Fast Flowing Forest Fellers
English language edition of Flussfieber
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Daring lumberjacks meet at the river to begin their traditional contest of the fastest log riders. With skillful maneuvers they try to beat-out their competitors to get ahead in this running of the river. Sometimes you want to move ahead quickly and other times you want to block others in your race to be the first across the finish.
Each player controls small group of lumberjacks and competes with the other players to bring his group across the finish first.
There are several things that game designer Friedemann Friese seems to have a special passion for. The first is things that are green. Including hair. The second is the letter F. Preferably with a high degree of alliteration. This is the guy who has designed games like Fische Fluppen Frikadellen, Falsche FuFFziger, Fearsome Floors, and Funkenschlag. In fact, about half his games begin with the letter F! Presumably this is some kind of family tradition evident already when his parents named him at birth. Or maybe he needs to do this in order to be eligible for the family inheritance, or it goes along with the secret handshakes at his local game club. Well I really don't care whether his hair is green or if he has the letter F tattooed under his feet and behind both ears, because anyone who has designed so many great games, including one that's regarded as one of the very best of modern games (Power Grid), deserves some serious respect! And now our prolific green machine has added a fresh F-lettered title to his impressive array of green games: Fast Flowing Forest Fellers.
Fast Flowing Forest Fellers is a race game, but of a more casual and family-friendly sort. Players are racing to get their two lumberjacks to the end of the river the quickest. It's card driven, but features lovely components, even lumberjack meeples, who are riding logs and must dodge various obstacles and shove other players aside while taking advantage of river currents in their quest to get to the end first.
This really is a terrific racing game that has a lot to offer. The components are good quality, colourful, and very attractive. The rules are easy to learn and explain. The game-play is appropriate for a wide range of players, both old and young, gamers and non gamers, making it very suitable for families. The play time isn't excessive, and it's perfect for a game of this weight. The theme is immersive, and matched by the tension of the game-play. There's strong interaction, without being too nasty. The different board configurations offers high replayability. It has a very high fun factor, which is all too important in this sort of game.
In short, Fast Flowing Forest Fellers has all the essential elements of being a terrific family game, and also has proven to be a big hit with non-gamers! Given the quick play time and strong interaction, it is also suitable as a filler type game for gamers. So the beauty of this game is that it will work well in so many groups or settings, including adults and children. With Few Failures, Friedemann Friese's "Fast Flowing Forest Fellers" Features Fearless and Frolicking Forest Fellers Flowing Furiously Fast, and offers Fabulous Floating Fun For Families and Friends. Fantastic!