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Bison: Thunder on the Prairie

Bison: Thunder on the Prairie by Mayfair Games
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Manufacturer: Mayfair Games  Visit their site
Designer: Wolfgang Kramer
Michael Kiesling
Players: 2 to 4
Time: 90 Minutes
Ages: 10 and up
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Mayfair Games, Inc. in cooperation with Phalanx Games bv is proud to announce the imminent release of an exciting new strategy game by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling. Drawing on the majesty of the American West, Bison transports the players to a time before the Europeans arrived in the plains. Brave bands of hunters compete to claim the most productive hunting grounds before the winter snows begin.

Before the arrival of the white man, the area now known as Idaho was home to the Nez Perce. Living off nature's bounty, these brave hunters would follow the great herds of bison, gathering supplies to survive the brutal winters. When the salmon appeared in the mighty Snake, Salmon, and Columbia rivers, they were there, ready to catch the river's bounty.

In Bison™, you become the leader of a band of brave hunters, setting forth to lay claim to the most plentiful hunting grounds. Your hunters will gather bison, salmon, and wildfowl each season. But competition for the best lands will be fierce! You will need to use your hunters to build canoes and tents, staking your claim in the best areas, before your rivals can!

But your supplies are limited. You will need to feed your hunters to give them the strength to fulfill the tasks you ask of them. And if you need a larger canoe, you will need to trade your hard-earned foodstuffs at the market.

The player who can most effectively marshal their hunters and manage their supplies will control the best hunting grounds and deliver the largest amount of food to the tribe for the coming winter. Can you prove yourself to be a great warrior and powerful spirit of your tribe?

Kramer and Kiesling's design combines resource management with the classic strategic challenges of an area control game to create an engaging game without resorting to the conflict at the heart of military games. Players struggle for control of valuable resources in a family-friendly environment of peaceful competition.

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Bison is a very thematic area control game, which can be very cutthroat. There is a lot going on in the game, as you have to really fight for every ressource and make sure nobody gets too strong on the board. What makes me pull out Bison rather than one of the other area control games I have, is the well integrated theme and the fact that there is almost always a close finish, making the game exciting till the end.

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