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1000 bornes card game

Posted: April 7, 2014 by Jeff Fabiszewski in blog, Games
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1000 bornes card game campingThis past campout Sean introduced me to an old card game 1000 Bornes.  This game has existed since 1954 and goes by many names, and there is even a Cars Lightning McQueen edition.

The object of Mille Bornes is that the players are in a road race.  I know, we went kayaking to Travestine Island to getaway from the city.  And now Sean wants me to play a game about cars racing to a mythical finish line.  Never the less, the game is fun and it is easy to see why people are still playing it after its orginal published date.

Mille Bornes is played with a special deck of cards.  After dealing out six cards we took turns playing distant cards.  Granted there are also hazard, remedy, and safety cards. Each hazard is corrected by a corresponding remedy, and is actually prevented from happening in the first place by a corresponding safety.  Occasionally, Sean slowed my progress by giving me a flat tire.  I then would set up a speed limit against him.  I ran out of gas, and he had an accident.  There is a bit of strategy

Each race—or hand—is usually 700 miles (or kilometers) long, but the first player to complete that distance exactly has the option to declare an extension in which case the race becomes 1,000 miles. Other times the game is played up to 1000 miles first, and then the first player to complete that distance has the option to declare an “extension” for 1,200 miles.

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– Jeff

1000 bornes card game

The game packs up small. The plastic car card holder is cool; however, I think it will break overtime if constantly placed into a dry-bag.

Mille Bornes classic auto race card game

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Hive: the board game without the board

Posted: February 5, 2010 by Jeff Fabiszewski in Games
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There are a lot of great ways to relax after a day of paddling…   Recently I have joined a gaming club and one of the games we play is perfect for the outdoors.  The game is HIVE

Hive is a board game with a difference. There is no board! The pieces are added to the playing area thus creating the board. As more and more pieces are added the game becomes a fight to see who can be the first to capture the opposing Queen Bee. The soldier ants battle to keep control of the outside of the hive, whilst the Beetles climb up to dominate the top. Spiders moving into holding positions as the Grass Hoppers jump in for the kill. Keeping one eye on the hive and the other on your opponents reserves, the tension builds as one wrong move will see your Queen Bee quickly engulfed; …. game over!”

 

Hive

You can get a taste of this game by playing it on line.  http://www.hivemania.com/

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do – Jeff