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Nate Merchant
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I own this game, but have only played a fourth of it (one race) with five. It was fun, but it seemed to me that three more times of the exact same thing (even if two races are on different tracks) may get repetitive and boring. I very much like Knizia's Winner's Circle, so I'm not adverse to racing games. Since Ave Caesar is so well-liked, perhaps I didn't get the big picture.
 
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Kelly Bass
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I've never played more than one 3-lap race at a time. That one race is enough chaotic fun for us.
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Paul W
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Generally I'll play 1-2 races at a time. It's not some deep strategy game, but it is a fun filler with plenty of "take that" moments.
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Henrik Schunk
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It is definitely a filler type of game, but to me, the simplicity is what makes it so much fun. So many racing games kind of dilute and bloat the whole idea of speed and racing in the first place and Ave Caesar does not. Of course, playing it more than a few times per month is probably stretching it a bit.
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Victor J
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You could try the Ausgebremst variants which start adding additional challenges and tactics to the game.
 
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Charles Hasegawa
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Natus wrote:
I own this game, but have only played a fourth of it (one race) with five. It was fun, but it seemed to me that three more times of the exact same thing (even if two races are on different tracks) may get repetitive and boring. I very much like Knizia's Winner's Circle, so I'm not adverse to racing games. Since Ave Caesar is so well-liked, perhaps I didn't get the big picture.


This is a race game that is all about forcing the other players to waste their card by forcing them to the outside or making them use a good card to ride up onto your backside for a total of 1. In other words, its all about screwing everyone else.

If the people you are playing with don't like screw-you-take-that! kind of games, then they will hate this. Our group loves this game - it is short and we laugh the whole time. One race is not even close to enough.
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Ingemar Ragnemalm
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I bought this game recently hoping that it would be a fun family game. Oh, how wrong I was. We ran one race and absolutely nobody was interested in playing it again. IMHO I think that everybody played too well, so we just ended up in the same order as we started. With a big yawn, we put it aside and nobody has asked for it again nd it works its way quickly to the bottom of the games pile. My conclusion was that this must be one of the most boring games we have ever played. Not even the childen were amused.

Maybe it can be made slightly better with some expansion, but I can't see any way to save it. Rock-bottom. It doesn't even have enough pieces to reuse for game design purposes.
 
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Jason Maxwell
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Ingemar, are you sure you played correctly? If everyone played well then at some point somebody had to get stopped in a bottleneck and wasted cards. That's the key point in the game. It sounds like you just played cards and moved around the track and nobody got in each other's way, bu that means somebody didn't take advantage of their position to stop other players.
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Michael Cadieux
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I played this for the first time this past weekend with four members of my family. We played two races, one each on both sides of the board. We had a great time with my oldest daughter winning the first race and me winning the second. It is a quick paced "filler" game as mentioned by others. We very much enjoyed it and laughed throughout when some of us got blocked or forced to the outside of a curve.
 
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