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Rio Grande Games
RIO289
$17.99
Number of Players 2-4
Playtime 25 Min
Suggested Ages 8+
Designer(s) Frank Schaubrenner, Hartmut Witt
Publisher Rio Grande Games

Hartmut Witt always has original game concepts, and he, together with Frank Schaubrenner, has created a fast-paced grab- and collecting-game that will thrill even expert speed-type game players. Rather unusual landscape types need to be traversed in this game: Clay flats, fields, hot sand, green lawns, water and cobblestones, even some rare blue-white or beige tiles. These landscapes are located on 28 large landscape cards, each of which again is made up of 18 landscape spaces, arranged in random fashion.

The landscape cards get shuffled and distributed among the players (7 each with 3p and 4p, 8 with 2p - the rest go back in the box). Now, every player gets to set two particularly difficult cards aside and places the rest on the table to form a race circuit (the narrow sides of the cards are joined together). Thus, a different track with different challenges is formed for each player. A goal card marks the goal for every player.

Before the game can start, 48 small cards are placed in the middle of the table as a face-down, spread out pile. Each card displays one of the landscape types mentioned above.

As soon as the game begins, all players wildly grab through the pile of cards on the table. Once cards are revealed, they are left face-up if they're not of immediate use. Cards that a player would like to keep are taken in hand. The order of the cards being collected, though, cannot be altered. The collection phase is over when there's only face-up cards left on the table and a player calls ""stop"" because he thinks he has enough cards.

Now, players will see how far they get along their track with the cards they collected. The player who called ""stop"" begins. He turns the first card he picked up over. For example, If it's sand, he puts his marker on a sand space at the start of his course. Thereafter, each subsequent card must display a landscape type that is next to the one his marker is on (either sideways, forwards or diagonally forwards) for him to move forwards. As soon as a card comes up that doesn't allow him to move his marker, their turn is over. Collected cards that are left over are put back into the middle of the table (face-down), and the figure remains where it managed to get to. Each person in turn order then does the same, moving their figure and returning leftover cards. Continue in this manner, round after round, until someone reaches the goal, ending the game. That player is the winner.

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