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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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Yet feet that wandering have gone
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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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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
Doral
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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Jonathan Harrison
United States
Fisher
Illinois
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So long ...
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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.
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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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ever this day be at my side, to light and to guard, to rule and guide.
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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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