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Audrey Popson Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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Oct 2008*
Cute game--like the variable track. Nice components. I totally tanked on my first go but still had fun.
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Garry Rice
United States
Perkasie
Pennsylvania
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May 2009*
Probably my favorite racing game (currently)...more strategy than many...
2009-10-23
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Ian Scrivins
United Kingdom
Brighton
Sussex
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Oct 2008*
Very reminiscent of the old Waddington's race game Formula 1, but this comes card driven with a modular track (why didn't other race games think of that?) and obstacles and employs the startlingly novel concept of braking as well as accelerating. The track needs to be long enough for each player to exhaust their card deck, otherwise luck of the draw becomes a much bigger factor. Don't be afraid to take a dent or two, you won't win without. Great fun, one of the best race games around.
2008-10-26*
Håkan König
Sweden
Linköping
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Jun 2011
Dogsled racing - sounds perfect at christmas.
2013-02-06
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Tim Isakson
United States
Richardson
Texas
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Aug 2009*
Own the Asmodee edition, which is quite nice.
2009-10-24
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Nick Case
England
Epsom
Surrey
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Jun 2012
Great 20-30 minute filler. Nice driving mechanism. Never fails to please this game has become a real favourite
2009-05-03
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David G. Cox Esq.
Australia
Port Macquarie
NSW
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8
Oct 2009*
Personally, I think that the mathematics in this game make it quite a complex game to play. It improves greatly after a couple of plays and you start to develop a 'feel' for the sled and its movement.
2009-10-28
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Federico Galeotti
Italy
Firenze
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8
Nov 2008*
Really good racing game, with some novel and clever mechanics (balancing of the dog teams in order to turn right, left or go straight ahead).
2008-10-28*
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Thomas Franke
Germany
Nuremberg
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Jan 2009*
Ave Caesar on steroids. I like the drifting mechanism and the different obstacles. Much more to think than one would expect on first sight.
2008-10-28*
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Olav Müller
Germany
Düsseldorf
Deutschland
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8
Nov 2008*
A unique and very exciting racing game. At first it doesn't seem to be much of a game, but you have to plan ahead in order to stay on the course. The drifting mechanism is really excellent.
2008-10-30*
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Aaron Cinzori
United States
Holland
Michigan
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Oct 2010
Fun and plays briskly. Attractive.
2008-10-31*
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United States
Plainwell
Michigan
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May 2009*
Very fun racing game! The theme is great, the production quality is great, the art is fun and thematic and most importantly, the mechanisms all work fantastically well together. We initially laughed at the dogsled spinner and I promptly needed it to help clarify which way my dogs were drifting The "treeples" are very cool and sending your dogsled at full speed through trees to speed to the finish line is quite amusing. I could practically smell the sap and taste the bark from the branches that must have been sticking out of every part of my poor dogsled.

I have an Alaskan Michigan Malamute, and she says "woof, woof, bow wow, awoooo!" Which means, - buy this game if you want a really great racing game.
2008-11-03*
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Michael Webb
United States
Western Mitten
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Oct 2010
Fragor's latest game doesn't have the cutesy components of their last few releases, but it knocks the cover off the ball in terms of fun and playability.

Snow Tails gets the racing game genre right: simple, fast-paced, but with plenty of excitement and a touch of randomness to keep things from being too predictable. Players have a dog sled with 3 components: 2 dogs and 1 brake. Each of these items has a rating between 1 and 5. They also have personal card decks with cards between 1 and 5. Players, on their turn, each have a hand of 5 cards. At least 1 card must be played to modify one of the dogs or the brake, multiples can be played only if they are of the same value (i.e.: can play two 5 cards but not a 4 and a 5). Movement is simple: sum of the dogs, minus the brake is speed. If one dog is faster than the other, the difference between the two is the amount of sideways drift that the sled will have as part of its move. A bonus move is available that is higher for those back in the pack if the sled is balanced with evenly powered dogs.

What makes the game potentially hairy is the damage component: the sled can take damage when various bad things happen including crashing into the side of the course, entering a turn too quickly (ala Formula De), or, my personal favourite, ramming through not-so-conveniently located treeples at mach 5 on your rocket powered sled out of Hades. Every time you run into something or violate the speed limit on the curve entry (cue mental image of dogs bursting into flames), you end up taking damage cards which sit in your hand of 5 and reduce your options. That's it, first one across the finish line wins.

The game comes with a number of tiles which have simple (standard course) sides on one side, and evil components on the other. The evil tiles can be either chicanes, straight-aways that narrow to one lane, or the aforementioned forest of death where trees sit in the middle of the course and menace people who come through, particularly the first people to come through, as they are mowed down when struck.

This game is excellent, everything that I'm looking for in a racing game: speed, excitement, and a modifiable course because of the modular tile choice (great idea guys). It fits into a small space of time, and is easily the best game in its niche. This is what I was wishing Ave Caesar was like when I played that title. I'm flat out thrilled that this has been picked up for wider distribution because it's a great title that I think will have extremely broad appeal.
2009-05-17
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Bruce Miller
United States
Grand Rapids
Michigan
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Sep 2009*
Race game, but with dogs and a clever movement mechanic.
2012-11-11
Hagrid
England
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Nov 2008*
06/11/08
I'm a big fan of racing games, and this is another good one. Trying to control your huskies can be fun, as is dodging obstacles and avoiding the ice walls.
2008-11-06*
Giles Pritchard
Australia
Shepparton
Victoria
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Nov 2009*
The best of the Fragor games I have played. This game was very good. I liked the acceleration/brake/drifting mechanism - very cool. All in all the game is excellent.
2008-11-08*
Jason Matthews
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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Jun 2009*
I am giving this a full point more than I should in terms of enjoyment. Why? Becuase this is the first racing game I can every remember actually liking, and wanting to play again.
2008-11-08*
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C Sandifer
United States
Lutherville
Maryland
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Jul 2009*
A clever card-driven racing game where frenzied dogs pull your sled onwards and upwards - often into a tree or wall. Since players are forced to play one or more cards each turn to modify the sled brakes and/or strength of each dog, players are sometimes forced into a position where wall- and tree-smackery is unavoidable. But that just makes the game even more sadistic and enjoyable.

Update:

Rating increased to an 8 - assuming (as is proper) that as many tree and obstacle tiles as possible are being used. Don't play on an obstacle-free track!

For me, Snow Tails is the perfect racing game: not too long, with just the right amount of luck and screwage.

Now I can finally unload Formula De and Mississippi Queen. Thank God.
2010-03-24
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Bob Flaherty
United States
Loves Park
Illinois
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Mar 2009*
I haven't played too many race games per se so I don't have much to compare it too, Powerboats being the only racing game I have played. However, there are a couple of cool if not novel mechanics that Snow Tails employs. The drift mechanic is incredibly neat. Playing dogs of different power to affect how your sled moves across the playing field as well as forward adds some neat tactical thinking. The "catch-up" mechanism is clever. One would think that if you were in the back of the pack you would always strive to balance your sled for this bonus movement. However, this is definitely not the case. Speed limits on curves are a big limiting factor. Crashing into others another. In addition, playing two cards to balance your sled may not always be the best move. Since you only have four cards of each number (once all are used they can be reshuffled), a wiser play may be to play one card with an unbalanced sled rather than slapping down two cards to balance the sled. Finally, I think the dent card idea is cool. It does make you think twice about taking extreme risks. One dent card is okay, my blue sled with one dent card finished second. I would think two may be doable, but more than that and you are going to be limited in your options. Control of your sled is going to be much more difficult.

After eighty days of waiting, my wife asked if the game was worth the wait. I answered that yes it was, but the price for admission is a little steep. Great bits, clever mechanics, superb theme, excellent game. If I have any drawbacks about the game it is the price. Maybe with the Asmodee reprint, the price will come down to allow more people the joy of playing this excellent game.
2009-03-02
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J.D. Berry
United States
Springfield
VA
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8
Nov 2008*
Intuitive, accessible, quick, fun, customizable.
2008-11-11*
Eugene Zehner
United States
Saint Cloud
Florida
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8
Nov 2008*
Excellent racing game. Controlled mayhem with multiple sledders (more than two). Just go fast!
2008-11-12*
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Alvin C
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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Sep 2009*
Tremendous fun as your huskies crash through trees and around corners. The mechanics do a fairly good job of simulating a race.

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Larry Welborn
United States
Anderson
South Carolina
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8
Jul 2009*
Early rating, this has the chance to become my racing game of choice. Nice components and interesting play. I have the Asmodee edition with the leap of death.
2009-10-22
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Alan Fluck
United States
Laurel
Maryland
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8
Apr 2010
Really fun racing game, but some people find the math a bit of a chore. The mechanics aren't too difficult to teach, but it does sometimes take most of a game for it to click.
2010-04-28
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Chris Schenck
United States
Dayton
Ohio
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8
Jun 2009*
Fun, fun, fun!
I may never crack out my copy of Formula De again.
2009-06-05
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Robert Lautenbach
Netherlands
Amersfoort
NL
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8
Jul 2010
Played twice with two and three players. I can imagine it being even better with more players. The game reminds me a bit of a cross between Formule De and Ave Cesar: Like in Formlule De you have to take speed limits and player sequence into account, like in Ave Cesar you select cards from a limited hand set. And it works beautifully. Gamelength is also about right as far as I am concerned: A bit shorter than the other two games I mentioned. The only complaint one could have, is that you really need to calculate your options each turn (making it more brainy than you might expect based on its components).
2009-08-30
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Filip Schneider
Czech Republic
Prague
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8
Nov 2009*
With 5 players is much more fun, but even with 2 players it can be tense race.
2011-01-28
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Daniel Eig
United States
Huntington
New York
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Nov 2008*
One of the best racing game I've ever played. Its similar to ave caesar, as you have a deck of cards. But here it makes sense -and you can control your vehicle through them. You turn by shifting the "weight" of your vehicle. You control speed with the "weight" of your brake. Only gamey thing in it is the catch-up mechanism for straight runs... but its needed.
2008-11-18*
Patrick H.
Canada
Pierrefonds
Quebec
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Feb 2010
Nice mechanic for movement. Looks great when set up with all those wooden trees.
2010-02-23
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Geoffrey Engelstein
United States
Bridgewater
New Jersey
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8
Jun 2009*
One of the most innovative racing games to come along in a while. Quick mechanics, fun for all ages, but challenging nonetheless. Terrific game.
2009-06-01
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Chaddyboy
United States
Olathe
Kansas
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8
Mar 2009*
Great racing game! The mechanics and theme are pretty darn brilliant with the way the speed and turning mechanism works. The speed limit for the corners is a little pasted on, but really works for the game. Awesome!
2008-11-22*
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W. Eric Martin
United States
Apex
North Carolina
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Dec 2008*
After three games, I’ve stuck with my initial assessment of Snow Tails as Advanced Ave Caesar. The feel of the two games is similar as you need to use hand management to fuel movement this turn and prepare for future turns, whether you’re aiming to drift through a U-turn or approaching a speed limit that will damage your sled if you cross it too quickly. You can time passes in order to cut someone off and force them to hit you or go out of control. You can also be aware of which opponents have played which cards to give you a sense of what’s left in their deck and possibly already on deck in their hand.

Beyond those comparisons, Snow Tails uses a more dynamic movement system that should reward more extensive play. Currently I feel like I’m still struggling to find the sweet paths through a course. In Ave Caesar, the good spots on the course are clear to everyone; the only question is whether you have the cards in hand to take advantage of them. In Snow Tails, you have more freedom to move and experiment, to push your dogs and sled and take damage and yet still keep moving. Damage can take you out of the game if it’s too severe, but you can also throw away future options (by clogging your hand with damage cards) to gain a positional advantage in the present; the ability to make those kinds of trade-offs is always welcome in a game.

Head to Boardgame News for my complete review.
2008-11-22*
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Brett Myers
United States
Madison
WI
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Dec 2008*
Terrific racing game, with innovative speed and turn mechanism, hand management, and an appealing theme. Fun enough I'd consider buying it.

Update: bought it.
2012-09-09
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Kevin O'Hare
United States
San Carlos
California
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Jun 2009*
What a great race game. Gameplay is easy to understand, and the bits are a plus. Highly recommended.
2008-11-24*
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Milwaukee
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Nov 2008*
Surprise hit from 2008 Essen! A perfect blend of hand management and racing that is fun, fast, and thematic. The clever use of cards to brake, steer, and speed up makes this a perfect game. The speed maximums being enforced is a bit wonky (some of the lines are in strange places) but that's a quibble compared to the brilliance and fun in the box.
2008-11-24*
Gil Hova
United States
Jersey City
New Jersey
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Jul 2009*
This is a great racing game, right up there with Turfmaster. It feels a lot like the old Atari arcade game Battle Zone, because your movement is determined by the speed of your two huskies. If your right husky is faster than your left husky, you'll turn right. If the left one is faster, you'll turn left. If they're both the same speed, you can add a bonus to your speed, but that bonus can put you over certain speed limits strewn about the course.

And seeing a player make a good move causes the whole table to go, "Oooh." That's always a good sign to me.
2008-11-24*
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Wally Jones
United States
Windermere
Florida
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Dec 2008*
Great racing game. Love the steering mechanic.

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2009 Plays = 2
2011-01-14
Richard Adkins
United States
Toledo
Ohio
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Jul 2014
Initial rating of 8

This game keeps getting better the more I play it.

I am a race game fan and often have a difficult time rounding people up for a race....not with this one! People line up to play and we often have people watching and commenting on position and card play even the occasional oooh and aaahh at a clutch moment.

Superb blend of luck and skill that rewards players that can plan ahead based on the upcomming track and cards in hand. However, never count out lady luck. A perfect card draw can go a long way here.

The catch up mechanic in this game works very well and can even be used as a point of race strategy.

The overall mechanics really bring the theme out in this game. They feel like they were made for the game and not just created then lightly covered with theme.

You can (usually) tell by the middle of the race who the "new guy" is by his lack of understanding course correction. This is not a bad thing as the learning curve is pretty shallow. However, newbies usually get rocked by the experienced guys their first time out on the snow swept track (yeah, you are the exception Kris).

With a field of experienced mushers the game is tense and full to the brim with tough meaningful decisions.

Once you get a good feel for the game you can almost look at a track and just see where the optimal path is...now you just need to take it before the other guy cuts yer ass off (ERIC!)!

The one thing that ties all of this together is the fact that you can teach the game and run a mild to moderate course in less than an hour!
2009-08-07
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Adam Daulton
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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Oct 2014
This one is fighting with Detroit/Cleveland Grand Prix as my favorite racing game. I think this might be it, since you win the race instead of just make the most money. I love how the steering works. Very glad I own this one.
2014-10-05
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Jeffrey D Myers
United States
Los Ranchos
New Mexico
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Jun 2009*
Pretty groovy little race game, with them fitting mechanics well.
2009-06-24
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Kevin Calongne
United States
Keller
Texas
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Jan 2010*
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Phil Shepherd
United States
Bristow
Virginia
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Jul 2009*
Rating based on one play with four players. This game reminds me of a cross between Ave Caesar, RoboRally and Mississippi Queen, although I'm told you can throw a little Formula De in too (I've never played that one).

I think that the card mechanism and all of the parts really work well with the theme. The drifting, check point speed limits, and dents really make for some great risk management and tough decisions. At this point, I'm willing to crown this my favorite racing game (although, admittedly I've only played a few). The customizable tracks allow for a lot of replay value.
2008-12-15*
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Mark Applegate
United States
Torrance
California
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Jul 2009*
New favorite racing game. Not too long and the theme is cool. The advance games look tough.
2008-12-20*
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Bastien
Australia
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8
Apr 2010
Very fun race game.
2009-05-25
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Big Kat
United States
Oregon
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Jun 2010
This is fun. Might be my favorite racing games. But it can have definite AP problems. You really have to get everyone playing at a good pace and not worrying too much about mistakes (which to me is part of the fun).
2010-06-22
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william riley
United Kingdom
Wigan
Lancashire
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Jun 2009*
Good racing game where the use of cards to move your sledge round the track and past obstacles.
2010-04-02
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Ryszard Hermaszewski
United Kingdom
Watford
Hertfordshire
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Dec 2010
Seems to move slower than a sled pulled by huskies if you allow overanalysis, so requires smart play and best with a timer to avoid AP.
2012-05-18
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Chris Johnson
Canada
Guelph
Ontario
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Mar 2010
Of the race games I've played this is my favorite. Only played it with 2 players but would like to get to the table with more players.
2010-12-29
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United States
Eugene
Oregon
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Apr 2010
03 DEC 2010 - Love the mechanic of playing to both sides of your sled and how that affects which way the sled will go. It's a bit more difficult than you think at first, then it's great fun.
2010-12-03
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Farid Widjaya
United States
Lancaster
Pennsylvania
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Feb 2010
Finding that the game can drag playing with first timer.. need to play this some more before passing judgment.
2010-02-09
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