Family Business is a game that we played in Game Club one day. I really enjoyed it, and didn’t get around to writing a review and session report of it until now. Its a game about the different mafias and includes real life gangsters, such as Al Capone, and can be played with up to 6 people.
Each player starts out by selecting their mafia of choice, when I played it I happened to take Murder Inc. Once all the players have selected their mafias, the game begins. One player starts, and then turn-by-turn, each person gets their chance to play different cards that can be used and will each have different effects. There are many distinct cards and there is plenty of variation between them. For example, the most basic and common card is Contract. This puts one of another players gangsters on the Hitlist. When there are 6 gang members on the Hitlist, a Gang War begins, and each turn, the gang member on top of the Hitlist is killed. This goes on until all of the cards on the Hitlist have been removed, or someone has removed them with another card. The object of this game is to have the most gang members at the end of the game. When all your cards have been eliminated, you’re out of the game.
The rules are relatively similar, but the action is intense just like Bang! I found this game to be very similar to Bang! and that was one of the reasons I liked it so much. The cards are also very interesting. The artwork is very clean and looks just like what I imagined a mafia game to look like, though the artwork on some of the characters is somewhat strange.
Our game started out very quickly, and we had a very small group that only contained 6 people. Max L., Rebecca, Shiva, Mark, Mr. Matera, and myself. We started picking out our different gangs. The game started out quick and continued at a fast pace. On my first turn, I played one of the best cards, Vendetta, a card which makes every player except yourself to put 2 cards on the Hitlist and start a Gang War. From the beginning, Mr. Matera and myself made an alliance, and our combined forces destroyed our opposition. Most of the fighting was between the 5 boys, and Rebecca wasn’t usually attacked. Sadly, I had to leave before the game was over, and I don’t know the outcome of the match. The game itself is very fun, and its now one of my top 5 favorite games.