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Herr der Ziegen
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Store:  Family Games
Format:  Boardless Games
Other:  Essen 2008 releases

Herr der Ziegen

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 40 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Gunter Burkhardt

Manufacturer(s): Amigo

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Product Description

Lord of the Goats, as the English title might be known, seems to be a multi-player version of Burkhardt's Kupferkessel & Co.. Players create a gameboard by mixing up to 18 different types of goats (with each type having tiles worth 1-5), then laying out tiles in a 7x7 square (or 6x6 square with two players). Each player places her large goat at a starting location around the grid that varies depending on the number of players. Players also have two goat tiles in hand.

On a turn, a player lays down one tile, then moves her big goat around the edge of the display a number of spaces equal to the number on the tile. She then claims one of the tiles in that row and adds it to her hand, replacing it with a tile from those not used in the initial grid. If a player now has eight points of a certain type of goat lying in front of her, she uses her small goats to claim the remaining goats of that type in the grid. (If some tiles are in the stack, she can claim them when they come on the board later.) If four tiles of a goat type have been played without a single player having eight points, then the player with the most points will be able to claim the final tile. In both scoring situations, players on the losing end of the goat-type calculation throw any tiles of that type in the box and score nothing for them.

Two other types of tiles are dogs and milk jugs. Play a milk jug (worth 1 or 2), and you move your large goat like normal and take a new tile; at game's end, the player with the most milk jugs scores points equal to the total of her milk points, while the players with the second most milk scores half his total. Play a dog, and you get to swap one of your small goats (and the tile it's on) with another tile on the board; any tiles that you've claimed that are next to your stall (or chained to your stall by other goats belonging to you) are worth twice as many points. Players tally their points at the end of the game, and whoever has the most is the new lord of the goats!

Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Gunter Burkhardt

  • Manufacturer(s): Amigo

  • Year: 2008

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 40 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 735 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. An English translation of the rules is provided.


  • 90 goat cards (5 cards each of 18 types of goat, values 1-5)
  • 15 dog cards
  • 16 milk cards
  • 5 large wooden goats (per 1 player in 5 colors)
  • 50 smaller wooden goats (10 each player in the 5 colors)
  • 5 goat stables

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