Here’s a quick synopsis of the dark fantasy pet shop simulation Dungeon Petz, the only board game in my collection that i bought and played someone else’s copy to make a How to Play video… but my own copy remains untouched after my initial unboxing!

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Hi! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a Table. Here’s how you set up Dungeon Petz.

Set out the central and progress boards on the 4-player or 2-3 player sides, depending on your player count. Put the round marker on round 1, and place one imp of each colour on these round spots for players to rescue later. Randomly deal out the exhibition tiles face-down, and the customer tiles face-down too. Then turn over the first exhibition and customer tiles.

On the central board, put the gold here, and the meat and vegetables here and here. Put out two veg, two meat, and one of each in the market stalls. Deal out two artifact tiles to these spaces. Deal two addons, 3 cages, and four pets to the market. The bottom row pets start with 2 bars, and the upper row pet gets 3 bars. Put one minion of each colour on the exhibition track… and reputation track. The potion cards go over here. Extra cages, addons, pets, and artifact tiles go facedown nearby. Put the suffering, poo, and mutation tokens alongside the board.

In a 2- or 3- player game on the other side of the board, place some imps in the non-player colours here, here, and here for 3 players, and 3 spaces ahead in each spot for a 2-player game. The bottom row of the corral gets only 2 pets. The mixed food stand gets no food. In a 2-player game, only two cages are dealt out initially, and the artifact spot is empty. Each player takes an imp burrow, a pet display board, and six imps in their colour. Shuffle the four decks of cards. Each player takes one card of each colour for a starting hand. The starting player is the last person to have fed a pet; pass out 2 gold to everyone, and then 1 gold, 1 gold, and 2 and 2 in clockwise order from the starting player. For games under 4 players, the starting player gets 1 gold as income on any given round, and everyone else gets 2.

And now you’re ready to play! If you’d like to know more about how to play, click the link at the end of this video or in the description below to watch my complete How to Play video, which includes the setup segment you just watched. And if you like what i’m doing, click the badge to subscribe, and the bell to get notifications. And now, we dance!

[Music – Board Game Boogie by Ryan Henson Creighton]


Get Your Own Copy of Dungeon Petz

Don’t be fooled by its cuddly (if spiky) exterior: Dungeon Petz is a heavy strategy board game! If you want to fearlessly add it to your own collection, buy it using the Amazon link below. Your price remains the same, and i’ll receive a small commission!