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Royce Hix
United States
Wausau
Wisconsin
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9
May 2010
5-18-10
Lowered rating from a 10 to a 9. When this game gets suggested, it just isn't as high on my list to play. I think it's a fantastic game but I've lost the excitement I once had after quite a few plays. While the modular board makes for a good amount of replayability, you're still limited to a set of pieces and a fairly basic rule set that doesn't have too much depth. This is great in that it is easy to teach and is playable by anyone, but after a dozen or so plays also shows that there isn't anything new to find or happen when playing again.

I still think the card management is a great idea in comparison to the roll-and-move of Formula D. Getting dents is more detrimental now than I once thought it was. I just wish there were some more options! It's still a great game but I just feel like I've seen all there is to see with it.
2010-05-18
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Jeff Goris
Australia
Croydon
NSW
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9
Apr 2012
Played twice. My first pure race game. Excellent fun.
2009-11-11
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Shaky Ulnas
Canada
Steinbach
Manitoba
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9
Dec 2009*
Snow Tails is a great racing game. The drifting mechanic makes steering intuitive. The balanced sled bonus allows for those trailing behind to catch up on straightaways. The modular track allows for a wide range of play experiences - from relatively easy courses to fiendishly difficult ones. If you like the idea of a racing game, get Snow Tails!
2009-12-27
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Calvin Le Huray
Jersey
St. Johns
United Kingdom
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9
Jan 2010*
I love this game, it can be quite thinky at times and people are somethings put off by the maths in it.
2010-12-07
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Lauge Rosendahl
Denmark
Højbjerg
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9
Jul 2015
Rated after 4 2 player games - so far I love it!
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Lowered to 7, it's still a great design, but somehow the gameplay is not quite as attractive as I thought on the first plays.
One great advantage is has, is that it takes only 30-45 minuttes!

Revisited & raised back to 9 it is so much fun. I can't recall what threw me off earlier.
2015-07-05
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Eric Lund
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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9
Jan 2010
Great racing game. Either this or Power Boats will probably take a half point dive after a few more plays of each. Power Boats has better components but I like the mechanics of this game better.
2010-01-31
Gustavo Godinez
United States
Miami
Florida
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9
Apr 2015
played with my mom... 72 years old lady , who simply love it
2010-02-02
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Brian Gee
Canada
St Catharines
Ontario
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9
Jan 2011
I've played and taught this several times now, and it always goes over well with new players. My mom requested a second game immediately. It's family friendly, but it isn't a random-fest, as it rewards clever play. The customizable track adds replayability. I'm looking forward to trying a more challenging track.
2011-01-05
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Ken Tidwell
United States
Los Altos
California
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9
Feb 2010
Love the fact that it captures the feel of skittering across the ice into the turns. Track pieces offer some interesting navigation problems.

I have the French production - the smaller track pieces fit better onto the tables I have available. I do prefer the original graphics, though - but only marginally.
2010-02-06
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Jennifer Sachan
United States
Overland Park
Kansas
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9
Jan 2011
plus the Leap of Death expansion

played Mush Mush, didn't enjoy as much
2013-12-25
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Steve Antol
United States
Euclid
Ohio
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9
Feb 2010
Great game, wonderful theme and gameplay that really makes you feel as though you've barely got control of the sled. Just clever as can be and a modular board to keep things fresh.
2010-02-09
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Larry Kruger
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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9
Feb 2010
Creative mechanic for this fun racing game. Three cards are used to control speed and steering; however, the method for how the cards are played and the other sled dog teams on the course require careful planning.
2014-12-31
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Slava
United States
Glenview
Illinois
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9
Aug 2010
For my money, this is the best racing game out there. No dice, all skill (at hand management) with highly customizable tracks and easy to learn mechanics. If you like racing games and want to feel like you actually won the race instead of the dice winning it for you, this is the perfect game for you!
2010-08-30
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Jon Bryon
England
New Addington
Croydon
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9
Dec 2010
Very nice racing game with a sufficiently novel mechanism to differentiate it from Formula D. Harder than Formula D as well, since it's much harder to change lane (and thus negotiate corners).
2010-12-26
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Steve Vance
United States
Augusta
Michigan
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9
Jan 2012
Upping to a 9. Just extremely clever, and hootin' fun if you make dog noises on your turn.
2012-01-08
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Chris Whitpan
United States
Schwenksville
Pennsylvania
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9
Nov 2013
Great Racing game. Neat dynamics and great replayability.
2013-11-20
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Samuel Favre
Switzerland
Sion
Valais
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9
Nov 2015
Theme is good, mecanic works well, I really like this game.
2015-06-15
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Go Away
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9
Oct 2015
Heavy planning game about racing. Play cards from a set deck and try to out plan your opponents. Plays up to 5 players (the more the better) in about an hour and a half.
2015-10-14
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Anna Metreveli
Russia
Moscow
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9
Jan 2016
Really love this game! It's fast and great with kids. Plus - huskies!
2016-01-02
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Rob Robinson
England
Rotherham
South Yorkshire
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8.9
Jul 2011
Neat racer, with quirky, mathy movement. Sometimes you have to slow way down to clear the bends, and possibly the saplings, but next turn you can instantly regain top speed!!!

The 5 card hand limit 'including the dents/damage that when acquired limit your effective hand size' is a neat idea, as is forcibly having to either Mush the dogs or brake 'every' single turn, which gives it a surprisingly quirky control mechanism.

Not quite as straightforward as Powerboats, but has more agonising decisions.

Too many turns on a course can slow the game down somewhat.

"OUTTA MY WAY SAPLINGS!!!"
2014-05-08
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Scott Waldie
United States
Methuen
Massachusetts
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8.9
Oct 2015
The card-driven movement and drifting rules equations in Snow Tails must have the single coolest mechanic in any racing game I own. Granted, I don't own a lot, but I like how this is so simple and yet strategic once you're pushing out there on the tracks. The trickiness of the dog sledding seems like it's completely captured here, and assembling the track in different configurations assures strong replay value. Bits and art in this new edition are great. Wonderful game.
2015-10-21
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Andrew MacLeod
Canada
London
Ontario
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8.85
Oct 2009*
The winner for My-Favourite-Game-That-I'm-No-Good-At award: but I'm a sucker for punishment. I just love this game! Give me another sled, and get outta my way! DEATH TO THE TREEPLES!
2012-01-19
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Kenny van den Bergh
Netherlands
Roosendaal
Noord-Brabant
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8.7
Nov 2015
Very fun race game, it's more fun the higher the player count. The drifting can be a bit finicky but otherwise very streamlined.
2015-11-24
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Jonathan Harrison
United States
Fisher
Illinois
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8.6
May 2013
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2013-06-21
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Daniel Danzer
Germany
Stuttgart
southwest
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8.5
Aug 2013
Pre-ordered to pick up in Essen ...
2008-09-05*
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Alex Sorbello
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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8.5
Feb 2009*
A very good race game. Where you need to keep into acount your limited handsize with the track up ahead.
wanted high
2008-10-14*
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Keith Gray
Scotland
Dunfermline
Fife
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8.5
Jun 2010
Clever mechanics and fun to play. My girlfriend love, love, loves this.
2009-05-15
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Michael Schwerdtfeger
United States
Redondo Beach
California
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8.5
Jan 2009*
Maybe my new favorite race game. We played the "easy" track tonight with 4 players, and it was still a bit rough. It will be interesting to see what the harder tracks with 5 people will be like.

Played the hobbit's breakfast with 4 - great track - great game.
2008-12-17*
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J M Duran
United States
El Paso
Texas
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8.5
Jan 2010*
Love this game, pulled off a win my first time at MagnaCon in Denver even though my sled and dogs had 4 dings less than halfway through the game. A solid sled and good dogs got me through to the finish for a win.
2010-01-18
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Marc Perkins
United States
Costa Mesa
California
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8.5
Jun 2009*
A card-driven racing game. Like Ave Caesar, players all start with identical decks, and then play cards from these decks to make their sleds move forwards. However, the game is much more complex and tactical than Ave Caesar.

Movement is very well done. The sleds can have cards played on them in three spots: two dogs in front (which pull forwards) or the brake. The speed of the sled is the sum of the two cards in front minus the brake. If the two dogs in front aren't pulling at the same speed, then the sled "drifts" either right or left, which is crucial to navigating turns (and getting around obstacles).

Crashing into the side of the track, exceeding speed limits, and running into obstacles all damage your sled; damage is tracked as "dent cards", which reduce the number of cards you can hold in your hand.

The game is highly customizable: it comes with many different track pieces, meaning that a wide assortment of tracks can be built; this should give it great replay value.

Overall I quite enjoyed the game; it's a nice step up from Ave Caesar.

[Update: Upon additional playing, I wonder if the advantage of the leader (more freedom in planning moves, since they don't have to worry about running into someone) isn't overly strong. I'm curious about adding in a house rule to reduce this: possibly banning 5s, or playing the turns in backwards order (5th goes first, then 4th, etc.).]
2009-06-22
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John Groen
New Zealand
Christchurch
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8.5
Sep 2014
I am really bad at this game but really like it
2010-03-07
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JonnyRotten
United States
Montpelier
Ohio
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8.5
Mar 2010
I've never been a fan of racing of any time, but sweet fancy Moses, I LOVE THIS GAME. It's a blast, and wife approved!
2010-03-08
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United Kingdom
Outside of the Asylum
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8.5
Dec 2009*
Fantastic race game with a unique left/right steering & braking system. There are plenty of different track pieces allowing a large variety of tracks to be created to keep the game interesting.

All the components are great, though the box is perhaps a little over-sized.

Not quite as interesting with only 2 players as interference is less, but the identical decks that each player has means that if one player gets in front early, the other player is likely to have better cards later and be able to catch up. An alternative would be to play with 2 sleds each & you only win when you get both sleds to the finish.
2009-12-18
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Canada
Gatineau
Quebec
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8.5
Jan 2010
Dogsled racing with variable courses and movement using cards. Easy game to understand and teach and fairly strategic with the hand management aspect of the card-driven movement. Positioning on the track is another important tactical element, especially when going around corners or through the special track segments. Plays best with 4-5 players, game length varies depending on the length and difficulty of the track design. Fun game - fills a fairly unique niche in my collection as the only other race game I own is Winner's Circle but that has more to do with the wagers than the race. Another simple gateway race game I like with the right crowd is Cartagena (but I do not own).
2010-02-05
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Alan
Brazil
Interior de São Paulo
São Paulo
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8.5
Dec 2011
Excellent race game, it is fast, and mucccchhh better than Formula D
2011-12-14
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Antonio Iorio
Italy
Milano
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8.5
Jul 2015
one of the best racing games ......
2012-04-03
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Yorick Heijink
Netherlands
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8.5
Dec 2012
Awesome theme! I think this is a very clever game and the fact you can make your own courses makes it even better.
2013-09-25
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Mr Wotton
United Kingdom
Farnborough
Hampshire
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8.5
Jan 2015
Much better if you blend in some of the Mush Mush rules. Prefer to play without the break and use the break counters to replace the dice concept in Mush Mush.
Does seem to improve the more you play it
2014-11-02
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Afonso Vieira
Portugal
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8.5
May 2014
Superou as expetativas apesar de nem sempre ser bem visto. Transporta os jogadores para o ambiente de uma corrida frenética, e isto praticamente alheado de qualquer fator sorte. O sistema de condução do trenó é inovador e muito bem pensado. Funciona em pleno. A forma modular conferida às pistas faculta uma longevidade enorme ao jogo. Recomendo.
2014-05-08
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Lisa EP
United States
Illinois
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8.5
Feb 2015
Works fine with 2 players.
2013-12-09
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Bob Schrempp
United States
Atascadero
California
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8.5
Jun 2013
This is a racing game with a very unique system to steer the sled. I really enjoy this game. I know I wanted it after watching some people play it for 5 to 10 minutes. It is a really good game.
2013-06-25
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Roger Komesu
Brazil
sao paulo
sao paulo
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8.5
Feb 2014
great fun with lots of players, but kinda bad with only 2

still, great addiction o my game library
2014-02-23
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Chase Williams
United States
Spring Hill
Tennessee
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8.5
Jun 2014
Long term planning is key even though it may not seem like it at first.
2014-06-06
Ryan Trepanier
Canada
Hamilton
Ontario
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8.5
Aug 2015
Snow Tails has only hit the table twice, over a year between its two plays, but the second one was so good this game rocketed into my Top 10. I hope to get it out a couple more times to see if it's the real deal.
2015-09-14
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Ian Gent
United Kingdom
Bristol
Bristol
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8.5
Nov 2015
Nice alternative to Formula D, love this game.
2015-11-13
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Don Chichot
Poland
Wrocław woj. dolnośląskie,pow. Wrocław (m.n.p.p.)
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8.5
Jan 2016
best race-game I've played 200zł rebel
2016-01-22
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Luke Heidebrecht
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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8.5
Dec 2015
I was really caught off guard by this one! It was really fun - also my first legitimate "race" game I've played. Fun player interaction, I love the sled mechanic, and the thematic integration of drifting, obstacles, and course construction.
2015-12-07
Dave Hamrick
United States
Moore
OK
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8.469
Mar 2013
This was my official 50th game! It's a freakin' hoot.
2011-06-19
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Randy Miczek
United States
Saratoga Springs
New York
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8.4
Jun 2010
Has some complexity but is still easy to play. One needs to find the right point to push the limit to win. It's racing but utilizes a mechanic with the dogs that is different than anything else. Just good racing fun.
2010-06-16
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Dimitris Vasiadis
Greece
Vari
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8.3
Oct 2010
Excellent theme incorporation.Fun game,although too simple.It would be over 9 for me,if you could gather upgrades during passing,like Jamaica.
2010-07-28

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