Execution: Angelo dalla Venezia, Venice (game pieces); Painted wood. Hand samples are indispensable for a game author who wants to make a successful presentation of a game to a publisher. Three-dimensional objects give the publisher a clearer idea of the game's concept and how it works. These models also offer an interesting glimpse into the maturing phase of a new game. Alex Randolph (1922 – 2004) was one of the most important game authors ever. He invented more than 100 games, with millions of copies sold. And a significant factor here was his beautiful designs, congenially brought to life by his friend, the artistic wood craftsman Angelo dalla Venezia. The sample for "Snail's Pace Race" is especially sophisticated in its aesthetics, and also marks the debut of large, milled cutouts as a new kind of game equipment.