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Subject: Louis Chiron takes Nice! (1935 Campaign) rss

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Tom Maertz
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The Nice track, France, looks easy. Nice big straightaways. Seemly gentle turns. Until you come in on a d30 to a two stop corner!


(our 6 foot table was not big enough, we had to move to the 8 foot)

See all that debris on the top? That's from the first half of a lap! And to make matters worse three event cards were played when hitting that first corner on the top of the picture.
Cloud Burst causes a d6 turns of rain. Another player used Epic Fishtail to clog of two lanes of the corner. And yet another player used Oil Slick making one debris in the corner an extra hazard.



Louis Chiron got off to a quick start from second pole position and never looked back. He hit the first corner perfectly landing on the first square of the turn with a d20 and then the last square of the turn on a d8 (with the rain). After not pitting on the second lap he was easily 5 turns ahead of the next car.
But disaster almost struck! Before the third lap Louis miscalculated his gears and missed his pit. So after slowing down for no gain he punched it back up to a d20 and took off lap 3 on the massive straightaway (was 60+ long). He now had to complete the treacherous course with no brakes, no gear box, 1 suspension, 1 body, and 4 tires.

Nuvolari's car was still fresh, maintaining second until he and the third place car took to the pit. And then who comes around?! Caracciola blows by taking a strong second! "Pitting is for losers" chants the crowd!
Caracciola got as close as anyone to Chiron but eventually spun out with two corners to go and ended second. Louis' luck held and never missed a corner.

1st - Louis Chiron (Bugatti T54, 5.0L S-8)
2nd - Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo Tipo P3)
3rd - Rudolf Caracciola (Alfa Romeo 8C Tipo C)
4th - The Marquis Antonio Brivio Sforza (Alfa Romero Tipo P3)

Only 5 cars remained on the track at the finish from the 11 that raced.

In other news tragedy struck this race with not one but the first two deaths of the campaign. With catastrophic engine failure Paul Pietsch perished on the second lap while in 6th gear.
And then from the same car club(player) Herman Lang spun out and had a fatal crash a half lap later. A sad day indeed for racing fans everywhere.

Wakrob


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Macross Martin
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Yikes! Two deaths at the one meet. Particularly sad to hear of the death of Lang. I've been reading Chris Nixon's Racing the Silver Arrows, and his account of Lang paints the portrait of a remarkable man.

Without wishing to appear morbid, how do you determine the demise of a driver in your campaign?

Aside from that, you seem to be having a great time with your campaign. A question though - where did you get all those Monopoly cars??

Race on!

- Martin
 
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Tom Maertz
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When you crash you get a saving throw. It starts at 20 (on a normal d20) but you can spend any amount of Prestige to add to that roll. And some drivers and event cards give bonus'. If you fail that roll, roll again.

1-current gear = dead
17-20 = harmless crash
Otherwise the car is damaged and you must pay half its value to fix. And the driver is injured and must miss one race.

But you add the driver exp checks to the roll. You get one check per race you start in up to the max 4 checks. This normally is used to give bonus' to the pole position roll. Most of our drivers this point in the campaign have the max, as did Paul Pietsch. So death is very unlikely. But Paul crashed in 6th gear and rolled a 2. The player had never used Lang this campaign and had no exp checks. He crashed in 3rd gear and ended up rolling a 3 on the second roll.

Not sure where Dave got the cars. Online somewhere.

Wakrob

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