Winning Moves Games Mille Bornes Collectors Edition
|Brand||Winning Moves Games|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||2.6 x 5.4 x 8 inches|
|Item Weight||0.94 Pounds|
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- Contains: 110 poker-sized cards, car-shaped card tray
- Also includes oversized rules booklet and score sheets
- Charming classic artwork from 1960's
- For 2, 3, 4 or 6 players
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First published in 1962, Mille Bornes (pronounced "meel born," French for "milestones") is an auto racing card game whose object, for each team of two players, is to be the first to complete a series of 1,000-mile trips. Each player has a hand of six cards and picks more in turn from a central pile. There are Distance, Hazard, Remedy, and Safety cards, each with various subgroupings, which determine the course of play. This Collector's Edition reproduces the artwork of the original game. The set includes a car-shaped plastic card tray, score sheets, instructions, and deck of 110 playing cards with language in English and French. Bon voyage! --Richard Farr
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Race across France earning mileage points, overcoming traffic hazards and sabotaging your opponents. Collector's Edition features the charming artwork of the original 1962 cards and a custom designed card-shaped tray.
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If you are unfamiliar with the game, it is fun and easy to play - the object being to be the first player to travel 1000 miles. Along the way, other players will try to stop you with speed limit signs, flat tires, out of gas cards, accident cards, etc.
My only complaint is that the red plastic card holder (for new cards and to put discarded cards) is really cheap plastic - like the kind of plastic that you find in packaging for kids toys, not the type of plastic that is hard and would standup to heavy duty use.
Other than that, we have loved playing the game.
[Addendum June 22, 2014] My jaw dropped when I saw that some company is now trying to sell this deck of cards for $63.99. I paid $13.80 for it and thought it was overpriced. It is a fun card game, but if you have $64 to spend on a deck of cards, my friend, you are something "special."
The game itself is pretty simple. It's like driving on a road trip. You have to play a Green Light card to go, then you play mile cards: 200 miles, 100 miles, 75 miles, 50 miles or 25 miles.
The goal is to be the first player to reach 1000 miles and you try to slow down your opponents by playing cards against them - like you can give them an Accident card and they are stopped until they draw a Repair card to fix it, or you hit them with an Out Of Gas card and they have to get an Extra Tank card before they can go again, etc. There are also 4 Safety cards and each one protects you from a certain Hazard. For example, no one can hit you with a Flat Tire if you have the Puncture Proof Safety card.
All in all, it's a lot of fun competition. This is a great game and I'm very happy to see it available once again!
For those whom haven't played the game before, there can be a bit of a learning curve with the directions, (which could stand to be written a bit more clearly) but well worth it. Insofar as there is arithmetic involved it's somewhat educational (also introduces some french vocab, as the cards are printed in the original french- though not to worry, the iconography and directions make the meanings of the cards clear enough).
Note that It's a competitive card game (played either in teams or individually) and strategy requires sticking your opponent(s) with bad cards, so players should be of an age where they can be good sports about not just winning and losing, but also about doing so at the hands of their opponent(s).