Saturday, May 20, 2006

Hase und Igel

Gnomey, Grimsly, and I have rediscovered a classic board-game called Hase und Igel (or Hare and Tortoise).

A picture of the game in play (from Billabong Boardgamers):

Hase und Igel

The objective of the game is to be the first to cross the finish line. Rather than relying on dice, however, players advance by "eating" carrots. Each player starts out with a certain amount of carrots, and can gain more by landing on certain squares. Players also receive three lettuce cards, which must be "chewed" (in exchange for carrots) before reaching the finish line.

It is a fun game of strategy, in which the trick is to find a balance between speed, caution, and luck.

Detailed rules and some hints are available here (pdf file).


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