# Simple race game

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Anonymous

Just got this idea and I need to write it down so that I don't forget it. Please tell me if this has been done before.

Simple race game with some betting.

Components:
Race track with squares
6 pawns
2 six sided dice
some amount of cards

Concept:
At the start of the game each player guesses which pawns finish race 1st, 2nd and 3rd. These are kept secret until end of the game. Players all so draw hand of 5 cards at the start of the game, and replenish these each time one is used.

Pawns are numbered 1-6

At the start of her turn player rolls one dice to see which pawn moves and one to see how much it moves. After that she is allowed to play on off the cards in her hand to affect the race results.

Cards would be something like this:
-Move pawn of your choice x squares forward
-Move pawn of your choice x squares backwards
-Some others?

Turns change clockwise and game ends when 3 pawns have finished. Points are then awarded to players according to how good they guessed the finishing order and highest total wins.

How this sounds to your ear?

I got the idea when thinking about kids game I played with my nephew a while back. Players rolled dice and moved accordingly colored pawn. Player whose turn it was when first pawn finished was winner.

Anonymous
Simple race game

And how the players can decide on which pawn to bet on in the beginning? Just pick three at random?

And what if they all bet on the same three? I think that players should get, not bet three pawns they have to help in order to win. This way every pawn is helped by the same number of players.

I don't see a reason to use the dice. It's just adds a huge luck factor. But it's okay if the game is for kids, they don't mind luck in games much.

As far as I can remember, there's already a very similar game to this, themed about cars, with a few differencies:

- players get all their cards they will ever use during the course of the game at the beginig
- On one cards there are instructions for three different pawns (for example: red 3 forward, green 2 forward, yellow 6 forward)
- Players place their bets based on the cards they hold

I can't remember the name, tough. I'll post it once I did.

Cheers!

Anonymous
Simple race game

Materu wrote:
And how the players can decide on which pawn to bet on in the beginning? Just pick three at random?

And what if they all bet on the same three? I think that players should get, not bet three pawns they have to help in order to win. This way every pawn is helped by the same number of players.

Hmm.. yes, as long as exact pawns are kept secret, so that others don't know exactly which pawns are important for each player. Sort of like in King Me!

Materu wrote:
I don't see a reason to use the dice. It's just adds a huge luck factor. But it's okay if the game is for kids, they don't mind luck in games much.

Very true, now that I think of it more.

Materu wrote:
I can't remember the name, tough. I'll post it once I did.

Somehow I fancy an Idea to use regular deck of cards. For example, both reds are used for moving pawns forward and black for moving pawns backwards. And maybe one suite as trump, determined at beginning of game, and it would allow moving of 2 game pieces for the amount indicated.

Anonymous
Simple race game

Daytona 500

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/631

I've found it over on BoardGameGeek. Check it out, it's sure sounds interesting

paolo
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Simple race game

There is a very similar game, themed on an horse race. It's called Royal Turf, and it's by Knizia. At the start of the game some cards are revealed, that show the different paces of the horses in the current race. Each different result of the die roll corresponds to a different going for each horse.
Then you have to secretely bid on an horse. When the race begins, each player in his turn has to roll the die and to decide what horse to move according to that result. You cannot move again an horse, until all horses have been moved. When the first three horses have reached the finish line, the bids are turned up, and money are earned.
I know it's not a great explaining. Try to look on BGG. :)

Paolo

Anonymous
Simple race game

There's another game similar to this as well. It's also a horse racing game, and oddly enough it's called "horse races". There is a wooden board with horsed propped up in slots on the board. I'm not sure of the exact rules, but I use to play it when I was little. There's two dice and you have to play the odds on which horse will win. The number 7 horse would have to travel further than the number 12 horse though (I think the 7 horse traveled 8 places and the 12 travled 4 places). One roll of the dice moved the horse forward one place. It was alot of fun and we use to play with nickels and dimes.

Rob

Anonymous
Simple race game

Both of those seem pretty same, but I think there are enough differences. So I'm going to write full rules based on my idea anyway. As a rules writing excercise if nothing else.

Stay tuned :)