LE TOUR DE FRANCE
Pātes Brusson Jeune/Supralta, France, 1960s
Small card (barely the size of a postcard) offered as a promotion for Pātes Brusson Jeune.
For lack of a better place, I put this game in the "Game Of Goose" category, since the players do not have any influence in the outcome of the game. Nevertheless, it is not a game of goose.
Players draw one of the 5 chips (from 150 to 350 kms) and advance if the value of the chip is higher than the lenght of the stage they face, or else stay if it is not so.
The game is equivalent to playing with a D5 die and having to throw at least 3, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5 (the Alps!), 3, 5, 4 (the Pyrenees), 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3 (Assuming that the game is played clockwise. Nowhere in the game is marked the direction of the game. Maybe it would make a better Tour if played the other way round, starting with the flat -short- stages)
I find these mechanics quite representative of real cycling (though, of course, very simple). I may someday try to improve this game, adding more riders per team and trying to find some tactical variations.
Cut up riders and counters
Back of the card
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