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!   


Random thought for the Week

Just finished the Game of Thrones TV series.  Currently reading the Game Of Thrones (okay, okay, listening to it on cd while I drive), and the Monday Night Game Guys are discussing doing a Game of Thrones RPG and I was thinking about characters.

Spoiler Alert for Game of Thrones

It seems like 3/4 of the main characters die in the first book alone, butcher boys, advisors, captain of the guard, knights, wet nurses, Lord Stark.  Wait a minute, Lord Stark?!?  Isn’t he the main character?  So in an RPG setting what chance would a regular character have to survive?  It seems like every type of fighter died (soldiers, knights, rangers, Lords of Kingdoms, horse-lords); advisors dropped like flies; even a dire wolf bites it.  So what kind of character should I play?  I figured it out: a cook!  Everybody eats a lot in the first book (lots of stews it seems) but it does not seem that any cook meets an unfortunate end.  I can only assume that everybody eats in the preceding books (that is, all the new characters that G. Martin creates since he killed most of the originals) so a cook should have a fairly good chance of surviving…

Hello World!

This blog thing seems to be sticking around, unlike HD DVD or Beta cassettes, so I guess I’ll finally jump on the bandwagon.  I’m pretty sure people don’t care what I’m thinking (or trending) right now; and my son is really cute, but I don’t think people will want to read about me droning on and on about it; so I think I’ll focus on gaming and painting and sharing my twisted views and ideas with the rest of the world (insert maniacal laughter here).

Be warned.  I have figured out how to post text.  Next will be photos.  After that I can’t be responsible for what happens.  

I know from personal experience looking at other people’s blogs has led me to ruminate about what I saw and liked, leading me to try it myself causing loss of sleep, finances, time and sanity.  I hope to inspire/torture others with this. Be warned, and enjoy.