Wild West

Howdy pardner! It’s time to head way out for some rootin’ ‘n tootin’ gaming fun set in the wild wild west, where gunslingers shoot it out in the main street, cowboys roll dice and roustabout in the saloon, and a man’s best friends are his gun and his horse. There’s games in them thar hills!

Carson CityCarson City is a gun totin’ game of cowboys ’n the wild and wooly life of the west. Over four rounds, players choose a character from the seven available, each of which gives them certain advantages—for example, the sheriff prevents any duels from happening wherever he is placed. After selecting characters, your cowboys are placed on action track locations that allow you to construct buildings, houses or roads, claim ground, earn money, or score victory points. When more than one player is on the same location, get ready because it’s time for a duel! Roll the dice and see if you are the last one standing to lay claim to the goods!

During the game, you can take various actions that earn you victory points for your plots, pistols (the hired help) and buildings. At the end of the game, your buildings, houses, mountains and money contribute to your victory points and the person with the most points wins. So go round up your posse of gunslingers and get ready for some Wild West action in Carson City!

Or why not take a trip to Dice Town, the city of luck and prosperity! Picture a gold mine surrounded by beautiful fields; a place that attracts pioneers like bears to honey. Here, you’re cowboys willing to bet their future on a dice roll! But you’ll find that being clever also pays well, if you know how to adapt and bring your own luck to the table.

The big question is, who’s going to own the Dice Town when all is said and done? Opportunities are everywhere: gold nuggets are knee deep in the mine, the bank has too many dollars and the mayor is a quick dealer when it comes to handing out property claims. Well pardner, if you haven’t got weights on your feet and aren’t afraid of ending up with a little lead in your guts, this is your chance to stake your claim or leave the table!

Well, what this here genre needs is a Munchkin game—hold on thar, here’s one! The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin opens a whole new frontier! Forget dragons and goblins—Jackalopes and Davy Croc have just as much treasure. Those plains may seem wide open, but there’s always lots of monsters to kill, and lots of stuff to take. Become a Cowboy with a Twenty-Gallon Hat, or an Indian on a Catamount, and Fight Wild Bill Hiccup, the Killer Jalapeño, and a Barber Shop Quartet. Take The Annual Bath for an extra level. Or just pal around with your sidekick the Greenhorn (until you sacrifice him to distract a monster, that is).

The Good, the Bad, and the Munchkin is a stand-alone Munchkin game. Steve Jackson and John Kovalic have teamed up again to put puns to paper like no one else can. Head ’em up and move ’em out, and get ready to wander the Grim Roper into somebody else’s combat…

MonopolyOf course you Monopoly fans aren’t left out on the prairie; you can saddle up for an adventure with the Duke in the Monopoly: John Wayne Edition! Celebrate the life and career of one of the most beloved actors of our time, John Wayne. Known best for his roles as a cowboy, he also was an athlete, rancher and outdoorsman who represented the adventurous spirit of America. As you attempt to bankrupt your opponents by buying, selling and trading the most significant properties in John Wayne’s life, kindly heed these words: “You can take everything a man has as long as you leave him his dignity.” Includes six collectible tokens: Cowboy Hat, Belt Buckle, Cowboy Boot, ‘Duke’ the dog, John Wayne’s Director’s Chair and a Stagecoach.

The card game Bang! recreates an old-fashioned spaghetti western shoot-out, with each player randomly receiving a character card to determine special abilities, and a secret role card to determine their goal. Be the sheriff and kill all the outlaws and the renegade; or the deputy whose job is to protect the sheriff and kill any outlaws. If you’re an outlaw you’ll be wanting to kill the sheriff, and if you’re the renegade—well, you just want to be the last person standing! In the draw deck, BANG! cards let you shoot at another player, and the target player can play a MISSED! card to dodge the shot. Other cards can provide temporary boosts and one-time effects to help you or hinder your opponents (like Beer to restore health, or Barrels to hide behind during a shootout). If you’re lucky you might draw The Gatling, a deadly gun that targets all other players at the table!

The special edition Bang! The Bullet! comes in a fantastic bullet-shaped package and includes a pile of expansions.

So climb up in the saddle, push past the swinging doors into the saloon, roll them dice and loosen your Peacemaker in its holster. It’s time to head out west! Yee-haaa!