Category Archives: Speed Rally

Cangames 2012 Day 3

Speed Rally Day!  I thought I would try my game out on the last day, as I was unsure how many players I would get.  I ended up with three, a little disappointing considering how much work I put into it.  In my humble opinion, the track looked great and I did get a lot of interest in it, just not that many players.  I will run it again next year, but I will go for Saturday morning and try it out in the kid’s gaming area.  I think the subject matter might fit better as not everyone has a four-year old boy who made them watch Cars hundreds of times over the last few years.

Pre-race meeting

The trucks

Pre-race

President of the Elvis RV club standing beside the Jumbo-tron Screen

The fans in the podium and the dice-box garage

View from the cheap seats.

Rubbing is racing, son!

Leak-Less spins out in Turn 3, Al Oft films it all.

Aerial view of Turn 1, with the Jumbo-tron

Bumper Save crosses the finish line first!

The board was created from foam-core and whole lot of 4 lane printouts from the Speed Rally site.  I created the guard rail, stands and jumbo-tron using coloured foam-core.  The signage was all created from a variety of Cars fan sites and printed on to sticker paper.  Overall the track looked great, I’m kicking myself though, for not getting a few overview shots of the whole thing.

All in all, Cangames 2012 was great and I’m already planning a game from next year’s event: Apocalypse Averted.  I can already hear the zombies moaning in the distance!

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Speed Rally: Celebrity Invitational Race

A few weeks ago the Monday Night Gamers got together and I ran Speed Rally for  the first time.  The racers were drawn from a plethora of TV shows and movies from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the new century!  I created each of the cars and racers within a 2000 point range and tried to base the abilities and skills of the cars and their drivers from what I could remember from the shows and wikipedia…

  The boys had a dice off and selected cars by the highest roll.  To even out the playing field, those who got first pick got last positions on the starting grid.
The order was: Magnum PI’s Ferrari 305 GTS (Seth), Walt Kowalski’s Gran Torino (Gord), The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile (Phil), Ghost Buster’s Ecto 1 (Mark), The 1965 Batmobile (Sean), The Delorean Time Machine (Rob). 

The first lap: a little bunched up in the beginning, the Torino took an early lead but was soon to spinout!

As this was my first time running the game I did run into a few speed bumps (pun intended) with the rules, and I had overpowered a few cars, but overall we had a good time!

The Final Act

The race had a suitable number of spin outs, a few nasty weapons (the Wienermobile was armed with 3 catapults, one ketchup, one mustard, and one relish).  Unfortunately, the final lap is where my inexperience with the rules shone through.  On the final stretch the Batmobile and Wienermobile decided to team up and block/bash/ram anyone who tried to make a dash for the finish line. With the ambush strategically set up just after an oilslick, both Ecto 1 and Magnum’s Ferrari fell victim. I was unsure how to handle multiple rams in a five car pile up.  Inexplicably, the Gran Torino (from the movie of the same name) made it through and claimed second place.

The Time Machine wins by a landslide

Final thoughts:

For a first time playing, I think everyone had a good time.  As usual, I got a little jumpy when I am not completely versed in the rules and made quick and sometimes not necessarily good decisions on the fly glossing over some rules, forgetting others.  My track was printed on to sticker paper and then attached to foam-core, I probably need a way to secure the track to the table to prevent shifts and some better way to line the pieces up so they aren’t so jagged…

I would love to play this game again and have been brewing an idea for the next Cangames in Ottawa:  THE PISTON CUP!