Mille Bornes Review
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Players: 2-6
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When I was growing up, my family used to go camping. A lot. We’d go weeks at a time with no television, no video games, no movies. One of the ways we’d keep ourselves entertained was by playing lots of games. And one of our favorites was Mille Bornes.

Mille Bornes (French for “1000 miles”) is a classic card game that’s still fun today. The object of the game is to be the first player to complete a 1,000-mile trip. This is done by collecting mile cards (in increments of 25, 50, 75, 100, and 200 miles). What make the game interesting, though, are the Hazard cards—if you get one of these, you can’t rack up any more mileage until you obtain a card that fixes that Hazard.

The game set comes with four types of cards: Mile Cards, Hazard Cards, Remedy Cards, and Safety Cards. The Mile Cards are what you need to complete your trip. Every time you play one, you bring yourself closer to your goal of 1,000 miles. Hazard Cards are played in order to stall your opponents—you can give them anything from a red light to a flat tire to an accident. If one of your opponents stalls you with a Hazard Card, you must get either a remedy card (a green light, a full tire, etc.) or a Safety Card (which gives you immunity from a specific Hazard throughout the hand) before you can get moving again.

  
 
Mille Bornes is right up there with UNO as one of my favorite card games of all time. It’s timeless, and can get very competitive—anyone who’s played it knows how vicious players can get with their Hazard Cards. A Collector’s Edition of the game is now available, so now might be a good time to pick up a copy of this great game if you don’t already have it in your closet.

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