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Im The Boss

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  • Spiel des Jahres, Nominee - 1994, Games Magazine GAMES 100, Winner Best Family Game - 2004
  • Ages 12 and up; 3-6 players; 60 minutes; economic/business strategy
  • 1 Board, 6 Investor Cards,98 Influence Cards,15 Deal Tiles
  • 1 Dollar Marker, 1 Die, 110 Cash Cards, 1 Rulebook
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I'm the Boss is a game of deal making and negotiation where you are an investor just trying to make a deal. Through intelligent negotiations, temporary alliances, and cutthroat bargaining you will rake in millions. But watch out for the other investors at your bargaining table who meddle in your affairs and try to take over your deals. As the boss, you stand to gain the most, but you can find yourself quickly cut out of a deal. In the end, the winner is the investor with the most money. This popular classic was first published in German as "Kohle, Kies and Knete" back in 1994 and was nominated for game of the year. I'm the Boss has been out of print for nearly a decade but is now available for the first time in English from Face 2 Face Games. I'm the Boss was selected by Games magazine as the Best Family Game of 2004.

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Product Dimensions 2.2 x 10 x 10 inches
Item Weight 2.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B00065AQ26
Item model number 819725
Manufacturer recommended age 12 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #63,317 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#2,004 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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While I'm familiar with the pedigree of this game - a re-release of an German award-winning Sid Sackson game with new artwork - I can't say that really meant a lot to me. Even the fact that it won the award for Games Magazine 2004 Best Family Game didn't sell me completely. I'd read reviews about how this game played, and it certainly piqued my interest, though both `Power Grid' and `Settlers of Catan' remained higher on my want list. Alas, I found it deeply discounted at a bookstore, and the $17.50 price tag was just too hard to resist.

Hence, "I'm the Boss" from Face 2 Face games made an earlier-than expected arrival at our home. And even though the game was quite high on our list, on the way home I wondered whether the low price baited me into buying a game that would not even be worth the discounted price - a fear that was fueled further upon reading through the simple rules of the game. The first night of play, however, proved my fears to be unwarranted, and can only be described by one word - FUN.

The game is built for three to six players, although the manual contains rule modifications for a two-player game. Though we had only three players the first night (and had a blast), it was evident that the fun would multiply with each additional player. This proved to be the case as we've grown to 4- and 5- player games.

The first time someone plays, the game seems to start out a bit tepid, but once a couple of deals are made and people are more comfortable with the dealing process, the action can really heat up. What tends to throw some people off at first is the fact that once a deal begins, the game switches from being to turn-based to being opportunity-based, where the negotiations can be chaotic and don't follow a specific pattern.
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Master designer Sid Sackson has produced his share of gaming gems over the years, but few as successful as his hit negotiation game, I'm the Boss! Not only is I'm The Boss among the best of Sackson's own ludology, but it's widely considered to be one of the all time best free-form negotiation games ever designed. Players try to earn money by making deals that require the collaboration of their opponents, while avoiding the potentially negative impact of action cards or uncooperative players. Are you ready for the fast, furious and incredibly fun negotiation of I'm the Boss!?

First published in a German edition in 1994, the same year it received a Spiel des Jahres Recommendation, I'm The Boss received wider distribution with the help of an English edition from Face2Face Games in 2003. Another new edition is scheduled to appear in 2012 from Gryphon Games with new graphics on the board and cards.

The basic concept has players working together and against each other to finalize deals that will earn them profits. This process requires intense negotiation, and that's what makes this game a negotiation classic. Be aware that the bargaining can have some cut-throat elements, so players shouldn't take the game too seriously, and this also means that I'm The Boss does require having the right people to be enjoyed. But with the right group - wow - does it ever have the potential to create an incredibly fun experience rarely surpassed! I'm The Boss even works well with non-gamer audiences. Just remember that to be best enjoyed, it is good with 5 players, but best with 6 players. Overall the stellar qualities of I'm The Boss make this a classic Sid Sackson game.

Negotiation games don't get much better than I'm the Boss!
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I fell in love with this game at a con. I had my heart set on obtaining the same exact copy, but received the updated Eagle-Gryphon graphics. The updated graphics contain the easy to read graphic board, updated small money cards, placard investor cards, and smaller box design. This is not the card game.

This is a 3-6 player game, running about 60 minutes long. I had never played this game before, and showed this game to a family new to board games. This game was HILARIOUS. The fun is driven by counter card play, I believe classified as "take that" mechanics. I would classify this game slightly above a party game, since it's still a sit down and play game. It's a very light board game.

The only negative I can see playing the game was from running out of cards, and losing "your" investor. This happened to me, and I was out of 3-4 rounds in the game, since the boss card changes player order. Aside from that, this game was awesome.

My actual delivery has a slightly warped box cover art. It has been raining here lately. It is very minor.

*Update*

This game continues to be hilarious, and multiple games are requested in a single night. It is probably my cousin's favorite game. There is a strong weakness in losing your investor card, but most people realize they should stock up on cards before they open another deal.
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This is one of my favorite games of all time. It was out of print for a while so I was thrilled to find that it was available. It can get a little heated, but in my opinion that's what makes it so much fun as long as your friends can handle it.
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