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Nathan Bailey
United States
Springfield
Illinois
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8
Sep 2009*
Pretty good, I think I need to play a few more games with 3-4 to determine what I really think.
2009-10-22
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Marcus Lau
Malaysia
Petaling jaya
Selangor
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Jul 2009*
A fun racing game which superseeds the Formula De series.
2009-07-25
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Chris Long
United States
State College
Pennsylvania
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You know, like, for realsies.
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Vaughn had always been a good student, but now it seemed as though he mastered his lessons too quickly.
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8
Jun 2010
A really fun racing game with innovative and thematic mechanics. I like how you can really mix up the race track with those variable pieces, although I do wish there were a few more.
2011-01-23
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Bob VanBlargan
United States
Bath
Pennsylvania
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8
Jun 2011
After one play, seems to fall in between Formula De and Ave Ceaser. Depending on the crowd, any of these 3 are fine.
2009-12-05
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Brian Modreski
United States
Thornton
Colorado
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8
Aug 2009*
Brilliantly simple mechanics make for an easy and fast paced race. From WCMF 09 Prize table.
2009-08-18
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Ben Bateson
United Kingdom
Ross-on-Wye
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8
Feb 2015
Beautiful. A gloriously simple yet versatile design complements a well-written rule book and lovely, effective art. The intuitive and brilliantly-incorporated movement uses a mechanic borrowed from Street Illegal but makes it far more dynamic and amenable to next-turn planning. There is a genuine racing-line strategy not found in games such as Formula D, and that's the winner for me. It does tend to hurt the brains of people not familiar with racing games and the correct way to take corners.

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Best with 5
2010-09-05
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Aron F.
United States
Champaign
Illinois
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Aug 2009*
Very good for a light game. The drifting mechanism is very unique.
2009-08-18
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Aaron Silverman
United States
Halfway between Castro and Mickey Mouse
Florida (FL)
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8
Feb 2010
Based on one play, I am impressed. It's just mathy enough that you get to make interesting little decisions, but not so much as to slow the game down.
2010-02-03
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Rob Cook
United States
Quincy
Illinois
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8
Sep 2009*
I figured that this would be a big hit with my game group and it was. Parts of this game remind me of Mississippi Queen, Formula D, and Roborally; all group favorites.

I plan on trying to design a Roman chariot racing version for Quincon. For that, I would add 'pit stops' and more direct player conflict.

For someone that likes Mississippi Queen but is put off by the steep price tag, I would heartily recommend Snow Tails.
2009-09-21
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Patrik Lervik
Finland
Åbo
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8
Dec 2009*
Surprisingly hard to get the sled where you wanted. Fun game.
2009-11-01
Paul

Wisconsin
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8
Oct 2009*
One of those games with a great "feel"...simple to play, and yet enough strategy and chaos to keep it fresh.
2009-10-24
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Dan
United States
Burlington
Vermont
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Feb 2015
Such a very, very good game. At first glance it appears to be a simple little racing game. Once you get a little deeper you find a lot more thought and strategy than shows on the surface.
2012-01-16
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Ben Vögel
United States
Golden Valley
Minnesota
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I've been on this site for 10 years now, and I'm far from sick of games, but I think I am, to some degree, sick of learning too many new games. I'm also tired of playing 4+ hr multiplayer games, but I'll still happily play really long games 2 player.
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8
Nov 2010
[3 plays] Loved it. Easy rules, straightforward objectives, but subtle strategies to hand management. A point or two of damage (dents) appear to sometimes be worth the price, so don't rule out taking a hit now and then if it improves your position for the next turn or two.

Most recent plays 9-16-09 with Donovan and then I taught a game on 1-2-10 with Andy, Joel, John S, and Michael.
2010-01-03
Gary Jackson
New Zealand
Auckland
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Sep 2009*
Had decided not to get it at Essen (too much competition for luggage space, and wasn't convinced on theme) but am now very glad we have got it. The sled card driving mechanism is a lovely bit of design, and we were soon yelling mush with the best of them. Great entry to the race game genre.
2009-09-18
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Rick weckermann
Canada
Powell River
British Coumbia
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8
Sep 2010
Will owns game gift.
2010-11-22
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Everett Warren
United States
Marietta
Pennsylvania
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8
Jan 2010
Fun game... botched the crash rules on our first play, but since we realized that we can get it right next time.
2014-02-19
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koen verstraete
Belgium
ruddervoorde
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Oct 2009*
Original racing game. Special way of moving.
2009-10-04
Cristian Cano
Spain
Sevilla
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8
Oct 2010
This is one of my top family games.

Better than I expected, this is a funny and fast game. You can get tired soon, I doubt the replayability value of this game, but I enjoyed my first play a lot.

Willing to play again.

*update*

After three years in a row playing this game at Córdoba it has became almost a ritual... I had to purchase a copy for my collection.
2011-11-28
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Filipe Cunha
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
RJ
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May 2012
NM:3
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2014-03-26
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Sébastien Volle
France
Le Versoud
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8
Oct 2009*
A nice racing game reminiscent of "Ave Caesar". Great theme!
2012-12-13
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Neil Molyneaux
United States
Cleveland Heights
Ohio
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8
Oct 2009*
Rating after playing with 3. I like it. I worry about the feeling of repetitiveness. But it's pretty quick, which is good.

Update: I've played several times now, with up to 5 players. Very cool. It's a great game.
2011-06-19
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Keith Matejka
United States
Middleton
Wisconsin
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8
Apr 2010
Racing game of choice.
2010-11-17
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Preston Fuller
United States
Ashland
New Hampshire
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8
Jan 2011
Very enjoyable race game with an excellent theme.
2011-01-05
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Linda Stenström
Finland
Siuntio
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8
Oct 2009*
Easy, quick racing game with a fun theme.
2009-10-28
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Joakim Björklund
Finland
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Overtext?! We don't need no stinking overtext! Oh wait...
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8
Nov 2009*
6.3.2010: Surprisingly hard race game. Lots of agonizing decisions and lots of "OH NO!!!"s during gameplay.
2010-03-06
Nuno Conde
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
RJ
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8
Mar 2010
Excellent racing game. Plays quickly and it's a good option when your gaming group is waiting for a delayed member.
2010-05-07
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Chris Who?
Belgium
Antwerp
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8
Nov 2009*
NL 28€ (spellenwereld)
2009-11-14
Gareth Reynolds
New Zealand
Christchurch
Canterbury
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8
Dec 2010
A unique game of those I've played (I don't think there's any other race games in my recent play list apart from Jamaica and that's not solely a position based win) and one that I expect to do well on in the future. Cards in hand will be a big factor on occasion though.
2009-11-20
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Holger E.
Germany
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8
Dec 2010
Nice components and a lot fun to play
2010-05-28
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Ingo Ahrens
Germany
Stelle
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Where you're goin' with that gun in your hand?
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Iäh! Iäh! Fthagn!
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8
Nov 2009*
Played on Hamburger Spielefest 22.11.2009.
Had a blast! Some designs are so simple you just have to ask yourself "This must have been invented 100years ago already!".
Great theme + mechanics.
2009-11-23
AMERI-THRASHER!
United States
Milford
Connecticut
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Dec 2009*
SNOW TAILS
This racing game has a great theme, and steering the sled can be tricky for some. Look out for the trees!
2012-06-18
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Thom Goodsell
United States
Belmont
Massachusetts
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Nov 2011
My game group will attest to my penchant for race games, good or bad. I think this may be one of the good ones, but since no one else in my game group shares my penchant, it's tough to find out for sure.
2010-10-22
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Kevin Salch
United States
Bristol
Connecticut
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Jul 2010
Christmas Present
2009-12-18
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Martin Cassel
Canada
Montréal
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8
Feb 2010
Fun racing game. The drift mechanic is very well done.
2011-08-16
Volker L.
Germany
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Sep 2010
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2012-03-12
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dave boulton
United Kingdom
etchingham
E. Sussex
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8
Dec 2010
fast and furious sled dog raceing utilising a clever little system to steer; the faster of a pair of 2 dogs pulls harder so ifn you ned to go left have a faster dog on teh left.
The combined total of 2 dogs speed (maximum speed of 5 per dog) minus your brake number (maximum 5) is your total movement so ifn you had a 5 dog on the left and a 3 on the right with a 2 brake you woudl go 6 spaces 2 of which would have to be to teh left.
The fact that you must play at least 1 card a turn (you may play up to 3 identical though) and that you can not weave in and out in teh smae turn makes navigation tricky and often quite hiliarious
A good fun game with pretty good theme (oh and cute lil woden trees )
2010-12-27
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John Gallant
Canada
Dartmouth
Nova Scotia
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Dec 2011
Was a 9, but dropped it down from lack of plays.
sold for $25
2013-04-17
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christmann yann
France
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Jan 2010*
Nice mecanism and the race game remain easy to play. I like it.
2010-01-02
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Kurt Purcell
Canada
Kanata
Ontario
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Feb 2010
Combines many of the best elements of other racing games to provide a fast paced light weight challenge.
2010-02-01
The Dude
United States
Mesa
Arizona
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8
Mar 2010
This is fantastic, light race game. The rules are simple, but the gameplay is tense. The dent cards and the resulting loss of options is a fantastic mechanic. It forces people to take risks and push their sled to the max. I have never seen someone win without taking a few dent cards. Usually the person with the unharmed sled is sliding over the finish line last. The components are top notch, and the variable track is a wonderful addition. If you enjoy race games, you should have a great time with this one.
2010-03-15
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Let's Play Two!
United States
Collinsville
Illinois
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8
Feb 2010
Provisional rating after one play - may go up or down a bit. Very fun game for the family! We've only played the basic "Nutcracker" course to get started, but adding in the trees and obstacles looks like a blast. Easy game to get up and running - recommended race game!
2010-02-12
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Marc B.
United States
Palm Bay
Florida
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Feb 2010
A racing game with a great "drift" mechanic.
2010-02-17
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Steve Bau
United States
Edison
New Jersey
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Mar 2010
I like Formula De more
2010-03-28
Josiah Fiscus
United States
Pittsburgh (Monroeville)
Pennsylvania
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Aug 2011
My favorite new game I played at ABCGF. I am realizing that I love racing games in general, but I was worried this one would be too fiddly. It is definitely not. The steering feels very natural, yet still challenging. It manages to make you think about your choices without feeling like a puzzle or a push-your-luck exercise. The variety in tracks is very high as well.
2011-06-21
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Eric Mowrer
United States
Vancouver
Washington
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8
Mar 2010
Love how similar it is to Formula De, and yet how different. Their differences lie in the mechanics affected theme, which is great.
2010-03-28
Marko Tamminen
Finland
Espoo
Unspecified
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8
Mar 2010
A good racing game!
2010-03-30
John Newall
United States
Lehi
Utah
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Jul 2010
2 months later and I finally got this game to the table. This was so much fun (especially since everything moved so smoothly and quickly with everyone playing quickly). It seemed like the game came down to who could go into the corners in the lead. Can't wait to get repeat plays and play more maps.

Played super fast. I would be fine playing a couple of courses in one night. Everyone got into the game super fast and we didn't have a lot of questions about gameplay. I like simple gameplay that lends itself to a good deep enough game.

Rated an 8 (7/17/10)


Anniversary Purchase (5/6/10)

The game I was most excited to get! I even got the mini tile expansion (Leap of Death)
2010-07-19
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David
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Jan 2013
It's uncanny how much this feels like how it seems like it might feel to be controlling a dog sled! Not that I've ever done such a thing. But still, the mechanics make those things really hard to steer, and difficult to change direction especially (I mean coming out of a left-hand turn and into a right-hand turn, not just any old change of direction). Nice bits too. Better with more sleds - even if that means two players taking two sleds each.

With more plays still like it, but I don't think the catch-up mechanisms are powerful enough. Tournaments are probably the way to balance it.
2010-04-07
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Jeff Pratt
United States
Anacortes
Washington
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Sep 2011
This is a very clever racing game that uses a deck of cards to determine the speed, drift and maneuverability of racing dog sleds. Game play is super quick but there are a lot of decisions to be made and a ton of risks to be taken. As for a direct comparison to another popular race game Formula De, there is less randomness in Snow Tails than in the F1 classic, but the finishes tend to be a tad less exciting. Basically, I find that the meat of Snow Tails is in the middle sections of the track where most of the obstacles are located. How you handle them largely determines your placing. By the last quarter of the race or so, the winner is usually already decided. That's not necessarily a bad thing, simply because that middle portion of the race is so interesting. Whatever it lacks in end game excitement it makes up with deeper, more strategic play overall.
2012-05-22
David Low
Australia
Canberra BC
ACT
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Apr 2010
Very nice. Modular board setup, plenty of options.
2010-04-10

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