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Ice Flow (2008)

Average Rating: 6.49/10
Board Game Rank: 1438
Strategy Game Rank: 716
Family Game Rank: 400
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2008
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2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
11 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Ice Flow is a strategic family game, interesting enough for gamers, as there are many tactical decisions to make.

Inspired by Karl Bushby's 1998 Goliath Expedition, players race their explorers across the Bering Strait from Alaska to Siberia - riding ice floes, dodging polar bears, and collecting useful items on the way. Thus, at its heart, Ice Flow is a resource management game coupled with a traveling salesman type problem where the ground (or ice) is constantly moving.

Each player has three explorers and rucksack card (to store a limited amount of rope and fish in). The board consists of an array of hexagonal spaces with ice floes (hexagonal plastic tiles) that are introduced at the top and can be moved down the board by players with rates dependent on where they are on the board. On their turn players must first move, rotate or introduce a new ice floe, then they can move one of their explorer as far as they can (or want) before collecting an item from the tile they finished on. When moving, explorers are limited by the obstacles they must overcome and the tools they have available. For example, the ice floes have smooth sides and rough side: the rough sides depict "pack ice" which is hard to cross, and costs a rope. Similarly, explorers can swim up to one space, but that costs a fish as swimming through arctic waters is energy sapping. Polar bears are also a hazard that must be avoided or lured away with fish; beware they can be lured away from one player straight into the path of another!

The winner is the first player to negotiate all the hazards and arrive in Siberia with his three explorers intact.

Not to be confused with: IceFloe

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AWARD: ICE FLOW won Best New Board Game at the UK Games Expo 2008 - the 2nd year running for Ludorum Games.

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Ice Flow
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Ludorum Games First Edition
Publisher: Ludorum Games
Artist: R. H. Aidley
Year: 2008
Product Code: lud-002
Size: 12.60 x 11.02 x 1.97 inches
3.09 pounds
English, French, German
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1 Ice Flow - NL spelregels
Vrije NL vertaling van de "rules v1.03", met de nodige illustraties. Een bedankje tijdens het downloaden is steeds welkom ;o) Veel speelplezier !
Dutch
2014-10-30
8 Ice Flow rules V1.03
Updated rules. Current as of March 2013. Permission given from scenecinema.co.uk
English
2013-05-20
5 concise reference sheet by hecose
Reference sheet useful for quick referencing and provides a structured summary for teaching the game. See the At the Gates of Loyang game entry if you are interested in ref sheets for other games that I’ve made. If you do not have Microsoft Powerpoint, a PDF version is also available there.
English
2010-05-14
5 Quick Start - Ice Flow
Rules summary to refresh your memory and get you up and playing faster
English
2009-12-07
0 ICE FLOW - Guia Rápido em Português
Regras base traduzidas para Português
Portuguese
2009-04-17
3 Ice Flow Cards Tuckbox. Not for sleeved cards.
Ice Flow Cards Tuckbox. Not for sleeved cards. All cards in one box.
2008-12-27
4 Ice Flow - Cyberboard Version
Cyberboard Version with Gamebox & Scenario. [imageid=563277medium] You will Need the [url=http://cyberboard.brainiac.com/cyberboardv310.exe]Cyberboard[/url] program to run the files. [b]See my [url=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/18537/my-cyberboard-conversions]Geeklist Here[/url] for all my other Cyberboard Conversions.[/b] Don't forget to Thumb!
English
2008-07-14
23 Ice Flow (English Rules PDF)
Here are the rules in English in PDF format. Publisher permission granted.
English
2008-07-02
0 ICE FLOW rules in Dutch
These are text-only rules translated from the original English into Dutch by Melissa De Lombaerde.
Dutch
2008-06-24
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Board Game Rank: 1438
Strategy Game Rank: 716
Family Game Rank: 400
Num Ratings: 1242
Average Rating: 6.49
Standard Deviation: 1.19
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Users Owning: 1496
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Wooden Cubes & Iron Soldiers: “Just the Two of Us” Episode 8
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BGWS 052 – Ice Flow
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