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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Tim Shippert
United States
Richland
Washington
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Setup time: 9:27pm
Splain time: 9:32pm
Start time: 9:37pm
End time: 10:50pm


While the Lounge crew were still befuddling stormtroopers and firing lightning bolts out of their fingertips, the seven gamers in the front room needed something to take them to the next config. So, they brought out Long Shot, and plays seven in a reasonable amount of time. (I guess Tim's copies of 7 Wonders, Between Two Cities, and Camel Up were too hard to find or something.)

Andy, Tim, Tom, Elden, Kory, Tallya, and Jerry were the horse bettors, buyers, and jockeys.


So, like most games of Long Shot, this led to an interesting round-table discussion of probability theory and betting strategies. Nah, just kidding - most people just play the game and don't think too hard about that stuff. But betting games typically are somewhat more strategic than most people seem to think they are. Obviously, there's a lot of luck involved, and if we roll Horse 2 a lot more than other numbers it will probably win. But the point of Long Shot is not to guess which horse is going to win - it's to pursue a betting strategy that maximizes your equity versus the other players at every decision point in the game.

The cards in Long Shot allow you a small bit of control in how the actual race turns out; otherwise, it's all about getting the right bets down. Betting itself is mostly governed by the cards, too - a regular $5 bet on a horse of your choice is a fairly weak move, unless you don't have anything better to do with your cards.

Anyway, this is why Tim kept yelling at Andy for moving the wrong horse during the game. Andy chose to move back a horse he had no bets on, even though that increased the chances that his own horse would not finish first, whereas Tim argued that while Andy might win more absolute money if Horse 3 beat Horse 6, he would still lose ground to the owner of Horse 3 and to players who had more money on Horse 3 than he did. Instead, the optimal strategy is to consider the marginal equity you have on each horse relative to every other player before deciding which one to move.

This is obviously not a trivial problem, although I suspect expert players (people who play for money) could solve it. But in terms of a regular board game, it supplies a pleasing complexity to what, on the surface, appears to be a straight up luckfest of a game.

Anyway, as it turns out Andy's horse (#7) actually did win anyway - but Kory's Horse #2 came in second, and Kory had big bets on both #7 and #2, which allowed him to finish with $295 and the victory. Andy came in second with $195, while Tom, who had money on most of the winners but did not own a horse in the to three, wound up with $165. Tim's horse faded down the stretch and he wound up with $150, while Tallya's Horse #3 showed, but she had been stockpiling money rather than betting so she ended up with just $110. None of Jerry's bets paid off and he ended with $90, while Elden, who had two very slow horses, put all his cash into bets on one horse (#6), and when that horse failed to finish he wound up with zero dollars. I actually like this go-for-broke strategy - there's no point in playing it safe by betting behind the leaders and coming in fourth with a hundred bucks - if the luck elements of the game aren't going your way, playing for a long shot is your only reasonable chance of pulling out a win.
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Steve Zamborsky
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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Like new; played twice.

Starting bid: $5.
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Jared Snyder
United States
Nashville
Tennessee
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Opened but unpunched. Pictures available upon request.

$30 Sold to
Chris Smith
United States
Frisco
Texas
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Available until May 25th 2016 10pm CST!

Paypal or cash at con available.
 
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Mike Rundquist
United States
Kenmore
WA
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Game day on Saturday and we all had a first play of this gambling horse racing game. Top notch components and a race that came down to the wire made this a winner. Very surprised how much fun this was.

NEW TO ME

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NEW TO ME

This is a unique auction set collection game, we got a rule wrong which let the scoring be more open than it should have been, so we will revisit it. Beautiful game and I am a sucker for auctions type games so hoping this gets tight and stays around, should play in about 45 minutes, we went long on that with the first play of course, but a 45 minute game with good decisions will be a winner.

We then played

7 Wonders 3 player I finished 2nd

Puerto Rico 4 player I took the victory with most money/goods tiebreaker

Ra 3 player I was a distant third, I usually do quite well in this game, but I just couldn't get anything going.

Biblios 2 player finished the evening with my favorite filler and squeaked out the 7-6 win.

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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Splendid Trickster
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Excellent condition.
 
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Greg Fleischman
United States
Brookfield
Illinois
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BIN: $50
SW: 4.25 lbs.
 
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
David Miller
United States
Syracuse
UT
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Like new. Slightly dinged corner from shipping.
 
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
MICHAEL BROWN
United States
Minnesota
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A fun filler. Buy a horse to gain some skill advantage, play cards to effect the race, and roll dice to see what happens. I would certainly play again, and keep in my rotation of filler games.
 
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Ben R
United States
Clearwater
Florida
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Box is sun faded on 1 side, stickers are coming loose for the horses.
 
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Sean MacKinnon
Canada
Dartmouth
Nova Scotia
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Michael Dorsey
Canada
Halifax
Nova Scotia
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English edition and good condition.

Sweetner: Dragon's Ransom

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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Splendid Trickster
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Colin Nickerson
Canada
Fort St John
British Columbia
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Jeremy Scott
United States
Saint Augustine
Florida
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Some stickers attached to the horses (incorrectly...) but the cards are still in shrink.

Local thrift - 2.99
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Matt Krakoff
United States
Massapequa
New York
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Played a few times. Very Good Condition. Small Corner Ding in Box.
 
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Ben R
United States
Clearwater
Florida
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Box is sun faded on 1 side, stickers are coming loose for the horses.
 
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Bob Hansen
United States
Menomonee Falls
Wisconsin
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Clearwater
Florida
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Nicolette Tanksley
United States
Jackson
Missouri
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I picked Longshot as the posting game because I've never tried a board game challenge before, so I don't know if I can stick to this or not. I've only been into the board game hobby for about a year, though my game collection has grown exponentially in that time. I'm trying to play with what I have instead of going out to buy that new Shiny Shiny. I plan on picking up no more than 12 new games this year (Pandemic Legacy, Above & Below, Fury of Dracula are definites) plus less than 10 Kickstarters. I am also trying to cull my collection, mostly my Euro games, as I can't usually find too many people who want to play these. My local game group usually prefers games with lots of minis or a really strong theme. I also really need to play my Kickstarted games, as these are usually expensive and if they aren't great, then I really need to cull them. *** denotes game may change. I'm not sure if I am allowed to switch games in all of these catagories or not (space/shipwrecked, etc.) I'll denote wins with and loses with . Adding a heart designation to my favorite in the category so far. Edit: I found a couple of the gamers that I know actually enjoy euro games - but ones that have some theme, like Trickerion. I will try to bring more of these to the group meet-up.

1. Get in Character.
January - Ghostbusters (Co-op we played as a family parents & 4yo & 5yo)
February - The Grizzled Wow, what an emotional game, in war there are no good choices.
March - Planned to play Source of the Nile, but decided to try Tokaido with my sister-in-law so I'm counting that because of the cool Japanese character I got to be.
April - Planning to play Marvel Heroes - looked at the rules and boy oh boy - they are really intimidating. I looked for a playthrough and there just isn't a good one so this game is going to take some work...Might switch to another for this category - I've been wanting to try out Fallen! We ended up playing Fallen 2x, because we really enjoyed it. It is a strictly 2 player game with a choose-your-own-path style of gameplay. One player plays the Dungeon Lord and sends monsters/traps verses the other player (hero). The cards are well-written, sometimes very funny. Overall very enjoyable and unique. It's kind of like a dungeon-crawler game without minis. heart
May - Planning to play Warhammer Quest...if I can cobble together enough minis.
2.Just Punched It ***

January - Cauldron - Enjoyed this part abstract/part potion making game.
February - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1- so we had never played Pandemic at all, we decided to try with the basic rules first. We lost due to too many outbreaks. We'll be playing this one a lot, I assume.
March - I planned to play Fallen and I might still do that, but we decided to pop Burgle Bros. out of the shrink and try that as we were in the mood for a co-op. And it is a hard one to beat... I got spotted by the guard too many times on the first floor and we lost the game on the second floor. The mechanics are easier to manage than some co-ops I've tried, but the challenge is still there, mostly because of how many alarm spaces and the randomness of the guard.
April - Played Mysterium 2x as a 2-player game. I know it would be better with more, but we really enjoyed it anyway. It was Dixit + Clue for us. heart
May - Planning to play Shadowstar Corsairs.

3. Follow the Money.

Myth with new 2nd edition rules, I sunk a lot of money into this game system so I really need to learn how to play it and enjoy it. This one I aim to play 1 x a month at least.
1/31 - Played solo Slaughterfield mode a couple of rounds to try to figure out movement, etc. on 1/31. I think I read the rulebook at least 4 times. I'm still not 100% comfortable with all of the symbols and how the game works. I'm not sure how much I like this one right now.
2/25 - Still need to play...seems to be the trend as the last done.
3/23 - Still need to play - having a hard time being motivated to play it solo, downloaded darkness app and will try teaching it to Chris.
3/30 - We played it 2 player for March and Chris seems to really like it and get it...good news for this game! We used the Archer and Soldier in the Weaver's Needs Scenario and got overrun on monsters because the Archer just couldn't get enough arrows.
4/12 - We played the first of the Kickstarter extra Story Quests (Blood on the Grass) which involved a small, medium, and large tile with several lairs that spawned baddies. Chris played the Acolyte and smoked foes with his holy powers. I played the Brigand and sniped baddies from the shadows. If I had thought about it, it really is an unlikely team of heroes. We managed to win this one barely. I had 1 hp left and Chris's character had 2 hp left when we cleared the last tile. It is becoming a more interesting game for us. Initially the customization was very daunting...now we realize how much potential the game has and also how much you would have to play it to keep all of the rules in your brain. heart
May - Still planning on playing Myth!

4. Mini Me. ***

January - X-wing Miniatures b/c it's my husband's favorite game and he's the local judge so he doesn't always get to play on his game nights
February - Coup, a small game that was my stocking stuffer this past Christmas.
March - And Then We Held Hands - A different kind of game for us. It is part abstract, part card game, and part mental symmetry. We enjoyed it immensely. heart
April - We played Times Square last night and enjoyed it - a nice light strategy game. Each piece has some unique rules so that was a bit hard to remember, but we got it!
May - Planning to play some Japanese games - most of which are mini in size! Rolling Japan is on the top of the pile.

5. Favorite Game

January - Firefly- This game feels so much like the TV series
February - Akrotiri - Thought about saving this for the Shipwrecked category, but this is my favorite 2- player game right now.
March - Played Above and Below and it makes me super happy when I do get to play even if I don't win. I'm not sure if it is the superb story telling or what. Love this game! heart
April - We played Caesar & Cleopatra and enjoyed this one again as it's been awhile since we've played it. It was one of the first games I bought...and loved. It's my third favorite 2-player only game...right after Akrotiri & Patchwork.
May - Planning on playing Mice and Mystics

6. It Came From Outer Space ***

January - Space Alert
February - Xia: Legends of a Drift System - Wow, what a game! It feels kind of like Firefly the Game, but more generic space-themed and a tile-based layout so the board changes every time you play. This might be my husband's new favorite out of my collection. We only played to 5 fame points because it was our first game and we had to play with un-official 2-player variant rules; I'll definitely be kickstarting the expansion whenever that comes out. In the meantime, I'll try to PnP some of the fan-made stuff. heart
March - Played Merchant of Venus, I enjoyed the gameplay, but my husband found the routes too restricting, the board too static after we discovered the last of the cultures he was bored by the manuevering to trade for the best deals. This game for us is the exact reverse of Firefly - Trading is primary and missions are secondary while with Firefly the missions come first and the trading is secondary. I liked the beautiful board, funny flavor-text/kooky trading goods, ship dashboards, and the changing market mechanic. I don't know if it will stay in my collection though, mostly because of Xia.
April - Planning to play Space Hulk 4th Ed, but I just realized that I don't have some of the Space Marine tokens. It must have been in the bag with the minis that I was trying to get painted that got stolen instead. I found some on e-bay to replace them, but it will be several more days weeks until they arrive, as I just found out they are coming from Greece. I may have to sub in a different game this month for Space... I'm thinking Star Trek: Fleet Captains. It was a lot of fun the first time I played - maybe I'll try the Romulans this time. UPDATE: Played Star Trek: Fleet Captains as the Romulans, but lost 7VP to Chris's 10VP with the Federation. It was a lot of fun and feels like Star Trek in a box to me. I haven't tried a lot of other Star Trek games, but this one is pretty awesome!
May - Planning to play Galaxy Trucker.

7. Shipwrecked ***

January - Robinson Crusoe - Played with another family, didn't completely finish the game but we called it as a win.
February - Castaways - We got off the island on the last turn - we think. Honestly, the rules could use a re-do with this one. WE also think that it's strange that characters don't rest at night but rather have to use one of their two actions during the day to do so...but you still have to feed yourself at night. We homerule it b/c it doesn't make sense to us. I need to check out more info on this and Robinson Crusoe - I'm thinking one is going to be sold. We do really love how the encounters deck slides in depending on what choices you make.
March - PlayedAmerigo, but it took us 3 days to do it, on and off. The first time we tried, the rulebook was very difficult to understand regarding the "special" track and we messed up the game that way. After going on BGG and finding a player aid and reading some forums we understood better and started over. Once we understood the rules, it was a neat game for us. The cube tower was an interesting mechanic that we had never seen before. I lost pretty badly to my husband who managed to block me out of the two last islands that could be settled. heart
April - Planning to play Archipelago - my brain couldn't handle learning this last night - plan to try again tomorrow night. Ok, ok - I chickened out on this one. I don't know why but I just wasn't up for this much economics?? Anyway, we got out Tobago and played it instead after failing to learn Archipelago over several nights. I won this puppy by 18 points. This one is a great, quirky game!
May - Planning to play Hansa.
8. Dust Collector of 2015.

January - Kemet - played a close 2 player game of this 1/12, interesting choices and I felt it was pretty tight even as a 2 player game. I won probably by 1 turn
February - Dungeon Petz - played it 2x, enjoyed it immensely, but my husband did not...but that might be because I smashed him early on in the game.
March - Played Lords of Waterdeep, which might our new favorite worker placement. It is smooth and makes sense to us. I think it is an easier worker placement than something like T'zolkin or Manhatten Project, but we really enjoyed it - and I totally won by 50 points. heart
April - We played the good, classic Agricola for the first time a few days ago. I think I bought this game when I first got into boardgames a little over a year ago, then opened the box, looked at the complexity of the rules, closed the box and stuck it on the shelf. After playing a lot of other newer worker placement/resource allocation type games, this one seemed a lot less daunting. I see this game's DNA flowing through so many others that I've played. Tied 27 to 27!
May - Plan to play Ra: The Dice Game.

9. Abstract Arts

January - Bridg-it - thrift store find and likely one of the oldest games I own.
February - Day & Night - bought almost a year ago b/c I like the theme, played it and I was Night and Chris played Day. He won a very close game. It's a hybrid between being an abstract and a card game. Next time I play this, I'll sub in My Little Ponies (Celestia and Luna) for the player token. Beautiful art. heart
March - Played Yinsh last night 2x. I've had it for a long time, but this is the first time I've played because I have a hard time getting abstracts to the table. The first game I lost by 1 move, and the second game I trounced my husband.
April - We played Stone Garden, which is a beautiful and relaxing Japanese designed game about creating a stone garden. It's a tile laying game with real rocks as well. Beautiful to see and zen to play. It's my second play of it, and I haven't won yet - but I'd play it almost anytime someone asks.
May - Plan to play Samurai.



10. Do You Have the Time? ***
I'll probably leave these set up on my game table until finished. It's difficult for me to play games that last longer than 2 hours because the only time I really get to do this is after my 2 little ones get to bed at night.
January - Runebound 2nd Ed. - Played with the Frozen Wastes Expansion - Started 1/31 finished 2/1, played a little over 3.5 hours.
February - Prophecy - I finished playing this and thought to myself that it is sort of Runebound lite. I haven't ever played Talisman which everyone seems to compare it to, so I'm not sure there. I guess I'll have to play Talisman next month to see. There were some mechanics I liked but overall it is pretty random who ends up leveling up enough to take on the big baddies and thus win enough artifacts to beat the game. We only played until someone got two artifacts since this was our first play ever.
March - We played Talisman Revised 4th Ed. Base Game last night. It frustrated my husband because of the extremely frequent dice rolling, though he ended up winning and I ended up being a Toad. Long game and trying to compare it to Runebound and Prophecy.
April - Planned to play Earth Reborn, but decided that I didn't want to play two long games from the same designer (Archipelago) nor two that echoed another's mechanics(Space Hulk), so we decide to play Arkham Horror instead. It was a 3+ hour game even after set-up, but probably because I had to learn it, too. We ended up winning just around midnight by closing all of the gates before the elder god showed up. heart
May - Planning to play Twilight Imperium.

11. Friends and Family Plan ***
I usually pick plus I'm usually interested in playing anything,so this one will probably be harder for me to complete. I'll say that it qualifies if I'm not really in the mood to play that particular game. This list will probably include some kid's games that I'm not a big fan of like Pretty, Pretty Princess, but play with my kids anyway or if my game group only wants to play a game that I'm not in to.

January - Pretty Pretty Princess (with my 5yo daughter and 4yo son), funny but takes surprisingly a long time to gather all the jewelry to end. I'm trying to get my daughter over being a sore loser with this one.
February - Kings of Air & Steam - Enjoyable airship game with a twist on pickup and deliver plus an interesting changing market system
March - Played a timed variant of X-wing Miniatures that allows you to accumulate points for blowing up other player's ships, but also allows you to re-spawn if you die and get back in the game to get the most points. I played at my husband's insistence b/c I just wasn't feeling like it, but I did anyway. Got 2nd in points! heart
April - I played a whole bunch of Haba/Family Pastimes/Peacable Kingdom games with my kiddos over the month so I figured that I'd count these here. Probably the one I really didn't feel like playing but did was Stone Soup, but it was a pretty good matching game so we did end up enjoying ourselves.
May -???
12. What do you want to be when you grow up? ***
I figure that I was a pretty normal child who went through some phases about what I wanted to be...veterinarian, detective, etc. Here's some games that mirror that journey.

January - Zooloretto - Enjoyable zoo building game, I've even managed to play this 2x with my 5yo daughter!
February - Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective - Case 3 - We use the map from the old edition because it is bigger, but we play with the writings and "newspapers" and directory of the new Ystari edition. We did great with Case 1, okay with Case 2, but we definitely didn't get the right answer for Case 3 - we got a lot of the answers partially correct, and we went to all of the locations that Holmes visited, but we definitely felt the material given didn't lead to answer given in the book. I've heard a lot of people feel this case isn't one of the better ones so I guess I'm okay with not getting it 100% right. Slightly irritated that the publisher didn't bother to playtest these and fix original problems or make sure the translation of the assistants on the back was translated from the French section abbreviations.
March - We played Pastiche2x because it was so relaxing and enjoyable! It's artsy and sophisticated, but in a way that has minimal clunky rules. I won both times we played. It's an enjoyable mix of colors. heart
April - We played Expedition: Northwest Passage and I have to say that I really don't know what to think about it. Part of me thinks that it is impossible and that the game designers are laughing at my ill-conceived attempts to reach the Northwest Passage and then get back to Greenland in 10 turns. We didn't even get 1/2 way there and I still didn't make it back. It does have a very cool freeze/thaw mechanic and the ability to deploy a dogsled. The worker placement part is kind of ridiculous though. I'm honestly not sure if I'll keep this one as unless I'm reading the rules wrong somewhere (I read them 3x), the likelihood of scoring well at all is a pipe dream.
May - Planning on pretending to be a fireman in Flash Point: Fire Rescue.


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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Timofey Bokarev
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Bought used, very good condition.
Cards are sleeved.

Opening bid $10.
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Very good condition.
 
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Kristina Torr
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Game was only played once. Stickers don't stick to the horses but they never have.

Fits in the medium USPS flat-rate box.

Minimum bid: $12

BIN: $45
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Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:983]
Simon Klein
Germany
Mannheim
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Titel: Kopf an Kopf
Verlag: Kosmos
Zustand: originalverpackt
 
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Very good condition. Whitening on box corners, with one corner having a slight crease.

Soft reserve: $30
Buy it now: $50
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