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Mayfair Games is a U.S. based Illinois company, incorporated in 1981 and is an international publisher of board games and card games suitable for families and hobbyists. Mayfair Games has over 100 game titles in print including many long-running series of games such as Empire Builder and Catan as well as many long-running standalone titles such as Alibi and Family Business. Mayfair Games, making the “games of our generation”.
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...
Awesome game! Love the new graphics on the cards. The game was promptly shipped and received before Christmas. Good price compared to retailers.Published 2 months ago by kurt hibert
Great game that is fast-paced and goes quickly. It's relatively simple, which is a big plus when you want to take a break from Catan and Puerto Rico, etc.Published 4 months ago by PB
One of my favorite games of all time! If you like games with lots of talk of alliances followed up by backstabbing than this is the game for you! Read morePublished 6 months ago by BJGriff
This game is a lot of fun once everyone playing gets the hang of it and start attacking each other. It can tend to drag just a little bit if there is a small number playing.Published 8 months ago by JP
I first played this at my girlfriend's house with her cousin, her cousin's boyfriend, and of course my girlfriend. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Luke Leiter