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THEY'RE AT THE POST... As the crowd tenses with anticipation one can only wonder what's going on in the minds of these seven men and their mounts, these "equines for the ages" will soon settle that long asked question "Who's the greatest of all time?"... And... THEY'RE OFF!
In Winner's Circle you are right in the middle of a classic day of racing. Which horse is the favorite? Does the long-shot have a real chance? How high are the betting ratios? Which bet promises the highest profit? Once the field is announced you must place your bets. You then take turns rolling the special die and moving the horse of your choice. Will you advance the horse you are backing or impede those horses backed by the other players? While having multiple players back the same horse improves its odds of winning it also lowers the payouts, and there are still no guarantees of victory. At the end of the running the best bets payoff. After 3 races the player with the most winnings is triumphant.
I was completely caught off guard by how much I enjoyed Royal Turf and how well received it's been by my gaming groups. The rules are simple and straightforward, but despite the first glace that this is a simple game, there is far more at work.
Players take turns moving horses around the track to get them to Win/Place/Show after each race. By observing your opponents' actions -- which horses they move how far, how they react to other player's movement of certain horses -- you can try to determine who is rooting for which horse. Since there is a 'zero' or fake bid in the mix, you can never be quite sure which horses a player is pulling for except through their behavior.
The game plays very quickly, and since you play several races back-to-back for a complete circuit, you are never truly 'out' of the game if you perform poorly in the first race or two. There is also often collusion among players to completely decimate a horse they believe the current winner is bidding large on -- which can sometimes have unpredictable results!
A fine game with excellent components, a quick learning curve and incredibly high replay value. Highly recommende.
This is one of the more fun games we have played in years. We played with my family over and over again. It was easy to learn and equally fun for a variety of ages (9 - 70). Highly recommended from someone who plays A LOT of different games. review is almost 50 words!
Royal Turf is a horse race of a different color. The order in which the horse cards are drawn from a shuffled deck determines how many spaces back from the starting post each begins. Each card shows the distance traveled for any given die roll. Everyone places betting chips on three horses, and the race begins! (Cue the Lone Ranger theme.) On your turn, roll a die and move one horse the distance dictated by the symbol on its card that matches the die symbol rolled. All seven horses must move before any horse can move again. The first three horses that cross the finish line on this 40-space track win money according to their positions and the number of bets that have been placed on them. The player with the most money after three races is the best bettor. Families that love games will race to buy this one.