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Subject: Formula D for 25$...to get it or not to get it? rss

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Pwhy5 Pwhy5
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Here's the deal. Formula D base game for 25$.

I do not own any racing games. I will probably only own one racing game as it is not my favorite genre.

Is it easy enough for beginners but with enough strategy behind it to satisfy a gamer? Or is it too much luck based?

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Rick Teverbaugh
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It is perfect for gamers who like strategy but aren't necessarily hardcore auto racing people.
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Steven Packard
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Get it. No more discussion is needed.
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Aaron
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Get it.
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Magrot wrote:
Get it.


What he said.
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Chris Wood
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Where is it for 25?
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The real question is - "For $25 why would you not get it?"
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Pwhy5 Pwhy5
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Somebody selling it.

The only thing I don't know is which version he has. I just checked out the ad again and it seems it could be the first version, Formula Dé.

Actually waiting for more info about that.
 
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If it's D or De, you should still get it! Honestly I prefer the cars in De.
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Stefan Brunell
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25$, D or Dé won't change my opinion, get it.

I don't like racing, but I do like Formula D a lot. There's not many 10 player game that I still enjoy at 3-4 players, I would even play a 2 player game with 2 cars for each player. The rules are very close and can be use in both without a problem.
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Formula D definitely has a healthy amount of luck involved but also requires a lot of skill. You can get screwed by the dice but the best player usually wins (just like real racing). I really like this game because you can play it with anyone, and it is a lot of fun. With that being said this does not compete for attention with my heavy strategy games. This is a game, we break out when we just feel like having fun, not crunching numbers. $25 is a great deal, buy it and if you don't like it you can probably sell it to someone else for the same price.
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You're asking people who are subscribed to the Formula D thread, so you are likely to get a very biased opinion.

I, too, like Formula D and I do think it scales well from 2-10 players. But what you should know is that it is really a two-hour press-your-luck game. I like it because I love racing games and I love press-your-luck games. I do think that Formula D sometimes feels too long for what it is.

The game looks beautiful and it is easy to teach, so that makes it good for getting new players in.

I think that once you do it is good to try and keep the game moving. I think counting the squares is okay, but do it quickly and don't re-count. Help out by having the right die ready to give to the next player. If the game finishes in 1 1/2 hours then I think it is fun. If it creeps into the 2 1/2 hour range it overstays its welcome.

The game is also best when there are more cars on the track and I think you should have at least 6. So if you play with 2 players make sure each person has 3 cars. This is not a brain burning game, so even a new player can handle 3 cars reasonably well.

This game is most fun when you get 6 or more tracks and play a season. My wife and I always have a season going. We just keep a sheet of paper in the game that shows which tracks we've raced and our current point standings. Then, even if we don't play for 6 months we can just pick up where we left off. It makes it more interesting than a single race where you tend to push your car too hard at the end and crash. This way even a 5th place finish matters.

I think that the improvements made in D over De (dashboards and cars) are enough to hold out for D, even if it costs more. But, if you really don't think you'll play it that much, then De is probably good enough.

I think that Turfmaster (scales well from 5-8 players), Snow Tails (scales well from 3-5 players) and Mississippi Queen (scales well from 2-7 players w/expansion) are better racing games.

Snow Tails is the only one you readily find for $30 or less and it has the smallest range of players, so Formula D may well be the racing game for you.
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I find this game a bargain at $25 - either version. Why? It's enjoyable and flexible.
Players - It plays very well from 2 - 10 players. At two to five players you can each control two cars.

Game Length - Very flexible. You can race 1 - 3 laps depending on how much time you want to play.

Complexity - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced (optional weather and tire rules) add to the challenge if you want a more complex game. At all levels the game is very quick for new players to pick up.

Season play - If you want to make a campaign out of it, you can. Buying more tracks will have you racing around the world trying to secure the most points at each race, just like in F1. Sure, you may start at the back of the grid, but you will still fight to earn your few points. My wife and I play 2 cars each and race 1 lap in our season. Other guys and I race 2 cars each and go around 2 laps for a season.

Level of fun - Varies based on person. I love formula 1 and enjoy racing on the circuits. My favorite part of this game is when two players will try to roll off on the last straight to win. Sure, that makes the game based on luck, but I see it more as a photo-finish. Last race the winner actually slipstreamed around me for the win.

Overall this is a roll and move game based on luck, but also has some resource management to reduce the luck factor. It is great fun for a light game that is pretty quick to introduce to new players. Driving around a track making engine, break, gearbox and the occassional explosion sounds.

Alternative - Around here $25 gets two adults into an evening movie theatre. I buy the board game every time
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Louis Brenton
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If it's Formula D for $25, snag it. It'a great deal for one of my favorite games.

If it's Formula De for $25, snag it. It's an amazing price for an out-of-print game.

The cars from De are MUCH better, but the dashboards from D are amazing. We play with the best from each set.

In either case, you'll get a really fun low-complexity game with surprising strategic depth. I know it gives the appearance of being a dice-fest, but my gaming group has been playing & keeping stats for 11 years, & our numbers show that the results of the races are anything BUT random. There's a clear skill/success curve in our group.
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MeatPaddy wrote:
Honestly I prefer the cars in De.

superman829 wrote:
The cars from De are MUCH better, but the dashboards from D are amazing. We play with the best from each set.


Are you guys talking about the metal cars? They didn't come with Formula Dé, they were an add-on. I bought my Dé new and it didn't come with, I had to buy them separately.

Formula Dé came with soft plastic cars, and Formula D came with hard plastic cars. I find the newer plastic ones much better.
 
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booned wrote:
MeatPaddy wrote:
Honestly I prefer the cars in De.

superman829 wrote:
The cars from De are MUCH better, but the dashboards from D are amazing. We play with the best from each set.


Are you guys talking about the metal cars? They didn't come with Formula Dé, they were an add-on. I bought my Dé new and it didn't come with, I had to buy them separately.

Formula Dé came with soft plastic cars, and Formula D came with hard plastic cars. I find the newer plastic ones much better.


I'm talking about the old plastic Formula De cars with the interchangeable spoilers. The new D cars are painted & have pretty decent sculpts, I suppose, but the paint jobs aren't that great, they're really tiny & hard to get your fingers on, & they provide no variety. The old De cars gave us 25 possible combos & were much easier to grab and move, in nothing but my own humble opinion.

I was excited about the new D cars when I first saw the pictures of them, but I was less wowed in real life. The street racing cars are pretty cool, but I don't really care for the street racing aspect of the game. We pretty much stick to open-wheel racing on the based-on-real-tracks tracks.

But by all means, if you prefer the newer D cards, have at it! I'm just glad people are still playing & enjoying one of my favorite games.
 
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Re: Formula D for 25$...to get it or not to get it?
For $25, I'd get it as a second copy...
Its worth the dice, pegs and cars alone.
 
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