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1000 Bornes – The Classic Road Race Game
“You’re cruising along at 100 mph, bolstered by an extra tank of gas, when suddenly your opponent cuts you off with a flat-tire card. You slam to a halt, sidelined until you draw a spare tire. It’s a 1,000-mile race along an imaginary road; your goal is to arrive first, avoiding the hazards – flat tires, accidents, empty gas tanks – while inflicting them on your opponents and collecting the spares and repairs that will speed you on. The first player to log 1,000 miles wins!”

Mille Bornes – The Classic Auto Race Card Game (Collector’s Edition)
“One Thousand Milestones. On French roads there are small marker stones giving the distance in kilometers to the next town. In this famous old French card game, players compete to drive 1000 km, dealing with hazards along the way. Draw a card to your hand, play or discard. You must lay a green traffic light to start, play cards showing mileage, dump hazards (flat tire, speed limit) on the other players, remedy hazards (spare tire, end of limit) from yourself, play safety cards (puncture proof), and try to be the first to clock up the distance.”

Bingo
Sheets containing a grid of randomized numbers are distributed among the contestants. The leader turns a caged sphere of numbered balls which spill out in succession, and correspond to the numbers on the contestants’ sheets. The winner is the first contestant to achieve a straight line of chosen numbers on their sheet and to call out “Bingo!” simultaneously.

Polyglot
“The game of international languages” for 2–6 players, ages 8+; contents: one game board, one die, 303 word cards, 48 phrase cards, six pawns; objective: to be the first to reach the top of the tower (imprinted on the game board) and become the “polyglot” of the group; there are three paths to the top: beginner, intermediate, and advanced; playing cards: “word cards,” on one side, contain six words in English; the corresponding translations which include phonetic pronunciations are provided on the reverse side of the card in the following languages: Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Yiddish; “phrase cards,” on one side, contain three phrases in English; the corresponding translations and phonetic pronunciations, in the languages mentioned above, are on the reverse side of the card; activities involved in playing this game include: spelling a word, translating a phrase, translating a phrase in two languages; game instructions provided in English and Spanish.

Scrabble
édition française