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Family Business (1982)

Average Rating: 6.12/10
Board Game Rank: 1874
Thematic Rank: 410
Family Game Rank: 652
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Publisher
Year Published
1982
# of Players
2 − 6
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 5, 6 players
Recommended with 4, 5, 6 players
(28 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
(11 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Mechanic
Expansion
Family
Primary Name
Family Business
Alternate Names
Chicago Gangster
Rodinný podnik
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Family Business takes mob warfare to a new level of backstabbing, revenge, and general bloodthirstiness, which is what makes it such a blast to play. Every player controls a 'family' and plays various cards to off other players' family members. In a game with this little structure, it's possible for everyone to gang up on one unlucky soul, or for the damage to be fairly evenly spread. Either way, the last family standing is victorious.

Each player starts with a gang of nine characters. To try to get rid of other gangsters, contracts are played on them. If these contracts are not blocked by anyone, the targeted gangster is placed on the hitlist. As soon as six gangsters are on the hitlist a mobwar is started. This means that, at the start of every turn, the first character on this list is eliminated. This goes on until the list is empty.
Mobwars can also be triggered by cards being played. When no more than the last six or fewer characters are in play a constant mobwar is going on, until only one player has characters left.

In general players take turns clockwise, however, the turn goes to any player who plays a response card and then clockwise mode is resumed with the player next to him/her. Lots of interaction as players play cards to put gangsters on the list, save them, have them replaced, start a Mob War, or stop it...

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Components:

  • 54 Mobster Cards (6 families with 9 mobsters each)
  • 58 Action Cards (33 Attacks, 12 Counter, and 12 Rescue cards)
  • R.I.P. card tray
  • Simple Rules

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Chicago Gangster
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Italian Edition
Publisher: Stratelibri
Artist: Antonio Dessi
Year: 2009
Size: Avalon Hill Bookcase
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Mayfair third edition
Publisher: Mayfair Games
Artist: Antonio Dessi
Year: 2008
Product Code: MFG4401
Size: 8.46 x 6.25 x 1.75 inches
0.75 pounds
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Truant German Edition
Publisher: Mario Truant Verlag
Artist: Antonio Dessi
Year: 2008
Product Code: 5409
Size: 6.50 x 8.50 x 1.75 inches
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Mayfair Revised Edition
Publisher: Mayfair Games
Artist: Drew Perkett
Year: 2006
Product Code: 454
Size: 5.04 x 3.98 x 0.94 inches
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French edition
Publisher: Asmodee
Artist: Franck Dion
Year: 1998
Product Code: CM 01
Size: 7.09 x 3.66 x 0.79 inches
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0 Family Business - nalepki na karty
Zamieszczony plik zawiera gotowe do druku nalepki na karty zawierające tłumaczenie działania każdej karty. Całe tłumaczenie jest wykonane przeze mnie. Nalepki zostały wykonane pod wydanie Mayfair (2008). Ale dokument zostawiłem w postaci edytowalnego pliku, więc możecie zmieniać rozmiar i czcionki dowolnie :) Pozdrawiam i życzę miłego grania
Polish
2015-06-05
4 Family Business Legacy labels
These are the abilities that can be added to mobsters when playing the legacy version of this game (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/10503596#10503596)
English
2012-11-12
12 Player aid - single-sided - Folds to fit Mayfair reprint
Version 1 - by UrbanSpaceman This document may be modified for your own use, including redistribution (as per BoardGameGeek's upload rules), but please acknowledge UrbanSpaceman and BoardGameGeek. Player aid for Family Business. All of the card is scalable, meaning that it looks as good as your printer can make it. Single-sided: meaning you can see all of your card definitions without giving away what you have. Print at A4 size to fold in half to fit the Mayfair reprint. Based on the file uploaded by J Knoerzer
2008-10-13
6 Family Business Summary 1.0.pdf
Play summary.
2007-04-05
5 Family Business card guide.pdf
Card Guide sized to fit in Mayfair box - print double sided.
2007-03-04
15 Family Business Card Aid - English
Print 2 pages, rotate & cut out...
2006-12-18
3 color-reference-card.pdf
COLOR Player-Aid card based on the Mayfair Player Aid
2006-10-04
3 the wall.jpg
The Wall (from earlier versions of Family Business). Print and use if you wish!
2006-07-12
4 Mayfair Family Business Player Aid.pdf
Player aid cards for Mayfair Edition of Family Business
2006-03-22
11 FamilyBusRules.doc
comprehensive rule summary
2005-08-23
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1874
Thematic Rank: 410
Family Game Rank: 652
Num Ratings: 2957
Average Rating: 6.12
Standard Deviation: 1.50
Num Views: 146172
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.3
Fans: 75
Personal Comments: 1030
Users Owning: 4131
Users Wanting: 45
Users Trading: 285 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 2
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Total Plays: 5747
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