Miniature cycling: A review of cycling board game

No!! This short blog post isn't about Brompton Bikes or small people riding bikes.

It's about a fantastic cycling game I played the other night with game designer Asger Sams Granerud. It's called Flamme Rouge.

Flamme Rouge is due for release shortly. Like all great board games, it is simple in design, easy to understand and fun to play. However, it also has a lot of depth.

How to play Flamme Rouge

Each player has a team made up of two riders - a rouleur and a sprinteur.

A route is selected. There is a multitude of tracks to choose from, with a clever design that features pros and cons of being in the mountains or on the flat or descending.

Like all bike races, the first player across the line wins.

Flamme Rouge is a bit like Snakes and Ladders, except:

  • It's on two wheels
  • You have the ability to draft off other players
  • There is the liability of exhaustion when a player has been at the front of the pack for too long
  • Download the full list of Flamme Rouge rules.

    The verdict

    Asger has a long history of making great board games, including the very successful 13 Days Cuban Missile Crisis, which had (I think) four re-prints.

    I think Flamme Rouge is just as good, if not a bit better. But as a cycling fan, I am biased!!

    Thank you, Asger, Woody and Kaare for a great night.

    To all my cycling friends, please look out for Flamme Rouge. It makes a fantastic gift, and can be purchased online from BoardGameGeek.

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