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Perplext | Long Shot: The Dice Game | Board Game | Ages 14+ | 1-8 Players | 25+ Minutes Playing Time

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One lets you bet on the horse even in the closing stages of the race, while the other lets you cross a box on that horse’s card, allowing you to favour other horses on a repeat of that die roll. After the dice roll, each player can, if they want, bet more money on whichever horse got rolled, so every player is involved in every round of the game. The D8 determines which horse will move and be available for player actions and the D6 how far that horse will move. That makes it a bit more strategic, although perhaps a bit less exciting and it takes longer to learn and play.

Once all the relevant horses have moved everyone gets to take one action using the number rolled on the D8 – the same number of the horse that moved. The drama of the race itself combined with throwing bets on different horses and messing with your opponents picks can lead to some raucous playthoughs. You can cross out the helmet which allows you to bet on this horse even when it has passed the ‘no bet’ line. While it might look like a crapshoot at first, Long Shot: The Dice Game offers you just enough control over proceedings to make it a very interesting horse indeed. The game moves along fast enough to not outstay its welcome, and there’s plenty of banter and competition for horses.These are those games which can trace their lineage back to Yahtzee, now offering fancy tricks with tetrominos and dry erase markers.

Once players understand what options are available, it’s all about making the best decisions and using bonuses wisely. There is deal-making and joined efforts to tank a particular steed’s position because half the table has leaned in heavily on their bets. If you can cross off a line or column on the grid you get to choose one of a number of tempting bonuses. Apparently I'm not alone in thinking this and I'd be willing to bet that reaction is fairly average for anyone interested in the game. Then check the horse card for that number (the game comes with a few sets of horse cards with different powers).The dice determine which horses move and the actions available each turn, so be ready to adapt your plans in this game.

The horse powers allow some manipulation of how many pieces of the puzzle you can access on your turn, but at the end of the day you can’t fill out everything.We are big board gamers, but as we were reading the instructions for this one I was worried it would be too complicated.

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