The Official Tour de France Game
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Mik Svellov of Brett & Board says this is the biggest game he has ever seen! To play the game you need not one, but two boxes: 1 standard game (Elfenland type) box plus 1 double height box. This box comes with the lid halfway off because of the 17 heavy game boards inside, and even with the material punched, you still cannot close the box completely!
The bigger box provides all the basic components for the game. The 17 game boards give you 62 road modules--including a Paris section with Tour Eiffel and Arch de Triomphe, 2 bags of flag poles in two sizes and 2 sheets of stickers with flags and banners plus 22 Winner's laurels (one per lap including the prologue).
The other box contains material that is specific for the annual event, and if you are really into Tour de France you might want to buy a new expansion every year. The 98/99-edition only (!) includes 12 teams. Including empty cards this gives 135 cyclists data cards plus the same number of jerseys, a set of number stickers to place on the same and 15 each of the point jerseys; Yellow, Green and Mountain. You also get a set of 32 rulers (1 per player), 2 score pads (each has 14 sheets specific for one complete game, but you can make photocopies or download new sheets from their web site), 8 white and 1 yellow dice plus a dice cup, a full-color Tour guide from the 1999 Tour and no less than 4 identical rules books--a very nice feature. Finally, there is a 'box guide' telling where to place everything.
Some special twists: The Official Tour de France Game works in cooperation with the actual teams of the Tour and it offers a members' club to keep you up-to-date on the game and on bicycle racing in general.
In short, this is a life-like game that will remain up-to-date year by year and Tour by Tour (the annual supplement boxes), and that may be played by two or more persons in a short time (just one stage) or over a longer period (several or all 21 stages) from the prologue to the final stage at Arch de Triomphe. The game offers the enthusiastic and creative player the possibility of constructing new stages--the imagination is the only limit.