games, but poking their noses into the fun nonetheless.

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While we won’t hound you about it, it’s always good to take a paws from your usual gaming fare and go fetch a dog game to the table.

 

What are some of your favorite board games with dogs?

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