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Designer
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Publisher
Year Published
2003
# of Players
2
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2 players
(64 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
(23 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
(41 voters) [poll]
Honors
Subdomain
(62 voters) [vote]
Category
Mechanic
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Primary Name
Balloon Cup
Alternate Names
Ballon Cup
Ballonrace
벌룬컵
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In Balloon Cup, the players compete in several short balloon flights (hops) to collect the colored cubes associated with each hop. Four landscape cards – two plains alternating with two mountains – are laid out, and 1, 2, 3, or 4 cubes in assorted colors (gray, blue, green, yellow, red) are added to these cards. From a hand of eight balloon cards, you must try to pass each landscape by adding cards matching the colored blocks onto their side of table, although winds (and cunning) may occasionally cause them to play on their opponent's side – a move that can really ruin the opponent's plans.

High-valued balloons are played on the mountains, and low-valued balloons are played on the plains. Whoever is the better balloonist takes the cubes from the card, which is then flipped over – mountains becomes plains and vice-versa – and refilled with cubes. Five trophy cards of value 3 to 7 are placed at the top of the cards. When a player has collected enough cubes of a given color, he earns the trophy card for that color. Players may even trade three otherwise useless cubes for one they can use. The first player to earn three trophy cards is the winner!

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Components

  • 45 balloon cards
  • 45 victory cubes
  • 5 trophy cards
  • 1 bag
  • 4 balloon hop tiles
  • 1 rulebook

Awards

  • 2004 Games Magazine Winner, Best 2-Player Card Game
  • 2003 Spiel des Jahres Recommendation

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Tilsit French/Italian edition
Publisher: Tilsit
Artist: Michaela Kienle, Jurgen Zimmermann
Year: 2004
Size: Square 2-player (e.g. Lost Cities)
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999 Games Dutch edition
Publisher: 999 Games
Artist: Michaela Kienle, Jurgen Zimmermann
Year: 2003
Product Code: 999-BAL01
Size: Square 2-player (e.g. Lost Cities)
0.62 pounds
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Rio Grande English edition
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Artist: Michaela Kienle, Jurgen Zimmermann
Year: 2003
Product Code: 692810
Size: Square 2-player (e.g. Lost Cities)
0.59 pounds
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Kosmos German edition
Publisher: KOSMOS
Artist: Michaela Kienle, Jurgen Zimmermann
Year: 2003
Product Code: 692810
Size: Square 2-player (e.g. Lost Cities)
0.60 pounds
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Paper Iyagi Korean edition
Publisher: Paper Iyagi
Artist: Michaela Kienle, Jurgen Zimmermann
Product Code: G3-002
Size: Square 2-player (e.g. Lost Cities)
Korean
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This is the Summary Card I made for Kublacon 2015. People were asking for it so here it is!!! See below for a Geeklist with all the Kublacon 2015 2-Player Speed Gaming Event games.
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2015-05-28
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Paper box for cards, 7x10 cm, pdf file, v. 1.0. [url=https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/187003/]Full list[/url] of boxes, with the howto video.
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7 Balloon Cup Player Aid for Card & Cube distribution
Player Aid for card and cube distribution - Graphically nicer version
2013-08-18
7 Balloon Cup Chinese Rules
Balloon Cup Chinese Rules 熱氣球錦標賽 中文(正體)規則 自製彩色中文規則說明書 ©2013台東桌遊同樂會 Finhisky
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2 Japanese translation from the Rule Book
This is the Japanese translation of the Rules of Balloon cup.
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2012-08-04
1 Ukrainian Language Rules
Ukrainian Language Rules
Ukrainian
2011-11-02
0 Player Aid in Italian
Useful table about card distribution
Italian
2009-09-22
4 Ballon Cup Hungarian rules
Ballon Cup játékszabály
Hungarian
2008-09-01
3 Hungarian translation
Ballon Cup Összefoglaló
Hungarian
2008-08-29
14 Balloon Cup consice rules refresher
This sheet is for people who have played the game before but need a concise rules refresher so they can jump straight back into playing. Print double sided, laminate and stick in the box!
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