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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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Turn at last to home afar
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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
West Allis
Wisconsin
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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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Jason Nathan
United Kingdom
London
Greater London
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9
Aug 2013
We all love this - it's a great race game that really feels like a race; simple mechanic of cards to manage brakes and dogs to move forward.

One notable issue: in the vast majority of games, the leader at the halfway point is the winner: the catch up mechanic of doubling the speed of the dogs is rarely used due to the speed limit effect on the bends: almost needs house ruling that the speed increase brought about by the equal dogs is not affected by the speed limits.
2015-01-13
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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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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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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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Samuel Favre
Switzerland
Sion
Valais
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8.7
Jun 2015
Theme is good, mecanic works well, I really like this game.
2015-06-15
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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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Zee Garcia
United States
Homestead
Florida
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8.5
Aug 2014
An excellent racing game with tends to be tricky to teach but once it clicks, flows very well. The system is actually very simple. The modular board is awesome and allows for plenty of variety.
2011-04-21
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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 R
Brazil
São Roque
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
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
Emanon
United States
Lancaster
Pennsylvania
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8.25
Oct 2009*
A race game that is a blast to play.
2009-12-10
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Jean-François Jouin
France
Limoges
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8.1
Apr 2011
A very good and original racing game. Double-sided boards increase replayability.
2011-10-13
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Péter Molnár
Hungary
Budapest
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8
Dec 2008*
Igazi meglepetés a játék. A második játéknál amikor teleraktuk a pályát fenyőfákkal még izgalmasabb lett. Ajánlott kategória kezdő és haladó játékosoknak egyaránt.
2008-08-29*
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Uisge Beatha
Scotland
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Nov 2008*
Fun race game with a unique movement mechanism - you need to slide your sled around corners and that and the speed limits on the entry to corners are what make it difficult. For those who want a more extreme experience the modular track has sections that take the difficulty way up (including 'watch out for the trees' and the narrow ravine, which is a killer).

Having playtested early versions, it's interesting to see the final tweaks that have been applied and a pleasure to admire the gorgeous artwork of the published edition. It was also a pleasure to finally play a game of Snow Tails with Fraser and Gordon - even though I finished well behind in second place it was an achievement to survive the killer course and beat even one of the designers. DiceCon East 2008
2008-09-01*
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Andrew Martin
United States
Santa Cruz
California
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Dec 2008*
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Joshua Miller
United States
Holland
Michigan
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Nov 2008*
This is basically Super-Advanced Ave Caesar. The killer twist here is that your dogsled's movement is controlled not by one card but by three. You have a left dog, a right dog, and a brake. Your movement is both dogs minus the brake. But you also have to consider your drift from left to right. Whenever one dog is stronger than the other, your sled is pulled in that direction a number of spaces equal to the difference in strength. These drifts are like enforced lane changes, and they're the only way to change lanes in this game. The values assigned to left dog, right dog, and brake will remain in effect until you're able to change them, and you're never able to change them as quickly as you'd like. What seems like a strong move this turn may end up sending your sled careening toward disaster the following turn.

Great stuff on the whole, although the turns sometimes feel too slow when people are having trouble planning their moves. The designers, the Fragor brothers, have anticipated this problem. The game comes with a "Big Paws" marker that can be slapped down in front of the offending slowpoke. The Big Paws doesn't actually do anything, but it's a cute idea and a helpful reminder to keep dogs moving.
2009-04-24
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Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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May 2009*
Great race game where you drift around corners while handling your huskies!
2009-05-18
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