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Cameron Iwan
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This is another very simple dice game in the Playoff sports-related series manufactured by Crestline. The game consists of three wooden dice, three small pegs, and a piece of wood vaguely resembling a tennis court, along with rules and a small plastic container.

There are holes drilled in the court area of the board. On each side of the net there is a hole drilled just outside of the baseline, just inside the baseline, and one on each of the left and right courts. Two pegs represent the players scores off to the side, while the third one represents the ball on the court.

Service begins with the ball peg placed outside the baseline of the serving player. They roll the Serve Die which results in "in play" half the time. Other results include Ace Serve which earns them a point, A Let which has them reroll, and a Fault which also has them reroll but lose the point if they roll Fault again before rolling a good serve.

On a good serve, the other player rolls their Return Die. This can result in a Volley Smash, Long, Into Net, Left Court, Right Court, or Baseline. A Volley Smash is an automatic point for the returning player. A roll of Long or Into Net is an automatic point for the other player. And a roll of Baseline or Left/Right Court is in play and has the ball peg placed in the proper hole on the other side. The volley continues until somebody gets a point, and the game is over after somebody gets four points.

To review this game, I have to say, it is terribly bad. Aweful. The server will get an automatic point a sixth of the time, and very rarely will roll two Faults in a row to lose a point. The first player to return also has a one in six chance to win an automatic point, but also a one in three chance to give the server an automatic point. Only half off all rolls will actually keep the ball in play, which creates very short volleys that will always favor the server over time.

Perhaps the silliest thing about this game is the board. It serves no function at all and the game would be exactly the same using only the dice and something to track scores up to four points. Overall, this is a very weak game and not worth picking up at all. Even among the other games in the Playoff series, it is boring as either a solitaire or two-player game and is not worth a first look at.
 
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