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Max Michael
STRATAMAX GAMES  present  SHEEPDOGS of  PENDLETON HILL
http://www.stratamaxgames.com/
Games last around 40 minutes  3-5 players aged 10+ 
 
Players take on the role of sheepdogs bringing the sheep to their masters, these masters being the Shepherds who are wandering the hills waiting for the sheep to arrive.
 
The Shepherd begin on the hills that make up the board. They are placed their by the players who play cards that give them their options for the round.
 
 
These can be placing Shepherds, moving sheep or moving the Wolf. Naturally you wish to keep the wolf as far away from your Shepherds and sheep as you can.
 
The game is for 3-5 players and is blessed with 5 different coloured sets of wooden Shepherds and sheep (plus a wolf). There is also a quality, heavy board, 5 colour ID sheepdogs, and a deck of cards numbered 1, 1+1 and 2.
 
Note: There is a 5 card (7 if you count the 2 with expansion rules) expansion pack available, generally from designer Max Michael at shows where Sheepdogs is on sale/display).
 
 
The board shows a pyramid of pastures with sheep pens positioned at the base of the hills. Any number of Shepherds can be in these pastures, but the rule is only one of each colour. The Wolf doesn’t bother the Shepherd so they can share a pasture but sheep and the wolf in the same pasture is a different kettle of sheep.
 
Depending on the card played, the players have up to 6 options  or actions they can perform on their turn. As I have said the deck of cards is made up of 3 types only. The “1” cards allows for one action to be taken; the 1+1 has the player performing one action on their own colour and one action on an opponent. Finally the “2” card lets the player perform 2 actions on their own colour. Players also have a Sheepdog card which is a Joker, that is it can be used as any of the 3 cards. 
 
 
The marketing of the game is excellent. The cover is immediately eye-catching, the sheepdog is cute as are the illustrations of the sheep. As noted, the board is heavy card and the wooden pieces are neatly shaped.
 
This is a good game to play with friends and family, but perhaps not with hard core board games players. We thoroughly enjoyed playing Sheepdogs for several games but then we played a number of times with strategy gamers who turned it into a multi-player tactical game where the next move, no matter whose turn it was, became pretty obvious. Then it became a matter of hoping to see the move before your opposition, which of course rarely happened.
 

 

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