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Escalado setup intructions & rules

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Jul 6, 2003, 6:31:15 AM7/6/03
In an attempt to relive some of her childhood memories when my daughter
comes visiting next week I bought a copy of Escalado in a car boot sale
this morning (actual the real reason is because it was only 1 Pound) !!!

Sadly it's the newest edition with plastic track and horses - maybe
better than the original version with (now 3 legged) metal horses up in
the loft.

It appears mint with the cards in shrink but has lost the set-up
instructions. Does anyone have a lateish copy of Escalado who could let
me have a copy of the set-up instructions - the track vibrator looks a
little different from the version in the loft and when tried quickly this
morning the test horse was running backwards!



Derek Carver

Jul 6, 2003, 3:42:37 PM7/6/03
>when tried quickly this
>morning the test horse was running backwards!

I fear I can't help with the rules but I'm pleased to see from the above that
things don't seem to have changed at all!


Aug 24, 2015, 1:10:11 AM8/24/15
Here are the rules in brief for a game involving up to six players.
The full game consists of six rates, each one featuring five or six horses.
Each player receives one hundred pounds (or dollars) in betting money at the start of the game.
One person is appointed as a bookie who will prepare a race card on which the odds for each horse are noted, plus the amounts of money each player bets on particular horses. The bookie may adjust the odds for each horse in every race according to their form in previous races. For example, if the same horse has won two previous races, the odds on it winning the next could be shortened and the odds lengthened on poor finishers.
At the start of the game, players choose a horse that they will own for the entire game.
Before the start of each race, players may place bets on any horse (or horses) to win. Owners do not necessarily have to bet on their own horse. No place bets are taken.
Prize money is awarded to the owners of the winning horse in each race, and also for those finishing second and third. (Players can decide on the scale of these prizes before the game starts. Suggested scale: 200 pounds for winning horse, 100 for second place, and 50 for third.)
The player winding the Escalado handle stops winding immediately after first, second and third horses cross the finishing line.
Horses that fall over must be removed from the track and the race.
The bookie pays out prizes to the owners of the first three horses, then settles bets with players who had backed the winning horse.
The winner of the game is the player with most money at the end of the race meeting.
Players must decide before the game starts on whether the bookie may be a horse owner and can bet on races. Naturally, the bookie must keep betting money separate from other money.
Players may take turns at winding the handle. The player winding the handle has the final say on which horse wins.

Hope this helps!


Feb 19, 2020, 1:28:12 PM2/19/20
Eddie typed all that and nobody said, "thanks!" 😁

Thank you, Eddie! 😁
Much appreciated!

martin peake

Jan 4, 2024, 6:09:39 PMJan 4
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