FORMULA D

Reviewed by Andrea “Liga” Ligabue

FORMULA D (Asmodee, 2-10 players, ages 10 and up, 60+ minutes; $59.99)

 

Formula D, designed by Eric Randall and Laurent Lavaur, is a new edition of the great Formula Dè, published in 1991, with some small improvements and really great packaging. I’m not in agreement with people neglecting graphics, materials and arts in a game considering these not relevant for theplayfulness. Just as a well served recipe tastes better, I think a well packaged game is more fun to play and easier to propose to “non-addicted” gamers. The new Asmodee edition offers a thick double-face cardboard map, ten dashboards with “gear stick” and small plastic cars, both Formula 1 and Rally, and lots of dice.formulad
 

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Spring 2009 GA Report Articles

 

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