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-matt s.
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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Lawson
United States
Greenville
South Carolina
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Feb 2009*
Oh, how I wish I could get my family to play this with me more! It's such a delightful game! Alas, they don't love the racing genre like I do. *sigh*
2009-11-15
Jordan Stewart
Canada
Saint John
New Brunswick
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Dec 2011
Good, but not so aligned with my interests, I guess.
2010-08-26
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Tim Pinchetti
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Feb 2009*
Might be overrated due to it being my most recent acquisition, but so far still fun.
2009-02-18*
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David Tolin
United States
Houston
Texas
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Mar 2009*
Gut-rating after a single play. I think it could go up.
2009-03-29
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Peter Hawthorne
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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Nov 2009*
Very good initial impressions. The card-driven movement is very fun, the graphical style is great, and the large number of track pieces means there should be a lot of replay designing new courses. I like that this has the random element from the cards as opposed to something like the deterministic energy mechanic from Leader 1, as it reduces the amount of computational look-ahead and keeps things moving along.

Update: Now that I've seen the new Asmodeé style, I'm quite glad I picked up the Lamont Bros edition. The cartoony feel is perfect (for me, anyway).
2009-03-19
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Tony Ackroyd
United Kingdom
Brighton
E Sussex
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Jul 2009*
Really fun race game. Amazing how seemingly so little choice can actually be quite difficult.
2009-02-22
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Michael Klein
Germany
Schoenaich
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May 2009*
Best racing game I played so far, lots of possible circuit layouts for lots of replayability, nice mix of luck and skill.
2009-05-19
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Scott Humpert
United States
Dillsburg
Pennsylvania
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Oct 2009*
Invariably, I will err on shooting out of the gate. From then on it's a race to catch the leader.

The game play is definitely interesting in this game as you plan out your moves and pray for good card draws. The modular board construction provides for a wide array of track construction, from easy to downright devious.
2009-10-16
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Lawrence Lopez
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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Mar 2009*
This is a blast! I typically dislike race games but Snow Tails is an exception. Also... works nicely with 2 players.
2009-03-14
Mandy Heiser
United States
San Rafael
California
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Nov 2013
This is quite a satisfying racing game. Very reminiscent of Formula De, but with a few big distinctions:

-The dice have been replaced with cards so it's more about hand management than pressing your luck. Whichever mechanic you like better will probably determine which game you prefer - personally, I see the cards as an improvement.

-You can't choose to move from side to side; you have to use your cards to control your "drifts." Great vehicle (HAH) for meaningful decisions!

-Lacks Formula De's damage control system. Players are heavily penalized for even getting damaged once, which I enjoy. Makes the game more tense and forces you to be very careful with your plays.

-Modular board makes for more interesting and varied tracks (without shelling out extra cash for expansion boards!)

Only played with two so far, so I'm curious to see how well it holds up with more players and more plays!
2010-01-05
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Randy Wilburn
United States
New Alexandria
Pennsylvania
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Jun 2009*
A very fun race game. The way you maneuver your sled is very unique. The races are close and you have fun discussing parts of the race afterwards.
2009-06-01
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Quint Wheeler
United States
North Ogden
Utah
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Dec 2013
I really enjoy this race game, but a lot of people I've played it with don't like the mathy aspect of steering your sled.
2014-08-26
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Antti Karjalainen
Finland
Tampere
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Jun 2009*
Who put maths in my racing game! ;-) Dog sledding with a nice mix of luck, turn-to-turn strategy and resource (or actually Dent) management.
2010-01-15
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Henry Vogel
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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Dec 2009*
I've played once so far and really enjoyed the game. There's a lot more to this game than meets the eye. I'm looking forward to bringing it to the table again very soon!
2009-07-16
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Russell Lee
United States
Cupertino
California
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Mar 2009*
A very fun racing game! The more players, the better.

What I like the most is that it encourages out-of-the-box thinking. There is more than one way to achieve what you need, but you have to be open to puzzling it out with what you have. For that reason, I think this will be especially fun with my family and teenage sons.
2009-03-31
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Jack van Riel
Netherlands
Tilburg
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Mar 2011
Solid 8. Thinking is fun again! Sure, sometimes you want think about maximizing your prestige points without depleting your resource cube stock, and there's plenty of games for that. But when you want to figure out how to steer your sled through the trees without hopelessly crashing in the next turn, there's Snow Tails.

What I really like is how you can make a short, no heavy thinking, straight-curve-straight-single obstacle track to play with your parents or your buddies at the end of game night, OR you can make a nightmare course where you need RoboRally-trained puzzle-brains just to survive. Highly recommended.
2011-03-11
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Jeff DeBoer
United States
Jacksonville
Oregon
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Apr 2009*
Usually not a race game fan, but I found this one intriguing. With too many sleds in the tree area, I finally just plowed thru and took the damage and ended up losing only by a little. Original mechanisms for braking, changing speed and making turns. Satisfying and would play again...probably will not buy though as I still other types of games compared to race games.
2009-04-14
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Mark Delano
United States
Stamford
Connecticut
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Dec 2009*
Fun, quick, low luck race game.
2009-05-27
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Jake Preston-Marshall
New Zealand
Twizel
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8
Sep 2009*
Far prefer this to Formula De: quicker, less fiddly, great theme, more variability (without having to buy endless expansion tracks).
2009-08-26
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Michael Longdin
England
Crawley
West Sussex
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8
Jan 2010
I don't think this will replace Ave Caesar as our end of evening race game of choice because it's not quite 'quickfire' enough but it's still and interesting and enjoyable game
2010-01-19
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Maciej Teległow
Poland
Gdansk
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Mar 2012
The best race game i have played so far. Movement mechanic is brilliant as the model of sled movement. Sometimes i can "see" dog sleds riding along each other You have to look forward all the time. Every round you have to mke a decision and try to buld plan for next rounds. The theme is great. Lamont Brothers made it !!!
2009-04-30
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Sturmo
Belgium
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2009-09-28
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Mitch Willis
United States
Kathleen
Georgia
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Jun 2009*
Fun racing game that takes a bit more planning than you might think...
2009-06-08
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United States
Central
Indiana
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Dec 2013
This was my introduction to a board game using the racing mechanic. The components are very thematic, attractive and high quality as expected from Asmodée. The gameplay is smooth, fast and enjoyable.
2010-03-09
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Thierry H
France
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May 2009*
I really enjoy this one, fun, easy to play with really good feelings. It has just one default: a maximum of 5 players.
2009-08-21
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Cédric Rothacher
Switzerland
Täuffelen
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May 2009*
Fast an fun game I like a lot. Do the best with the cards you have in hand - i believe there's always a good 'move' to do - find it!
2009-05-13
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Ben Gander
United Kingdom
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Jun 2009*
Very nice short racing game. Skill-to-luck balance with the cards is spot on.
2009-06-23
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Bruce Tanchel
United Kingdom
Solihull
West Midlands
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May 2009*
Exactly how a racing game should be. Such a brilliant design. Great stuff.
2009-05-14
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Sebastien Phaneuf
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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Oct 2009*
Really good quick race games. Easy to teach an really fun to play. The theme of sleigh ride works SUPER well with the game. The drifting mechanism is superb. Lots of different courses can be created.
2009-05-17
Fred Heis
United Kingdom
Stockport
Cheshire
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May 2009*
Very good. Some clever mechanics in there (like the dent function that every time yo ucrash you take dent card that reduces your hand's total number of cards).
Similar to Formula D but more in control than the randomness of a die - thus preferred.
2009-05-23
Scott Caputo
United States
Santa Clara
California
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Jun 2009*
Easy to learn mechanics, but this game requires a lot of careful thought. A fun game!
2009-07-02
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Wim De Grom
Belgium
Dendermonde
Oost-vlaanderen
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Nov 2010
uitstekend race spel.
Door zelf een circuit te bouwen kan je het zo tactisch maken als je zelf wil.
Ondanks afhankelijkheid van de handkaarten, is de kunst om 2 stappen vooruit te denken en risico uit te schakelen.
Goed gevonden regeltje om een runaway leader uit te sluiten.
2009-05-27
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Dave Mansell
United States
Naperville
IL
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Jan 2010*
Another game that just clicks with me. Scores high on competition, a nice balance of tactics vs. strategy, and a nicely customizable track. Best with 3+.
2010-01-13
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Francois Petitclerc
Canada
Verdun
Quebec
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Jun 2009*
Brilliant race game which works perfectly well and is a great challenge just to navigate the turns and elements. Exquisite fun!
2009-06-03
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David C
United States
Aurora
Colorado
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Dec 2009*
Fantastic racing game. Probably the only racing game you could 1-play, and still enjoy.

Having some trouble getting this to the table... it's not terribly difficult, but it's not a game that wins over crowds of non-gamers, nor is it a game that the gamers particularly shout for, either. Still a good game, just not hitting the table all that often.

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A short review of my triumphs and tribulations of this game.

The good: The card mechanic is just plain fun. Every turn, even if you're in last place, trying to figure out how to make your sled go, is a hoot. Never gets old.

The bad: This is a racing game. I'm awesome with racing games, I think they're a good genre.

However, where this falls flat is that you can't really predict where you're going to go, and you can't really predict where your opponents are going to go as well as some other racing games. This takes out one of the most fun parts of any racing game, and that's 'screwage'.

The other thing is, people generally try to race themselves vs. the track, and hope their luck works-out in their favor as it comes to placing first second or third. This is good, but not a press-your-luck situation that I like to see---where people press their luck against eachother, and hope the track works out for them. Most players will do anything possible to avoid a damage card, even if it means losing the race.

So I like it, it still stays an '8' because I love to play it, but I think there are other, better racing games out there.

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If I had a steady group of folks that would play this, I think it would easily hit an 8.5. It really does reward repeated plays more than most games I can think of---even the thick economic games (I'm looking at you, Masters of Venice). I would really recommend doing a short-course game, and then doing a long course game with any group. The short course means any mistakes made basically get erased, and the next game should be highly contentious.

So, a steady group being friends that come over every weekend, or a homogeneous group of kids.

Otherwise, I hate to be a jerk here, but there's always someone new to the game that's like, "wait, umm, uhhh.... uhhh... wait..." and it takes them about 5 minutes to make a turn when they finally accept that yes, they're going to take a damage card. The big 'paws' token exists for a reason.
2011-06-26
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Gordon Watson
United Kingdom
Banstead
Surrey - United Kingdom
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Dec 2009*
A really good and clever race game. A little bit fiddly in terms of the corner rules - make sure you all understand these fully before you set out.

Update - scratch that about the fiddliness of the corner rules - it was just me.
2011-05-22
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Martti Lauri
Estonia
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Aug 2011
Just as I thought. Race-game which I like.
2009-10-30
Bossko B.
England
Brierley Hill
The Black Country
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Dec 2009*
Very simple. So much fun. An enjoyable game every time.
2009-11-03
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Justin Davis
United States
Sewickley
PA
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Jul 2009*
The king of dog sled racing, and right up there with my other racing games as far as enjoyment factor. Deeper than Ave Caesar, but not as complex as Formula D.
2009-07-17
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Chris Douglass
United States
Hayward
California
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Jun 2009*
Able to sit down and immediately play at a game night. There are many different suggested "boards" that can be built with the pieces, some more difficult than others. Be sure to use the easiest one to explain the game.

Immediately playable... only tough part is making sure everyone knows their right from left and how drifting works (I had to explain that a dozen times).
2009-06-08
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Ian McCarthy
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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Sep 2010
Really good hand management racing game with excellent bits and theme.
2010-01-01
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James Schrecengost
United States
Damascus
Oregon
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Jun 2009*
Good race game with different cornering mechanism.
2009-07-01
Железный комиссар
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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Aug 2010
Thank you Secret Santa 2010!

I haven't had this much fun with a light game in a long time. Dog-sledders, approach the starting line.

A turn in Snow Tails is simple. Players have a hand of cards that allow them steer, brake, and accelerate. The mechanic for this is extremely cool. If the right dog runs faster than the left, then the sled pulls to the right by an amount equal to the difference in speed. This really captures the feel of careening around corners as fast as possible. If both dogs are running at the same speed, they are considered to be "in harmony," which boosts the sled's speed by an amount equal to it's position in the race. This captures both the feeling of sprinting forward on a straightaway and the sense of determination if you're behind. It's also possible to run into obstacles (trees) or take a corner too fast and damage your sled. This reduces your hand size, which makes it more difficult to control the sled. Again: brilliant.

There's just enough here to engage you without compromising speed of play. It's hands-on excitement. It's the kind of thing I bet I could get just about anyone to play, and that's rare.

2008 is already one of gaming's best years by a long way.
2010-12-03
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Andreas Burger
Italy
Bozen
Italy
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Jun 2009*
Very good game
2009-06-23
Steve Kingsbury
United Kingdom
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Jun 2009*
Good game; nice mechanics. 5 player race take sabout 75 minutes
2009-06-30
Aurelio Agustin
Venezuela
San Diego
Carabobo
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Jan 2011
Juego de carreras pero sin dados, muy divertido!
2012-05-11
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Was George Orwell an Optimist?
United States
Corvallis
Oregon
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Jul 2009*
I'm not a fan of racing games generally, but Snow Tails is a notable exception. The rules are extremely clever, and provide quick and exciting races. The ability to make numerous different race courses with the base game is a big plus, and helps keep the game fresh.
2009-07-30
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Stephen Owen
United Kingdom
Appleton
Cheshire
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Jul 2009*
Novel and original race game where winning and losing is less important than the pleasure gained from being involved. Neat blend of luck and skill in card play and risk taking.
2009-07-23
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