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Kerstin Jakob
Germany
Köln
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10
Feb 2008*
I mean the Swiss version - called Brändi Dog - excellent components.
It's a great partnership game.
2008-02-09*
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Matt Dodor
United States
St. Paul
MN
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10
Sep 2009*
Light, fun partnership game. A game this simple should not be this good.

8 to 9: I really enjoy the nostalgia factor Dog brings to the table. The game I probably played the most of growing up was Trouble, and although I'm not going to be busting out the pop-o-matic bubble any time soon, Dog is a great replacement. Sure the game has some problems - bad draws can ruin a team's chances, the game can drag towards the end, but considering these problems I'm still enthralled with a game the combines my favorite youth game with partner play and good choices. If you enjoyed Trouble or Parcheesi growing up, but your tastes are a little more refined these days, consider Dog a viable game.

9 to 10: What started as a 'Tichu for beginners' interest in Dog has blossomed into a true love for the game. Is it less complicated as Tichu? Yes, but it's still rather deep and more importantly FUN! This partnership game is my new go to game for couples. And again, unlike Tichu, I would suspect that beginners would have a chance against experienced players. Sure, the game favors experienced players, but beginners will have some sort of a chance. I don't think I could say the same for Tichu. Plus, what to do to help your partner is often very obvious.

I regret the fact that I can't find 4 people in real life who enjoy this game nearly as much as I do.
2009-11-29
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Gerald Rüscher
Germany
Paderborn
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10
Feb 2011
Rating (10) for Brändi version.
Rating (8) for Schmidt edition.

Excellent family game! I love it, my kids love it and my kids' friends love it, too.

Comes in two versions:

The German edition by Schmidt is rather low-priced (~18 Euro) with decent card quality. The board and bits however are sub-optimal because you can very easily knock your pawns over.

The Swiss edition by Brändi has a really high price (50-60 Euro) because the game is produced by handicapped people. It is however of far superior quality: a thick, polished wood board with beautiful marbles as pawns. Knocking over the bits is virtually impossible here. Standard cards are used which might be a slight disantvantage when playing with young children.

All in all I definitely prefer the Brändi version: it's beautiful, robust and by buying it you support the work of handicapped people.
2012-01-17
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Corey Brey
United States
Cedar Falls
Iowa
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10
Oct 2012
Great game for a family setting (e.g. Thanksgiving/Christmas).
2014-12-12
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Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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9.4
Apr 2012
A great take on a traditional game. Even better than when I first played it. Got it as a birthday gift from a special non-player friend who heard I loved it - I am stunned. Yeah!
2011-04-20
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Filipe Cunha
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
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9.2
Aug 2010
NM:2
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2013-11-16
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David Arnott
United States
Tarzana
California
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9
Oct 2009*
Played about 15-20 times now on BSW and I can certainly see why people might not care for this one. But I totally dig these kind of games, the ones that mix a little thinking with a lot of luck. Make it a partnership game, and I'm in heaven.

It's light - it's more Sorry! or Trouble than it is Pachesi (and full disclosure: I really like Trouble) - and yet there's definitely some neat hand management stuff, and more than enough room for some clever play. But, yeah, there's also a boatload of luck.

At about 30-40 minutes, it does feel a little long for what it is. I think a lot of that comes from the both-partners-are-jointly-moving-one-last-single-pawn endgame, which isn't nearly as satisfying as the midgame. The middle 70% is where all the fun is, I think. And also where most of the "cool" decisions are, though since it is partnership, it can be tough if your partner misses some move you were setting up, or doesn't pass you the "obvious" card.

When you're way behind, you still have a chance, yet good early play is definitely rewarded - the game strikes the right balance between the two. And did I mention it's a partnership game?

*** UPDATE October 2009 [initial rating:8] ***

Well, with another 75+ plays under my belt, this game continues to delight me. The middle is still the meat, but the endgame (now that I really know what I'm doing) is just as tricky and fun and satisfying. And that pawn-on-its-own-color-blocks rule is GENIUS.

Bought 5 or 6 from Amazon.de, and after bringing the game out at a local event, I've had to fight people off who want copies. That's a pretty good sign.
2009-10-29
Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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9
Apr 2009*
Great card game. There is more than it meets the eye here. A lot of strategies are workable. The rules are a pain. Neither the official site nor the file here in the BGG has the complete rules. A lot of vital details are missing. The rulebook is in 3 languages but none of them English. Give a call to your German friend and he will explain this great game to you!
2009-04-13
Timo Schneider
Germany
Kamen / Unna
Nordrhein-Westfalen
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9
Oct 2009*
Great start /end of a boardgame evening
After many play I've to say... one never get's bored with this game.
2009-10-30
Owned
Timo Hsu
Germany
Delmenhorst
Deutschland
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9
Apr 2010
I love this on the brettspielwelt.de or in reality, if we happen to be 4 players
2010-11-15
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Greg Richardson
United States
California
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9
Mar 2010
Dog hits a lot of my Tichu itch, but is significantly easier to explain to new players. I'm always up for Dog.
2010-07-08
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Thomas Caspari
Germany
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9
Aug 2009*
Tolles Spiel für groß und klein! Tolle und einfache Umsetzung des Klassikers Mensch Ärgere Dich nicht. Nur mit Karten anstatt mit Würfeln und dadurch viel mehr strategisch.
2009-10-26
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Jan Ostmann
Germany
München (Munich)
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9
Feb 2010
(2-4) - 45 Min. - Underground (Box)
2013-01-01
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Switzerland
Basel
Unspecified
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Nov 2014
Brändi "jigsaw" version with 6-player extension
2010-03-01
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David
Switzerland
Buchs
St. Gallen
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9
Nov 2011
One of our favorite games in most of my gaming groups. Much more meaningful than traditional Pachisi variants. Simple to learn but with interesting decisions and a nice team work aspect.
2012-08-07
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Katharina Rupf
Germany
Aachen
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9
Jun 2011
Yeah!
Mensch-ärgere-Dich-nicht in gut.
2011-06-01
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Mark Rollings
United Kingdom
Peterborough
Cambs
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9
Nov 2011
If you're going to play a roll and move game, play this one. It includes difficult decision making and playing in partnership.

Try before you buy on brettspielwelt.
2011-11-10
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Bruno D
United States
East Northport
New York
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9
Mar 2013
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2015-01-05
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Daniel Niemann
Germany
Hagen a.T.W.
Niedersachsen
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8.5
Apr 2014
Fast game. Some tactical decisions to be made, but not too thinkey. Good as a filler, but I could play it five times in a row too. Must try this with my colleagues at work.
Can be played on BSW.
One of the best light four-player-games, and in fact the best team-player game apart from tichu (which is of course heavier).
2010-08-12
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Alan Aspinwall
United States
Laurel
Maryland
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8.5
Mar 2011
I have played this a lot. It's essentially Sorry! with some brilliant innovations to make the game good and fun. If you like Sorry!, you are sure to love this. If you don't (like me,) you might still like this.
2011-03-30
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Marc Gilutin
United States
Alhambra
California
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8.5
Aug 2010
Used to play a lot of Sorry as a kid. Add special cards and the partnership dynamic...

Me likee!
2010-09-18
Owned
Brian Brokaw
United States
Hillsboro
Oregon
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8
Aug 2009*
I _LOVE_ the partner aspect to this game. I guess I just don't own hardly any games with partner play, so this may be inflating my opinion of DOG, but games are so much more memorable recounting victories (or commiserating losses) with a gaming partner. The card play is VERY tactical and guarantees (through deck constitution and cycling) that the best playing team almost always wins. Don't discount this game because it looks like "Trouble" or "Sorry!".
2010-01-25
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Ed Meadows
United States
Huntington
West Virginia
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8
Jul 2009*
Underneath the seemingly simple gameplay lies a surprising amount of depth, particularly in team strategy. Whole lot of fun when you get four people together
2009-05-17
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Andre Vock
Switzerland
Ennetbaden
Aargau
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8
Aug 2009*
Manuela's game
Braendi Dog with 6 player expansion
2009-02-25
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Chris Brown
United States
Ohio
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8
Feb 2010
Very good game, but be careful of the type of player with whom you partner.
2010-03-07

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