2009 Crop of New Race Games
Matt Hiske
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Not a bad year for racing as we have a handful of some good racing games. This year did not compare to the grand year in racing from last year, but I am happy with the second half of the year with the games that entered the system. Let me know what you think of the race game of the year and your choice for runner up as I haven't played all of them yet. Race On! Let's hope for another good year next year.

Race Fans Of The Geek:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/732

Race Games Of The Year: 1966-2009!
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/42192

2008: The Best Year In Racing!http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/37307

Comprehensive Book of Racing:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/41821
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1. Board Game: Long Shot [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:874]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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Race Game of the Year!

This is a fun party race game that is a fine addition into the racing genre and my choice for race game of the year.

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2. Board Game: Horse Fever [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:877]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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Horse Fever has three different game modes: Board Game, Family Game and Party Game. These three different modes enable each kind of player to have a good time. The Board Game mode will enable expert players to discover a game based on an endless number of strategies; the Family Game mode will enable little players and families to get to know the basic game dynamics while playing a simpler but yet just as fun game; the Party Game mode will transform Horse Fever into
a platform for a potentially endless number of players, in order to make fun even the most boring party.
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3. Board Game: Mali Powstańcy: Warszawa 1944 [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:2546]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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Little Uprisers: Warsaw 1944 is a eurogame about scouts delivering orders during the Warsaw Uprising in Poland in 1944.

The first co-operative race game that I am aware of and a welcome addition into the racing genre.

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4. Board Game: Rush n' Crush [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1993]
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There are two versions of Rush n' Crush. Go to Rush N' Crush for the 2-6 player print n play version.
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5. Board Game: Pony Express [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1905]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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This is how I would like to play Liar's Dice now.
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6. Board Game: Giro d'Italia: The Game [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:2177]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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Yes this is probably as good or better than Leader 1, but it is a sequel to the Race Game of the Year last year.
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7. Board Game: Savannah Tails [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:2587]
Matt Hiske
United States
Kentwood
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Welcome to Savannah Tails (Fragor's Essen 2009 release) the game of fast and furious ostrich racing.

Limited 1,000 Copies
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8. Board Game: Corporation [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:5399]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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In CORPORATION up to 4 players try to take control of the corporation by promoting their own men to the Board Of Directors, in the Boardroom at the top of the building, before their opponents.

Initially conceived as "LAWMAKERS"; a highly abstract race game of a novel type in which the printed rules are immutable, but players manipulate the laws governing how pieces move.

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9. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:839]
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Camas
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This is my choice of the year for race game. It's a race to get out alive. Having some loot after you make it out is nice too.
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10. Board Game: Giro D'Italia Card Game [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:7507]
Matt Hiske
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Giro d'Italia card game is the Giro d’Italia official card game.
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11. Board Game: Igel Ärgern + Tante Tarantel [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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This new box combines the long lasting classics Igel Ärgern with the long sold out Tante Tarantel. It also contains a new map for Igel Ärgern.

I would like to get this since I have not gotton around to purchasing the original yet.

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12. Board Game: Strada Romana [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3545]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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In Ancient Rome there was a lot of trading between the harbour of Ostia and Rome; hundreds of wagons moved along a single road to bring a variety of goods to the great city. The best merchants were able to do business along the road as well, trying to arrive before the others.

Maybe others could comment on whether this could be a non-traditional race game. BGG does not list it as such, but it looks like good old fashion wagon racing to me. I like the theme for a race game.
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13. Board Game: The Tower of Mystery [Average Rating:4.87 Overall Rank:10330]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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Non-Traditional race game.



BGG does not list this as a race game.
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14. Board Game: Space Drifters [Average Rating:5.91 Unranked]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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Space Drifters is a dice driven race game. But in this game the dice do not determine the length of the moves, but the direction of the move on a hexgrid. Each players rolls 3 dice per turn and has to use at least 2 of them for the move. On the control bar there are 5 fields where they can place the dice. This fiels determine how much the number on the die is altered and how far the astronaut can go with that die.

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15. Board Game: Cuba Cube [Average Rating:6.39 Unranked]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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Cuba Cube offers 5 distinct ways to play: 5 full-fledged games:

Deathmatch : each against each for 2 - 5 players, 60 mins.
Cooperative : all against the game for 1 - 6 players, 50 mins.
Race : action-packed race for 2 - 5 players, 30 - 60 mins.
Business : a business strategy for 2 - 4 players, 50 mins.
Team Play : team-gaming for 6 - 10 players, 60 - 90 mins.

 
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16. Board Game: PitLane [Average Rating:9.35 Unranked]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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Unpublished



Hopefully this will get published as it looks very cool!
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17. Board Game: 2Ruote [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
Michigan
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This is a road cycling simulation.

This is a print and play game and I posted it here because it sounds like a good enough one to get some attention.
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18. Board Game: Rallyman [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:503]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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After drawing your rally-track (by connecting sides of 1,2,3 or 4 boards that are each double-sided, one side with asphalt, and the other side with snow) you begin the race.

The movement system is simple : each die rolled, you advance one space. So you have 5 dice for each of the speeds and 2 of 'gas' to continue moving without changing your speed. Each die is playable once and only once each turn. When you stop your movement, you take a card corresponding to the last speed that you started: the higher your speed, the lower your time.

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19. Board Game: Tonga Island [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:6341]
 
Matt Hiske
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Participate in a racing around the treasures of the Island Realm!
 
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20. Board Game: Tour: Cycle Free [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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The follow up to 2006's Tour, Solo Break is a one player cycling simulation and management game.
Luke has mentioned to me that this may be now a multi-player game. The racing genre definitely needs a good solo game so I hope he follows through with this.
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21. Board Game: World Cycling Game [Average Rating:4.17 Unranked]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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World Cycling Game is a fun and intense game for the whole family. In World Cycling Game you need to see the big picture and have patience as the game is not won by luck but by the right tactic.

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22. Board Game: The Great Balloon Race [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:4037]
Matt Hiske
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Kentwood
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Prepare for the thrill of air travel! Each player is sponsoring the three hot-air balloon, which should be sent to the finish before the others. Being ahead of the trip will not intervene in the excitement. Cunningness, and luck will help you to victory! While flying balloons you encounter lightning and sunshine, the wind direction may change.
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23. Board Game: Bakong [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:8976]
Matt Hiske
United States
Kentwood
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In Bakong you experience a hunt for the most beautiful emeralds in the Cambodian primeval forest. I believe this is a push your luck game similar to Diamant.
 
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24. Board Game: Arctic Survival [Average Rating:4.93 Unranked]
Matt Hiske
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Arctic Survival is about using your instincts to prevail in the coldest and most remote place on earth. The object is to make it safely to your igloo before your opponent can make it safely to theirs. In the way are treacherous moving ice floes, with icebergs and thin ice blocking your path. Lurking within are friendly and unfriendly Orca whales and smart penguins that can guide the way across the ice floes. Once across, unfriendly polar bears, wolves and many other types of arctic wildlife confront you as you try to reach the safety and comfort of the igloo waiting across this vast ever changing environment.
 
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25. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:305]
Matt Hiske
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Michigan
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This sounds like it has a racing element to it and could be considered a non traditional race game in my collection.
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